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A miscellany of Liberal Democrat (and liberal) ideas and history

  • Plastic waste
    Article: Aug 17, 2019

    Lib Dem run South Lakeland District Council runs a 'Fill Up' free drinking water campaign with local businesses to reduce plastic waste and promote a healthier lifestyle

    Liberal Democrat run South Lakeland District Council is showing how a well run Council can harness the local community to help reduce plastic pollution with it's Fill Up campaign asking businesses to offer free drinking water to encourage people to fill reusable bottles rather than buy a single-use plastic water bottle.

    The initiative aims to cut plastic pollution and improve people's health by increasing access to drinking water, while also saving residents money.

    Participating businesses simply have to display a window sticker, which is provided by the Council, to show members of the public they can fill their water bottle for free.

    Around 40 organisations from across the district are already part of the scheme. One of those businesses is Bandito Burrito in Windermere, owner Ewan Murdock said: "We are trying to do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

    "Not only are we showing our support for Fill Up, but we no longer sell plastic bottles or use food pots or cutlery made of plastic."

    The council say the response to the campaign has been positive, however, the authority is asking for more businesses to support the project.

    SLDC's Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder, Lib dem Councillor Suzie Pye, said: "This council is passionate about the environment. Fill Up is a fantastic way of reducing single-use plastic bottle waste and it saves people money, while also encouraging residents to stay hydrated and healthy when they are out and about in South Lakeland.''

    More information on the campaign can be found at www.southlakeland.gov.uk.

    END

  • Jo Swinson later to JCpp1
    Article: Aug 16, 2019

    Jo Swinson 's reply to Jeremy Corbyn

    The Liberal Democrats have been working with Labour for some time and we will support a vote of No Confidence. We will continue to campaign for a People's Vote to give the British people the final say on Brexit and we are happy and keen to talk with the Labour leader but any new Prime Minister must command the support of the majority of the House.

  • Jo Swinson new Lib Dem leader
    Article: Aug 15, 2019

    Jo Swinson MP - leader of the liberal democrats

    "I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government"

    to read Jo Swinson full speech click here

    In her first main speech since becoming leader Jo Swinson MP stood alongside new Lib Dem MP

    Sarah Wollaston and made it clear that she would work with all parties to stop Brexit including supporting a 'vote of confidence' but any plan for a temporary leader of an 'emergency government' had to command the confidence of the House something she doubted the Opposition Leader would be able to achieve, based upon his record on Brexit.

  • Jane Dodds
    Article: Jul 29, 2019

    Lib Dems get Remain Parties support in PM's first by-election test.

    By Jon James

    With a hard right, No Deal Brexit Government about to hit the public with a publicly funded 'Leave' information campaign evoking the war time spirit and aimed at convincing us to get ready to 'fight on the beaches' against the evil that sits across the channel, De Pfeffel Johnson is already out on the stump making promises to marginal seats he probably doesn't intend to keep. One can only hope that his new Chancellor is keeping tabs on his funding promises or the supposed Tory war chest will soon evaporate, let alone the £39bn owing to the EU that he intends to pocket.

  • Jo Swinson - Lib Dem leader
    Article: Jul 26, 2019

    Lib Dems membership surge continues

    Buoyed by the latest polls showing the Party in close second place, continuing to win seats from other parties and with Labour continuing to hemorrhage support we may be beginning to see a real shift in support for a centre ground, liberal values based alternative to the populist, nationalism, lies and false promises of the Brexiteer ministers now decamped in No 10 Downing Street.

  • Boris Johnson
    Article: Jul 24, 2019

    Bullingdon boy handed the keys to wreak havoc on the country's economy

    'Britain deserves better than Boris Johnson" says new Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson.

    By Jon James

    A country long admired for its governance, stability and sense of fair play and an ability to expose the machinations of mavericks, adventurers and liars has just handed the keys to No 10, to the UK's own modern day Don Quixote, a man who has spent a journalistic lifetime 'tilting at EU windmills'. An individual, so obviously unsuited to the task of Prime Minister that we can only conclude that Brexit fatigue, the national obsession with reality tv shows and government by social media has been embedded into our political system.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Jul 22, 2019

    Jo Swinson elected as new Liberal DemocRAt Party Leader.

    Following one of the cleanest, respectful and positive political party leadership elections, Jo Swinson MP was declared the new Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The Scottish MP for East Dunbartonshire and former Business Department minister topped the poll of members in the election to succeed Sir Vince Cable as Party Leader and becomes the party's first women leader.

  • All our yesterdays
    Article: Jul 20, 2019

    50 years ago today:

    A SMALL STEP FOR MAN

    50 years later:

    A GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND...

    • Nearly 1/2 of the world's population - more than 3 billion people - live on less than $2.50 a day.

    • More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty - less than $1.25 a day.

    • 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.

    • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty

  • Deforestation_2074483b.jpg CC-BY-SA-4.0 (Dikshajhingan Deforestation_2074483b.jpg CC-BY-SA-4.0)
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    10 years ago, hundreds of the world's biggest companies made a promise to end forest destruction by 2020. With only a few months left, they are nowhere near this goal.

    We are living through a climate and wildlife emergency. One million species are at risk of extinction and people all over the world are already feeling the effects of climate crisis - from devastating floods to deadly fires.

  • LIBDEMS.ORG (libdems.org)
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    AN INVITATION TO JOIN US TODAY:

    17,000 have joined the Liberal Democrats since the beginning of may.

    the party has received the backing of THOUSANDS OF NEW voters in local and European elections and THE PARTY is riding high.

    The Party (of REMAIN) will soon be electing a new Leader.

    If you haven't already joined the Liberal Democrats then you have 1 day left until 11.59 TONIGHT (Friday) to ensure that you can exercise your vote in the Party's Leadership elections...

  • Schools Image ALDC (Image ALDC)
    Article: May 30, 2019

    SCHOOLS STAYING WITH THEIR COUNCIL MORE LIKELY

    TO REMAIN GOOD/OUTSTANDING says LGA

    Schools which remain with their council are more likely to keep a good or outstanding Ofsted rating than those which become an academy, a new report by the Local Government Association reveals.

    The report, published by Angel Solutions and commissioned by the LGA, looks at how primary and secondary schools' Ofsted grades have fared over the past five years, comparing those which remained council-maintained to those that academised. It also found that schools that were rated as requires improvement or inadequate were more likely to become good or outstanding if they remained council-maintained and did not convert to an academy

    By looking at an overall sample of 12,814 schools which remained maintained, and 4,033 schools which academised, compared from February 2014 to February 2019, the report found:

    • 90 per cent (9,400) of schools remaining council-maintained have kept their good or outstanding rating, compared to 81 per cent (2,275) of schools which converted to academies

    • 88 per cent (2,048) of schools requiring improvement or judged inadequate in February 2014 which remained maintained became good/outstanding in 2019, compared with 59 per cent (723) of schools which converted to academies

    • 41 per cent (502) of schools requiring improvement or judged inadequate in February 2014 which converted to academies still had the same rating in February 2019.

    As part of its #CouncilsCan campaign, the LGA is calling for councils to be allowed to intervene and improve all types of school found to be inadequate - regardless of whether it is a maintained school or academy. Under current rules, councils are stopped from helping, even in cases where a failing school cannot find an academy sponsor.

    Maintained schools with inadequate Ofsted judgements, which are considered to be failing, now have to become sponsor-led academies. These are schools taken over by an academy chain, or multi-academy trust (MAT) identified by the Department for Education.

    LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Howard Sykes said:

    "We all aspire to seeing children get an education of the highest quality, whether that is in an academy or a council-maintained school. These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy. "Not only do more schools keep a good or outstanding rating if they remain maintained, but a significantly greater proportion are being turned around from struggling or failing into highly performing and successful schools.

    "While academisation might be the answer in some cases, it is not always the best solution. "Councils have an excellent track record in improving schools, and need to be given the necessary powers to intervene and support schools."

    Source: LGA Lib Dems - May 29, 2019

    View the full report.

    END

  • Sir Vince Cable MP
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    Sir Vince Cable makes his final Spring Conference speech as Leader

    " we are committed to tackling the underlying causes of Brexit. "

    " What is democracy if it is not the right for a country to change its mind?"

    " It is dividing families, communities, and even the United Kingdom and sucking the energy out of government.

  • lib Dem Women
    Article: Jan 24, 2019

    International Women's Day Conference

    Join fellow Lib Dems for a one day conference to celebrate International Women's Day.

    This will be a unique chance to hear from some truly inspirational women from within the party and beyond.

    In the afternoon you can take part in a series of practical workshops focusing on women in community activism, politics, public life, business, tech, creative industries etc, plus strategies for encouraging women to participate.

  • Budget box
    Article: Nov 1, 2018

    AUTUMN BUDGET 2018

    LGA LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GROUP COMMENTS

    Commenting on the 2018 Budget, LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader Howard Sykes said:

    "We saw nothing to tackle the massive funding crisis facing local police services, or anything of substance to address the gaping holes in our social care and school budgets.

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Lib Dems Brighton Conference - Demand Better

    Saturday 15th to Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Brighton Centre

    The Agenda and programme for the Party's Autumn Conference has been published and over the coming days and weeks we will review some of the Agenda for our readers.

    Members can still pre-register for this Conference at www.libdems.org.uk/conference

  • Nick Tyrone - 2017: A look at the year ahead of us
    Article: Dec 30, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats' trial book group comes to the end of its initial four-book run with a book published a year ago: Nick Tyrone's 2017: A look at the year ahead of us, of which the publisher writes:

    "2016 was a tumultuous year that changed the world. For many, it was a terrible twelve months, filled with celebrity deaths and unfortunate political results at the polls. For others, it was the year that the little guy struck back against the "establishment". 2017 reviews the year just gone and then looks at the year ahead of us, making predictions about what is to come. Along the way, Nick Tyrone will take us to Burnley and Norwich, Dublin and Venice, Brussels and Washington, talking to Leave voters on the Kentish coast and Beltway insiders about what Brexit and Trump will mean for the months directly ahead."

  • Shaun Roberts, Lib Dem Director of Campaigns, in Halesworth (December 2017)
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    On Saturday 9th December, Shaun Roberts (the Liberal Democrats' Director of Campaigns) was the guest speaker at a joint Special General Meeting of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats and Waveney Liberal Democrats, held in Halesworth. Shaun told us about his history in the party, about the party's campaigning in the general election, and about his plans and hopes for our future campaigning. There was a lively question-and-answer session afterwards, which carried on more informally into the excellent buffet lunch, and which touched on issues as varied as media bias and how to get the point across about Brexit without putting people's backs up. Thank you very much to Shaun for coming to talk to us, and for being so entertaining and informative.

  • Edward Luce - The Retreat of Western Liberalism
    Article: Nov 25, 2017

    It's nearly time for the third get-together of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats' new Book Group. We'll be meeting on Saturday 2nd December to talk about Edward Luce's book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism. Luce is a UK journalist, and the chief US commentator for the Financial Times. From the publisher's blurb:

  • Liberal History Journal
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have many special-interest groups, one of which is the Liberal Democrat History Group, which organises events and discussion meetings and publishes material of interest in this area. They produce a quarterly journal, the Journal of Liberal History, of which the current edition is the 96th issue. The Autumn 2017 issue contains (amongst other things) articles on:

  • Nick Clegg - How to Stop Brexit
    Article: Oct 28, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group will be holding their second get-together on Saturday 4th November, when we will be discussing the ambitiously titled How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) by Nick Clegg. From the blurb on the inside cover:

    "Keep calm - but do not carry on.

    "There is nothing remotely inevitable about Brexit - except that it will be deeply damaging if it happens. Extricating Britain from Europe will be the greatest challenge this country has faced since the Second World War. And as negotiations with the EU expose the promises of the Brexit campaign to have been hollow, even some Brexit voters now wish to exercise their democratic right to change their mind, seeing that the most pragmatic option is to ... stop. It would certainly be the best thing for Britain.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The latest updates from the Twitter feed of our party leader, Vince Cable (@vincecable), which you can also access from the link in the "National Politics" section of the menu on the left-hand side of this website display. Unless you have a web privacy blocker enabled in your browser, you should see Vince's most recent five tweets below; otherwise you will see a link to Vince's Twitter page.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Oct 15, 2017

    Do you want an Exit from Brexit? Back the Liberal Democrats' campaign, and sign the petition here:

    www.exitfrombrexit.eu

  • Conference
    Article: Oct 4, 2017

    There's still plenty of time to book for the East of England Liberal Democrats Regional Conference, which is being held near Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 14th October. You can download the preliminary agenda here.

    As well as a keynote speaker and an emergency motion yet to be announced, the packed agenda includes:

  • Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group
    Article: Sep 30, 2017

    At our first Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group meeting on Saturday 7th October, we will be discussing "On Tyranny" by American historian Timothy Snyder. From the blurb on the inside cover:

    "History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

    "In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

  • Conference
    Article: Sep 1, 2017

    The East of England Liberal Democrats' Regional Conference will be held in Suffolk this year, at the Red Lodge Millennium Centre near Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday 14 October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Make a date in your diary for what the organisers describe as a "one-day event [to] include "policy debates, fringe meetings, training, reports, and more". There is an early-bird booking rate available for bookings made before 18th September.

  • Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group
    Article: Aug 19, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are to trial an informal monthly book group for members of the local party, to read and discuss topics that we think will be of interest to Liberal Democrats, small-'l' liberals, small-'d' democrats, Remainers and anti-Brexiters. We hope that our book choices will prompt discussion about liberalism globally, and about the specific problems that we face in the UK as a result of last year's EU Referendum result.

  • Conference
    Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Although there are other Brexit- and EU-related items on the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference agenda, some of our local members were disappointed to see a consultation on Europe rather than a full debate on our party's position. A conference addendum has now been published, which will allow members attending the conference to vote on whether to proceed with the planned consultative session, or whether (instead) to hold a debate on "Opposing Brexit". You can find the addendum, including the text of the potential policy motion, on the party's website in the section for conference papers.

  • Suffolk Coastal Lib Dems - Pub & Policy events
    Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are more than half-way through their whistle-stop tour of the policy motions coming up for debate in September's party conference.

    So far, we have visited Saxmundham, Martlesham, Butley, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, and further discussion events are lined up in Woodbridge, Grundisburgh and Earl Soham.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 9, 2017

    In this video from Lib Dem HQ, new party leader Vince Cable talks about the Liberal Democrats' view on Europe and Brexit. As the "Remain party", ours is the only party campaigning to offer the public the chance to choose "an Exit from Brexit".

  • Vince Cable Packed Hall
    Article: Aug 7, 2017

    Report from fellow East of England Liberal Democrats in Tring & Berkhamsted

    At a packed hall in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, West Road, Cambridge, last week the new Liberal Democrat Leader, Vince Cable addressed party members as part of a nationwide speaking tour which has taken him from West Country to Scotland in two crowded and strenuous weeks.

    Vince Cable, remarking on the massive polarisation of British politics today, told members he was optimistic for the future of the Liberal Democratic Party, especially when looking at the extreme positions being adopted by both the Conservatives and the Labour Party. Theresa May was now in a loose coalition with the hard right DUP and the Labour Party was now in the tight grip of Momentum, with the moderate Labour MPs intimidated by bullying and scared of deselection.

  • Conference
    Article: Aug 3, 2017

    The party's Autumn Conference is taking place in Bournemouth in September. An important feature of any Liberal Democrat Conference is that members have a say in the party's policies, being given the opportunity to take part in the debate and to vote on whether or not each policy is accepted. There are also consultative sessions on topics related to the party itself.

  • Daisy Cooper, at Martlesham Heath (Suffolk) on 22nd July 2017
    Article: Jul 23, 2017

    On Saturday 22nd July, Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats hosted a very well attended "party information afternoon" at Martlesham Heath Pavilion, followed by "thank you drinks" for our parliamentary candidate, James Sandbach. Suffolk Coastal members were pleased to be joined by members from Ipswich, Mid-Suffolk, West Suffolk and Waveney -- and especially delighted to welcome members who are new to the party.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Vince Cable is the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, unopposed at the close of nominations. Read his manifesto here.

  • Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire
    Article: Jul 13, 2017

    Are you looking for a short break with a difference? For peace and quiet, and an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life? For a chance to hold and read the books that were owned and even annotated by a great Liberal leader of yesteryear?

    Look no further than Gladstone's Library, in Hawarden (Flintshire), which is described on their website as "Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work as well as one of the few Grade I-listed buildings in North Wales".

  • Suffolk Coastal Focus May 2017, p.1
    Article: Jun 1, 2017

    Hard Brexit, with the probability of massive trade tariffs, threatens throughput at our local port of Felixstowe, jobs, living standards and the economic growth we need to support the NHS, schools, and public services. Local business leaders say that proposed restrictions on migrant workers will mean losing labour for key sectors like agriculture and hospitality.

  • EU flag & bird of liberty
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrats recognise the result of the 2016 referendum on the European Union, which gave the government a mandate to start negotiations to leave. But the referendum didn't ask for people's views on the shape of our future relationship with the EU on issues such as trade, travel or security.

    We believe that leaving the single market, ending freedom of movement and abandoning the customs union will make the UK poorer, and that this hard Brexit is not the outcome that many leave voters wanted. Already, the value of the pound has fallen, inflation has risen, growth in the economy has slowed, and the government has increased borrowing to fill the gap in lost tax revenue. A hard Brexit is the wrong choice for the country, and Liberal Democrats will fight to prevent it.

  • Article: May 20, 2017

    In the introduction to the Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2017, Tim Farron stresses that Theresa May's Conservative Party is likely to win the General Election on 8th June, while the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn offers only a continuation of the weak and ineffectual opposition that we have seen in the current parliament. Yet governments without strong opposition are bad governments.

  • Article 50 triggered
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    So, Article 50 has been triggered. Mayday. But the Liberal Democrats' fight goes on. Read what the party thinks will happen next, from Nick Clegg, our European Union Spokesperson, at http://www.libdems.org.uk/deal-or-no-deal.

  • Liberal Democrat Policy
    Article: Mar 15, 2017

    An important feature of Liberal Democrat conferences is the opportunity not just to debate and decide on party policy, but actually to shape it. Each conference schedules a number of sessions for consultation of policies that are still at an early stage of development, with the aim of stimulating discussion. One such policy area featuring at this weekend's conference in York is "Rural Communities" -- a subject that is very relevant to us here in Suffolk Coastal.

  • Parliament Logo
    Article: Feb 28, 2017

    Baffled by the procedure of the Brexit Bill through Parliament? Confused about the role of MPs in the House of Commons, and of peers in the House of Lords? Puzzled over the difference between the Government and Parliament, and what it means for Parliament to scrutinise Government?

    Sign up for Parliament's online course at FutureLearn, called "Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation". The course started yesterday (27th February), but you can sign up at any time before it ends. It lasts for three weeks, and should take around two hours per week to complete -- and it's free of charge.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Tom Brake, speaking in the House of Commons on 1st February 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    I hope that I am wrong, but I believe that the decision that the country took on 23 June will result in the biggest self-inflicted wound since our disastrous intervention in Iraq. That wound is festering and it will leave the UK permanently economically weaker, even after it has healed. I believe that, when Members of Parliament believe that a course of action is going to be a catastrophe, they have a duty to harry, assail and oppose the Government, not to acquiesce.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Sarah Olney, speaking in the House of Commons on 31st January 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    In this country, we have settled, through a process of trial and error, on a system of parliamentary democracy as the most effective form of governance. The importance of Parliament's role was once again asserted by the Supreme Court last week. The responsibility of parliamentarians is clear: to take decisions in the best interests of the country with particular regard for the needs of their constituents. I believe that leaving the European Union will be hugely damaging for this country; the British people, through the referendum, narrowly expressed a different view. It is now up to Parliament to take account of the result of the referendum and decide what is in the best interests of the country.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 5, 2017

    Nick Clegg, speaking in the House of Commons on 31st January 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    As this is the formal beginning of a process that will most likely lead to the end of Britain's leading role in the heart of Europe and the European Union-a cause I have espoused and defended all my political life both in opposition and in government-I have to confess that of course I feel sad that we have come to this point, much as I was surprised and saddened, as many people were, by the outcome of the referendum last summer.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 5, 2017

    Tim Farron, speaking in the House of Commons on 1st February 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    [...] Liberal Democrats have always been proud internationalists. It was the Liberals who backed Winston Churchill's European vision in the 1950s, even when his own party did not do so. Since our foundation, we have been champions of Britain's role in the European Union and fought for co-operation and openness with our neighbours and with our allies. We have always believed that the challenges that Britain faces in the 21st century-climate change, terrorism and economic instability-are best tackled working together as a member of the European Union.

  • Conference
    Article: Jan 21, 2017

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats continues to rise, as the nation learns more about Theresa May's plans (or lack thereof) for Brexit. We are not like the Conservative party, who have U-turned on their previous position and now plan to take the UK out of the single market. We are not like the Labour party, whose position on membership of the European Union remains unclear. We, the Liberal Democrats, remain consistent and united. We will fight to keep the UK in the single market, so vital for our country's future, and we want the public to have a say on the final deal.

  • Guess Who?
    Article: Jan 2, 2017

    Here are the answers to our weekend quiz on the words of Liberal Democrats, Liberals and liberal thinkers…

     
    

    New Year's Eve ~ Liberal Democrats from recent years

    1. Tim Farron (2013)

    2. Paddy Ashdown (1989)

    3. Menzies Campbell (2007)

    4. Charles Kennedy (2004)

    5. Vince Cable (2009)

    6. Nick Clegg (2012)

    Revisit the quiz here to read the quotations.

  • Guess Who?
    Article: Jan 1, 2017

    It wouldn't be the festive season without a game or a quiz, so this weekend we are offering you a short, two-part New Year's quiz about Liberals, Liberal Democrats and liberalism, in the words of the politicians and thinkers who have shaped the party and its views. Who said what?

    Today -- Liberal thinkers and politicians from times past. Yesterday -- Liberal Democrats from recent years.

  • Guess Who?
    Article: Dec 31, 2016

    It wouldn't be the festive season without a game or a quiz, so this weekend we are offering you a short, two-part New Year's quiz about Liberals, Liberal Democrats and liberalism, in the words of the politicians and thinkers who have shaped the party and its views. Who said what?

    Today -- Liberal Democrats from recent years. Tomorrow -- Liberal thinkers and politicians from times past.

  • Your Liberal Britain logo
    Article: Dec 27, 2016

    Are you bored with the television, but looking for an excuse to stay flopped on the sofa now that Boxing Day has been and gone? Why not try drafting a vision statement for the future, in the last of our short series about consultations in which you can take part? The Your Liberal Britain exercise continues its polling of members' views on the future direction of liberalism in the UK, this time by asking the question: "What would Britain look like in 2030, if we Lib Dems had our way?" The aim is to come up with something that is realistic and achievable, but recognisably liberal, reflecting the values of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Words from the preamble to the Liberal Democrat constitution
    Article: Dec 5, 2016

    The latest figures from our local party Membership Officer show that new members continue to join Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats, with an extra boost even in the short time since Sarah Olney's stunning success in the Richmond Park by-election. We welcome all of our new members, and hope to see you at an event soon -- please check out the home page and events calendar on this website for news, and get in touch if you have any questions.