The Activate Fund supports two Lib Dem candidates

The Guardian has covered the launch of the Activate Fund which supports women into politics – and the first two women to feature in the photo accompanying the article are both Lib Dems. So congratulations to April Preston and Nukey Proctor who have been endorsed by the fund, which is run by the Activate Collective.

Activate is funding 11 women running for five different parties in the spring local and mayoral elections across five parts of England – London, the Midlands, North East, North West, and Yorkshire and Humber. The list includes eight women of colour, one disabled woman and one care leaver. Seven of the 11 women are from low-income households or identify as working class.

April Preston is a Liberal Democrat candidate for Withington in next May’s Manchester City Council elections. She says:

I am absolutely delighted to have the backing of Activate Collective, a cross party group with the sole aim of improving political representation, their backing is vital for people like me not just in Manchester but across the country.

I along with my Liberal Democrat colleagues have worked tirelessly to demand better for our area and having their funding and support has given me the boost in motivation I need to make sure other people who are underrepresented get the support they need.

Nukey Proctor, a Liberal Democrat Council Candidate in Sherbourne Ward, Coventry City Council, is also endorsed, and says:

So excited to share that I’ve been been backed by Activate, a new UK fund supporting women from underrepresented groups to run for political office, today announces its first list of candidates.
I am beyond thrilled to be associated with this amazing initiative.

You can read more about both women here.

On its website the Activate Collective says:

We’re on a mission to get brilliant women the funding they need to stand for election, and win.

Together, we’ll turn the community activists of today into the political leaders of tomorrow.

It also acknowledges that this needs money – lots of it – and refers to the EMILY fund in the US which

The fund is supported by Emma Thompson who has donated £50,000 to get it started.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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4 Comments

  • Joyce Onstad 12th Nov '20 - 3:41pm

    Brilliant news! A huge congratulation to April and Nukey and Kudos to Emma Thompson, Sophie Walker and all involved.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 12th Nov '20 - 11:00pm

    Excellent efforts by the candidates.

    Well deserved no doubt, April and Nukey.

    Too little support goes to disabled people. Should be more than one of these.

  • suzanne fletcher 13th Nov '20 - 9:33am

    I am one of the assessors. Everything in complete confidence of course, but do encourage those who really need that boost to apply. If doing so, be very clear what difference the extra money would make to them, and their particular circumstances.

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