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Introducing the Liberal Democrats

Key Message

The Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

Recent History

The Liberal Democrats were the third largest political party in British politics behind the Conservative Party and Labour Party. This place has now been taken by the UK Independence Party.

In 2010, the Liberal Democrats entered into a coalition government with the Conservative Party which cost them dearly in the May 2015 General Election. The number of Members of the European Parliament was reduced to just one in the 2014 elections. The number of local councillors, always the strong base for the Liberal Democrats, has been reduced.

Since the 2015 General Election, the "fight-back" has started and the party has seen hundreds of new members join the party.

  • Death of Charles Kennedy

On 1st June 2015, Charles Kennedy former Liberal Democrat Leader died at his home in Fort William aged just 55. Read about his political career and tributes from colleagues and friends here

  • Leadership Contest

The resignation of Nick Clegg on 8th May 2015 triggered a leadership election within the party. Tim Farron MP and Norman Lamb MP put their names forward and Mr Farron was elected.  Find out about them here


Key People in the Liberal Democrats

  • Leader of the Liberal Democrats-  Tim Farron MP
  • Liberal Democrat Party Campaigns Chair – Greg Mulholland MP 
  • Spokesperson for Economics - Baroness Kramer
  • Spokesperson for Health - Norman Lamb MP 
  • Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs - Tom Brake MP
  • Member of the European Parliament (MEP) - Catherine Bearder representing the South East England region
  • The eight Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament are:
    • Tom Brake MP - Carshalton & Wallington
    • Tim Farron MP - Westmorland & Lonsdale
    • Nick Clegg MP - Sheffield Hallam (former leader)
    • Greg Mulholland MP - Leeds North West
    • John Pugh MP - Southport
    • Norman Lamb MP - North Norfolk
    • Alistair Carmichael MP - Shetland & Orkney

What the party stands for

In Government we created more than 2 million jobs, helped business to create more than 2 million apprenticeships, and gave 27 million people an £825 tax cut. 

Only the Liberal Democrats will finish the job of balancing the books on time, in full and fairly whilst growing the economy in order to create jobs and fund the public services on which we all rely.

Our plans would borrow £70bn less than Labour and cut £50bn less than the Conservatives. We would also protect the education budget from cradle to college, invest in the NHS and cut taxes by a further £400 for millions of workers.

Labour are lurching dangerously to the left on a path of reckless borrowing, while the Conservatives are lurching dangerously to the right on a path of reckless cuts.

Only the Liberal Democrats can keep Britain on track.


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