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New Members Party InviteThe 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.

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Latest News

  • Article: Jun 11, 2015

    "It is simply untenable now to argue that the problem [with banks] is one of a few bad apples. The issue is with the barrels in which they are stored".Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor, Nov 2014.

    Fast forward seven months to George Osborne's Mansion House Speech [10th June] which was full of fine words & good intentions but little substance. For example: "It [the recent spate of fines on banks for misconduct ] also leaves those guilty of misconduct untouched. The public rightly asks why it is that after so many scandals, and such cost to the country, so few individuals have faced punishment in the courts. In any other walk of life those who committed these offences would be in prison. The Governor and I agree: individuals who fraudulently manipulate markets and commit financial crime should be treated like the criminals they are - and they will be. Oh Wow ! !

  • Article: Jun 10, 2015

    Government figures reveal that the number of flytipping incidents rose by some 20% last year to 852000. Council funding for street cleaning has fallen for the fourth year in succession. According to Keep Britain Tidy 30million tonnes of litter are collected every year at a cost of £1bn. But only 63000fines werte handed out in 2012 and the Department for Food & Rural Affairs [DEFRA] has delayed for a year the implementatrion of regulations allowing councils to fine drivers who throw litter out of the window. Then there is chewing gum. Cigarette packets account for a lot of litter but it is easily picked up. The tax on a packet of fags is 77% of sales price. Why not earmark some of this towards street cleaning? Chewing gum is the devil to remove. Current tax on gum is 20%. What about raising it to 77% and using the revenue to reverse cuts to street cleaning? Just some ideas. Not holding our breath. The idea of earmarking revenue against expenditure brings the Treasury out in panic attack.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2015

    David Cameron on Sky News 29th May " Yes in my view he [Sepp Blatter] should go. You cannot have accusations of corruption at this level & on this scale in this organisation and pretend that the person currently leading it is the right person to take it forward. That cannot be the case. Frankly we have seen the ugly side of the beautiful game and he should go"

  • Graffitti on St Leonards bridge
    Article: Jun 4, 2015

    Several months ago three lots of graffiti appeared overnight on St Leonards Road bridge which straddled Ashton & St Leonards wards in St Anne's. But Network Rail, nor Lancs CC seemed interested and it wasn't a Fylde issue either as the bridge isn't theirs.

    This graffiti was annoying a lot of people including Liberal Democrat Councillors Ford and Lanyon so they took action themselves! Using social media site *Streetlife* they recruited help in the form of Justin from *Plumb Doctors* and now the bridge is as clean as it used to be.

  • Charles Kennedy 1959-2015
    Article: Jun 2, 2015

    The following has been taken from the main LibDem website as tributes pour in from all over the political spectrum.The Fylde local LibDem Party wholeheartedly shares this tribiute, many of us having met Charles at conferences and other events.

    Charles Kennedy (1959-2015)
    02 June, 2015 @ 6:42 AM

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy. Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics. He led the Liberal Democrats to our party's greatest electoral successes and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country agains the invasion of Iraq.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2015

    The 2015 Conservative Manifesto [P74] said ' We will scrap the Human Rights Act'. This was a UK piece of legislation passed in 1998. Cameron seems to be getting a trifle lukewarm over the idea. Michael Gove & Theresa May seem gung ho for it. Tory whips have been warning of a rebellion.

    It is not going to be so easy, either legally or politically. Why so? Because scrapping it and bringing in a 'British' Bill of Rights does NOT relieve us of the obligation to comply with the requirements of the The European Convention on Human Rights [ECHR]. Some prominent Tories are pointing out that the proposal is not a very bright idea. We can expect a lot of lies, distortions and half truths designed to confuse us about the relationship between the ECHR and the EU as the EU referendum approaches so let's let a few facts intrude.

  • Article: May 28, 2015

    In coalition the LibDems successfully thwarted the Tories attempts to introduce what became known as the 'Snoopers Charter'. True to form the Tories now propose to bring it back, only worse. The new Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in the Queen's speech, will include not only the previously blocked snooper's charter but also measures for additional bulk interception of communications under warrant. One of the excuses used for this draconian nonsense is to keep us safe(r) from terrorism. How valid is this?

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    14000 new members and still rising

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    This was written on another blog last year:

    "Apart from the Liberal Democrats the UK political establishment has no conception of 'consensus' politics and thus how you build consensus on controversial issues in order to get your preferred decision accepted. We are imprisoned by the infantile 'Tweedledum & Tweedledee' of Prime Ministers Questions & the like. Thus David Cameron's humiliation over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission was not, as the ' we hate Europe mob in his own party & UKIP' are so deliriously happy about, an EU plot to humiliate Britain. It was a catastrophic failure of his own negotiating skills and his appeasement of his 'Euroseptics' [not a misspelling !] which began way back in 2005 when he pulled his MEPs out of the European Peoples Party [EPP] group of centrist conservatives and aligned them with some far right parties. That silly move excluded him from the major decision making group. He was warned at the time it was a bad idea. So it has proved".

  • Article: May 25, 2015

    After the bloodletting within the upper ranks of UKIP following the principled resignation of Nigel Farage; the unprincipled intention to offer himself for re-election; and the alleged coronation of himself by his courtiers; one commentator renamed him "Kim Ill Nige". True to UKIP form Patrick O'Flynn - ex political commentator for the Daily Express and now a UKIP MEP - noisily complained about the unfairness of a voting system that gave UKIP just one seat in Westminster, conveniently forgetting that in 2011 he wrote a furious piece under the headline "AV referendum - why we must vote NO".

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