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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 19, 2018
      By Liberal Democrats

      The NHS can't recruit the doctors and nurses it needs. Families are separated by complex visa requirements. People without documents are denied access to healthcare and housing. Decades of incompetence and cruelty by Labour and Tory Home Secretaries has shattered confidence in the system.

      The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand a more effective and compassionate immigration system. A system that works for our economy and treats migrants and asylum seekers with dignity.

    • Article: Dec 19, 2018
      By Robin Rea

      Last night the Liberal Democrats tabled a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.

      The Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit for two years.

      Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has helped the Conservatives deliver Brexit. The motion of no confidence could remove one of Corbyn's last excuses not to back a People's Vote.

    • Article: Dec 18, 2018
      By Vince Cable

      The Government has challenged the Labour Party to table a real 'no confidence' motion. We have now done that for them.

      Jeremy Corbyn need only add his name, and the debate and vote would happen before Christmas.

      If he fails, it will be yet more evidence that his recalcitrance is really a rouse to avoid supporting a People's Vote.

    • Article: Dec 18, 2018
      By Liberal Democrats

      It means that we have now secured a number of important changes to the Bill, including:

      • Creating exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals.
      • Protecting journalism and academic research from the new offence of accessing terrorism-related material online.
      • Requiring the Government to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.
      • Limiting new powers to detain people at ports and airports to cases involving national security.
    • Article: Dec 17, 2018

      1. NHS 10 Year Plan

      Our NHS badly needs support and everyone knows it. The Prime Minister was meant to put forward a ten year plan for the health service this year.

      That didn't happen. Instead she has been forced to scramble for backbench support for her broken Brexit deal and run around Europe trying to grab last minute concessions.

    • 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.