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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.

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  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Mar 26, 2015
    By Nick Clegg in Countryside Alliance

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May.

    Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

  • Adrian Barnes
    Article: Mar 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrats in Leicester announce Adrian Barnes as their candidate for Mayor.

    Adrian lives with his family in Leicester. He is a barrister, specialising in employment law. He has previously worked in business and in education.

    Adrian says, "I am pleased to be selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor. I'm not a career politician, but I care about this city and can make a difference."

  • Mark Argent outside Hawthorn centre
    Article: Mar 24, 2015
    By Mark Argent - PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I was surprised when I saw the promotion of mental health emerging Liberal Democrat policy. Its effects are far more widespread than people like to admit, but mental health is so stigmatised that it seems a long way from being a vote-winner. Like entering the coalition, championing it seems like something important, but where we might have to pay a price in terms of popularity.

  • Nick Clegg and his wife, Miriam González Durántez, at a school
    Article: Mar 23, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    There's an interesting interview between Miranda Sawyer and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez in the Guardian this weekend.

    They meet at an Inspiring Women event on sport at the aquatics centre where the Olympics took place and, separately, in Miriam's office.

    Miriam talks about the attitudes in the Spanish village where she was brought up, where people pitied her working mother.

  • Ian Bradwell - PPC for Leicester West surrounded by members and guest Regional Chair Phil Knowles
    Article: Mar 21, 2015

    Conference in Liverpool, Door Stepping in South Leicestershire, Meeting in Chesterfield and Socialising in Leicester West and Charnwood

    Regional Chair Cllr Phil Knowles was in Liverpool last weekend for the Spring Conference.

    Phil met East Midlands Members for drinks on the Friday evening before attending the Conference Rally.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Mar 21, 2015
    By Cllr John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    In the world of local government we often refer to 'dual hatted' members.

    These are councillors who sit on both District and County Councils in two tier authorities, drawing two sets of allowances and often now facing conflicts of interest as the two tiers are forced closer together for financial reasons. It would appear that this trend is moving to more exalted levels.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2015
    In New Europeans.net

    According to the Budget, the UK economy will grow by 2.5% per annum over the next five years. This is good news.

    What the government did not say, was that this growth is based on an assumption that over 500,000 (half a million) new men and women will immigrate to the UK per annum over the next five years (also good news).

    This level of migration to the UK is a huge driver of growth but there is no acknowledgement at all in the Budget Report and the word migration is in fact only mentioned once, and in the phrase "capping welfare and controlling immigration" (ref. para 1.42 entitled Government Plan).

    So the government plan is to control immigration but the reality is that its own growth predictions depend on 500,000 men and women immigrating to the UK each year.

    What George Osbourne and in fact none of the political parties want to acknowledge, is that without migration their sums don't add up.

    So many politicians and media outlets want to blame migration but it is EU citizens moving to Britain, investing in Britain, growing businesses in Britain, exporting from Britain that are driving growth in the UK economy.

    Thank you to everyone from Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and especially Poland (the largest community of non-British EU citizens in Britain) for all your hard work over many years and for helping to make the UK economy the fastest growing in the world today.

    An excellent campaign by the Centre for Entrpreneurs highlights the contribution of migrant entrepreneurs to the UK economy.

    Watch here

  • Article: Mar 21, 2015

    Lib Dem leader makes unexpected claim in a Guardian interview in which he says the way politics works is 'bust' and Westminster is a 'joke'

    Nick Clegg has declared he feels more anti-establishment now than he did when he entered government five years ago as deputy prime minister.

    The Liberal Democrat leader made the unexpected claim in an interview with the Guardian, in which he said the way politics works is "bust" and described Westminster as a "joke".

    "I think wanting to rip the country apart like the SNP or impoverish the country by pulling us out of Europe are quite quite different to saying, as the Liberal Democrats do, that the way in which politics works is bust. Of course it's bust," he said.

    "Westminster is a joke. PMQs is a joke. The way all parties, including my own, get into hot water about party funding needs to be cleared up. The fact we've got a democratic system that isn't democratic. We've got a House of Lords that passes laws even though no one votes to get them there. Of course it's ridiculous.

    "And curiously enough I am more anti-establishment now than I was because I am infuriated [by these things]."

    Clegg has been arguing his party may once again hold the balance of power after the election, potentially rejoining a coalition with the Conservatives or doing a deal with Labour.

    However, he cast doubt on the workability of "rainbow coalitions" between a number of parties, saying they would lead to "insomnia" for MPs and instability for the country.

    Asked how he feels about the swing from net positive to negative ratings over the last five years, the deputy prime minister said: "It is what it is. I don't spend too much time ... I'm quite a practical person."

    Speculation about possible rivals for the Lib Dem top job grew last week around the time of their spring conference when former president Tim Farron said he would give his party two out of 10 for the way they had handled the coalition.

    The Lib Dem leader dismissed the furore around this statement. "Tim is an old friend of mine who I've been speaking to over the last several days and he feels gutted about that. He feels that he's been woefully misreported and feels a great sense of pride in what we've done."

    Clegg added: "I hope when I stand down there will be lots of people who will be after my job ... Tim is an incredibly gifted politician and his own intentions he'll have to make clear when the time comes."

    Defending his decision to go into coalition, the Lib Dem leader said this was always going to "provoke the wrath of left and right". But he insisted history will judge the party kindly after it takes a "hit in the short term".

    Asked for one word to describe some of the Tories he has clashed with in government, Clegg said the home secretary, Theresa May, was hardworking while former education secretary Michael Gove was an interesting character.

    He struggled to think of an adjective to encapsulate David Cameron, settling on the phrase that they "found a way of working together".

    Clegg's interview is the second in a series the Guardian is conducting with the leaders of the parties in the runup to the election.

    Watch the full interview with Nick Clegg here

  • migrants
    Article: Mar 21, 2015
    By John Marriott - Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham

    75% of respondents to a recent YouGov poll indicated that they were 'concerned' about immigration. It's just not good enough to dismiss their concerns as irrational. All politicians and community leaders need to wake up to the fact that this concern, whether justified or not, needs to be addressed. When it comes to migration, either in or out, the British Isles has previous history, as does my own family.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2015