Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said his party needs to lead by example in promoting diversity by including more gay people, women, disabled people, and ethnic minorities among its MPs.
Speaking on Saturday at the spring conference of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Mr Clegg admitted his party was not representative in its membership.
“This party is too male and that needs to change,” he said. “We need more Liberal Democrat role models for black and Asian boys and girls, for disabled boys and girls and for young gay men and women too.
“We must be a more diverse party. And we will be a better party for it,” he stated.
Of 56 Liberal Democrat MPs only seven are women.
“I think in a way we are all Thatcherites now,” he said. “One of the things about her legacy is some of those big arguments we had everyone now accepts.”