When I got the news last night that I was appointed Under Secretary of State for Equalities (Home Office Minister) it didn’t really sink in as to what that really meant.
This morning – lying in the bath thinking about the portfolio – I realised that this is a huge opp0rtunity to change things for the better. I will be able to do – not just to say. For two years as Shadow Equalities spokesperson – through the Equality Bill, through countless speeches to groups , through our conference policy papers on Women and Youth – it has always been about what LibDems would do about equality if we were in government. Blimey – we are!
Now I can deliver it – well some of it. Equalities was not in that first tier agreement released by Liberal Democrats and Conservatives prior to coalition – but it will be part of the second tier agreement I believe.
So – today will find out the lie of the land – but the chance to deliver Liberal Democrat equality policy is phenomenal. Will I get our whole agenda agreed – well I might – but there are a few things I can see causing ructions – but I am optimistic about most of it.