ENG: The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a centrist to centre-left social liberal political party in the United Kingdom. The party was formed in 1988 by a merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. The two parties had formed the electoral SDP–Liberal Alliance for seven years before then. The current leader of the party is Nick Clegg. At the 2010 general election, 57 Lib Dem MPs were elected, making them the third-largest party in the House of Commons, behind the Conservative Party with 306 and the Labour Party with 258. The Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government with the Conservative Party, with Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister and other Liberal Democrats in the cabinet.
Promoting social liberalism, the Liberal Democrats voice strong ...
People should be wary of relying on conventional wisdom too readily. Particularly in politics, where the accepted truth often gets turned on its head. We were told that coalitions were inherently a bad thing. We were told that a "hung parliament" would lead to political instability, public service paralysis and economic meltdown.Now this myth has been well and truly busted, the latest received wisdom is that the Liberal Democrats will suffer a hammer blow at the next general election, because we are taking all the blame for the cuts while the Tories get all the credit.This may take a little ...
London -Rabi Martins, an Indian-origin spokesman for the Liberal Democrats party has been appointed advisor to the party's executive on race equality and diversity issue.
Born in Goa and educated in Pune, Martins has been a prominent figure in the Goan circuit in Britain. He has held several positions in politics and community affairs, including on race equality and diversity issues.
Liberal Democrats chief executive Chris Fox said, "Rabi Martins has been a key member of the party for many years and has served well on various boards including the Federal Executive and the Ethnic Minority ...
Commenting on the continued Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary, Edward Davey said: "David Miliband may not be prepared to say it, but the Israeli reaction is utterly disproportionate."He went on to comment that, "From the standpoint of ordinary people in Gaza this is a full-scale attack, which is leaving women and children dead and thousands of innocent people suffering."The rocket attacks by Hamas are totally unacceptable, but Israel ought to have learnt from its attack on Lebanon which only served to strengthen the cause of extremism."If David ...
Liberal Democrat Party Political Broadcast: Fairer Taxes Make the super-rich pay their fair share.
Lower taxes for the average worker.
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Danny Alexander "Check your pay slip" Raising the tax-free allowance is the Liberal Democrats’ flagship policy and has so far seen Income Tax bills slashed by £600 a year for millions of low and middle income workers compared to what they were paying under Labour. As a result, more than 2m people on low pay have been lifted out of paying Income Tax altogether.
The tax-free allowance will rise again next year to £10,000, fulfilling a commitment from the front page of the Liberal Democrats’ 2010 General Election manifesto and resulting in a total tax cut of £700.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:
“If you get paid today, take a moment to compare your pay slip to last month’s. You’ll see that Liberal Democrats have cut your taxes.
“From this month, the Liberal Democrats will have lifted 2m people out of Income Tax and given a tax cut of £600 to more than 20m people.
Nick Clegg launches the Liberal Democrat 2013 local election campaign In three and a half weeks, people up and down the country will elect their local councillors. Each council seat will be fought on different terms. Each neighbourhood has its own, unique needs.
But I bet you that, when all those people are deciding which name to put a cross by on 2 May, ultimately they’ll be asking themselves the same question: ‘While cuts are being made to public spending, who can I rely on to spend the money that is available on the right things?’
‘Which party can I rely on to strike the right balance: taking the difficult decisions to make savings, but doing so the fairest possible way?’ These elections are about one thing: priorities.
Difficult decisions will need to be made in local government, just as in national Government, and people understand that. But they – rightly – expect that their representatives should make the fairest possible decisions.
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‘Snoopers’ Charter’ unacceptable and wrong “I am delighted that Nick Clegg has stood up for the British public on this.
“He was right to demand that these proposals be published as a draft, which gave us all a chance to see just how badly thought through the Home Office proposals were. And he is now right to say that what the Home Office propose is unacceptable.
“Spending billions of pounds to keep track of every website we go to and what we do on Facebook or Google, is simply wrong. If we want to actually cut crime then we should spend the extra money on the police.”