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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe 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.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

Latest News

  • Article: Nov 30, 2015

    Whatever flaws some might attach to 'Tims Tests' * they are a better guide to coherent policy about British military participation inside Syria than any other party leader has come up with. Today's Observer Review (P4) examines a crucial essay by a French Professor of Rhetoric, Philippe-Joseph Salazar**. He points out that politics is the art of persuasion and, although those who regard Isis with horror could defeat it militarily with ease, we are hopelessly adrift in the 'persuasion' war. We can't even agree on what to call this bunch of savage murderers. "Isis; IS; Isil; Daesh;Daech or even Syrak". Why not use their own term 'Caliphate' [see more]

  • Article: Nov 29, 2015

    The Conservatives told us in May they could be trusted with the economy and it was time to get rid of the green crap.

    Simon Kuper, writing in yesterday's (28th November) Financial Times Weekend, paints a fairly bleak picture of the likely outcome of the climate change summit in Paris due to start later this week. Citing PwC, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (Oslo) and others we can summarise Kuper as follows: [read more]

  • Article: Nov 28, 2015

    On 6th November we wrote about LibDem Adrian Sanders stunning victory in a by-election for Torbay UA. Now we congratulate Alison Bradnock who retained the seat for the LibDems in the by-election for South Smallburgh Ward of Norfolk CC on the 19th November. She gained 56.4% of the vote, an increase of 25.8%. Brillliant Alison. There were twenty two major council by-elections in November for 23 seats (Two seats were up for grabs in Aberdeenshire). If one can draw any conclusions at all (apart from the fact that LibDems are far from dead & buried - sorry to dissappoint most of the media) it is that the electorate are very volatile in their support. Results were all over the place. The only other bit of good news is that in eight seats where UKIP stood their vote fell to between 3.3% & 10% of votes cast. In the remaining two cases where they stood they just topped 20% but won nothing. We can hope that people have finally realised that this bunch have nothing to offer.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2015

    It has been obvious, at least since September 2014, that the Tories were hell bent on fracking (In sharp contrast to their attitude to the infinitely more benign wind & solar & tidal & conversion of food waste to power & all the other systems for renewable energy, known to Cameron as 'green crap'). [see more]

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    The Financial Times Weekend Magazine on 21st November 2015 ran a four page feature under the headline "Satellite Wars - high in the skies above us, an orbital arms race is gathering pace, threatening the satellites that control everything from our communications to our militaries"

    It was written by Sam Jones, the FTs defence & security editor, and one cannot possibly summarise here such a comprehensive review. An important agreement -The Outer Space Treaty - designed to prevent the militarisation of space was signed by the USA,UK & USSR in January 1967. China joined in 1984 and another 100 states are now signed up. It has been remarkably successful - so far. [see more]

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    In February 2015 the Electoral Reform Society published a report which called on the next government to end the "litany of suspect deals and shady practices" in the current political funding system. It noted that three-quarters of the public believe big donors have too much influence on political parties. Just over two-thirds believe party donors can effectively "buy knighthoods and other honours". Well over half also believe the system of party funding is "corrupt" and "should be changed". Darren Hughes, the ERS deputy chief executive, said the public were "sick to death of party funding scandals. Whatever the outcome in May, the next government has to get to grips with the way parties are funded," [see more]

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    In a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research on 19th November LibDem leader, Tim Farron, outlined the Liberal Democrat economic policy principles for the future.

    The speech concluded :So to summarise: under my leadership the Liberal Democrats offer a balanced economic approach, based on living within our means for revenue spend, and investment now for capital spend. We offer a commitment to enterprise and small business and we take a long view to challenges such as migration, European integration, climate change and intergenerational fairness. [see more]

  • Luke at Parkview4u
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Fylde Liberal Democratsare delighted to announce that Luke Gibbon has been nominated to contest, and hopefully win, the by-election in Clifton Ward for Fylde Borough Council. Irrespective of political party Luke would make a fabulous councillor. He is 34, married with two young children, and is a senior IT professioinal at BAE Systems.He had previously worked as an occupational pension specialist for a global bank. Luke said: "In both occupations I have seen the value that we can all bring as individuals to our communities when the opportunities are available to us all". Voting takes place on 10th December. If you are not already on the electoral register you have until 24th November to do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote [see more]

  • Article: Nov 15, 2015

    There is no question about it. Everybody in anyway connected to this website joins in expressing the deepest sorrow for the victims of the dreadful terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening.

    What to do? The French Newspaper, Le Monde, summarising the French President's response puts it like this: In the face of panic - dignity. In the face of the sowers of death - resolve. In the face of desperation - lucidity. In the face of terrorism - coolness and composure [sangfroid]. These responses are absolutely correct [see more]

  • Article: Nov 13, 2015

    Try typing 'Jeremy Hunt book on privatising the NHS' into a search engine. Stuff was written between 2005 & 2009 and you will really find out what his agenda is.

    Since before 2010 the Tories have claimed that the NHS was safe with them. That was a monstrous lie. Since 2009 -10 the growth in real terms funding has been cut from about 4% to 1% p.a. - the most sustained period of squeeze since the NHS was formed in 1948. And make no mistake. This has not been forced on the Government. It is a POLITICAL decision. [see more]

A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country Income Tax Halved for Someone on the Minimum Wage