REMINDER: Alderdice Review – Call for evidence. Deadline Friday 20th January

This is a reminder that the call for evidence for the Alderdice Review is still open. The independent inquiry, currently being led by Lord Alderdice, is an examination into the processes and culture within the party, with a specific emphasis on race and ethnicity.

Below are some of the key questions and issues the inquiry is investigating:

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

If you would like to submit evidence, please do so by this Friday (20 January 2017), evidence can be sent to either [email protected] or [email protected]  or in hard copy to

Professor, the Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

Millbank House

House of Lords,

London SW1A 0PW

All submissions will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

You can find out more about the Review here. 

* 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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  • Ruth Bright 18th Jan '17 - 1:31pm

    Very helpful reminder Natalie. Thank you.

    The Morrissey review was rather weakened by the anonymity of most of those giving evidence. It is to be hoped that people will be encouraged to put forward ideas and experiences in their own name where possible. If it that is not possible it sends a worrying signal about the party’s progress in this area.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 18th Jan '17 - 8:48pm


    Thank you for this. I wanted to make a suggestion to Lord Alderdice and his important efforts here , but , as I feel strongly about the encouragement and participation of our very many BAME members, and seek their rise to greater things , an initial idea I had in debate on this very site , was shot down with one big condescending put down from the Lord Greaves, words such as nonsense as a description of my suggestion being the mild adjective as I recall.

    My view was and is , that the party should utilise the services of the terrific Baroness Floella Benjamin more , and an appointment as what I called Unity and Diversity champion, to energise not only BAME members , but to assure greater equality of opportunity in the party and in society , and develop ideas accordingly . She might not want the role. But I think it worth considering , yet since the Lordships reaction have not thought of doing anything with it as an idea !

  • Richard Underhill 28th Mar '17 - 7:55pm

    The Times lists today’s birthdays on page 25 column 1, including John Alderdice, former leader of the non-sectarian Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, former Speaker of the devolved Assembly and former spokesman on Northern Ireland for the Liberal Democrats, former President of the Liberal International.
    Columns 2,3,4 contain an editorial about the current constitutional crisis. The Times believes that the DUP leader Arlene Foster should step down, at least temporarily, and urges the Northern Ireland Secretary to persuade both Sinn Fein and the DUP to compromise.
    We should remember that the former East Germany always had a place reserved for it in the EEC at the insistence of West Germany, but that the relative strength of the West German economy made unification within the EU possible. There is doubt about whether the Republic of Ireland would want as keen to pick up a bill for Northern Ireland as Western Germany was for Eastern Germany. Their opinion would probably necessitate another referendum if changes to the 1937 constitution were proposed.
    God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5, 9.

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