Ghazni appointed Lib Dems’ new National Diversity Adviser

Issan Ghazni has been appointed to the newly created position of National Diversity Adviser based at the party’s Cowley Street Headquarters. Issan has a consulting and professional background in Equalities and Diversity at the highest level and has extensive experience of the public, private and voluntary/community sectors.

Issan is also a Liberal Democrat activist who fought Nottingham East in 2005, doubling the Lib Dem vote and achieving a swing against Labour of almost 12%. Commenting on his appointment Issan said:

“This is an exciting time to be joining the team at headquarters. I am really looking forward to tackling the diversity challenges we face and making the party both fit for the times, and also representative of our culturally diverse communities.”

HQ Director Ben Stoneham says that Issan’s appointment shows the party strengthening its commitment to equality and widening participation. “Issan will play a central and strategic role in improving diversity throughout the organisation and in particular amongst parliamentary candidates by developing and leading new initiatives within the party and aby improving existing practice.”

Party Leader Ming Campbell will be introducing Issan at a number of meetings at the Brighton Conference: “I welcome the experience from public, private and voluntary sectors that Issan will bring to the party in the very important work of promoting diversity.

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  • This is a very welcome appointment, and Issan is experienced enough to know he has to hit the floor sprinting!
    Issan is however one person, and to make the radical changes we need, party members at all level will need to support this work.

  • Yasmin Zalzala 12th Sep '07 - 3:20pm

    It is not a question of money.

    It is a question of commitment and really meaning the rhetoric.

    I do not think that this amount will make any difference whatsoever.

  • Geoffrey Payne 13th Sep '07 - 7:42am

    Delighted at the announcement, and whilst I am writing this I would like to plug the Hackney Lib Dems garden party on the Sunday 23rd September (first Sunday after conference) on “Multicultural London; A success story?” where Meral will be one of the speakers.
    See the Flock Together website for details: See

  • Glyn W Johns 13th Sep '07 - 8:19am

    As a friend and colleague of Issan – I know that this appointment is very well deserved and will make a HUGE difference, providing he gets the support from the rest of the party – well done Issan!

  • Congratulations Issan.
    Knowing you for the last three years, I know you will give it your best effort. There are going to be trying times in HQ Politics which will bring Highs and Lows. We are here to provide the vocal support.

    You have a great challenging environment, where promisses have always come fast and thundring, but never a lasting commitment or follow-up to promises. There is work to be done with changing attitudes at membership level as well as at activists level.

    The representation is very poor and is not going to change overnight. Its a long road and be prepared for short-term disappointments and stick to medium and long term goals.

    Laydown good solid foundations for developing diversity as these are completely lacking in this Party.

    Good Luck and well done

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