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Why Support the Welsh Liberal Democrats?

Why support the Welsh Liberal Democrats? Why vote Welsh 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

  • The IN campaign
    Article: Feb 13, 2016
    By Antony Hook in Lib Dem Voice

    Antony Hook gives the first part of his weekly round-up of referendum stories

    It's the economy, stupid

    Small exporters in Britain are suffering due to the risk of Brexit reports the Times.

    "Companies are less confident about their prospects than at any time in the past three years, amid fears about the global economy and uncertainty about Britain's place in Europe."

  • Senator Barack Obama
    Article: Feb 12, 2016
    By Antony Hook in Lib Dem Voice

    Just about every government in the world, except Russia (UKIP's favorite), has expressed a view that it hopes Britain remains in the EU. This includes Commonwealth countries and allies in North and South America, Africa and Asia.

    President Obama intervened again last week by advising David Cameron in a phone call on Tuesday that the US sees Britain's interests as best served in the EU rather than outside.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Norman Lamb has commented on the news that the Government is to force a new contract onto junior doctors. He said:

    "It is a mistake to force a new contract on junior doctors when there is clearly still such strong opposition to its terms. There is a serious risk that large numbers of junior doctors will leave the NHS to go and work abroad, which will have serious consequences for the health service and patient safety.

    "Growing demand for services, coupled with a funding settlement which doesn't keep up, are the fundamental problems facing health and care and yet the Government is refusing to take real action to address this.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2016

    Today the Liberal Democrats are leading an Opposition Day Debate on Housing, to highlight the problems of rising house prices and too few affordable homes. Tim Farron has written the following article for Times Red Box:

    Today is a Liberal Democrat led debate in the Commons. I think when you pick a debate like this, the public get to see what kind of party you are and where your priorities lie.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2016

    The "proposed UK-EU settlement" will be published, so we can all read it, then it will be debated by governments on 18-19 February. (BBC website report)

    The City has given the proposals, as reported so far, a cautious welcome (FT - paywall)

    The Guardian reports that a short campaign with voting on 23 June is now very likely.

  • For sale sign
    Article: Feb 6, 2016

    Property prices and transaction volumes will be hit if the UK leaves the European Union, says First State Global's Stephen Hayes.

    Hayes, head of property securities at First State and manager of the £257m Global Property Securities fund, says a potential Brexit "could be an excuse to lead to transaction and prices moderating in the UK, especially in London".

  • guy verhofstadt
    Article: Feb 5, 2016

    "The changes requested by David Cameron will require treaty change in order to be implemented. But it is also clear that the rest of Europe needs fundamental changes to be able to tackle the multiple crises it faces," says the Leader of the European Liberal Democrats (ALDE), Guy Verhofstadt MEP.

    "The European Parliament is open to the British proposals, but reform must be genuine and EU wide. We need to strengthen the governance of the euro zone, further improve democratic controls, ensure the Union has a real energy and an effective foreign policy."

  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP's party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred.

    The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions.

    The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension - a direct breach of BBC and Ofcom rules.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.

    The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its size and put 19,000 jobs at risk, according to the Government's own predictions.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.

    The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

Kirsty Williams