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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of fairness. Many of the most fundamental components of our modern society were created by Liberals, such as the introduction of state pensions, unemployment benefits, health insurance and free secondary education. It is now hard to imagine what this country would be like without those things, but when Liberals introduced them they were regarded as radical ideas that threatened the status quo. More recently Liberal Democrats have continued to challenge both Labour and the Conservatives on crucial matters such as the invasion of Iraq and for Hard Brexit.

But today's Liberal Democrats are much more than just a collection of anti-Brexit campaigners. We want to help make this country into a stronger, fairer society. The Liberal Democrats, through the work of MPs such as Lynn Featherstone, Danny Alexander, Stephen Webb and David Laws were able to introduce Same-sex Marriages, greatly raised Income Tax thresolds (freeing many of our least well-paid workers from paying Income Tax), pension reforms and free, nutritious school meals for all infant school pupils and a Pupil Premium to provide targeted help to ensure children from poorer families aren't held back.

The Liberal Democrats are unafraid to champion less fashionable causes. We speak up for those who who struggle to have their voice heard. Norman Lamb has campaigned for many years for mental health funding to be increased. Sadly the Conservative government too often selects mental health facilities as the first to be cut back, as happened to Spencer Ward in Buxton's Cavendish Hospital. Only the Liberal Democrats are honest enough to admit that providing the NHS we need will mean that we have to pay a bit

more in tax to fund it.

If you want to help make Britain a fairer, more tolerant and more successful society, please join us. We are fighting to keep Britain in the EU which helps ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for us and our children. We are fighting to ensure proper, sustainable funding for the NHS. We are fighting homelessness and believe nobody should have to sleep rough.

  • EU and UK flag
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Brexit has already taken far longer and cost far more than anyone said it would. But this is just the beginning. New research has uncovered a shocking figure:

    Brexit will slash our economy by £50 billion over the next five years.

    Britain will be £50 billion worse off. That's money taken from our schools, our police and our communities. That's even more families having to use food banks. That's the NHS having to turn people away in their hour of need.

  • Mental health
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    We have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

    Day in, day out, millions of people are affected by mental health issues across the country. But when they ask for help, it's often not available.

    The NHS has been driven to crisis point by chronic underinvestment by the Tories. Their reckless pursuit of Brexit means we have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

  • phone banking
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Come and join the phone canvassing team!

    We're hitting the phones hard this election, and we need you to lend your voice to the cause.

    Come and join our evening group at the new Volunteer Hub!

    RSVP here

    We're open every weekday evening until 9pm when we break for pizza!

    We're also loaded with drinks and healthy snacks so we can keep calling voters and convincing them to vote Liberal Democrat this election.

  • family
    Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Conservative austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty, unable to afford even the most basic essentials.

    Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.

    By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

  • Ambulance
    Article: Nov 17, 2019

    This week NHS England released statistics on the NHS's key performance measures - and they are abysmal.

    Almost 1 in 5 patients attending A&E in England were not treated or admitted within four hours. This is the worst performance ever recorded since the target was introduced in 2004.

    Meanwhile, just 76.9% of cancer patients are starting their treatment within target waiting times. And only 85% of patients referred for non-urgent treatment were seen within 18 weeks.