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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.

New leader

Vince Cable

Vince Cable, new Liberal Democrat leader

The new Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, been quick to challenge both the Conservatives and Labour over Brexit.

He's said very clearly that Brexit can be stopped, and that there is a sizeable group in both the Conservative and Labour parties who are keen for the UK to remain in the Single Market, and the Customs Union and to preserve collaboration on research with our European partners. Fifty Labour MPs defied their leadership to vote in favour of staying in the single market: he urged Tories to have similar courage and promised to reach out to MPs on the right and the left to work together.

Recognising the growing pressure for an "exit to Brexit" he repeated the Liberal Democrat commitment to a referendum on the terms of the proposed deal.

He added that "Voters should be asked 'Do you wish to accept what is coming down the track, jumping off the cliff and hoping there's a tree to catch you or do we want to stay within the European Union?'"

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Thank you gathering

Thank you event in Hertford

Some of the Hertford and Stortford Liberal Democrats who gathered in Ware for a "Thank You" party soon after the General Election.

Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    9,832 EU nationals left the NHS between 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017, figures published by NHS Digital today have revealed. This is an increase of 22% on the previous year, and up 42% on two years earlier.

    In total 3,885 nurses, 1,794 doctors and 1,518 support staff from the EU left the NHS between June 2016 and June 2017.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    We need a bold new approach to improving mental health focused on prevention, including giving discounts to business rates for companies that take concrete steps to improve well-being in the workplace.

    We also need a pay rise for NHS staff and demanded that Theresa May give EU nationals working in the NHS the right to stay now.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    The IFS has demolished Boris Johnson's repeated claim that Brexit will lead to an £350m for the NHS.

    In a letter to The Times, the IFS's deputy director Carl Emmerson points out that overall Brexit is actually set to damage the public finances and lead to "net fiscal loss."

    This is a point made by the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast and adopted by the government.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    At our conference today, the Liberal Democrats have agreed to a raft of new policies which will see stricter penalties for companies that break the law, as part of a series of measures to improve corporate governance.

    This would include scrapping the need to establish intent or guilt of a senior executive in cases of corporate failure, meaning that companies themselves could be held criminally liable.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In the wake of the recent terrorist outrages it's clear that we need a bold change of strategy to defeat terrorism and counter violent extremism.

    To do that, at our Autumn Conference today we have proposed a bold new strategy to defeat terror. At the heart of the strategy being proposed is proper funding and resourcing for the community police.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    In surprising news today, the Head of the Deparment for Exiting the European Union, Oliver Robbins has quit to take up a new role after a series of disagreements with David Davis.

    I'm glad someone has found an exit from Brexit.

    Unfortunately for the government, it's the civil servant who was meant to be leading it.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    According to charities, councils and housing associations, the rollout of the universal credit is a disaster in slow-motion.

    A mandatory six-week wait to receive a first payment is causing people serious difficulties, with over half of new claimants having to borrow money to make ends meet. Universal Credit's policy of making claimants pay landlords

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    Fire safety has to be put at the forefront of new building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    That is abundantly clear - and that's why, today, the Liberal Democrats have voted to give a stronger role to the social housing regulator, and are pushing for a package of measures to improve fire safety and building regulations.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    In April 2016, I wrote to the UK Statistics Authority over the Vote Leave campaign's claim £350m a week is sent to the EU.

    In his reply the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, said that VoteLeave's use of the figure was "potentially misleading."

    The fact that Boris Johnson continues to use it, despite having been told repeatedly that it's nonsense, means it is just not credible for him to remain in Government.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    Today at our Autumn Conference the Liberal Democrats have called on the government to immediately lift the pay cap on the armed forces to address a growing recruitment crisis.

    Currently, a newly trained private on £18,488 would see a £351 real-terms pay cut next year once inflation is taken into account. The Liberal Democrats would raise wages in line with inflation, meaning a newly trained private would get a pay rise of £536 up to just over £19,000.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and committed to continue to campaign for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

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.

If this sounds like you too, join us.

Liberal Democrats are back: standing up for local people and fighting against hard Brexit. We're winning by-elections across the country and our vote was up significantly on 4 May: support us on 8 June.

Lib Dem by-election wins 2016-17