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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: Apr 12, 2022

      Thank you

      With nominations now closed for the May elections, many thanks to everyone who has put in so much work to getting candidates approved, selected and safely nominated. From a first look at the numbers, we've seen a good increase in our candidate totals in Scotland and Wales, with the numbers broadly the same in England compared with last time.

    • Article: Apr 12, 2022

      We now have a criminal Prime Minister.

      Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.

      While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.

      Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.

    • Article: Apr 6, 2022
      By Liberal Democrats

      Life's been tough for lots of people over the past few years. And it's still tough. But with their trademark decency and strength, the British people are rising to the challenge. Raising families. Caring for others. And playing by the rules.

      Now more than ever, it's time for a fair deal.

      Yet with the rising cost of living, this Conservative Government is letting you down badly and taking you for granted.

    • Article: Mar 25, 2022

      Our focus this year has been squarely on understanding the party's overall political direction, our target voters, and the role our policies can play in helping us to persuade people and win votes. This was the main focus of our in-person awayday at LDHQ at the end of February, and has underlain all our other discussions, with the aim of informing both our current policy development work, and its direction for the future.

    • Article: Mar 24, 2022

      The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.

      Rishi Sunak is following Boris Johnson's lead by not being up front and honest with the country.

      Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.

    • Article: Mar 24, 2022
      By Alison Suttie

      Tim Farron and I are currently conducting a review into the Party's candidate selection processes.

      The review has been commissioned by the The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC), following conversations with the State Parties. Candidate approval and selection is a State Party function within our governance.

    • Article: Mar 23, 2022
      By Tim Farron

      Over the past month, as more than 3.5 million innocent Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country to escape Putin's war, people across the UK have responded with enormous compassion and generosity.

      More than 150,000 have offered to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.

      The Anti-Refugee Bill is an awful piece of legislation that flies in the face of the incredible spirit of the British people.

    • Article: Mar 17, 2022

      On Wednesday, I returned from the Ukraine-Poland border. When I was there, I met refugees who have been forced to flee Putin's assault on their homes, including people who are desperate to come to the UK - often to join family members. I was proud to see many British aid workers and volunteers providing support and the generosity of the British public who are offering their homes.

    • Article: Mar 16, 2022

      Over the weekend, we unveiled a new Liberal Democrat Website.

      It's the Technology Blog, which you can see here: https://tech.libdems.org.uk

      This blog is hugely exciting - because it's been built on our brand new website platform, Fleet.

      Fleet is intended to replace both Nationbuilder and Prater Raines FOCI for the party.

    • Article: Mar 16, 2022
      By Pauline Allon

      Information about an open public meeting using Zoom

      The Shipley, Keighley and Ilkley branch of the Liberal Democrats would like to invite you to an open zoom meeting about Devolution for Yorkshire. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 March at 1930 hours. We are often told that devolution leads to stronger democracies, more equality within societies giving people more say in the political system. But does it? Does devolution lead to a fairer distribution of resources providing stronger public services or is it nothing more than a costly political exercise leading to yet another layer of government? How would a devolved Yorkshire benefit Yorkshire folk? How would it tackle issues such as climate change, rural isolation and levelling up? What would a devolved Yorkshire mean for us all?