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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: Jan 7, 2021
      By Jack Coulson

      Party Awards recognise publicly those who have given the party outstanding service and commitment in the past year. They are presented at Conference and each winner receives a trophy to keep.

      You can watch last autumn's presentation ceremony here!

      We present three awards at Spring Conference, and five at Autumn Conference. You can nominate someone by clicking here. The upcoming awards are:

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021
      By Robin Rea

      Unpaid carers are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support.

      But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

      900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance - but at just £67.25 a week, it's just not nearly enough.

      In November, the Liberal Democrats launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to immediately raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year, the same as the uplift in Universal Credit. To make this campaign a success, we need local parties up and down the country to make it part of their campaigns.

    • Article: Jan 4, 2021

      This is the public health policy the Prime Minister should have announced before Christmas.

      But yet again, Boris Johnson ducked the difficult decisions, failed to listen to experts and acted too late.

      Just yesterday morning Johnson was telling parents that schools were safe and children should definitely go. Today he is telling us that they must all move to remote learning but without any proper future plan.

    • Article: Jan 4, 2021
      By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

      Boris Johnson has completely lost control of the Covid-19 crisis.

      Boris Johnson's dither and delay continues to cost lives and livelihoods

      This government has abdicated its key responsibility, which is to make the tough decisions for the future good of the country. Over and over again, Boris Johnson has ducked the hard choices.

    • Article: Dec 30, 2020
      By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

      It is clear that this is a bad deal that will make people's lives poorer.

      Liberal Democrats will vote against this deal

      So the Liberal Democrats will vote against it.

      This botched deal leaves the services sector in limbo and is the only 'free' trade deal in history to put up barriers and increase red tape, bringing long delays and higher costs.

    • Article: Dec 30, 2020
      By Ed Davey

      Today, we have tabled a series of amendments to the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill that demand the Government protect British businesses, the rights of UK nationals and ensure Parliament has proper scrutiny over the future relationship agreement.

      By allowing Parliament just a few hours to debate the trade deal he Government has committed an affront to our democracy.

    • Article: Dec 26, 2020

      Boris Johnson promised to make people better off, but his deal will make us all poorer.

      This is a threadbare deal - bad for jobs, security, and our environment

      This deal is threadbare, bad for jobs, business, security, and our environment. It is the only 'free' trade deal in history to put up barriers to trade and leaves the services sector in limbo.

    • Article: Dec 22, 2020
      By Liberal Democrats

      2020 has been an extremely difficult and upsetting year for everyone.

      The extra pressures carers face over the festive season can be exhausting.

      While people up and down the country typically use the festive period to relax after a busy year, the Government's continued failures have caused further heartbreak and stress.

    • Article: Dec 19, 2020

      My heart goes out to the millions of families who after a very tough year were looking forward to Christmas with some sense of normality.

      The sad fact is the Prime Minister has caused more upset by yet again acting too late.

      The writing was on the wall last week when we asked Boris Johnson to listen to the scientists. He was warned that, if he had to cancel Christmas, he mustn't leave it to the last minute.

    • Article: Dec 19, 2020

      At a recent meeting of The Federal International Relations Committee, I had the chance to recount what I've been doing in the past couple of years (almost!) as party Vice President.

      It's been my privilege to serve since first being elected to the role in 2019 and then again, in 2020, and I had been invited to speak on how we, as a party, can reach out to ethnic minority and other minority group members, how we handle situations where two opposing groups want exclusive public support and how we can cross cultural divides.