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.
Dear Liberal Party colleagues,
With a General Election pending we need to firm up intentions of candidates to stand.
It will be an ideal opportunity to put The Liberal Party view on a range of important social and economic issues. It will also give electors the opportunity to vote Liberal.
Due to generous donations we think we will be able to field a slate of 20 candidates with a deposit and a limited number of leaflets, the leaflet design template will also be an aid to recruitment.
Please let us know if you wish to represent the Liberal Party, which constituency you have in mind and what level and style of campaigning you think you could contribute. Remember candidates will be entitled to a leaflet delivery to every house in their constituency as part of their campaign.
Candidates will need to be interviewed by an approval panel, we will establish telephone interviews for this purpose.
Yours sincerely for the NEC
In Yorkshire, Cllr Richard Phillips will be standing in the Calder Valley Seat.
In the Liverpool West Derby seat Cllr Steve Radford will fight for the seat vacated by Steven Twigg.
Cllr Lewis Rees will be fighting for the Neath seat in Wales.
Former Timperley Councillor and active green spaces campaigner Cllr Neil Taylor, has a wealth of experience in social issues and supporting the disabled community. He will be standing for Altrincham & Sale West Constituency in Trafford.
Dirk van Heck, who has several years' professional experience in public policy, will be standing in City of London and Westminster.
Dear Residents of Knowsley Village,
With the Liberal Democrat Party record of frustrating any attempt to consult the British people over our membership of the EU and now seeking to overturn the result of the referendum to continue on a course of further centralisation I cannot remain a member of that Party. The concentration on changing a democratic vote has prevented the party from concentrating on the most important issues within our society.
To ensure the voice of liberalism is heard and to join a party committed to the local community, green spaces, free and fair trade, international co-operation and social justice I am delighted to have been welcomed to join the Liberal Party.
As a person from a working class family I feel my number one priority is to campaign against austerity cuts and to support people who are experiencing poverty. I also feel it is very important to provide people with the opportunities to thrive in our community. A good councillor is active in the community and responds to the important issues.
As a Town Councillor I will always seek to get the best for our residents and work with people from all political backgrounds for the common good. I will always challenge the Borough council on issues that affect our ward.
Since being elected in May I have enjoyed listening to people in the Village around local issues such as the condition of green spaces, fly tipping, crime, the incinerator, tax rates, the proportion of funding spent in the village and the lack of places for children to play in the area. I remain committed to solving these issues and remain committed to my election pledges.
Whilst I leave the Liberal Democrats to join the Liberal Party I do so without rancour and hope to continue good working relations with those who remain in the Lib Dems.
Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07784156672
Cllr Michael Seed
Knowsley Park Ward
Knowsley Town Council
A former Labour Seat in Tuebrook & Stoneycroft returned to the Liberal Party with a resounding 67.96% of the vote to local Community Charity Tuebrook Hope Group Trustee, Joe Dunne.
Councillor Joe Dunne
Rona Ellen Heron
25.44% Not Elected
Martin Sydney Dobson
2.96% Not Elected
2.61% Not Elected
Luke Andrew Hingley-Smith
1.02% Not Elected
In Liverpool the Liberal Party out polled the Tory Party city wide.
Cllr Steve Radford & Joe Dunne visit four local schools look at fund raising.
Joe Dunne leads clean up campaign in Tuebrook and Newsham Park.
Cllr Steve Radford & Joe Dunne visit four local schools look at fund raising,
Cllr Billy Lake & Joe Dunne lead information campaign to promote recycling
The Liberal Party gain a further seat in Ryedale and majorities rise in all wards.
Charles Henry Hopinson
376 Not Elected
345 Not Elected
122 Not Elected
Clive Miller Wass
Clive Miller Wass
285 Not Elected
Peter Nicholas Winter
109 Not Elected
297 Not Elected
Philip Robert Hall
209 Not Elected
Matthew Jonathan Haynes
206 Not Elected
Michael John Potter
John Samuel Clark
Richard Adam Dent
167 Not Elected
128 Not Elected
Dear Residents of Knowsley Village, With the Liberal Democrat Party record of frustrating any attempt to consult the British people over our membership of the EU and now seeking to overturn the result of the referendum to continue on a course of further centralisation I cannot remain a member of that Party. The concentration on … Continue reading "Press Release"
29th August 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
10th June 2019
Can we make a constructive alternative to Michael Gove’s call to reduce VAT to boost the economy post Brexit? Setting aside this contradicts all his measures as a Minister to support austerity on the basis we needed to reduce the public spending requirement The best way to boost the economy, pound for pound, would be … Continue reading "Reduce income Tax for Low Paid not VAT – A Liberal response to Michael Gove"
10th June 2019
British Liberalism has a distinguished history going back to Gladstone and Lloyd George with landmark reforms such as elementary education, the secret ballot, pensions, town planning, free school meals and health insurance. Liberalism laid the foundations of our welfare state. This country could do with the good offices of Lloyd George right now because today’s … Continue reading "An Apology on behalf of the British Liberal Tradition"
15th May 2019
“We are delighted one of the leading community campaigners, Cllr Charles Shaw, in Lincolnshire has joined the Liberal Party after the Lib Dems have nailed their colours to the mast of ignoring and obstructing the wishes of the British people to leave the EU”. Cllr Steve Radford Cllr Charles Shaw Cllr Charles Shaw is a … Continue reading "Leading Lincolnshire Lib Dem Councillor joins Liberal Party"
9th May 2019
They call themselves Liberal Democrats, they are neither Liberal nor Democratic in their stance for the EU election. They seek to marginalise UK internationalism in an increasingly federal and protectionist EU, whilst plotting to overthrow the democratic decision of the people under the guise of a ‘People’s Vote’. The key messages in their leaflet are: … Continue reading "Illiberal Un-Democrats"
7th May 2019
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
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