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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.

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.

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  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called upon the Scottish Government to act seriously over the concerns about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) after we revealed that Police Scotland had over 850 million records. But what is ANPR and why should we be worried?

    What is ANPR?

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Scotland. It works by reading your number plates as you drive past and cross-checking it against its records of vehicles of interest. It could help identify if it is stolen or uninsured.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called on the Scottish Government to adopt a radical new approach to drug misuse and reverse its 20% cut to support services after new figures showed drug-related deaths increased to their highest ever level in 2015.

    The statistics revealed there were 706 drug-related deaths in 2015 - 15% more than in 2014. Drugs ruin lives and break families apart. We need to get to grips with Scotland's drug problem. The current approach has failed. It is time for a change.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today the Scottish Government published the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statistics - GERS for short.

    These statistics are designed to make it easier to see how much money is raised by taxes in Scotland and how much is spent on government services.

    Why are GERS important?

    GERS gives us an idea of how our economy is doing - and how strong our public finances are. They also show how we are doing in relation to the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said that wholesale budget cuts will hurt frontline NHS services following reports that health boards are currently axing £400m from budgets.

    An investigation by the Times newspaper revealed health board executives have said that they are being asked to make savings of a magnitude that has not been achieved in the past. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are currently consulting on plans for £69 million of savings that could see hospitals and maternity units closed.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said new figures revealing that Scotland has lost 1000 Fire Service staff since the SNP's centralisation of the service shows the scale of the impact the changes have had on the emergency services.

    Staffing figures released today by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) revealed a drop of around 1000 staff since the merger of local services. There are now around 700 fewer wholetime and retained firefighters than there were in 2013. The number of support and control staff has fallen by around 300 and the number of volunteers has dropped by almost 20%.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today urged the Scottish Government to give farmers in Scotland the stability they need.

    Mr Rumbles was speaking as the NFUS wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay MSP calling on him to guarantee that money received as a result of agriculture spending in other parts of the UK will go to farmers in Scotland.