The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, compassionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

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Latest local and national Lib Dem news

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Government has released a new rail strategy.

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Investment is to be welcomed at a time when the railways are struggling to cope with their greatest passenger numbers in nearly a century, but there is scant detail on the financial figures.

    "This government has continually let down passengers, be it the electrification plans that vanished, poor and inconsistent services, or high fares.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Brexit divorce bill will just be the down-payment on an economically disastrous extreme Brexit that would take us out of the single market and customs union.

    Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    President Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.

    The mask has yet again slipped, revealing the atrocious views of President Trump.

    It is incredibly dangerous for someone in his position of responsibility to sow such division and hatred at every turn.

    Trump needs to do the world a favour and delete his account.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of clinical correspondence that put thousands of patients at risk.

    The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed.

    It also criticises the Department for Health's lack of oversight of NHS Shared Business Services, the private company responsible for mislaying the documents.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    Britain is in a "spiral of ever-growing division" with a stark postcode lottery in social mobility, according to a damning report by the Social Mobility Commission today.

    The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while many other parts of the country are being left behind.

    This report talks of the UK 'being in the grip of a self-reinforcing spiral of ever growing division.'

    The government urgently needs to improve social mobility for young people in rural areas, coastal towns and former industrial heartlands.

    Ministers must reverse welfare cuts that are set to push millions more families into poverty, and boost school funding for disadvantaged children through the pupil premium.

    Reducing regional inequality is crucial if we are to address the underlying alienation that led to the Brexit vote, and build a stronger economy.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The government's refusal to publish its Brexit impact assessments is "completely untenable". Speaker John Bercow said he will respond promptly to any allegations of contempt of Parliament.

    This whole farce has descended into a scene straight out of Yes Minister.

    After David Davis repeatedly stated there were 57 detailed impact assessments, ministers now claim these reports never even existed in this form.

    Editing these reports is a breach of the agreement reached with MPs, meaning action over contempt of Parliament now looms.

    If the government really believes in its own Brexit plans, why are they so scared of publishing these reports in full?

    The public deserve to know what Brexit means for their jobs, incomes and communities. They must then be offered a vote on the deal with a chance to exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The OECD's latest economic forecast shows the UK bucking the trend, and not in a good way.

    While the global economy is expected to gain momentum next year, growth in the UK will slow further because of Brexit-related uncertainty, which will drive investment down and businesses abroad.

    The OECD is particularly worried about the 'major financial stability risk' of high household debt, which is approaching pre-crisis levels.

    These economic forecasts are even less flattering than those published by the OBR last week, which saw the UK's future growth downgraded by tens of billions of pounds.

    These figures assume that the UK will agree to a transition period with the EU, an outcome that is looking far from certain due to the government's disastrous negotiating strategy.

    As the Bank of England points out, a no-deal Brexit would mean a severe recession and a doubling of unemployment, rather than just a slowdown in growth.

    To boost growth, the OECD recommends that the UK and the EU maintain the 'closest possible economic relationship'.

    As the government just isn't really pushing for that, the public should be offered an exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    David Davis has written to the Brexit Committee admitting the impact assessments they are being provided with, won't contain anything that might be commercially sensitive.

    Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who sits on the Brexit Committee, commented:

    "The government is still trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Parliament and the British people.

    "Ministers were ordered by MPs three weeks ago to publish these reports, but are still trying to hide the full impact of Brexit from the public.

    "There is a fine line between what is commercially sensitive and what is simply politically embarrassing for the government.

    "It should be up to MPs on the Brexit Committee, not David Davis, to make that call."

    Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "It is right that the government has given these Brexit studies to MPs, but I am deeply concerned by reports they may not be complete and leave out key information on the damage Brexit will do to our economy and services. Not giving the full facts could be contempt of parliament.

    "The Liberal Democrats want people to be given the facts, so they can decide what they think of the Conservatives' Brexit deal, with the public having the right to exit from Brexit if it is a bad deal. The government shouldn't be allowed to keep secret the damage their plans may do."