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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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  • Bill Newton Dunn MEP
    Article: Dec 20, 2014

    A revealing new book, just published, from Bill Newton Dunn - Liberal Democrat MEP for East Midlands 2000 - 2014.

    After the European election in May, Bill asked all 750 MEPs to write an account of their work during the previous five years. Forty-seven essays in the English language was the result, written from seventeen different European member countries, and from right across the political spectrum.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2014
    By ALDC in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In 2014, Liberal Democrat candidates were fielded in 181 out of the 274 principal council by-elections,a figure of 66.5% for the year.

    The party gained a total of 14 seats (9 from the Conservatives, 3 from Labour and 2 from Independents), with 14 out of 22 seats up for election being held, a success rate of 63.6% for the year.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014
    By Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent in BBC

    The number of UK university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time in 2014, with women a third more likely to enter higher education than men, Ucas admissions service figures show.

    Among 18-year-olds, 34% of women were allocated university places, compared with 26% of men, the widest ever gap.

    The gap is more than 50% in a quarter of parliamentary constituencies.

  • EU flag
    Article: Dec 19, 2014
    By Lord Wallace of Saltaire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    If you're interested in the evidence about UK interests at stake in EU membership, it's now available: over 2000 submissions, to 32 government reports. And the overwhelming evidence, from small business and large, from legal bodies and service providers, is that the EU serves British interests well, above all in the regulations that underpin the Single Market, but also in fighting cross-border crime and providing a multilateral framework for UK foreign policy.

  • Nick Clegg Question and Answer
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
  • David Laws
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Tuesday in parliament, William Hague announced four options to address the "English votes for English laws" issue. They are:

    • Barring Scottish and Northern Irish MPs from any role in English and Welsh bills and limiting England-only bills to English MPs
    • Allowing only English MPs, or English and Welsh MPs, to consider relevant bills during their committee and report stages, where amendments are tabled and agreed, before allowing all MPs to vote on the final bill
    • Allowing only English MPs, or English and Welsh MPs, to consider relevant bills at committee stage and giving them a effective veto in a separate vote before their third reading
    • A separate Lib Dem plan to establish a grand committee of English MPs, with the right to veto legislation applying only England, with its members based on the share of the vote.
  • John Marriott
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    By Cllr John Marriott - Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Lincolnshire County Council

    I was interested in Danny Alexander's reply to LGA Tory and Labour Group Leaders about rumours that the government might be considering lowering the maximum increase a council can raise its Council Tax by before triggering a local referendum.

    Claiming that Lib Dem led councils are tougher than those led by the two main parties will get us nowhere. In any case, how many councils do we still control? Not many I would guess compared with Tory and Labour and probably none at County or Unitary level where the real responsibility lies.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014
    By Tom Clark in The Guardian

    Conservative support drops to 28% after autumn statement, the party's lowest score since May last year and Liberal Democrats are up 3 points to 14%

    Conservative support in Britain has fallen in the aftermath of the chancellor's autumn statement, which pencilled in deep public expenditure cuts for years ahead, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014
    By David Watts - Broxtowe
  • Article: Dec 17, 2014
    By Cllrs Phil Knowles, Sarah Hill & Barbara Johnson - Harborough

    A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire thanks to a major Government contract.

    The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.