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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.

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    • Article: Mar 2, 2021

      At a time when millions of small businesses are struggling to survive, to offer them just £5 billion would be an insult.

      We need to see a budget with a bold and ambitious compensation package

      From beauticians to builders, florists to café owners - the small businesses in our communities are on the brink and the Chancellor must do more.

    • Article: Feb 26, 2021

      For more up to date information from the Lib Dem Lords, follow us on twitter: @LibDemLords

      Here's what our peers got up to this week.

      Monday 22nd February

      Each day in the Lords begins with four oral questions to the Government on different topics. Dee Doocey took the Government to task for often taking many weeks, or even months, to answer Written Questions submitted by peers. They are a critical tool for parliamentarians, she said, and government departments are working in a way that is detrimental for others trying to hold ministers to account.

    • Article: Feb 26, 2021

      Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

      For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

      Weekly Whip w/c 22nd February

      Monday 22nd February

      All eyes were on the Prime Minister on Monday as he delivered an address to Parliament, setting out a roadmap of rolling back restrictions as the pandemic heads into a new phase.

    • Article: Feb 26, 2021

      For years, the Liberal Democrats have been campaigning to scrap the archaic Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough.

      And yesterday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick conceded that we were right, and that it's time to get rid of this cruel and outdated law.

    • Article: Feb 24, 2021
      By Layla Moran

      25 years ago our former leader Paddy Ashdown laid out the stakes for Britain's position in the world:

      Britain's role as the bulwark against tyranny in two wars this century was not a product of isolationism. It was the natural response of a nation used to engaging in the world and certain about its role as a European power.

    • Article: Feb 22, 2021

      Millions of people across the country have made untold sacrifices in the past year.

      Boris Johnson must not squander the months of sacrifice by millions of people and businesses across the country

      People have been isolated from their families, hundreds of thousands of businesses have been shuttered and our precious freedoms have been curtailed.

    • Article: Feb 18, 2021
      By Liberal Democrats

      During this pandemic, carers have stepped up in very difficult circumstances to look after elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.

      Carer's Allowance is just £67 a week. It's just not nearly enough.

      Unpaid carers in particular are doing a remarkable and important job looking after our loved ones.

      But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

    • Article: Feb 18, 2021
      By LGBT+ Liberal Democrats

      Just like with Black History Month (October) or Disability History Month (which runs from November into December), it's typically filled with events (check ours out here) and discussion. LGBT+ History Month reminds us of the progress we've made, but also warns us about the injustices that we have only recently escaped - and injustices that are still with us.

    • Article: Feb 15, 2021
      By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

      During this pandemic, millions of people have stepped up heroically to look after elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.

      Most carers are simply exhausted during coronavirus. Most haven't had a single break since the pandemic began.

      A recent survey by Carers UK found that 81% of carers are spending more time on their caring responsibilities during the pandemic, mainly because the needs of the person they are caring for have increased or because the local care services they rely on have been reduced or closed.

    • Article: Feb 15, 2021
      By Chinese Liberal Democrats

      For all of us, 2020 was a difficult year; some of us touched by death and many by loss of income, wellbeing and self-worth. So much has changed, and yet not changed.

      Those of us with memories of SARS watched in concern at the British Government late and botched efforts to tackle COVID. We saw COVID-related hate crime spike as Chinese people were shunned, and verbally and physically assaulted. Internet memes depicting Chinese people as sources of COVID were widely shared.