Wirral Diversity Statement - July 2022
1) The Vision
The Liberal Democrats in Wirral, which covers four parliamentary constituencies, are committed to promoting inclusion, diversity and equality in our local party, irrespective of age, non-visible or visible disability or other mental physical or emotional health issue, ethnic origin, gender identity and reassignment, marital status and civil partnership, nationality, national origin, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.
We are also committed to providing an inclusive and safe environment where people do not feel intimidated and feel comfortable enough openly to express their different opinions and beliefs. At party meetings, everyone should feel their experience and perspective are valued.
We aim to promote diversity, and to discourage all forms of stigma. 'Stigma' is defined as a negative social label associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person.
Wirral has a population of about 320,000:
97% are white, with 96% born in the UK;
52% are female and 48% are male;
21% are aged under 18, 57% aged 18 - 64; 22% are aged 65 and over
The M53 motorway is a significant divide in prosperity, health and life expectancy, all of which are better to the west.
Wirral Liberal Democrats has a membership; which is:
36% are female and 64% are male;
Less than 1% aged under 18, 55% aged 18 - 64; 45% are aged 65 and over
71% Christian; 3% other religion; 25% no religion
11% identify as disabled
The Executive is:
19% female and 81% male
Our councillors are:
50% aged 18 - 64; 50% 65 and over
3) The Business Case
Wirral Liberal Democrats seek to ensure our officers, Executive team, actual/prospective councillors, members and supporters be representative of the visible demographic profile of our constituents. The business case for this is twofold:
4) The Diversity Plan
Below we set out our 2022-2024 Diversity Plan.
Appoint a Diversity Officer as an Executive member.
The visible diversity groups in which we are currently underrepresented in all four constituencies, and should therefore target for improvement, are:
People with disabilities
Our non-visible focus is about attracting people from different backgrounds with different experiences. This can be education, work experience, cultural background, interests and much else besides. We value these different backgrounds and experiences and feel the Liberal Democrat party in Wirral, together with our members and supporters, will be much the richer for them.
In addition, we need to find a way to improve membership and therefore diversity by involving the almost 3,000 residents who are EU nationals, who can vote but only in local elections; and by engaging with the unknown number of residents who do not have access to computers, the internet and social media.
Finally, we can have all the visible and non-visible diversity in the world, but we have also to create and maintain an inclusive and safe environment where people do not feel intimidated and feel comfortable enough to openly express their different opinions and beliefs.
The methods we will use to achieve our diversity goals, both visible and non-visible, are as follows
We need to ensure that our Officers, Executive, existing/prospective councillors fully understand the business case for diversity and don't just see it as 'the right thing to do'.
When planning events for members we should ensure:
When having panel discussions, we must ensure that our panel is made up of people of multiple different backgrounds and that events are sufficiently accessible.
We should consider:
When campaigning we should consider:
6) Key next steps
Focus over the next six months will be: