The Liberal Democrats have a strong and proud tradition in local government.
For the Liberal Democrats, local government is key – localism, community politics, and a real commitment to devolved power are all hallmarks of the Liberal Democrat approach. We pride ourselves on working hard “all year round, not just at election time”.
Every week, Liberal Democrats in every part of the country knock on thousands of doors, deliver Focus leaflets, attend community meetings, and speak to residents to find out what local issues people really care about and how we can help them find solutions that work for them.
Liberal Democrats are responsible for billions of pounds of expenditure at local government level. From parishes and small districts to core English cities such as Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle, Liberal Democrats have run local authorities of all shapes and sizes in every part of the country. In many others, we have worked in coalition with other parties (including both Labour and the Conservatives) to deliver effective and affordable local services for all.
Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners have come together to form the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC), which has represented councillors and grassroots Liberal Democrat campaigners across Great Britain for more than forty years. ALDC provide advice and support to its members, giving them the tools they need to campaign in their communities.
In England and Wales, Liberal Democrats are very active within the Local Government Association and the Welsh Local Government Association on lobbying, media work and identifying and promoting best practice and also within the Liberal Democrats local government family. Visit the LGA Liberal Democrat Group's website for more information on their work. In Scotland, councils share information and represent their views to central government via the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Learn more about the work of Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillors on the Scottish Liberal Democrats website.