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New Members Party InviteThe 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.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2015

    The Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dems have achieved a brilliant win in the Wallington South by election.

    Steve Cook, the new Lib Dem councillor, ran a fantastic campaign resulting in a 7% increase in our vote.

    Congratulations to the whole team!

  • Article: Jun 11, 2015

    Former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastbourne, David Bellotti sadly passed away yesterday morning after battling an illness.

    David was the surprise winner of a by-election in Eastbourne in 1990 and held the seat for two years. Notably, he was the first person to be elected as a Liberal Democrat MP after the party was formed by merger of the Liberal Party and the SDP.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Brian Paddick, has called for an overhaul of UK Drugs policy.

    He said that the Government's new Psychoactive Substances Bill "adds to the confusion and further undermines the credibility of UK drugs laws."

    His comments come during the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Lords. Lord Paddick has branded the Bill unfit for purpose with huge unintended consequences.

  • Norman Lamb and Tim Farron
    Article: Jun 3, 2015

    Nominations closed at 4pm on Wednesday for the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Former Health Minister Norman Lamb and former party President Tim Farron have put themselves forward.

    The next leader of the party will be announced on 16 July and will be voted for by party members.

    This comes as membership hits more than 61,000, with over 16,500 new members since polling day. All new members, who joined by 4pm today, are eligible to vote in the election.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    In a dedicated Commons session for Charles Kennedy today, Nick Clegg reflected on Charles' wisdom, humour and courage.

    Nick's speech is as follows:

    A few days ago I got in touch with Charles because I was looking for a telephone number of someone we both knew.

    His friends will not be surprised to learn that we were texting eachother. He was notoriously bad at answering his phone but famously fluent by SMS.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are leading the debate in Wales on human rights, by calling on the National Assembly to unite against plans by the Tory UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. This follows on from the protest held in London to protect the Human Rights Act, which saw a huge Lib Dem turn out.

  • Charles Kennedy 1959-2015
    Article: Jun 2, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

    In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

    "The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the Coalition Government's agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it - from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties.

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

    Tom writes:

    In Coalition, the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

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    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.