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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.

Annelise Berendt Furnace

Annelise Berendt Furnace, Liberal Democrat member of Sawbridgeworth Town Council writes on Life as a Town Councillor:

"It is remarkable how much work our local councillors do for their residents and communities, and how readily citizens can engage with them. Five fascinating months as a Town Councillor in Sawbridgeworth have given me a real insight into the contribution councillors make to the life of the community."

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Graphic from LibDem HQ

Leave liars must come clean

Vote Leave got away with lying about money for the NHS, visas for Commonwealth citizens and much more, but now the truth about the Brexit deal is emerging, they won't be able to lie anymore.

Astonishing claims have emerged today that suggests Leave campaigns worked together overspend during the European Referendum. If true, this could be illegal.

Documents released by a new campaign group alongside evidence from whistle-blower Shahmir Sanni, suggest that Vote Leave, the official campaign, and BeLeave, a youth targeting group run by two young graduates, worked closely together during the referendum, despite Electoral Commission rules which forbid that sort of collusion.

To add to the seediness, Vote Leave allegedy made a direct payment "on behalf" of BeLeave of £625,000 to a voter targeting company called Aggregate IQ. The intellectual property for Aggregate IQ is owned by Robert Mercer.

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[30/03/2018]


Vince Cable at 2018 Spring Conference

In his Leader's speech at the 2018 Spring Conference, Vince Cable said:

"I would go so far as to say Britain is now mired in a protracted, non-violent civil war.

Allied to the poisonous rhetoric about 'traitors' and 'saboteurs', and what Theresa May calls 'citizens of nowhere'... we have a toxic brew which fuels the populist right.

What a disgrace that the fools' errand of Brexit... embarked on to paper over cracks in the Conservative Party has resulted in hate crime on our streets.

Our message is clear: Liberal Democrats will rebuild an open, tolerant, outward-looking Britain.

We want our country back."

Click here for the full text of Vince Cable's Leader's Speech

[13/03/2018]

Recent updates from the Liberal Democrats

  • Event: Jun 23, 2018 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    St. James Square, London SW1Y 4JR
    The People's Vote march will take place on Saturday 23rd June. You can RSVP to the party event here.

    You can join us at the party meeting point in London (details below), but there will be a group of us travelling together (including from East Herts For Europe) from our area.

    Those of us coming from the Stortford side plan to meet those from the Hertford East branch line and Broxbroune/Cheshunt at Seven Sisters Station at around 11am. (If you are coming from the Hertford North branch I suggest we meet at the party meeting point in London)

    We will all get the tube together to Green Park from where we will go to the party meeting point at the corner of St. James Square (off Pall Mall).

    Here are the local train times:

    Bishop's Stortford 10:39

    Cheshunt 10:58

    Seven Sisters at 11:13.

    and

    Hertford East 10:11

    Ware 10:15

    St Margarets 10:19

    Rye House 10:22

    Broxbourne 10:28

    Change to

    Broxbourne: 10:41

    Seven Sister 10:56

    (there is also a connecting train from Sawbridgeworth at 10:36)

    March details:

    Meeting point: our Lib Dem contingent will meet on St. James Square, on the corner of 31 St. James Square off Pall Mall, from 12 noon.

    Running order:

    12 noon: Meet at St. James Square, on the corner of 31 St. James Square off Pall Mall. Keep an eye out for our stewards in yellow t-shirts. Closest tube stations are Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

    12.15pm: Hear Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, give a pre-rally speech. Introduced by Catherine Bearder MEP.

    1pm: Start marching (exact time dependent on road closures by the police). The route will take us from Pall Mall, onto Trafalgar Square finishing up in Parliament Square.

    1.30pm: Activities to begin in Parliament Square (time may change on the day by the organisers).

    1.45pm: Reach Parliament Square for the rally, including speeches from Vince Cable MP.

    3pm: Meet at The Feathers pub to finish off the day (18-20 Broadway, London SW1H 0BH)

    Keep an eye out for our street stalls on Pall Mall and on Parliament Square. We will have some placards available from stewards on a first come first served basis but feel free to bring your own as well.

    What to bring: whistles, horns and placards, as well as water, snacks and sunscreen.

  • Event: Jun 25, 2018 8:00 PM
    The Red Lion, 1 High St, Stanstead Abbotts SG12 8AA.

    Special LibDemPint. A member who works for the pharmaceutical industry and has been involved in their brexit preparations will talk about Brexit and its effects on the industry. This will be a fascinating opportunity to get the inside track on how brexit is affecting an industry which is a big local employer

  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    The Liberal Democrats have many strengths as a party.

    But right now we failing in one key area - diversity. We have too few women, too few people without a university education - and far too few BAME members in our party.

    This is not the kind of party we want to be.

    Together we are going to do something about it but I need you to be bold.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    We were so close.

    Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse has been fighting to make 'upskirting' (taking photographs up a woman's skirt without their consent) a specific criminal offence.

    This morning it looked likely that this vile practice would be outlawed after it received backing from the Ministry of Justice, Number 10 and numerous MPs across the house.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    This month has been the most successful yet frustrating one we've had for our Brexit campaign.

    At the end of May we won a series of victories against the government in the House of Lords.

    We defeated the government on the EU Withdrawal Bill a staggering 15 times - thanks to the thousands of supporters who wrote to Peers we identified who would consider supporting us on this.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    When I was little, my grandfather got involved in amateur dramatics. He wasn't very good, but I mention it because the role that I best remember him playing was that of a judge in a play called "Breaking the Code", about the life and trial of Alan Turing. It was important to grandpa because he had always thought of Alan Turing as a national hero. He felt that his intelligence work at Bletchley had turned the tide of the war in the north Atlantic, where my grandfather was an officer on a destroyer. Grandpa felt that, despite his heroism, Alan Turing had been terribly ill used by the British establishment and the judiciary and that what happened to him ultimately brought about his destruction.

  • A pile of leaflets to be delivered in a Liberal Democrat Office
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Elections weren't just being held for Parliament last night - there were also two Council by-elections, a delayed election in Southwark (with three seats up for grabs!) and a by-election in Doncaster.

    In London Bridge & West Bermondsey, we pulled off a stunning win - winning all three seats that were up for grabs.

  • Wera Hobouse.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, the Government has announced that they will be backing my Bill to make 'upskirting' a specific sexual offence.

    I've been working closely with the tenacious campaigner Gina Martin and her lawyer Ryan Whelan on the details of law reform with the Ministry of Justice - supported by hundreds of activists who have lobbied the relevant ministers for a change in the law on upskirting.

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.