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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

We believe the UK is Stronger if we're #InTogether, and that we should remain in a reformed and improved European Union.

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  • Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Great Britain to Little England: the impact of Brexit on the UK's role in the world

    Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship at Princeton University 20 April 2016

    Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2016
    By Adam Wain

    This is your weekly summary of updates from the East Midlands Liberal Democrats.

    Events coming up this week (April 25, 2016 to May 1, 2016)

  • Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.

    The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.

  • HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.

  • Baroness Olly Grender
    Article: Apr 15, 2016

    The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.

    Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.

    The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third party such as a charity, local authority or individual who has helped to pay the tenant's deposit. If the landlord gets a response that the tenant has not abandoned the property they can't change the locks and reclaim it.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016
    By Carolyn Mann

    Like so many other people, I joined the Lib Dems last year, just after the election. One of the main reasons for joining was that I am (and always have been) very pro-EU and I wanted to stand up for that. Once I knew that we were going to have a referendum, I started dreaming about being on a street stall, getting the pro-EU message out.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016

    You can access Tim's return here:


  • Stronger IN
    Article: Apr 12, 2016
    By Adam Wain

    Should we stay or should we go? - A clash of opinions on the EU referendum

    Two of the opposing campaigns looking for your vote in the EU referendum present their case in a public lecture.

    Tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th April) from 6pm to 8pm

    Devonshire Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton SK17 6RY

    Charles Lawley (from High Peaks Lib Dems), of Britain Stronger in Europe, who works as a press and public affairs officer for a humanitarian aid charity based in Manchester, will present the case for staying. Arguing to leave will be Edward Spalton, a retired animal feed manufacturer, who is Chairman of the Campaign for an Independent Britain and a member of the Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies. Both speakers live in Derbyshire.

  • Tim Farron 2016
    Article: Apr 12, 2016
    By Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The politics of envy helps no-one, but trust in politics does.

    I have no desire to poke around in the Prime Minister's private wealth, and definitely have no desire to force him to relive the pain of losing his father, having to confront that time all over again through the pages of national newspapers.

    It is absolutely essential that British people have full confidence in our leaders, and that when decisions are made and Budgets are written there is not even a slightest hint of a conflict of interest or personal gain. But we are now in a position where people no longer have complete faith in this Government's decisions.

  • Lib Dems in together
    Article: Apr 11, 2016
    By Adam Wain

    The Nottingham City party has announced a series of street stalls for the EU referendum over the next few months. All events will be followed by a pub lunch social.

    The dates and times of these events are as follows:

    • 16th April - Forest Park & Ride tram stop; Noel Street, NG7 6AQ - 10:30-12:30 (Lunch at Grosvenor pub afterwards)
    • 7th May - Phoenix Park & Ride tram stop; Millennium Way, NG8 6AL - 10:30-12:30 (Lunch at the Nuthall pub afterwards)
    • 14th May - Wilkinson Street Park & Ride tram stop; Wilkinson Street, NG8 5FL - 10:30-12:30 (lunch at the Lion Inn afterwards)
    • 21st May - Market Square (Slab Square); NG1 2JS - 10:30-12:30 (Lunch at the Bell Inn afterwards)
    • 4th June - Market Square (Slab Square); NG1 2JS - 10:30-12:30 (Lunch at the Bell Inn afterwards)