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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: Apr 18, 2015

    Commenting on Michael Gove's claim that the Conservatives will not do a deal with UKIP, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson has said that the danger of a right-wing bloc remains.

    The spokesperson said:

    "It is clear that David Cameron and Ed Miliband won't win this general election outright.

    "Michael Gove knows full well that there is a very real danger that BLUKIP - a bloc of right wingers from UKIP, the Conservatives and the DUP could hold the balance of power.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrats will make the UK the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe by creating more new apprenticeship places per year than Germany. Central to the ambition is a commitment to double the number of employers offering apprenticeships to young people to 360,000 - as part of a big expansion of apprenticeships.

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    New figures show that the rate of employment is at a new record high of 73.4 per cent.

    In the last three months, the number of jobs created increased by 248,000.

    During the quarter youth unemployment fell by 21,000 and 151,000 on the year.

    Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Nick Clegg appeals to Labour and Conservative supporters to vote Liberal Democrat to beat the SNP

    In a visit to the Liberal Democrat/SNP battleground constituency of Gordon today, where the race is between Liberal Democrat candidate Christine Jardine and former SNP Leader Alex Salmond, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will reach out to Labour and Conservative voters who do not want to be represented by an SNP MP.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    The country and economy would benefit from having Lib Dems in Government again, a letter signed by more than 50 business leaders has said.

    A host of leading company owners, employers and entrepreneurs said a stronger economy, a record number of jobs and improved living standards was down to the success of the Coalition.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Trade associations, business groups, NGOs and charities are all praising the Liberal Democrat manifesto, especially the five priorities we put on our front page:

    Prosperity for all

    "Business will welcome the clear emphasis on economic growth and a skilled workforce to deliver it. The fact this is at the heart of the manifesto shows a clear grasp of what the UK economy needs to propel it forwards." - EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Trevor York joins the party leader for a day's campaigning on the Lib Dem battlebus.

    Nick Clegg stands up on a wobbly-looking chair in front of a packed south London campaign HQ.

    "This man is an absolute legend!" he says with a glance at a smiling Simon Hughes, who is standing at his side. "I don't know what kind of vitamins he's taking - but he's unstoppable." The Bermondsey and Old Southwark 'war room' - where the veteran MP is waging a determined fight to hold on to his tough inner city constituency - is the first stop on a whirlwind day's campaigning with the Lib Dem leader on his shiny new yellow battlebus.

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    Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has issued a stark warning that BLUKIP, an alliance of right wing Tories, UKIP, and the DUP, could hold the balance of power after the election.

    He said:

    "Everyone knows that David Cameron and Ed Miliband won't win this general election outright.

    "That means that someone else will hold the balance of power on 8 May.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to outlaw caste discrimination, overhaul stop and search powers and tackle the BAME pay gap.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to outlaw caste discrimination, overhaul stop and search powers and tackle the BAME pay gap.

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