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Welcome to the online home of the South Norfolk Liberal Democrats

"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."

From the Preamble to the Liberal Democrat Party Constitution.

If You share our views, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact: Richard Carden, Capel Farm, Denton, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 0AW.
Tel 01986 788279, email r.carden@btinternet.com or use the contact us link in the menu.

News Updates

  • Article: Apr 13, 2018

    Residents have been seriously concerned by Tory government plans to cut funding for our Norfolk schools. Figures show that schools in Town Close will be hit especially hard by the cuts.
    Under the Tory funding programme, Bignold Primary School is set to lose out on £44,000 by 2019/20 which could mean staff cuts or a lack of classroom equipment for pupils. The Hewett Academy is set to receive more money, but this only goes to show it has been underfunded by past Labour and Tory governments. Other Norfolk schools will be negatively affected, losing out on much needed cash.

    The Liberal Democrats have a very strong record of increasing pupil funding, particularly under the pupil premium scheme which saw an extra £2.5bn a year given to schools across the country.

    Local Lib Dem campaigner James Anthony said "I will work tirelessly to continue the fight for pupil funding, at a local level."

  • General housing shot
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    The Conservative led Norfolk County Council has chosen to cut £5m from its Building Resilient Lives budget, which is inevitably going to lead to a rise in homelessness and mean vast numbers of people struggling to find a permanent, stable home. This disregard for those most in need in Norwich is unacceptable.

    These cuts are coming at a time when homelessness in the city of Norwich is already at record levels. Local Liberal Democrats have been fighting these cuts on the County Council and have been campaigning for an end to high renting costs across the country.

    Local Liberal Democrat James Anthony commented: "The Liberal Democrats are committed to putting pressure on the government both locally and nationally to help solve Norwich's housing crisis

  • Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Des Fulcher, one of two District Councillors for South Norfolk Council's Stratton ward, has joined the Liberal Democrat Group at the Council.

    Des had been elected as a Conservative in 2015, but resigned from the Conservatives in 2017, since when he had been an Independent.

    Stratton ward comprises Long Stratton and the parishes of Tharston, Hapton and Wacton.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

  • Steff Aquarone
    Article: Feb 13, 2018

    You may have heard that the Conservative-controlled County Council passed its budget yesterday, raising council tax by 6% and putting an unexpected £3m bonus from Central Government into reserves rather than investing it in services.

    The Liberal Democrats proposed a series of costed, pragmatic proposals that put people first, which were dismissed by the Conservatives.