NOTICE: Citizendium is still being set up on its newer server, treat as a beta for now; please see here for more.
Citizendium - a community developing a quality comprehensive compendium of knowledge, online and free. Click here to join and contribute—free
CZ thanks our previous donors. Donate here. Treasurer's Financial Report -- Thanks to our content contributors. --

Difference between revisions of "Liberal Democrats (UK)"

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Liberal Democrats (U.K.) moved to Liberal Democrats (UK): Consistency with pages on Conservatives and Labour)
(No difference)

Revision as of 09:14, 17 December 2009

This article is developing and not approved.
Main Article
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

In the United Kingdom, the Liberal Democrats are a political party, led by Nick Clegg. Commonly called the "Lib Dems", they are the result of a 1988 merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the new party originally being called the Social and Liberal Democrats (SLD). It adopted the current name in October 1989.

Among the mainstream parties, they are generally center-left; as the Labour Party (U.K.) has become more centrist, the Lib Dems become more left.

They describe themselves as existing
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.

International activities

For international democracy promotion in emerging countries, the party cooperates with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).