Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference today passed a motion on diversity. Lib Dem Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes MP, said: "I am glad that Conference agreed today that there will be a full set of proposals for candidate diversity and that we will have the chance to take decisions to change the face and mix of the Liberal Democrats.
"I will be presenting a paper to the Party's Federal Executive next month which will propose radical changes in the way we select our candidates.
"This proposal will include the aim that half our candidates will be women and that one in ten of our candidates will come from our black and minority ethnic communities.
"People with disabilities and gay and lesbian candidates must also play a key part in our parliamentary team for the next General Election.
"The whole party seems clear that Liberal Democrats must act urgently to increase our diversity and make sure many more women and people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are candidates in winnable seats at the next election."