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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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  • Bite the Ballot: National Voter Registration Day
    Article: Jan 29, 2015
    By Lord William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    February 5th will be Bite The Ballot's 2nd 'National voter registration day'.

    Last year this NGO, with a number of companies and schools in support, succeeded in sharply raising the number of young people registering. This year, in the run-up to the general election, they aim to add more than 250,000 to the register. You will find details of what they plan, and how they plan to manage it, here.

  • Tim Farron with the next generation
    Article: Jan 29, 2015
    By Alexander Britton in Nottingham Post

    Ashfield is "one of the most interesting seats in the country" ahead of this May's general election, a senior Liberal Democrat MP has said.

    Former party president Tim Farron was visiting the area on the campaign trail in support of candidate Jason Zadrozny.

    And he said he felt Mr Zadrozny could "buck the trend" and deliver a result for the Liberal Democrats in Ashfield.

  • Mark pack
    Article: Jan 28, 2015
    By Mark Pack

    Welcome to the latest in my occasional series highlighting interesting findings from academic research. Today, David Cutts, Ed Fieldhouse, Justin Fisher, Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie with data from the British Election Study on the impact of contacting voters.

    Our analyses of the 2010 election, using data supplied to us by the individual candidates' agents, found that the more people canvassing for a party in a constituency - both members and volunteer non-member supporters - the better its performance there. Canvassers having conversations with potential voters apparently wins them over.

    Other evidence sustains that. The 2010 British Election Study questioned some 19,000 people at the start of the official campaign in late March-early April. It asked how they voted in 2005, whether any of the parties had contacted them in the preceding months, and how they intended to vote in May. It also asked how the contacts were made: was it by telephone, by a leaflet, by a meeting in the street, by a visit to their doorstep, by email, text, social media or what.

    Of that large sample, we look here at the 4,294 who voted Labour in 2005: 2,441 intended voting Labour again, and a further 580 were leaning towards a Labour vote…

    Those contacted by Labour during the preceding months in one of five ways (very few were contacted by email, text, or social media) were much more likely to intend voting Labour again than those ignored by the party…

    Just getting a leaflet increased the percentage intending to vote Labour again from 48 to 57 per cent; 79 per cent of the small number who got an email were going to remain loyal, compared to 48 per cent of those who didn't; and there was a 15 percentage points difference in loyalty between those who did and didn't receive a home visit.

    The British Election Study interviewed those individuals again immediately after the election, asking them if they voted, if so how, and whether the parties had been in contact during the last month of the campaign. With those data we can see whether contact with the 2,590 individuals who intended to vote Labour when the campaign started a month earlier, plus a further 640 who were leaning towards a Labour vote (not all of whom voted Labour in 2005), made a difference…

    It did. Most of those who intended to vote Labour did so, but there was a difference of up to 14 percentage points between those contacted by the party during the campaign and those who were not: 97 per cent of those visited at home voted Labour compared to 83 per cent of those not visited. Labour lost around 16 per cent of those who committed to it in March-April but whom it failed to contact during the heat of the campaign.

    Some 40 per cent of those leaning towards Labour changed their mind during the campaign, but many fewer if the party contacted them then. Home visits were especially helpful in shoring up potential support. Only 66 received one, but 79 per cent of them turned out for Labour, compared to 58 per cent who were not visited. Even delivery of a leaflet helped: 65 per cent of those who received one decided that they would vote Labour, as against 56 per cent who didn't.

    We also looked at those undecided who to vote for when the official campaign started. Again, contact mattered: those with whom the party's candidates and canvassers engaged during the next few weeks were much more likely to vote Labour than those who received no contact. Among the undecided, 40 per cent who received a home visit from Labour voted for its candidate, for example, compared to only 19 per cent of those not visited.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015
    By Stephen Worrall - Parliamentary Spokesperson for High Peak

    Horizon 2020 is not a lemon! Stop squeezing it!

    High Peak Liberal Democrat PPC Stephen Worrall is appalled at the possibility that money promised for research in the EU could be siphoned off for "quick win" projects rather than being focussed on long term research for Europe's future.

    EU Commission President Juncker has announced that money will be diverted from Horizon 2020, the EU's successful research programme, to an as yet undefined project as part of the European Fund for Strategic Investment.

  • Nick Clegg pointing
    Article: Jan 26, 2015
    By John Fletcher in The Huffington Post

    The General Election campaign is starting to heat up and, as it does, commentators increasingly can't agree on what's likely to happen. This is the most volatile election for decades and for the first time since the 1930s neither of the big two parties are managing to poll even above 30%.

    In the midst of all the uncertainty there is only one point on which everyone seems united; that the Lib Dems are going to get a drubbing. This is obvious both in the polls, where they are routinely below both Ukip and the Greens, and in the news cycle where 'the fall of the Lib Dems' has become a routine talking point.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015
    By Patrick Wintour in The Guardian

    Peer says outright Labour victory still possible but it is not defeatism to consider consequences of failure to win majority

    Labour must not repeat the mistake of 2010 and make only last-minute plans for the possibility of entering a coalition after the May election, Lord Mandelson has warned.

    Insisting it is not defeatism to consider the consequences of Labour failing to win an overall majority on 7 May, he says Labour should be thinking now behind the scenes about a shared programme with the Liberal Democrats. Mandelson, a key figure in the last-minute efforts to assemble a coalition with the Lib Dems in 2010, also says the party should not insist on the departure of Nick Clegg as a price of coalition.

  • EU Flag
    Article: Jan 26, 2015
    By Leon Duveen - PPC Bassetlaw

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a ground-breaking deal to liberalise trade between the EU and the US, could provide annual benefits to the British economy of £10 billion, equivalent to almost £400 per household, as estimated by both the UK Government and the European Commission.

  • keyboard
    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Mark Pack

    A group of four peers (including, sigh, Alex Carlile) are trying to pull a fast one with Parliamentary procedure by tabling at the last minute a long and complicated set of amendments (18 pages long!) that would introduce the Snoopers' Charter.

    These amendments will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday, 26 January.

  • Stephen Worrall
    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Stephen Worrall - Parliamentary Spokesperson for High Peak

    Alan Charles wanted to hear what you had to say, but only if you'd let him know within 9 days!

    Derbyshire's Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is proposing to increase the council tax for policing contribution by just less than 2%, an increase he can implement without consultation. Any more than 2% and he would have to call a referendum.

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Jan 25, 2015
    By Tim Healy in Leicester Mercury

    The NHS has approved the £7.8 million business case for new hospital buildings at St Luke's Hospital in Market Harborough.

    The project represents one of the largest single investments in health care facilities seen in Leicestershire in recent times and will provide first class, modern health care facilities.