2018 Future Women MPs weekend – applications now open

The Campaign for Gender Balance (CGB) and the Candidates & Diversity Team are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 edition of the Future Women MPs Weekend, to be held in Milton Keynes on 24-25 February 2018.

The weekend is an intensive residential training weekend for aspiring female MPs; designed to equip you with the knowledge you need as a candidate.

As well as expert advice on your political career the weekend will also give you:

• Information and advice on all aspects of the process from planning and winning your selection to standing for Parliament
• An opportunity to formulate your development plan
• Key skills on strategically planning your career in politics
• Personalised advice and guidance from key experts
• A fantastic opportunity to network and make useful contacts with other aspiring women within the party

Some of our current and former MPs started their successful quests for a seat in Parliament at a FWMPs Weekend and so could you! So, whether you’re already an approved candidate or are yet to take that initial first step, this is the perfect way to kick start your journey to Westminster!

Previous attendees have described the weekend as “invaluable”, “dynamic” and “’Some of the best party training I have experienced’’

All applications must be received by 8 January 2018

The weekend will cost £85, covering one night’s accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch & light refreshments) and training. This fee will be waived for those unwaged or unable to pay.

If you have any questions or would like to request an application form, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

* Natalie Chindipha has been Diversity & Talent Support Manager since July 2016. She works within the Diversity Team at LDHQ to support and encourage diversity initiatives across the party.

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8 Comments

  • This all welcomed. However I would like to ask what the Party is doing to get more BAME communities involved in our Party ? More must be done to increase participation in our Party from these groups.
    We need more candidates standing for councils and Parliament from this demographic and it all starts with the Lib Dems being a political home for them

  • Lorenzo Cherin 31st Oct '17 - 2:31pm

    One thing is to attract members , that first, more , candidates as a result.

    In recent elections the party had a number of BAME candidates, for example, but we do lack that demographic in high numbers of members.

    This is because the party is not as strong as once , in the big cities.

  • David Warren 31st Oct '17 - 3:17pm

    I would like to raise the issue of people from what I believe are referred to as lower socio economic groups.

    The party needs to break out of its middle class bubble if it is to grow.

    I tried to draw attention to this a while back with my ‘Blue Collar Liberal’ initiative but it fell on deaf ears.

    Diversity isn’t just about gender and ethnicity.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 31st Oct '17 - 4:27pm

    David Warren

    I was impressed with that initiative then when you explained it here, for what reason was there lack of interest?

    I think we need to attract far wider to our party, although, we do have a wide demographic compared to perception, certainly we are more of a mixed bag than some believe.

    It is about the processes and the policies.

    It would help if the spokespeople looked even more , and sounded even more like the whole country.

    We have excellent women, ethnic minority and regional talent.

    Bring it on Vince !

  • David Warren 31st Oct '17 - 4:59pm

    Thanks Lorenzo.

    I don’t know why my ideas weren’t taken up but it wasn’t for the want of trying.

    Dialogue I initiated with the Leaders office and the Diversity department went nowhere because they simply weren’t interested.

  • This is a much more healthy and positive approach than all women short lists; which I believe are discriminatory.
    Yes we need more MPs from under represented groups but we need to find the best candidate to represent every community.

  • Richard Whelan 1st Nov '17 - 10:49am

    Is there going to be a Future Disabled MPs weekend at some point too? Maybe it is worth thinking about.

  • LIttle to add, except my support for David Warren and Clare. Anything which acts as a barrier to political participation needs to be addressed. Gender may well be one such barrier, but I would suggest that social deprivation is even more significant. At the end of the day though, we need the best person, not a person who is there to meet a quota.

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