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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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    • Article: Dec 15, 2018

      Two years ago Brexit seemed inevitable. Now, with 117 Conservative MPs unable even to support the Prime Minister as Conservative leader, it is hard to see how she can get any version of her deal through when the Commons returns in January.

      Meanwhile, 'no deal' is plainly unacceptable to all parties, except for the most extreme of Conservative backbenchers. Parliament is therefore in deadlock.

    • Article: Dec 15, 2018

      A toxic combination of exams, which needlessly heap pressure onto pupils from a young age; unhealthy competition between schools, leaving teachers dreading the next Ofsted inspection; and funding cuts which mean numbers of school nurses have been reduced, is having devastating consequences.

      The NSPCC say the number of schools seeking help from mental health services is rising and on average, 183 children a day are referred to NHS child and adolescent mental health services.

    • Article: Dec 14, 2018

      Brexit is a national embarrassment

      Brexit is a national embarrassment. The events of the last few weeks have proven that the government is in absolute chaos.

      The Prime Minister pulled her Brexit vote; but if that wasn't bad enough her MPs' leadership challenge also spoke volumes: Conservative MPs can change their minds, but the British people cannot!

    • Article: Dec 14, 2018

      Earlier this year, we enjoyed our best council election results in 15 years. We snatched control of councils like South Cambridgeshire, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond upon Thames from the Conservatives. And in cities like Hull, Sunderland and Liverpool, we gained ground against complacent Labour councils who've taken their residents for granted.

      Next year over 9,000 council seats and the control of councils around the country will be in the balance. It's a huge chance to build on our successes and make more headlines for the Liberal Democrats.

    • Article: Dec 14, 2018

      1. Thersa May rules out revoking Article 50

      The ECJ rules that No Brexit is an option but Theresa May blindly ploughs ahead with her broken deal. We were given the option to get out of this mess and Theresa May turned it down.

      Only by having a People's Vote will Theresa May listen and cancel Brexit before it's too late.

    • Article: Dec 13, 2018

      After years of putting pressure on the Government, on Tuesday they agreed major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

      We campaigned to:

      • significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent,
      • require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and
      • limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.
    • Article: Dec 12, 2018

      Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

      The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

      The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

    • Article: Dec 10, 2018

      The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

      Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

      It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

    • Article: Dec 10, 2018
      By Vince Cable

      On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

      With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."

    • Article: Dec 6, 2018

      For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

      Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

      The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.