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.
5th January 2019
Our Special Assembly will be held at the Briar Rose Hotel, 25 Bennett's Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5RE.
The Assembly will start at 11.00am
Amongst the motions to be discussed will be the BREXIT issue of the Northern Ireland border.
Northern Ireland Border Motion
The Liberal Party supported BREXIT in response to the referendum. Liberals believe that for the Northern Ireland question of the border, a camera system should be installed, similar to the London Congestion Charge system and using a trusted trader status run from DVLA. This would be supported by up to 85% of the people in Northern Ireland, according to a latest survey.
With regard to the present arrangements, there is a physical border, the police on both sides and technical borders consisting of VAT, Corporation Tax and personal tax, all working amicably. This is part of the free travel area since 1922. The major concern is smuggling and the camera system above should help.
The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") comes into force on the 25th May this year.
The Liberal Party has responsibilities under these regulations as we have gathered personal details from members, supporters and members of the public in the form of names, addresses, contact details and e-mail addresses.
As such we have specific responsibility to ensure the information is kept securely, is not used for a purpose you have not given consent for, and is available for you to review and if requested to do so deleted responsibly.
We take our responsibilities seriously and are working towards full compliance with the regulations.
As the GDPR Data Controller, if you have any questions or wish to exercises your rights please contact myself or another member of the Liberal Party NEC who will be happy to address your request.
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
Community is at the heart of our Liberalism
Camborne Liberal Hall
Health and Well-Being in Silverton
Editorial, Liberals Assemble
133rd Annual Liberal Party Assembly: 20 October 2018
19th September 2018
The Liberal Party notes with grave concern the latest developments in the ongoing financial crisis at Northamptonshire council. Following the unprecedented issuing of a second section 114 notice on the 24th July, prohibiting further unbudgeted expenditure, a full council meeting held on the 9th August heard details of the precarious state of the council’s finances. … Continue reading "Northamptonshire Council Crisis"
22nd August 2018
The Liberal Party wishes to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the birth of the National Health Service (NHS) on the 5th July 2018. The NHS is a vital public service, free at the point of delivery and a global model for a universal health care system. The party fully acknowledges that the service nationally is … Continue reading "70th Anniversary of the NHS"
22nd June 2018
The Liberal Party notes the latest Environment Agency report on water resources, long-term consumption and water quality in England. The reports catalogue’s the realities of excessive water extraction, unlimited usage and loss in transit and highlights the long-term environmental and human cost of living beyond our means. We all have a part in securing the … Continue reading "National water resource management"
25th May 2018
The Liberal Party views with horror the catastrophic escalation in violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on the day of the official opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Media reports speak of dozen’s killed and hundred’s wounded as Israeli forces respond to mass demonstration and attempted breaches of the contested … Continue reading "Gaza Violence"
16th May 2018
Whilst the Conservative Party presents itself as a champion of small businesses and community charities Liberals note that all these organisations are under increasing burdens of legislation with little-proven benefit but great and disproportionate cost. We call upon the reporting accounting threshold for charities set in 2006 at £25,000 be immediately raised to £50,000 and … Continue reading "Promotion Growth of Small Businesses, Social Enterprises and Charities"
10th May 2018
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
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