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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: Sep 14, 2020

      Liberal Democrat MPs have put forward measures to the Internal Market Bill that will remove controversial clauses that breach the Northern Ireland Protocol.

      Respecting the rule of law is fundamental to any self-respecting Government.

      The clauses in question allow the UK to unilaterally scrap "exit summary" forms for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, and to apply UK state aid rules in Northern Ireland - contrary to what was agreed with the EU. A third clause seeks to protect the above changes from being considered unlawful.

    • Article: Sep 14, 2020

      I've been a member for many years but like many others, I'd never taken the plunge and dived into conference.

      That all changed last year when I went to the 2019 Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth.

      I didn't know what to expect, but before I knew it, I was meeting fellow Lib Dems from across the country, sharing stories, learning new tricks, and feeling at home with over 3,000 like-minded members who share my values.

    • Article: Sep 8, 2020

      Saturday sees the first full meeting of our new Steering Group, created by the Federal Board in a pilot to find ways of improving how we run the party. As the Thornhill Election Review found in frank detail, failing to run the party well hinders our election prospects.

      Elections will be very much on our mind as one of our major items of business is next May's elections. The combination of general elections in Scotland and Wales plus two rounds of local elections in one will make this much more than a usual May. How much normal party activity to put aside so we can focus on the elections will be one of the issues discussed. It's always tempting to stop everything for the next election, but do that too often and many long-term problems build up. Some careful judgements will be needed.

    • Alan Sykes
      Article: Sep 3, 2020

      Alan Sykes died last week after a few days in hospital. He had his 90th birthday in January.

      The Liberal Democrats and before that the SDP owe Alan a huge debt. He worked for very many years in pursuit of the principles of Liberal Democracy, never afraid to challenge anything that he felt was not in line with them.

    • Article: Sep 3, 2020
      By Layla Moran

      The new law, aimed at stamping out protests that have racked Hong Kong for the past year, can "prevent, stop and punish any acts or activities" that severely endanger national security." Such charges are often used in mainland China to silence dissidents and other political opponents. It has already been used to silence people.

    • Article: Sep 2, 2020
      By Alistair Carmichael

      Alan, his mum and his five-year-old brother had drowned as they attempted to cross from Turkey to Kos in a small inflatable boat, having fled the violence of ISIL and Assad's civil war.

      The Conservatives voted against providing a safe haven for children who've been forced to flee their homes and separated from their families.

    • Layla Moran
      Article: Sep 1, 2020

      Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey has announced a new team of spokespeople who will hold the Government to account and rebuild our party.

      Layla Moran

      Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & International Development

    • Article: Sep 1, 2020

      Those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it.

      Like the rest of our wonderful NHS and care staff, hundreds of thousands of people from other countries are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, putting themselves in harm's way to make sure we get the care we need.

    • Article: Sep 1, 2020

      Party Reform

      This month we received a report on progress against the Thornhill Report and we felt that the party was making good progress on some of the key points raised.

      Whilst there is still much to do, there is a feeling that what we are setting in place will be good for the future. The Party is improving its ability to work across different parts of itself (HQ, ALDC, the States and Regions) and, despite the challenge of Coronavirus, is ploughing on with the reforms necessary to elect more Liberal Democrats.

    • Article: Sep 1, 2020
      By Flo Clucas

      Our Party is going through a period of change. The General Election Review was one of the reviews commissioned by the Party, to look at how we organise ourselves for elections and how we can do things better.

      The Party has also asked for a review of Party organisations - known as AOs, Associated Organisations and SAOs, Specified Associated Organisations. These are organisations in the Party that cover everything, from Green Liberal Democrats to Liberal Democrat Women and everything in between. If you are a member of one of the Party's organisations, then this survey is for you. We want your views both on the support the Party gives to your organisation and what changes can and should be made.