This was also sent to me yesterday:
In a speech tonight Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will pledge to make the Liberal Democrats more representative of modern Britain.
Nick Clegg will be speaking in Manchester at an event to raise money to fund Liberal Democrat campaigns against the British National Party and other far right parties. In his first major speech on diversity since becoming Leader of the Liberal Democrats in December, Nick Clegg made four specific commitments:
Â· Liberal Democrats will increase fundraising to increase diversity
Â· To establish a Liberal Democrat Academy to provide training for future national and community leaders
Â· Support moves to permit political parties to legally choose all black and minority ethnic shortlists for candidate selections
Â· Increase the diversity of the senior leadership of the Party
After some discussion about this, I’ve decided to oppose the idea of changing the law so political parties can force the candidate short-list for a seat (for parliament) to only have brown / black people listed. The idea is to ensure more black and brown people get into politics but I think it will backfire hugely. It’s officially a bad idea. The Libdems need to make their party more representative, but all minority shortlists are not the way.
I’ll say more on this soon, but happy to hear reader’s thoughts. I might write something for the Libdem websites about this too.
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