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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 17, 2017

    The effects of Brexit are already being felt.

    The value of the pound has plummeted.

    Inflation has risen. Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

    Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The simple fact is that the proposed EU-UK security treaty is likely to fail unless Theresa May drops her opposition to the European Court of Justice.

    The government has announced it will seek a new treaty with the EU to preserve vital cooperation against crime and terrorism.

    However, access to tools like the European Arrest Warrant, Europol and security databases all require abiding by rulings from the EU Court of Justice, an issue Theresa May has made a red line.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Today at #LDConf we have called for the setting up of a tough new watchdog to protect the environment from threats posed by Brexit.

    In a conference motion we called for the creation of an Office for Environmental Responsibility that would ensure laws on air quality or the cleanliness of beaches are properly enforced.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Theresa May must use her speech next week in Florence to change course and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals, to prevent a 'Brexodus' of thousands of nurses and teachers working in Britain's schools and hospitals.

    In a conference motion passed today, we demanded that the government urgently publish a review into the impact its Brexit policies are having on staffing shortfalls in public services.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    In a motion passed today at our Autumn conference, we have called on the government to set a global example by bringing forward Britain's climate targets ten years from 2050 to 2040.

    As part of the motion, we have also condemned, in the strongest possible terms, President Trump's climate change denial and his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Closing date: Monday 2nd October 2017 at 12.00 noon

    The Liberal Democrats are looking for an experienced Salesforce administrator. The Salesforce Administrator will work as part of the team dedicated to ensuring that we are maximising efficiency and capitalising on the full features and benefits of the system based on the various user group needs.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Like many of you, I have just returned from my first break since the General Election, and I hope that you are refreshed and ready for a busy political autumn.

    I wrote to you a few weeks ago to let you know that Tim Gordon, our Chief Executive, had announced that he was leaving the party after nearly five years.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    It's been another busy week for you Liberal Democrat MPs and campaigners. This is what we've been up to just in case you missed it...

    Saturday 26th August

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    I have had a good summer, meeting Liberal Democrat members all over the UK in 15 Q&A sessions. It has been great to listen to your ideas, and a pleasure to answer questions face-to-face about the future of our Party and the country.

    The tour has also been a welcome opportunity to outline my plans to place the Liberal Democrats at the centre of UK political life: a credible, effective Party of national and local government, and a voice of sanity on Europe and the economy.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Closing date: Monday 11th September 2017 at 12 pm

    Jamie Stone MP is looking for a hard-working and enthusiastic individual to join his team as a Communications Officer. The role would promote his Parliamentary work and profile, and to undertake press, communications and social media work as appropriate.

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