As a former Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate, I have seen prejudice close-up, within British politics and, sadly, within our party. And I know that I'm not the only one. My experience led me to take time to reflect and then, at Harvard, I learnt from world leaders on race equality, collaborative working, and leadership. I want to translate my experience and learning into change for our party in the UK. As a starting point, we must implement the Alderdice Review recommendations.
I was honoured to receive endorsements from members across the country, including Baroness Sal Brinton, Chris Lucas, Cllr Sarah Cheung Johnson, Tom Brake, Layla Moran MP, Baroness Alison Suttie and Sarah Green MP.
If I were elected as your Vice President, we could:
• Promote a collaborative, positive working style to take the party from debate to action
• Implement the Alderdice Review recommendations at every level of the Liberal Democrats
• Help local parties and SAOs engage and campaign with diverse communities to win elections in the country
It is time for change. As a party, we need to attract ethnic minority talent, promote equality and opportunity for all.
All about Amna
Amna was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and grew up on a council estate in London. She was in foster care for a short time. She studied at Oxford and most recently, Harvard.
She joined the party due to her opposition to the Iraq War and since then, she has run for
council, London Assembly and as a target Parliamentary seat candidate in 2017. That
year she was appointed the Lib Dems' Shadow Refugee Minister and debated Nick Ferrari on
LBC about the policy to allow in Syrian child refugees.
She is a regular contributor to BBC Asian Network and has appeared in The Guardian, the
Evening Standard, ITV News, and the BBC, amongst others. Professionally, she is a campaigner working in healthcare policy.
Fun fact: Barack Obama follows Amna on Twitter! You can too at: @amnajahmad. You can also join her Facebook group - Amna for VP or email her [email protected]