Author Archives: Tam Langley

What do women Lib Dems want?

Last summer I wrote a survey that was sent to all party members, as part of informing the creation of a new Lib Dem women’s organisation. Colleagues at the Campaign for Gender Balance and the Women Liberal
Democrats are working on a new constitution, and I hope many Lib Dem Voice readers will consider joining, so please get in touch if you would like further details. Please email me at tamoralangleyATgmail.com, replacing “AT” with “@”.

Perhaps the trickiest issue to resolve, in a party characterised by people who tend to think of themselves as individuals rather than members of a group, is …

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Opinion: Can pregnant women stand for Parliament?

Standing in the crypt of St Mary’s Church Lewisham asking local Lib Dem members to select me as their parliamentary candidate last summer I did wonder if my very pregnant stomach would put them off. During the selection campaign only one had asked me how I was going to do it with a new baby. “With the help of my partner, several doting grandparents and how about you too?”, was my reply.

Having fought an election campaign while pregnant, then through the first eight months of my baby daughter’s life, I want to let other women thinking of doing the same know that it is possible. It even has some advantages provided you get the help you need to do it.

Why should other Lib Dem Voice readers care? Because as Dinti Batstone highlighted in her research for the party into the under-representation of women among our MPs, ‘too many experienced female candidates self-select out just as their male contemporaries are fighting winnable seats’. And the main reason for that is the perceived incompatibility of the task with family life.

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  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 3rd Aug - 11:32pm
    Good article Siobhan. Although we do suffer from a lack of people putting themselves forward for selection I think we also suffer from an innate...
  • User AvatarA Social Liberal 3rd Aug - 11:30pm
    To those who witter on about asylum seekers claiming in the first safe country - are they willing to go to the country the asylum...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 3rd Aug - 11:28pm
    Richard Underhill I was not a conference delegate at the time of the special conference and therefore did not attend. I did not attend either....
  • User AvatarSteve 3rd Aug - 11:21pm
    Perhaps I should join UKIP. At least there's an honesty and consistency about their arguments. However, I don't actually believe what I said about Eastern...
  • User AvatarTim13 3rd Aug - 11:20pm
    Alistair - I absolutely agree with you. I think it is appalling that so many party members are going along with this pretty illiberal politicised...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 3rd Aug - 11:18pm
    Stephen Hesketh LDV have a responsibility to let this be the last in the long line of history-rewriting claptrap. I disagree. I think it will...