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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

We believe the UK is better off in the EU, and we will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out.

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    • The flags of EU countries flying.
      Article: Jul 19, 2018

      1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

      His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

      Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      It is a day when we must remember that every person has the power to change the world.

      It has been 100 years since Mandela's birth. His dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the struggle for democracy continue to inspire millions of people.

      Global inequality remains a serious problem facing in the world and protecting human rights is an ongoing struggle of immense importance.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      Today the Electoral Commission ruled on what we all knew - Leave cheated.

      Vote Leave have been fined £60,000 for incomplete and inaccurate expenses and for working jointly with pro-Brexit group BeLeave - and using this to get around their spending ceiling of £7 million.

      And, lest we forget, the referendum result was just 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

    • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
      Article: Jul 18, 2018
      By Jo Swinson

      Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

      My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

      And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      So you have your team, you know who to talk to, but what are you going to tell people, and how are you going to do it.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      Elections are won or lost on Polling Day. One of our target seats in 2017 should have won their seat, but we didn't run a proper GOTV campaign for him and he lost by 2 votes. That wasn't going to happen again.

      GOTV (or get out the vote) is the process of getting those people you have identified as potential Lib Dem voters to put their cross in your box.

    • Liberal Democrats at 2018 Anti-Brexit March
      Article: Jul 17, 2018

      I'm excited to announce our summer campaign pack is coming off the printer and I wanted to share this news with you now so you can begin planning how you are going to use yours.

      Our efforts to stop Brexit are beginning to make waves but, as Parliament readies itself for the summer break, we must redouble our efforts on the ground and make this the biggest summer of action - but in order to do this, we need your help.

    • Alistair Carmichael outside the Palace of Westminster.
      Article: Jul 17, 2018
      By Alistair Carmichael MP

      Brexit is the most important issue in a generation. And as Liberal Democrats we have taken on the responsibility of stopping it. We're the only Party united in this aim.

      Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1.

      I was not expecting a close vote - up until 8pm, Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the govenment- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close - it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote.

      I'm taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.

    • Article: Jul 16, 2018

      Jo Swinson speaking at the March against Trump

    • Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington.
      Article: Jul 16, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      In the next few days, MPs will vote on the Customs (Taxation) and Trade Bills. These bills will be both pivotal to our future relationship with the EU and a battleground for parliamentary democracy itself.

      The Chequers deal is a total fudge. The plan requires the UK to be the EU's policeman and follow its rules on goods and state aid. Meanwhile, the services sector would be left to flounder. We have absolutely no guarantee that the EU would accept such a deal.