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.
It is with great sadness that we share Cllr Jenny Roach passed away after a short illness.
Her loss will be felt so many people in different ways, she was a staunch champion of Liberalism, In Mid Devon Council she was renowned for asking the awkward questions and was known as the one woman opposition.
She was devoted to improving the lives of older people in Devon and the new Health and Well Being Centre in Silverton will be a lasting tribute to her commitment and vision for the people of her ward.
For so many of us, we have lost a true loyal friend who would always be there to encourage and guide us.
Cllr Steve Radford
Dear Fellow Liberals Can I express a personal view It is vital as a Liberal Party we make everyone welcome irrespective of whether they voted remain or leave The Liberal Party and the Country needs to move to over beyond the debate over the EU Any deal was never going to be perfect but the … Continue reading "Presidents Appeal"
10th April 2019
The Liberal Party notes with concern this announcement that Brilliant Energy has now entered administration. The company will be the 10th small energy provider to have done so in the last 12 months, which included Spark Energy Supply Limited in November 2018 amongst others. Although the regulator Ofgem will ensure no customer is left without … Continue reading "NEC Statement – Small energy suppliers in the UK"
18th March 2019
6th February 2019
The Liberal Party welcomes the news that the Parliament’s Treasury committee will investigate the issue of Business Rates in this country. Bricks-and-mortar retailers in this country face a perfect storm of rising business rates, unrelenting competition from online retailers and declining footfall. The party welcomes the government previous undertaking of business rates relief for half … Continue reading "Liberal Urge Support for Town Shopping Centres"
5th February 2019
It is with great sadness that we share Cllr Jenny Roach passed away after a short illness. Her loss will be felt so many people in different ways, she was a staunch champion of Liberalism, In Mid Devon Council she was renowned for asking the awkward questions and was known as the one woman opposition. … Continue reading "Cllr Jenny Roach RIP"
3rd December 2018
Lloyd Knight was elected to Cullompton Town Council in a tightly fought by-election in November 2017. Lloyd is the Town Council Deputy Mayor and their representative on the Devon Association of Local Councils. He is committed to giving a voice to the people of Cullompton at both the Town and District level. We are delighted Lloyd will … Continue reading "News from Devon"
29th November 2018
Article 132 provides an instrument for the EU to extend the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU to 20XX. Whilst the XX is not defined or limited, it could mean we are stuck in the EU until 2099 if negotiations are frustrated. During the transition period, we would not have a voice … Continue reading "Why Brexit Draft – Article 132 must be deleted"
27th November 2018
The Liberal Party notes the temporary suspension of fracking operations by Cuadrilla at their Preston New Road site following recent subterranean tremors, the latest on the 27th October. These seismic events have occurred less than 2 weeks after a final legal challenge to fracking was rejected, and the Government permitted operations to commence, despite widespread … Continue reading "NEC statement – Cuadrilla fracking disturbance’s"
30th October 2018
Local Government on the edge: Austerity from Westminister closes in on Town Halls across the country.
Thursday 3rd May 2018: Local Government Elections. We Need Your Help!
Liberal Party News
26th October 2018
The Liberal Party are the only national party to support ‘Lift the Ban’ – a campaign which would give people seeking asylum the right to work, and contribute to the economy whilst working with dignity. Click here for more information.
22nd October 2018
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