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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: Jul 7, 2015

    The Dyfed-Powys police helicopter (the X99) is a valued and fundamental asset to the police force and rescue services which operate across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire & Powys, and is invaluable in terms of its support to public safety in communities right across these regions.

    Under current plans proposed by the National Police Air Service (NPAS), the service will move from a 23-base model, to a 15-base model, meaning that the Pembrey police helicopter base will be closed in January 2016.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberalism is in my bones. Mum and Dad were Liberals and, as a teenager, I set up a Young Liberal Branch in our local town in Norfolk. It took me three attempts to enter Parliament. We started 15,500 votes behind the Conservatives.

    I had been an employment lawyer, but also got elected to Norwich City Council and led the Lib Dem opposition. When I finally got to Westminster I wanted to do as much as I could to pursue my Liberal values. There is only any point in this job if you aim to make a difference to people's lives. Having the chance to do that as a Minister was an opportunity that I had to grasp.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I love this party because in my heart and in my soul I am a liberal.

    I believe in a society in which we are all free to make our own choices and live the lives we want. But freedom means very little when the only choices we have to make are whether to feed our children or heat our homes.

    I am therefore proud - really proud - of our work in government defending people from having to make such impossible choices: the pupil premium giving every child a decent start in life; lifting millions out of tax- that is a record of real achievement.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2015

    William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, has called on the First Minister to do more to promote investment in the area of Fishguard and Goodwick. William made the case that the area of west Wales has huge potential, both in terms of attracting cruise ships and boosting the tourist trade to the area, and also through the proposed marina development at Fishguard.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    Environmental groups across Wales are celebrating the news that the Welsh Labour Government have reversed their decision to withdraw the existing funding scheme which many of them are dependent upon to continue their community projects and activities.

    The decision made by Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant to extend the grant funding for thirty one projects registered with Environment Wales until the end of March 2017, came following a persistent campaign, led by the Environmental groups and with backing from William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015
    By Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    The Green Liberal Democrats have sent the two leadership candidates a series of questions, to inform party members, through their responses, about their green credentials.

    This is the final question we asked. They are presented over the past few days in a randomised order and are the combined effort of several of our members. Please consider coming to our annual conference in Manchester on June 27th (you can pay on the door!).

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015
    By Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    The Green Liberal Democrats have sent the two leadership candidates a series of questions, to inform party members, through their responses, about their green credentials.

    In the run up to our annual conference in Manchester on June 27th, we will be publishing their answers, one question at a time.


    Q11. How can we make generational justice, with care for the environment and its relationship to quality of life, a key plank of our campaigning, when the people we are protecting are not yet born? What long term policies to achieve this should we be promoting now and how can they be made into vote winners?

  • Article: Jun 25, 2015
    By Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    The Green Liberal Democrats have sent the two leadership candidates a series of questions, to inform party members, through their responses, about their green credentials.

    In the run up to our annual conference in Manchester on June 27th, we will be publishing their answers, one question at a time.


    Q10. How in the UK can we promote biodiversity and slow the current rate of extinction of species?

  • Article: Jun 25, 2015
    By Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    The Green Liberal Democrats have sent the two leadership candidates a series of questions, to inform party members, through their responses, about their green credentials.

    In the run up to our annual conference in Manchester on June 27th, we will be publishing their answers, one question at a time.


    Q9. Can the candidates comment on the damage done, to water supplies by fertilizers, and to pollinator species by pesticides; and suggest how farming can be adapted to be less damaging to the planet and still ensure that people have access to healthy and affordable food?

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