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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 17, 2019

      There is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

      Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

      Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

      Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

    • Article: Sep 17, 2019
      By Bansri Buddhdev

      Hello Conference!

      What a brilliant time to be a Liberal Democrat!

      On the 7th May next year, London voters will make a decision of national and international importance. Who will be the next Mayor of London.

      They will decide who they believe embodies the very spirit of London. Who will stand up for global, liberal, pro-European, warm-hearted and dynamic values. Who will reflect and reinforce the optimism, diversity and entrepreneurialism of our capital.

    • Article: Sep 17, 2019
      By Liberal Democrats

      Conference, I don't know about you, but when you knock on doors canvassing, and people say "Oh, you're all the same", it can be quite frustrating.

      Brexit has changed all that. Everyone now knows, we are very different from Johnson's Conservatives and Corbyn's Labour.

      Only the Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit. Let's face it. Our great country could be just 46 days from economic catastrophe.

    • Article: Sep 17, 2019
      By Liberal Democrats

      The power to strip someone of their citizenship is one of the most serious the Home Secretary possesses.

      It should only be taken when absolutely necessary. And only when the national security interest can be proven in court.

      Was Javid's decision to strip Shamima Begum's citizenship about the safety of our country or the advancement of his career?

    • Article: Sep 16, 2019

      Vince began by thanking everyone who had helped him during his time as leader, and saying what he'd be doing next:

      "I have fought ten national elections over half a century. I couldn't have done that on my own without the emotional and practical support of my wife Rachel and my late wife Olympia. And without my dedicated team of volunteers in Twickenham and in Parliament led by Dee Doocey."

    • Article: Sep 16, 2019

      Make no mistake: there is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

      Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

      Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

      Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

    • Article: Sep 16, 2019

      Conference, it is an honour and a pleasure to be addressing you as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament and as your Shadow Foreign Secretary.

      From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making me feel so welcome. I could not be more at home in the wonderful Liberal Democrat family.

      The truth is, all the incredibly difficult decisions I have made on the journey I've been on this year were routed in my values and principles. I joined this party out of conviction.

    • Article: Sep 16, 2019
      By Bansri Buddhdev

      Jane started by thanking everyone who came to help in Brecon and Radnorshire...

      Whether you came during the recall petition or the by-election or even both - thank you. Without all of you, and the wider party and beyond, I would not be standing here today as the MP for Brecon & Radnorshire.

      She moved onto our recent wins:

    • Article: Sep 15, 2019

      There is nothing more important than education.

      Education opens up opportunities, shows us what we are capable of and challenges our preconceptions. When education is accessible it can be a great equaliser, however with cuts from 2010 then it is no longer fit for purpose.

      Our economy is changing. It is crucial that our education system evolves at the same rate.

    • Article: Sep 15, 2019

      Q: Do you forgive David Cameron for calling the 2016 referendum?

      A: No, I don't forgive him. Much of the problems we currently face come from David Cameron's shocking misjudgement and putting the interests of the Conservative party above the national interest. He did it when he announced the referendum in the first place, he did it when he won a majority. And this is clearly a pattern with Conservative prime ministers. The future of our country is at stake - people are losing jobs, feeling the impact of the falling pound and they're worried about our public services. Over 5000 of our nurses are from EU countries. There are 3 million EU citizens living now with uncertainty and a disturbing spike in hate crime. On so many grounds such as these, David Cameron cannot be forgiven.