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David Goodall

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What do the Liberal Democrats stand for?

I believe it is only possible to achieve good, practical and coherent policy, if it is founded on both good evidence and good ideals. Therefore it is important to know what a party stands for, otherwise real meaning of the policy headlines can be unknown.

In 1945 William Beveridge said "The outstanding merit of Liberalism as a political creed - that it stands for the general interest - means that the Liberal Party, unlike both its rivals, cannot count on automatic support from any sectional interest. It must build its own organisation for itself and its ideals."

In the arguments over public policy direction, with added the confusion of coalition politics at a national, regional and local level, it is sometimes hard to know or remember what a political party stands for. In the Liberal Democrats, the preamble to the party constitution defines what the party stands for and here is my version of what that definition says:-


The Liberal Democrats believe it's each person's responsibility and the state's duty to protect and enlarge both liberty and social justice.

The Liberal Democrats consist of women and men working to improve liberty and social justice for the individual, for society, for the economy, the world and international community.

For Individual

Liberal Democrats exist:-

For Society

Liberal Democrats believe in a society where:-

For the Economy

Liberal Democrats believe in fostering a strong and sustainable economy:-

For the World

Liberal Democrats believe in a world:-

For the International Community

Liberal Democrats have an internationalist view on the world:-