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New Members Party InviteThe 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.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

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  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: May 8, 2015

    Paddy Ashdown has written to members of the Liberal Democrats on what has been an extremely hard night for the party. His letter is below:

    Last night was a bitter night for Liberal Democrats. Perhaps most bitter of all, the results do not do justice to your hard work, dedication or passion.

    You have fought the campaign of your lives, and I am incredibly proud of you.

    Let us remember what we fought for - liberal values, offering a vibrant, positive, and hopeful alternative for our country.

    The forces of decency, moderation, unity, respect for others and progressive politics are weaker this morning. But they are not lost, and they must not be lost.

    However painful this defeat, our fight for all this party stands for must continue.

    In 2010 we put the country before our party, and we should be very proud of everything that we, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have achieved.

    These will be tough days ahead for our party, and they could be tough times for our country too.

    But Liberal Democrat resilience has battled through time and time again, and I genuinely believe that, while diminished in Parliament, our voice will be heard again and is needed now more than ever.

    I look forward to fighting that fight alongside you.

    Paddy

  • Article: May 7, 2015

    Voters face the biggest political decision of their lives this polling day.

    Our amazing activists and supporters have been campaigning the length and breadth of the UK for a liberal voice in government.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news from the campaign trail by following us live here.

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    The surprise story tomorrow night will be the Liberal Democrats.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg praised tireless work from activists to deliver a record breaking campaign and reminded voters they faced the "biggest political decision of their lives" on Polling Day.

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    He said:

    "We were written off at the beginning of this campaign - yet when the polls close tomorrow night, we will be the surprise story of the election".

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg told voters, "you face the biggest political decision of your life".

    With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country unless they vote Liberal Democrat to anchor Britain to the centre ground.

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    Britain faces a second General Election before Christmas without Liberal Democrats to provide stability in coalition, Nick Clegg has warned.

    Nick said it would be impossible for a minority government to pass key legislation without signing off controversial concessions to the nationalists and Nigel Farage.

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    Treasury figures analysed by the Liberal Democrats show the last Labour government signed off at least 138 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the hospital sector with private firms during their time in office.

    These controversial deals are the real threat to the NHS and are set to cost taxpayers £11.7bn in repayments over the next parliament.

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    Manatee, as we're calling it, is a piece of technology we've developed to allow us to deliver targeted messages to voters through Facebook and YouTube based on data we have collected from them and stored in Connect.

    This is a huge step forward and something no other party can do, It means we can talk to voters about the issues they're most interested in and hopefully persuade them to support us. Of course, protecting the privacy of the people whose data we hold is our absolute priority. Here's how we're doing that.

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    Newspapers from across the political divide are united in their belief Liberal Democrats have been a force for good in government.

    In their editorials, national titles recognise the Liberal Democrats achievements in government and the stability the party has brought to the country in the last five years.

  • Article: May 5, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will take the party's battle bus on a marathon 1,000 mile, two day dash taking in seats from Lands End to John O'Groats as Polling Day draws closer.

    Nick will make a final pitch for a stronger economy and a fairer society across the UK from South West England to North East Scotland.

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    Article: May 4, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.

    The red lines cover education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:

    1. Protecting education funding

    Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.