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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: Feb 22, 2019

      Following extensive consultation within the party, the Federal Board asked the Federal People Development Committee to develop a formal scheme for registered supporters. This is in keeping with the Party's agreed strategy to create a political and social movement and forms part of proposals to open up our structures which are being debated at Spring Conference in York.

    • Article: Feb 21, 2019

      We have been calling for a realignment of politics for decades. I have welcomed the courageous move by 11 Members of Parliament to sit as independents. We now must seize the moment and maximise this opportunity to reshape British politics.

      Those MPs who have defected to the newly formed "Independent Group" come from different political traditions to our own. We should respect them for being honest about the fact that their former parties no longer articulate their values. Thankfully, our party, is different and still articulates the values that we have always held. In the politics of Brexit, we agree on a lot and have a shared desire to see a People's Vote. We shall cooperate in achieving that.

    • Article: Feb 20, 2019

      Today I'm supporting a Private Members' bill to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

      For me this is about the pride of we can all get from work - it's not just what we do, often it can define who we are.

      As it stands, people seeking asylum who make it to Britain are only allowed to work after twelve months after submitting their claim for asylum and only if they can fill a job on the government's very narrow shortage occupation list (like ballet dancer, or nuclear waste decomissioner).

    • Article: Feb 19, 2019

      The numbers don't lie. 2019 presents the biggest set of local elections for the Lib Dems in several years. Many of those candidates will be under the age of 26. That's where we come in.

      I'm Charlie, campaigns officer for the Young Liberals - the party's youth and student wing. We want to see more young people getting elected - and that's why today we launched Young and Winning 2019.

    • Article: Feb 19, 2019

      Do you want to get our Brexit message to voters in your area? Check out our new bulk buy deals to find out how.

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    • Article: Feb 18, 2019

      Today, 7 MPs left Labour to form an independent group. I felt they were brave and said I hoped we'd be able to work together.

      What I didn't say is I felt the answer to many of their reasons for leaving are addressed right here, with the Liberal Democrats.

    • Article: Feb 18, 2019
      By Vince Cable

      Today 7 Labour MPs have left their party to become Independents.

      It's not unexpected, or unwelcome. In part, they've been pushed to this by Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to respect his party's policy on Brexit.

    • Article: Feb 15, 2019

      Every May, there are local elections in the UK, to elect the councillors that local after our local communities.

      In the Liberal Democrats, we're committed to making sure this year's local elections produce the biggest gains ever, returning hard-working Liberal Democrat councillors to town halls right across England.

    • Article: Feb 15, 2019
      By Sal Brinton

      It is less than a month now to Spring Conference in York. I'm sure many of you will by now have booked your trains and your accommodation to join us for all the interest that two days packed full of motions, training, fringes and meeting up with others from across the country. If you haven't booked yet, you can do so here: libdems.org.uk/spring-conference

    • Article: Feb 15, 2019
      By Claire Halliwell

      We all know the power of a good story.

      Storytelling is the oldest way of passing along information, in which facts can be shared but we also know it is also one of the most powerful for sharing our messages.

      That's why we want yours.

      We want to share your story to help us win the fight for an Exit from Brexit.