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Operation Social Equality

Operation Social Equality was founded in 2021 to campaign and represent the interests of those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Specifically we want to address the inequality and disadvantage that those from low socioeconomic backgrounds face.

We see that this group is the most disproportionately under-represented group in politics at almost every level. We believe that tackling this inequality provides wide benefits and creates the society that Liberals have called for in the preamble to our manifesto.

We believe that we can address this within the party by encouraging participation and increasing opportunity by levelling the playing field. Practically we are trying to achieve this with three principle aims:

TRAIN: Provide training specifically targeted towards supporting those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. We will support members and supporters of the party in accessing positions within the party, getting involved in party activities, taking on party roles and standing for elected positions at every level.

MENTOR: We will provide a mentoring scheme that aims to partner members and supporters at various levels in order to provide access to opportunities within the parties and equip particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds to progress within the party, and also provide support through challenges along the way.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: We seek to break down barriers to participation for those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This includes institutional barriers created over years that reduce access and participation.

Latest News and Views from Operation Social Equality

  • Article: Nov 2, 2021

    The Federal Policy Committee has commissioned a new working group on a Fairer Society and is looking for applicants.

    The group will consider a wide range of issues affecting society, including our approach to social security, Universal Basic Income, skills, tax, industrial policy and regional development - with the clear aim of building a fairer, more liberal society.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2021

    We recently held our first stakeholder meeting for our new group.
    We discussed the aims and objectives of the group and some of the reasoning behind our name.
    We were joined by Mary Regnier-Wilson who discussed some of the next steps towards founding our group and how we might be able to progress as an AO.
    The party leader Ed Davey also spoke to our group about the importance of this group and his own regret that it has taken this long before the group is founded.

    The group heard feedback from several who attended this first meeting and will use this feedback to shape the early foundations of the group.

  • Joe MaCauley
    Article: Oct 29, 2021

    Below is an article published by Joe Macaluey in July last year. Joe is a founding member of Operation Social Equality.

    Across the political board, parties' memberships remain hugely unrepresentative. We can and must do more to simply reach out to those who we perhaps forget all too easily.

    Political turmoils, such as Brexit and the continuing Scottish Independence debate, have not only exposed deep socioeconomic fractures in our society - it has also created some new ones.

We are not quite ready yet, but we are getting there. We would like to tell you more about we are doing and the next stages. Please sign up to find out more.

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