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    Join UsThe 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.

    We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

    We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

    We believe the UK is better off in the EU, and we will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out.

    If you agree with us, why not join us today.

    • Document: Dec 11, 2016
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      Mark Stidworthy is standing for election to Ilkley Parish Council

      Mark Stidworthy is standing for election to Ilkley Parish Council

    • Mark Stidworthy
      Article: Dec 8, 2016

      The Liberal Democrat candidate in the Ilkley South Parish Council By-election on January 5th is Mark Stidworthy.

      You can contact Mark at ilkleylibdem@gmail.com You can complete Mark's Focus Survey here

      Mark has lived in Ilkley with his family since 2004. He works as a consultant veterinary pathologist specialising in zoo animals, wildlife and fish, based in Keighley and Yeadon.

    • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
      Article: Dec 7, 2016

      Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

    • Simon and Caroline
      Article: Dec 2, 2016

      Caroline Jones and Simon Lepori have been chosen to be our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Shipley and Keighley respectively. They both spoke to party members at the Annual General Meeting in November.

      You can read what Caroline said here.

      You can read what Simon said here

    • Sarah Olney
      Article: Dec 2, 2016

      Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

      "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

    • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
      Article: Dec 2, 2016

      The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

      Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

      "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

    • Article: Nov 29, 2016

      Nobody loves rule-makers, but despite the grumbles the UK had a good deal from the EU on financial services.

      Ask the French, they say we always got what we wanted and if I'm allowed to blow my own trumpet, we did.

      Now there is uncertainty stalking everything.

      A big overarching problem is whether all kinds of contracts will remain valid after Brexit especially those that reference authorisations or legislation that might disappear or change.

    • Article: Nov 23, 2016

      Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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      Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters' Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

    • Article: Nov 23, 2016

      This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

    • Article: Nov 21, 2016

      Our Demands for the Autumn Statement

      This Autumn Statement comes at a time when our economy is in turmoil, our public services are in crisis and people and businesses are struggling to keep afloat.

      Liberal Democrats want to see a statement that seeks to provide confidence and reassurance- to our health services, to workers and to businesses. The Government needs to show it will support these vital institutions, not leave them high and dry in its drive for a hard Brexit.

      Our key demands for the Autumn Statement are: