Alderdice inquiry on race and ethnicity – A Third Call

I would like to make a further call for evidence regarding my independent inquiry into the processes and culture within the party, with a focus on issues relating to race and ethnicity.

Thank you to all those who have already contributed to the review, whether by written testimony, in person or via other means.

There is no set deadline for the submission of evidence however, as I begin to draw together my initial findings, it is important that I hear from all those who have relevant experiences, insights and views to help me form an accurate picture of the party as a whole. I want to stress however, that evidence will be accepted at every stage of the process.

As outlined in the original call for evidence, it would be helpful if feedback could be given around these five areas:
1. Are there barriers to participation for BAME members? If so, what and where are they?
2. Do barriers differ in different parts of the party?
3. How effective are existing mechanisms/procedures in addressing the issue?
4. Does the Party do enough to engage with BAME voters and ensure accessibility for potential BAME members?
5. What further steps should, or could, be taken by the Party to address the issues identified in this review

This list is by no means exhaustive and I will accept relevant evidence outside of the areas outlined above. Please note, however, that I am not mandated to make judgements regarding the innocence or guilt of any individuals or specific cases.

It is also important to stress that all submissions and material will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Written evidence should continue to be sent to me at either [email protected] or [email protected] or in hard copy to me at –

Professor, the Lord Alderdice FRCPsych
Millbank House
House of Lords,
London SW1A 0PW

* Lord John Alderdice, a former Leader of our sister party the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, and former President of Liberal International is currently leading the independent inquiry into culture and processes within the party with a particular focus on race and ethnicity.

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