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Introducing our philosophy and policies

You might have heard Liberal Democrats saying that the Party has a 'sound philosophical base' - so what is it?
Lib Dems believe in an inclusive society founded on equal rights and equal opportunities. This does not mean dull or sterile uniformity. Individual choice and freedom are at the centre of our approach.
We believe in an active state - a state with the power to do good for those it serves - but we do not believe in the nanny state. Wherever possible the role of government should be to equip people with the means and opportunities to make genuine decisions for themselves.

The preamble to the party's Constitution puts it well:

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society…we aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and 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."

Party Policy

At the national level Policy is produced by members or the Federal Policy Committee submitting proposals to the party to debate at the two Conferences held each year.
At the time of the country's Annual Budget many of the priorities within these policies are reviewed and published in the Lib Dems Alternative Budget. We cost every commitment and identify where the funds will come from.
On the party's national web site

you will find access to detailed policy statements which will include the following topics:

EUROPE

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

EDUCATION & YOUNG PEOPLE

FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES

ENVIROMMENT

RIGHTS

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

CONSTITUTIONAL & POLITICAL REFORM

Similar democratic principles apply to the development of regional, county and district policies. At each level conferences are held and all the members of the Party within the area involved are entitled to attend and vote on the policies proposed. Thus copies of Norfolk County and South Norfolk District manifestos are developed. Manifestos are displayed on appropriate pages of this website in the periods before County Council and District Council elections.