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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: Nov 14, 2019

      The Liberal Democrats believe that in 21st century Britain, none of us should need to fear discrimination.

      We believe that we should all have the same opportunities regardless of where we come from or our circumstances; and that our children and grandchildren can be who they want to be without any fear of persecution or intrusion.

    • Article: Nov 14, 2019

      We don't know about you but we had a wild Saturday night!

      Our leader Jo Swinson kicked off her election tour of the UK with a supporter's rally in Battersea. We're taking the fight across the country - starting last week with our plan for a brighter future.

      Jo led by paying tribute to the many young people in the room and pledged to fight to leave behind a better world:

    • Article: Nov 13, 2019

      The UK is in a knife crime epidemic, but successive Governments have taken the wrong approach to dealing with it.

      For 25 years, Conservative and Labour Governments have been competing to seem tough on crime, without doing enough to actually prevent it.

      "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for young people by investing £500 million a year in youth services and taking a public health approach to youth violence."

    • Article: Nov 13, 2019

      Lib Dem and Remainer social media is aflutter today with discussions of the Canterbury situation.

      Some people argue with great passion that we should be standing aside for Labour's candidate Rosie Duffield. I know Rosie and she is a good person. I think she would be a much better fit in the Liberal Democrats, but she has chosen to stay in Labour. I understand people's instinctive desire to give her a clear run at her seat in the name of Remain.

    • Article: Nov 13, 2019
      By Sal Brinton

      Jo Swinson would make a better Prime Minister than either Johnson or Corbyn.

      Yesterday, the Liberal Democrats filed legal proceedings against ITV.

      They have refused to include Jo Swinson in their Leaders Debate numerous times. This is despite Jo being the leader of the biggest and strongest Remain party in the country.

    • Article: Nov 13, 2019

      As the world grapples with a climate emergency, the Conservatives are turning their backs on communities most at risk by failing to provide adequate flood defences.

      Following the flooding across northern England this week, we've announced that a over the lifetime of the next parliament, a Liberal Democrat government will create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund. The fund will help the UK build resilience against future flooding, and ensure all communities can access the funds they need during periods of crisis.

    • Article: Nov 12, 2019

      Today marks Guru Nanak Gurpurab, which commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. Sikh communities across the world will be celebrating the life of a great thinker; someone who stood up for equality, justice and fairness.

      The teachings of Guru Nanak are profoundly significant. As we mark 550 years since his birth, let us reflect on his message of love and community service to others. These teachings continue to resonate with millions today and are a source of inspiration to people of all faiths and those of none.

    • Article: Nov 12, 2019

      Working hard should mean secure work and a decent income, but for too many people that's not the case. In an ever changing workplace, people often need to develop new skills, but the cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.

      Neither the Conservatives or Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th-century policies that simply won't work in our 21st-century economy. They would take our country backwards.

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      Article: Nov 11, 2019
      By Liberal Democrats

      A lot of people have noticed something in our online ads… something about "skills wallets".

      So what is a "Skills Wallet"?

      It's a major, new, innovative policy and a key part of our Plan for the Future.

      A Liberal Democrat government will provide every adult with £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout your lives. This "Skills Wallet" is meant to give every person the opportunity to retrain and upskill for jobs that we can't even imagine yet.

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      Article: Nov 10, 2019

      Tom Franks and Caroline Jones are standing in the General Election for Keighley and Shipley constituencies.

      You can e email Tom at tomfrankslibdem@gmail.com and can find out more about Tom here

      You can e mail Caroline at carolinejonesld@gmail.com and find out more about Caroline here