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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 20, 2021

      Online fraud has risen by a third in the pandemic. We must ensure justice is delivered to victims and need to tackle this endemic of scams and frauds head on.

      The push to a virtual world in the pandemic has increased the rate of online fraud and scams. Hackers and fraudsters take advantage and prey on people over the internet.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021
      By Sarah Olney

      Boris Johnson's woeful government has done it again.

      Their needless belligerence towards our neighbours has devastated the national supply chain. Shelves are bare and prices will rise.

      By refusing to work with the European Union, importing and exporting goods has become much harder. The skilled worker visa system brings high costs, inflexibility and bureaucracy. It's too hard to hire from the EU, and many EU nationals have gone home. And that's all thanks to this divisive government.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021
      By Liberal Democrats

      I want to take you back to May 1999, and the first-ever elections to the then Welsh Assembly.

      Almost 600 years after the first Welsh Parliament was established in June 1404, the people of Wales once again had its own national democratic institution.

      Wales was entering a new dawn - an opportunity to meaningfully hand power to people, to communities, away from the corridors of power.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021

      We have enjoyed fantastic links with our European neighbours for decades.

      Our school children have benefitted from easy language exchanges and visa-free school trips. Young people have been able to live, study, and work across 27 different countries. Students have enhanced their education via the Erasmus scheme. Artists and musicians have been able to travel freely between us and the continent.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021

      Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western (Constituency) and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats delivered an emotional speech to conference today.

      We've gathered the highlights for you to explore, or you can read or watch his full speech here:

      See Alex's full speech

      Alex kicked things off by expressing his heartfelt thanks to his Scottish Liberal inspirations:

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021

      Conference, it is a tremendous honour for me to address you for the first time as the leader of our Scottish party.

      I'm conscious that today I am addressing some of my political heroes.

      I cannot overstate the sense of responsibility I feel to the great Scottish Liberals on whose shoulders I stand, and whose legacy I inherit, among them friends and mentors like Jim Wallace, Jo Swinson and Charles Kennedy.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021

      During the awful violence in May, Britain was absent from the world stage - despite our historic responsibilities to the region.

      That's why today we have set out a route map for the UK Government to follow in its engagement with the region. It is vital that long-term underlying tensions are to be addressed if we hope to achieve a lasting peace rather than a short term truce.

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021
      By Liberal Democrats

      Leader of the Welsh Lib Dems Jane Dodds gave her speech at conference today! We've put together some highlights below or you can read the speech in full here.

      She started with a reminder of a longstanding democratic tradition in Wales and the 1999 election to the Welsh Assembly

      "Almost 600 years after the first Welsh Parliament was established in June 1404, the people of Wales once again had its own national democratic institution"

    • Article: Sep 20, 2021
      By Layla Moran

      As Liberal Democrats we are hare holding the Government to account for its foreign policy failure over Afghanistan.

      20 years on from the US-led invasion, the Taliban have swept into Kabul. They seized power illegitimately without the consent of the Afghan people.

      The UK has a moral duty to the people of Afghanistan"

    • Article: Sep 19, 2021

      The Government has only managed to negotiate one new trade deal - with Australia - since leaving the EU. It has simply "rolled over" 23 existing trade agreements that we were already parts of. This simply isn't good enough.

      A thriving economy needs thriving international trade. UK companies doing business in the EU need our help now. We are also at risk of losing our long-established status as a finance hub. Put simply, the government must get its act together.