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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe 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.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles - Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harborough District Council

    Questions are being raised about the latest revelations at the much delayed 'New Harborough Hospital' site at St Lukes.

    Cllr Phil Knowles, who has been at the head of the campaign for a 'New Hospital' for over 28 years says that the latest information begs answers to yet more questions. Questions that he intends to raise with the CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, and he hopes that the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt will also take an interest.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Mark Wright in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron was widely quoted on Monday, for perhaps the first time since his election as leader. The good news is that he was correct in his point. He was responding to a resurfaced quote from Labour leadership favourite, Jeremy Corbyn, who has said to Iranian TV that Bin Laden's death was "a tragedy", as it was unlawful and he should have been put on trial instead.

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Lord Wallace of Saltaire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Liberal Democrats need to clarify where we stand on how large a public sector we support, the balance of public spending and administration between state, national/regional and local levels, and the appropriate division between private and public provision in our economy and society.

    We are now faced with a Labour Party which is likely, under its new leader, to reassert large-scale state-level spending, and a Conservative Party that wants to shrink and weaken both the central state and local government.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Adam Corlett in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    One of the motions at conference is for reducing VAT on tourism as far as possible. Here's why that's a bad idea.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By David Boyle in The Real Blog - http://davidboyle.blogspot.co.uk

    What distinguishes a political party from a pressure group?

    Is it the breadth of their agenda? Not really, look at some of the new campaigning outfits, like the irritating 38 Degrees.

    Is it that they are standing for elections? Not really, pressure groups can and do so.

    Is it that they have to be registered as a political party? Please don't bore me with legal definitions...

    No, what makes a political party a political party is that they aspire to run the country, which means that their programme has to cover all the essentials that a government might need. They can't, for example, say - oh, we're not very interested in defence. They can't say that they are just going to assume that somehow everything about economics or business is somehow irrelevant to their great cause.

    The trouble is that this is precisely what the Left has been doing over the past generation. They have been doing so for different reasons, but that has been the basic underlying problem.

    The Labour Party has been ignoring economics for fear that they will be thought too radical if they mention it at all. The Lib Dems have been ignoring economics because, with a handful of noble exceptions, they can't see what it has to do with Liberalism.

    Part of Jeremy Corbyn's attraction seems to me that he has disputed the basic underlying Labour agreement: don't mention business, except to praise the banks.

    Because the truth is that no potential government is going to be elected if they don;t set out - in some detail - how they are going to build prosperity in the nation.

    The idea that somehow you do so by making a handful of people very rich, and letting the wealth trickle down, as long since been revealed as a major delusion - but the political parties of the Left appear to conspire not to mention this.

    They talk about shuffling the deckchairs a bit. They talk a great deal about welfare, and these are not unimportant, but that's not the core issue for government. It is about moving prosperity around, not creating it. Nor is it what people want to hear - a credible programme for the economy that underpins the majority of people's lives.

    All they are being offered is the following:

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Tim Farron has urged the Government to stop playing politics over the humanitarian crisis impacting on Europe and offer help to desperate refugees.Â

  • Article: Aug 31, 2015
    By Stephen Tall

    The catastrophic election results have prompted the Lib Dems to undertake a process known as Agenda 2020, 'a party-wide consultation to help inform our policy-making over the next five years. This is a chance for us to have an in-depth discussion about our values and beliefs, and about the challenges the UK is likely to face in the next Parliament.'

  • European Movement UK logo 2015
    Article: Aug 31, 2015

    European Movement has launched a Students Campaign to activate young people up and down the country to campaign for a YES vote at the referendum.

    With a new website, Twitter account and Facebook site Students4Europe is going to be running Fresher's Fairs in Universities and Colleges across the UK.

    "Young people have their futures in their own hands. This is going to be one of the most important votes and we are keen to get as many students involved as possible. The opportunities of an engaged UK in Europe are huge for the next generation - the threats to their current freedoms and rights if we leave are also significant." said Laura Sandys, Chair of the European Movement.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Aug 31, 2015

    Up for debate at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth is a motion to change the party's Deputy Leader from being just the Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons, elected by and from the party's MPs, to being a Deputy Leader of the whole party, open to all members and elected by all members.

  • East Midlands Liberal Democrats Logo
    Article: Aug 29, 2015

    There was great disappointment amongst Liberal Youth members earlier this month as they were told that they were too late to notify LDHQ of their voting reps for Federal Conference. The organisation has a number of voting places allocated to it as young people often find it difficult to get elected to the role by a local party as they are more likely to move home or to be away studying half the year.