Voter registration, candidate info surgery and Drop in: 07 Mar & 13 Mar 2019 (See More)
Training course on How to build confidence in public life . 19 March 2019, 10.30am at Leith Community Education Centre. For more info and registration click here


FREE Training Courses ! 

Confidence Building in Public Life
Tuesday 05 June 2018, 10.30 – 3.00 pm
Where: Leith Community Education Centre, 12A Newkirkgate, Edinburgh EH6 6AD

Communication Skills in Public Life
Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: West Lothian Civic centre, Howden South Road, Livingston EH54 6FF [ See more]

To book your place, please contact us via email:

Electoral Reform: Have your say [Click Here for more info]

Please take part on electoral reform consultation (Deadline is 12 March)


  • Seminar: British Honours System and Diverse Communities, 23 Oct 2017, 4pm – 6pm (see more)
  • Community Event: Black History Month Celebration in West Lothian, 31 Oct 2017, 7pm -8.30 (See more)



  • Interested to be an election observer on 8th June ? – Contact us by 20th May
  • Training Course: Public Speaking, 29 June 2017, 11am
  • Workshop: BME Women in Public Appointments, 15 May 2017, 6pm (see more)

Is Politics Racist ? (See details) 11 April 2017, 6pm -8pm at Leith Academy. To book . Find the event program CLICK HERE !

Voter registration event for BME and Young People, Date: 12 April  2017, 2pm at ELREC, For more information click here  [event flyer]

Drop in Session for BME Councillor Candidates, Date: 22 March 2017, 2-4pm at ELREC  (CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION)

Free training course: Communication Skills in public life 30 April 2017 (See more)

Are you want to be a counicillor ? see more

Briefing Session for potential candidates and agents:
Time and date: 6pm on Wednesday 8 March 2016 in the Business Centre, City Chambers.
To register an interest in attending the event please contact:

Diversity in Community Councils Online Survey (posted on 5/1/2017)
Survey link:
Deadline: 20 February 2017
See more info about this survey more info

Deadline: 10 Feb 2017, for more information & registration (click here) Registration is closed now, please sign up to register your interest, we will contact when next round will start !

 VOTE ONLINE (deadline 27 Oct 8pm) See more

Diversity in public life 

ELREC has launched to increase engagement of diverse members of communities in democratic processes and public life across the Edinburgh and Lothians. This new initiative is an extension of ELREC’s ongoing Equality Engagement Project which is supported by the Scottish Government Equality Fund.

Various activities will be undertaken to identify actions which can be taken to enhance engagement of the BME community and women in public life and the democratic process.

The project will also address issues identified that limit and foster participation of stakeholders and community into public life.

For more information please see the brochure by clicking here .

Current level of BME involvement in Public Life in Scotland

Scottish Parliament (2011)
Only 1.5% of the parliament’s 129 MSPs are from ethnic minorities, well below the 4% of Scotland’s population which is non-white.

Local Government
In 2012 Local Government Elections, 32 candidates were from non-white background across the 14 local authorities. Almost half (13) of them stood from Glasgow city council. In 2012, total 17 BME councillors took up office out of a total 1223 seats. It represents 1.4% of the total Scottish BME (4%) population. Out of 32 local authorities 7 has BME representation.

City of Edinburgh Council
The city of Edinburgh Council, home of 2nd largest (8% BME) non-white population, does not have any BME representation while Glasgow hosts 7 councillors out of 17. There is 1 BME councillors in East Lothian. West Lothian and Midlothian has no BME representation.

In total, there are only 4 BME women councillors in Scotland.

After 2015 general election, 43 BME MP were elected which equates to 6.6 % of the House of Commons, compared to around 14% in the overall UK population at large.

Questionnaire Survey: Diverse communities in public life and their participation in the democratic process ( Oct 2015)

To see the brief survey summary (click here)