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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: Jul 10, 2019

      When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention.

    • Article: Jul 10, 2019
      By Benny Curtis

      I'm Benny, and I've been a Liberal Democrat since 2017 - but I never really had a chance to get particularly involved.

      That changed last week when I headed up to Brecon.

      I knew how important this by-election is going in - we can't afford to take it for granted. It's essential as many Liberal Democrats as possible head to Brecon and Radnorshire to support our candidate, Jane Dodds.

    • Article: Jul 6, 2019

      This is a strange way to start off this blog post, but please bear with me. In April 2016 I got my first telescope. I didn't spend a great deal, and it took me awhile to learn how to focus it, but eventually one night I caught Jupiter, its red spot and the bright twinkles of the four Galilean moons. It was at that moment I started to believe in Allah again. At around the same time I properly and very bluntly came out to my father - the end of a rather long journey in me accepting that I was a gay woman. Soon after, I popped down to the LGBT inclusive Christian church at the bottom of my road, in a bid to be able to reconcile faith in god with my sexuality. It was welcoming, but it did not feel like my spiritual home.

    • Article: Jul 5, 2019
      By Liberal Democrats

      In a time of political crisis, we have some good news, and an invitation to demand democracy.

      I want Proportional Representation

      We have signed the Good Systems Agreement, alongside other parties, organisations and public figures.

      Together we have achieved something that has never been done in the UK. We're securing broad consensus about the principles that define good voting systems. Most importantly, seats won in Parliament must closely reflect the votes cast. We have also agreed that the best voting system for the UK would ideally be determined by citizens. This could be done through an evidence-based, deliberative process, like a citizens' assembly.

    • Article: Jul 3, 2019

      July's edition of Ad Lib Magazine is now out!

      We've got a bunch of content for you this time around - talking to councillors, new MEPs and new Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna amongst others.

      Not only that, but we've got the lowdown on the leadership election from both candidates - it's a really good read.

      Is there anything you'd like included in the next edition? Don't hesitate to get in touch - let us know at membership@libdems.org.uk.

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      Article: Jul 1, 2019
      By Greg Foster

      Party members - check your inboxes!

      Ballots for our leadership election have now gone out. If you were a member by the 7th June, you get a say in deciding the next leader of our party.

      It's a really exciting time to be a Liberal Democrat - and we're extraordinarily lucky to have 2 solid candidates in Sir Ed Davey and Jo Swinson. Either would be a fabulous leader for our party.

    • Article: Jun 29, 2019

      The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

      The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

      And once again the future of the country has played second fiddle to the future of the Conservative Party.

    • Article: Jun 29, 2019

      We are so close to stopping Brexit.

      In the three years since we started our calls for a People's Vote on the final deal, your hard work has taken it from a fringe view in British politics to a position that is now advocated by millions of people, and so many more MPs across both sides of the House of Commons.

    • Article: Jun 29, 2019

      Nothing is more frustrating than the BBC giving prominence to Nigel Farage, whilst so often ignoring us.

      That's why - at the start of our leadership contest - I wrote to the BBC demanding they host a TV hustings for the Liberal Democrats.

      So I'm delighted to announce they've now agreed there will be three televised debates - on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, between Jo and myself on Monday 1st July (Sky & Channel 4) and Friday 19th July (BBC) to help you make your mind up!

    • Article: Jun 29, 2019

      Here's the most important question in this leadership election; If Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn go head to head as the leaders of the Tories and Labour, both supporting Brexit, who should we choose who will stand out as the real alternative?

      For me, that leader is Jo Swinson.

      Let me tell you why.

      As our party's Brexit spokesperson, I've seen the reports; medicine shortages, small businesses crushed, our security at risk.