Liberal Democrats

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This article refers to the British political party. For similarly named parties in other countries, see Liberalism.
Nick Clegg is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and is also the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, is a political party in the United Kingdom that promotes liberal policies. It was started on 2 March 1988 by joining the Liberal Party, which had been a powerful political party in Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the Social Democratic Party, which had been formed from the Labour Party in 1981. The two parties had already been working together for seven years.

The Liberal Democrats are strong supporters of the European Union, as well as environmentalism and they are in favour of creating a new British House of Commons which is elected using proportional representation.

The party has 57 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons, 79 out of 738 seats in the House of Lords, 11 out of 72 British seats in the European Parliament, 16 out of 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament and 5 out of 60 seats in the Welsh Assembly. The party is in a coalition government with the Conservative Party and the party leader Nick Clegg is the Deputy Prime Minister.

Policies[change | change source]

Most Liberal Democrats believe in the following things:

Party officials[change | change source]

Cabinet members[change | change source]

  • Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Vince Cable - Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Ed Davey - Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Michael Moore - Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Danny Alexander - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Elected officials within the party[change | change source]

Former party leaders[change | change source]

Asterix (*) means that this person was an interim leader, meaning he was just standing in as leader because the previous leader resigned.

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