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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

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review.

    Commenting, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "This was a deeply political budget from a deeply political Chancellor. It looks good in the theatrics of the Commons, with Labour divided, weak and inept, but the budget will unravel.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats want Wales to lead the way on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a target to reduce them by 100% by 2050 to be enshrined in the Environment Bill.

    The party has tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill to enshrine such a target in law, which will be considered at a committee meeting on Thursday.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Tim Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government's plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, to support the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Wales. The system would see customers pay a small cash deposit when they buy a bottled drink, and get the money back when they return the item to a collection point.

  • Syria Refugee Camp
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

    The letter, also signed by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie and the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams, sets out the specific principles that would be required to be met to secure Liberal Democrat support for military action against ISIL in Syria.

  • Clifford's Tower - York - Spring Conference - 9th March 2014
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    We are trying something new at this year's Spring Conference. The Autumn Conference saw a record-breaking members' attendance with more first time conference attendees than ever before and we are keen for even more members to come to conference and actively engage with the Party's policy making process.

  • Soldiers with Missile Battery in Desert
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the UN's unanimous Security Council resolution that agreed that ISIL/ISIS constituted an "unprecedented" threat to international peace and security, and called upon Member States with the requisite capacity to take "all necessary measures" to prevent and suppress its terrorist acts on territory under its control in Syria and Iraq.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2015

    William Powell AM, Chair of the National Assembly's Cross Party Group on Europe, is today urging citizens across Wales to make sure they've registered to vote. The UK Government's controversial decision to bring forward the full implementation of the new system of Individual Electoral Registration to 1st December 2015 means that, unless they make sure they've registered, people across Wales could be denied the right to vote.

  • lynne feather
    Article: Nov 20, 2015
    By Lynne Featherstone

    The long awaited Paris talks on climate change are finally upon us. This is a chance for the world to come together to address the biggest threat facing humanity and decide on a collective response.

    As a party we have been extremely committed to the cause of addressing climate change for many years and we're not going to stop now. Nick Clegg signed a pledge with David Cameron and Ed Miliband for the UK Government to seek a deal in Paris to limit temperature rises to 2 degrees. We need to make sure this happens.

    I am speaking at the big climate rally in London on 29th November - The People's March - and will be marching with Green Liberal Democrats to make our voice heard.

    Please join us for this significant moment in history. You can RSVP to join the Liberal Democrat Bloc here.

    Let us know you're coming so we can stand firm together and demonstrate that concern for our world and its people is central to what it means to be a Liberal Democrat.

    Lynne Featherstone

  • Votes at 16 at Watford Girls Grammar
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Peers have backed calls to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum. The House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill - which paves the way for a poll by the end of 2017 - to extend the franchise, by 293 to 211.

    Liberal Democrat peers played a key role in defeating the Government, giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice in the EU referendum. Following the victory, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

Kirsty Williams