Real Liberals (not the LibDems) Fighting for Liberalism
(not the LibDems)
Fighting for Liberalism
"The Liberal Party exists to build a Liberal Society in which every citizen shall possess liberty, property and security, and none shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. Its chief care is for the rights and opportunities of the individual and in all spheres it sets freedom first."
Where We Stand, and Why We are Needed
The Liberal Party first came together as a nationally organised and constituted political party in 1877, although in practical (but rather disorganised) terms it had been in existence long before then. It has its origins in the Whig Party and can thus trace its origins back to the seventeenth century.
The Liberal Party was frequently the principle party of Government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These governments were radical, reformist and far sighted, they backed the masses against the classes, swept away vested interest and privilege, and secured increased rights and freedoms for the people.
Liberal Party policy is agreed on by party members at the annual assembly. The statements included here contain the Liberal Party’s agreed policy on a wide range of issues, from indlvidual freedom to taxation, health and the environment.
The following are not Party Policy but are documents which are designed to encourage debate and responses from members and the general public. We are keen to hear your views on the discussion documents, the Liberal viewpoint or our policies which can be found on this website. Please contact the person indicated at the document.
A Liberal Case Against the European Union, by David Green
Inheritance Tax: A Liberal Approach, by Dane Clouston
Scottish Economy: Currency and the Financial Industry, by Irvine McMinn
Scotish Independence, For and Against, by Irvine McMinn
Workable Youth Justice: Time for a Fresh Debate?, by Steve Radford and Daniel Wood [13/02/2013]
Terrorism: Civil Liberties our Best Defence, September 2009
Security with Freedom: The Challenge for Liberals - Presidential address by Cllr Mike Oborski, October 2002
EU: Back to the Drawing Board, July 2009
Integration has failed: Multi-Culturalism Works, March 2009
Citizens not Customers: A “Customer Focus” will Lead to Spiralling Public Expenditure and Disempowers Citizens, January 2009
When will politicians learn? Politicians ‘promise the earth’ and then do not even attempt to deliver. Most politicians try to say what the public want to hear. Thus they all become the same. The logic of these two approaches is “there is no point in voting”. Let me lay out some Liberal ideas. You judge if they are different.
Charles Bradlaugh was a leading classical Liberal, atheist and republican, opposed socialism and Marx, and promoted universal suffrage, trade unionism and campaigned for birth control and family planning. He was a controversial figure, but the electors of Northampton supported him with great enthusiasm.
The Liberal Party is proud to announce the publication of:
"A Manifesto for Interim & Post Pandemic Recovery & Renewal"
...with a forward by our party President Cllr Steve Radford it articulates the Liberal response to the immediate and future challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The document covers 11 key areas, with a list of key points and actions and is the product of an intense period of thought from the parties Policy Development Committee and NEC.
It covers our thoughts and insight into the challenges and future direction for the NHS, care industry, the economy, and the opportunities to build a recovery embracing green initiatives and technology.
With the current restriction on travel, meeting and social distancing due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic the Liberal Party has decided to make alternative arrangements for the up-coming Special Assembly and NEC Meeting.
The forth coming meeting will be conducted over Skype, computer software which allows video conferences to be conducted between multiple participants. The software is available free to download from the Internet at https://www.skype.com/en/
or from a Microsoft Office Account.
The meeting will commence at midday and anybody wishing to attend should contact myself to obtain a meeting invite.
Cllr Charles Shaw leads the Youth Service debate.
Farès K Moussa leads the debate for Land Value Taxation.
NEC Agenda July 2020
NEC Minutes February 2020
Individual & Group Rights
The Liberal Party notes with grave concern increased media reports that the Israeli Government intends to annex sections of the West Bank as early as July of this year. Such a move would effectively end any prospect of a viable Palestinian state by reportedly taking control of 30% of the disputed area and thus deny Palestinians … Continue reading "The consequences of the Israeli annexation of the West Bank"
1st June 2020
Liberal Party president Cllr Steve Radford sums up Liberal Party thoughts on political behaviour during the COVID-19 crisis. “Some of the criticism of the government about not clarifying an exit strategy is little more than obscene point-scoring. Why on earth would any government have a policy and make it public when all the conditions needed … Continue reading "Be a Part of the Solution"
20th April 2020
The Liberal Party notes the increasing emphasis being placed on self-isolation to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Firstly, the party would like to emphasise how community groups can safely support older people and other vulnerable groups during these difficult times. Self-isolation restricts many groups from activities such as shopping, exercise and the social contacts which … Continue reading "Community Groups during the coronavirus self-isolation"
28th March 2020
Over 300 candidates were stood down by parties to avoid splitting the vote and polls indicate that nearly 1 in 5 voters, voted tactically, rather than support their preferred candidate, and yet millions of votes were wasted. Download the PDF below to read more…
13th January 2020
The very MP’s protesting that the current deal placed before Parliament is more adverse than the deal offered by Mrs May’s are the same MPs who blocked the current deal from being progressed, because of insufficient time to read the report. The unwillingness of the majority of MP’s to accept the outcome of the referendum, … Continue reading "MP’s need to compromise on EU Deal"
29th October 2019
During the Queens Speech the government announced plans to introduce compulsory photo ID for voters. This is despite reliable sources suggest 3.5 million voters do not have such ID We have to ask what is the evidence that there is a problem that ID cards are needed to resolve. According to the Electoral Commission report … Continue reading "No Evidence for Voter ID Fraud"
24th October 2019
The Liberal Party notes with anguish the collapse of the Thomas Cook group leaving hundreds of thousands of customers awaiting repatriation from holiday destinations and thousands of staff made redundant. After a span of 178 years the company had been forced into administration by a perfect storm of changing holiday booking habits, unsustainable debt, and … Continue reading "Failure of Thomas Cook as it enters Administration"
26th September 2019
The Labour Party has taken a very alarming new turn on the question of education. The state seeking to monopolise education is the first step taken by every authortarian dictator across the world. If private schools are abolished, what next, the right of parents to send children to faith schools abolished? This policy actually shows … Continue reading "Labour Attack on Freedom"
24th September 2019
The Liberal Party doubled its share of the vote in the Old Swan By-election, Liverpool. Labour 1153 minus 17%Mick Coyne Liberal Party 293 plus 7%Greens 130Lb Dems 272OSATC 138Conservatives 96 This is a seat where 3 Lib Dems represented not so long ago and the Lib Dems mounted an extensive 7 leaflet campaign and endorsement … Continue reading "Old Swan By-election"
23rd September 2019
The Liberal Party notes that a majority of Conservative party leadership contestants have admitted to historic casual drugs use, and as such we welcome their honesty and hope that this gives rise to public debate. The party advocates replacing the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and ancillary legislation with a replacement which provides for an … Continue reading "Drugs Policy should be changed from a punitive approach to one of a Harm Reduction"
17th June 2019
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