The Diversity Approach

Welsh flagEquality and diversity should be at the heart of everything that we do. Whilst anecdotally I have heard from people who, on hearing our policies, have joined the Liberal Democrats because our party is more open and tolerant, our party doesn’t always consider equality and diversity in the way that we work. I myself joined the Party because I felt, that although there is much still to do, people within our party are willing to learn and adapt to become more inclusive.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have recently approved a Diversity Workplan that is at the heart of our plans to move our party forward. As one of the Welsh Lib Dem Diversity Champions and being visually impaired, I want us to be the party that is all talk and all action! In an effort to help the Welsh Libdems I sit on the National Executive which enables me to work alongside the people who are working on our future development plans.

Since the Assembly elections in 2016, the Welsh party has had to take stock of where we are, where we want to go, and how we are going to get there. We are currently working through new ways of working, new policy, and new approaches to ensure that diversity remains a priority within our party and does not disappear amidst all the major issues Wales and the UK are currently facing.

Our Workplan takes on multiple issues including but not limited to:

  • Improving the importance of equality, diversity and accessibility in candidate training, approvals and support, so that everyone has the opportunity and the confidence to represent our party at any election.
  • Ensuring party officers at all levels receive unconscious bias and disability awareness training, to ensure that everything we do at every level is accessible and inclusive.
  • Ensuring all our training opportunities and events are accessible to all members, and making resources accessible in as many ways as possible.
  • Making our website more user-friendly and accessible, particularly for those with disabilities.
  • Making sure that all elements of our party conferences are accessible to all members.
  • Ensuring people from all backgrounds are represented in our membership, elected representatives, candidates, and party officers. This includes making diversity a cross-cutting theme and responsibility of every committee and every officer in the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Diversity is often thought of conceptually rather than as necessary to move our party forward. I want us to put equality and diversity at the heart of everything that we do – from the way we run our party, to our policies and the story we tell, to those people who represent us as candidates and elected representatives.

* Tehani Taylor is one of the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ Diversity Champions.

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  • And this is exactly why this party will be on the right side of history. We now see Maria Miller speaking our language and forcing the Tories to modernise. Equally Labour are now in a mess due to rejecting diversity in favour of Scargillite middle aged white men’s blue collar militancy.

  • Richard Underhill 8th Mar '18 - 2:34pm

    Diversity and equality are different and may conflict, as with spending priorities in NHS.
    Who do you want to win the six nations?
    Should Gareth Bale transfer from Real Madrid to Cardiff or Swansea?
    If so, how will the transfer be achieved?

  • Simon Banks 21st Apr '18 - 9:53pm

    I’ve deconstructed Richard Underhill’s obscure comment. The answer is that as Liberals, we welcome diversity (and hence, for example, passionate but not hate-filled rivalry over sport between different nations in the UK). On the wider stage, as individuals we want our community, nation and country to do well, but oppose using undue power to make it do well at the expense of others: for example, we will want a British industry to prosper, but will not use tariff barriers or artificially low prices to kill a foreign rival.

    I’m not sure why diversity and equality should be in conflict over NHS spending plans. Failure to recognise different needs of different groups leads to disproportionate disadvantage for some groups, which is an aspect of inequality.

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