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.
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.
We believe the UK is Stronger if we're #InTogether, and that we should remain in a reformed and improved European Union.
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At Spring Conference our members voted to help deliver Tim Farron's vision of a gender balanced and more diverse parliamentary party at the next General Election.
Tim's goal of having at least 50% female MPs, and at least 10% black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs will be pursued by an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures, agreed overwhelmingly by party members. Every method available under the law will be used to improve the diversity of our MPs.
The government's plan to make people save for an emergency through the proposed 'Help to Save' shows how out of touch the Conservatives are with the realities of those who are struggling.
Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Susan Kramer has said the scheme is just 'smoke and mirrors' to try and distract from a budget of heavy cuts. Susan Kramer said:
You will be unsurprised to hear that I was recently interviewed by Stylist magazine.
They asked me lots of exciting questions regarding my colossal sense of glamour.
They also wanted me to write about a woman who had been my hero.
I wanted to be completely honest, and pick the woman who was indeed my hero.
Liberal Democrats have embraced diversity today by voting in favour of all-women shortlists.
Building on earlier successes and designed to increase diversity amongst candidates and MPs, the motion was supported by Party Leader Tim Farron, and passed overwhelmingly at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in York.
Liberal Democrat members voted to ban fracking in England and Wales at the party's Spring Conference in York today.
The party called for further investment in renewable energy production and action to meet climate change targets.
Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lynne Featherstone said:
The Liberal Democrats became the first political party to support a regulated cannabis market in the UK today.
The spring conference vote comes after the party commissioned a groundbreaking report into how it could work in the UK.
The motion supports an expert report published this week by a panel comprised of police officers , public health experts and drugs policy analysts.
Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson, Lorely Burt has called for a rebirth of adult education in England.
She called for the creation of a new 'Part Time Learning Voucher' of up to £400 for low income workers who take on and complete additional evening education to help them improve their skills and take the next step in their career.
When you're sat in the front row, it's impossible to miss your cue to get on stage.
But for those of you who were at conference in the autumn, you may have noticed I was a little late to the stage.
I was sitting very happily having a cup of tea in the green room, completely oblivious to what was happening
"If we accept that many people will use cannabis - whether for recreational or medicinal purposes - then we must be pragmatic in how we minimise those harms."
- Norman Lamb
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Today sees the publication of a ground breaking report setting out how a regulated market for the production and sale of cannabis could work in the UK.
The most comprehensive framework for how a regulated cannabis market could work in the UK has been published today by an independent panel of experts set up by the Liberal Democrats.
This groundbreaking report sets out how the legal production and supply of cannabis could work in the UK. It was established in the autumn by Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb MP. The expert panel was chaired by Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst from Transform Drug Policy Foundation.