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Why Support the Liberal Democrats?

Why support the Liberal Democrats? Why vote Liberal Democrat? Because Liberals are different from other politicians in their approach to politics. Achieving things for people through political policies and government decisons is important. But just as important are values and principles - what we actually believe in. Quite often that's what is missing in modern politics.

Values and Principles - What We Believe

As Liberals, we have strong values and principles. We believe that every individual is unique and should be valued for who they are. Everyone should be free to achieve their aspirations. They should have the opportunity to make their own decisions on their own unique journey of life. We also believe that the quality of each individual's life is determined largely by the quality of their relationships with other individuals - with their family, friends and the communities of which they are a part. We therefore believe that the quality of human relationships should be at the centre of politics and political decisions.

We do not believe that political decisions should be made on the basis of whether you are male or female, whether you were born into a wealthy family, where you were born, the colour of your skin, your sexuality, whether you speak English or Welsh or both languages, whether you are 'working class', 'middle class', or 'upper class', whether you went to the 'right' school, or whether you know the 'right people'.

At the end of the day, for Liberals, it's people that really matter - not power, wealth or ideology. We also recognise that there is never one idea or belief that will solve all our problems. Human society, just like each individual human being, is complex and so the answers and solutions to our problems will often be complex and difficult. That's why we stand for a fair, free and open society.

Recent updates

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

    In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

    "The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the Coalition Government's agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it - from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties.

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

    Tom writes:

    In Coalition, the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

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    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • Article: May 19, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the UK Government to ensure that their planned EU referendum does not clash with elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

    Speaking in the Siambr today, William Powell AM warned that holding a referendum on EU membership in the run up to or at the same time as Welsh Assembly elections would restrict the ability for a full debate on the future of Wales and devolved issues.

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats first post-election volunteer event has been described as a runaway success.

    On Wednesday 120 volunteers visited the party's London HQ for the first event since polling day.

    The event provided new members and volunteers with the opportunity to socialise with other Liberal Democrats as well as to find out more about what volunteering with the party involves and rounded off with some phone calling.

  • Article: May 13, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

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    Article: May 13, 2015

    Since polls closed on Thursday, more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Article: May 12, 2015

    The Welsh Labour Government lacks ambition to protect our environment, William Powell AM has said today following the launch the Environment (Wales) Bill.

    William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem spokesperson on the Environment, has called on the Welsh Government to show greater commitment to tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity in Wales.

  • Article: May 12, 2015

    Following the agreement of the Federal Executive and the Liberal Democrats' returning officer, the timetable below has been set out ahead of the election of a new leader.

    Opening of nominations

    13th of May 2015

    Close of nominations

    3rd of June 2015

    Dispatch of ballot papers

    24th of June 2015

    Deadline for ballot papers to be returned

    15th of July 2015

    Count and declaration of the winner

    16th of July 2015

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