Policy Papers

Our Message

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard and 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.

Policy Papers

Below is a list of all the Policy Papers passed at Conference. Where more than one paper outlines policy on the same topic, the most recent supersedes previous papers. 

2015 General Election Manifesto (2015)

122 - Age Ready Britain: Realising the Potential of an Ageing Society (2014)

121 - Pre-Manifesto - Enabling Every Person to Get On In Life (2014)

120 - Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential (2014)

119 - Protecting Public Services and Making Them Work For You (2014)

118 - Doing What Works to Cut Crime (2014)

117 - Power to the People (2014)

116 - Making Migration Work for Britain (2014) 

114 - Stronger Economy in a Fairer Society (2013)

113 - Prosperous, Sustainable and Secure (2013)

112 - Defending the Future (2013) 

111 - Fairer Taxes (2013)

110 - Learning for Life (2013)

109 - Green Growth and Green Jobs (2013)

108 - A Balanced Working Life (2013)

107 - Tackling Inequality at its Roots (2012)

106 - Mutuals, Employee Ownership and Workplace Democracy (2012)

105 - Sustainable Prosperity and Jobs (2012)

104 - Decent Homes for All (2012)

103 - Giving Young People a Future (2012)

102 - A New Purpose for Politics: Quality of Life (2011)

101 - Preparing the Ground: Stimulating Growth in the Digital Economy (2011)

100 - Facing the Future (2011)

99 - Taking Responsibility (Policies on Youth Justice) (2011)

98 - Community Futures (Policies on the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering) (2011)

97 - Accountability to the Poor (Policies on International Development) (2010)

96 - Free to be Young (2010)

95 - Are We Being Served? (Policies on Accessing Goods and Services) (2009)

94 - A Fresh Start for Britain: Choosing a Different, Better Future (2009)

93 - Our Natural Heritage (Policies on the Natural Environment) (2009)

92 - Thriving in a Globalised World - A Strategy for Britain (Domestic Responses to Globalisation) (2009)

91 - Real Women (2009)

90 - Investing in Talent, Building the Economy (Policies for Adult Further and Higher Education) (2009)

89 - Equity and Excellence (Policies for 5-19 education in England's schools and colleges) (2009)

88 - The Best Start for Children, the Best Deal for Families: Proposals for Parental Leave and Universal Childcare for Under 5s (2009)

87 -  Shaping Our World Through a Strong Europe: Reforming the EU’s Policies (2008)

86 - Security and Liberty in a Globalised World (2008)

85 - Fast Track Britain: Building a Transport System for the 21st Century (2008)

84 - Empowerment Fairness and Quality in Health Care (2008)

83 - For the People, By the People (2007)

82- Zero Carbon Britain – Taking a Global Lead (2007)

81 - Reducing the Burden (2007)

80 - Freedom From Poverty, Opportunity For All (2007)

79 - The Power to be Different (2007)

78 - Together We Can Cut Crime (2007)

77 - Green and Prosperous Communities (Local Regeneration for the 21st Century) (2007)

76 - Trust in People: Make Britain free, fair and green (2006)

75 - Fairer, Simpler, Greener (2006)

74 - Britain's Global Responsibilities: the international rule of law (2006)

72 - Stronger Families, Brighter Futures (2006)

71 - A Soft Landing: Creating a Sustainable Market in Aviation (Aviation Policy Paper) (2005)

70 - Rights and Responsibilities at Work (Employment and Trade Unions Policy Paper) (2005)

69 - Affordable Homes in Safer, Greener Communities (Housing Policy Paper) (2004)

68 - Healthy Communities, Healthy People (Health Policy Paper) (2004)

67 - Dignity and Security in Retirement (Pensions Policy Paper) (2004)

66 - Personal Best (Policies on Sport and Fitness) (2004)

65 - Wealth for the World (Policies on International Trade and Investment) (2004)

64 - A World Free From Poverty (Policies on International Development) (2004)

63 - Censorship and Freedom of Expression (2004)

62 - Fair Foundations (Policies for Early Years) (2003)

61 - Respecting All Animals (Animal Welfare Policy Paper) (2003)

60 - Promoting Independence, Protecting Individuals (Policies for a Caring Society) (2003)

59 - Setting Business Free (Commerce Policy Paper) (2003)

58 - Conserving the Future (Proposals on Energy Policy) (2003)

57 - Prosperity at Home and Abroad (The Report of the Liberal Democrat Macroeconomics Policy Working Group) (2003)

56 - Future of Europe (2003)

55 - Planning for the 21st Century (Proposals for Planning Policy) (2002)

54 - Making IT Work (Policies for Information Technology) (2002)

53 - Quality, Innovation, Choice (The Report of the Public Services Policy Commission) (2002)

52 - Rural Futures (2002)

51 - Justice and the Community (Proposals on Crime, Policing and the Criminal Justice System) (2002)

50 - It’s About Freedom (The Report of the Liberal Democracy Working Group) (2002)

49 - The Future of Broadcasting (2002)

48 - Defending Democracy (Proposals for Defence Policy) (2002)

47 - Honesty, Realism, Responsibility (Proposals for the Reform of Drugs Law) (2001)

46 - Transport for People (2001)

45 - Local Economies, Local Choice (2001)

44 - Protecting Civil Liberties (2001)

43 - An Inclusive Society (A Framework for Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion) (2000)

42 - Working for Success (Employment and Employability for All) (2000)

41 - A Strategy for Sustainability (2000)

40 - Reforming Governance in the UK (Policies for Constitutional Reform) (2000)

39 - An Age of Opportunity (Policies for Older People) (2000)

38 - Art Figures (2000)

37 - Engaging Communities (Proposals for Urban Regeneration in England)

36 - A Clean Bill of Health (Policies on Paying for NHS and Social Care in England and Wales) (2000)

35 - Global Security, Stability and Sustainability

34 - Breaking Down Barriers (Policies on Disability) (1999)

32 - Housing Policy into the 21st Century (1999)

31 - Keeping the Balance (Policies on Genetic Modification) (1999)

30 - Re-inventing Local Government: Competent, Powerful and Free (Policies for the Reform of Local Government in England) (1998)

29 - Making the Environment Our Business (Proposals to Improve Business Efficiency and Environmental Performance) (1998)

28 - Rape Law Reform (Policies for Reform Law on Rape) (1998)

27 - Our Skies (1997)

26 - Living in the Greenhouse (Policies to Tackle Climate Change) (1997)

25 - A World of Opportunity (Policies for Developmental Co-operation) (1996)

24 - Water (Policies for Affordable, Available and Clean Water in England and Wales) (1996)

23 - A Home of Your Own (Policies for Housing in England and Wales) (1996)

22 - Conserving Tomorrow (Energy Policies for the Future) (1996)

21 - Investing in Excellence (Policies for Education in England and Wales) (1996)

20 - A Parliament for the People (Proposals to Reform the House of Commons) (1996)

19 - Meeting the European Challenge (Proposals for the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference) (1996)

18 - The Key to Lifelong Learning (Proposals for Tertiary Education in England and Wales) (1996)

17 - Stronger Communities, Safer Citizens (Proposals for Crime and Policing Policy in England and Wales)

16 - Investment, Partnership, Sustainability (Policies for the British Economy) (1995)

15 - Transporting People, Tackling Pollution (Liberal Democrat Proposals for Improving Transport in Britain) (1995)

14 - Building on the Best of the NHS (Proposals to Reform the National Health Service) (1995)

13 - Access for All (Proposals to Promote Equal Opportunities for Disabled People) (1995)

12 - The Balance of Trade (Proposals for Reforming International Trade) (1995)

11 - A Free and Open Society (1994)

10 - Equal Citizens (Proposals to Promote the Equal Treatment of Women) (1994)

09 - Working for Change (Promoting Jobs and Employability) (1994)

08 - Agenda for Sustainability (Tools for Creating a Sustainable Economy and Society) (1994)

07 - Opportunity and Independence for All (Proposals to Improve the Tax and Benefits System) (1994)

06 - Shared Security (Security and Defence in an Uncertain World) (1994)

05 - Reclaiming the Countryside (Proposals for Rural Affairs and Agriculture in England and Wales) (1994)

04 - A New Deal for Northern Ireland (Proposals for the Future of Northern Ireland) (1994)

03 - Confronting Prostitution (Liberal Democrat Proposals to Tackle Prostitution in England and Wales) (1994)

02 - Reclaiming the City (Proposals to Improve the Quality of Life in the Urban Areas of England and Wales) (1994)

01 - A Caring Society (Liberal Democrat Proposals to Improve the Organisation of Social Services) (1993)

 

 

 

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