Diversity

Stratford on Avon and South Warwickshire Liberal Democrats

Equality and Diversity Policy

Introduction

Our Values

The Liberal Democrats believe in a modern Britain of genuine openness and equality without exception. 

We champion a society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of their background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other part of an individual's identity.  

Our Mission

The Stratford on Avon and South Warwickshire Liberal Democrats are committed to promoting inclusion, diversity and equality in our local party, irrespective of age, invisible and visible disability or other mental physical or emotional health issue, ethnic origin, gender identity and reassignment, marital status and civil partnership, nationality, national origin, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.  

We are also committed to diversity inclusion and equality related to parental and other care responsibilities.

Our Aims

The Stratford on Avon and South Warwickshire Liberal Democrats (hereafter referred to as the ‘Local Party’) aim:

  • to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members, candidates and party activists, whatever their race, gender identity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, employment status, socio-economic background, marital status, health status, age and ability.
  • for our values to be reflected in everyday interactions within the local party and with the wider membership, local residents, groups and communities. 
  • to widen participation, ensuring equal opportunity in, and access to, our local party, with diversity reflected in our committees, our membership and candidates
  • to offer forms of participation that take account of transport and access issues, and family and other caring responsibilities.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Areas:

We have developed an action plan to enable us to meet our aims. To this regard we have identified 5 areas:

  1. Membership Recruitment

    To encourage recruitment from all backgrounds but especially those typically underrepresented in the Local Party.

  2. Political candidates

    To encourage recruitment from all backgrounds but especially those typically underrepresented in local and national politics.

  3. Widening Participation

    To encourage members to participate in our meetings, campaigns, to stand as candidates

    To encourage a more diverse membership (as above).

  4. Diversity Training

    To ensure diversity training is implemented for the Local Party.

    To provide training for party members dedicated to raising awareness about specific issues related to diversity and equality.

  5. Links with community groups

    To continue to develop links with local groups and the wider community.

    To actively support the diverse communities in our area.

This policy reinforces our commitment to providing inclusion, equality and fairness to all in our Local Party. We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and will take appropriate action against all those concerned.  

We have a supportive complaints procedure for those who experience discrimination or disadvantaging in our local party.

This policy will be monitored, reviewed and updated annually. This will enable the Local Party to reflect on the progress made and address any new challenge.

Last Updated: July 2019