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.
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]
Political Access Broadcasting: “Engaging the Electorate”. An alternative to party political broadcasting, TV debates between the party leaders and public funding of political parties, September 2009
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.
2nd June 2018
The venue for the next Special Assembly will be the Bridge Hotel Function Room, Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ on Saturday 2nd June 2018, from 11.30am - 2:30pm. The NEC Meeting will continue at 2:30pm, or when Special Assembly business is concluded.
The Liberal Party is proud to announce the distribution of candidates in May’s local elections. The party will be fielding a total of 19 candidates in Liverpool, as well as the Timperley and Hale Central Ward’s of Trafford, Dogsthorpe in Peterborough, Tyseley & Hay Mills in Birmingham and Norcot in Reading. The party would urge … Continue reading "Liberal Party NEC Statement – May local elections"
9th April 2018
11th March 2018 Sir, It is with disappointment and a degree of anger that we in the Liberal Party view the recent speech by Sir Vince Cable to the ‘Liberal’ Democrats’ Spring Conference. Once again the vile slur is peddled that those who voted in favour of leaving the European Union are too old, too … Continue reading "Letter for Publication: Vince Cable Brexit Speech"
12th March 2018
The Liberal Party notes the recent comments from Housing Secretary Sajid Javid MP that some councils could see their planning power’s revoked if they fail to ensure a faster approval rate for housing developments. Local decision making is a cornerstone of liberalism and allows local communities to have a say in shaping the character of … Continue reading "Draft NEC Statement – Government plans for local planning powers- second draft"
8th March 2018
Conservative broken promises. Don't trust them.
Getting it fixed. Overflowing rubbish bins. Not Acceptable.
Can you help me? Can you deliver a few leaflets where you live?
13th December 2017
Launch of new Liberal Birmingham Group!
A Personal View on the Bristol Assembly, 2017.
Support for CANZUK.
Little Bits of History Repeating?
Liberal News Opinion.
Assembly News: New Year Special Assembly.
Liberal Party News.
6th December 2017
Cullompton Town Council (North Ward) - Liberal Party Gain
Lloyd Knight takes former Tory Safe seat in Mid Devon by-election for parish council - well done for support work in the camapign by Cllr Jenny Roach who lives in the next valley.
1st December 2017
The Liberal Party annual Assembly, conducted in Bristol this year, debated the reform of leasehold property rights in this country. The party notes the almost feudal nature of the scheme and recent revelations have called into question a long term residential leasing scheme almost unique to England and Wales. Home dwellers with such leaseholds are … Continue reading "NEC Statement – Leasehold reform"
19th October 2017
The Liberal Party note with concern media reports that a number of councils have alleged that central government has declined to release urgent funds for remedial work to residential tower blocks. Any argument concerning whether such work is additional rather than essential is academic when many tower blocks have seen their external insulating cladding removed … Continue reading "NEC Statement – Residential tower block remedial funding"
13th October 2017
The Liberal Party notes with agreement the decision of the Scottish government to extend its existing moratorium on fracking. The Westminster government continues to push fracking aggressively despite there being sufficient evidence to show that the fracking process poses a real risk to public health, the environment, the climate and fair competition The party remains … Continue reading "NEC Statement – Scottish Fracking Moratorium"
10th October 2017
The Future of Newsham Pub
Making Tuebrook and Stoneycroft Safer
Cllr Steve Radford Refutes Dishonest Claims by Labour
Labour Failing to Close Down Poor Landlords
In the Community
10th October 2017
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