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The Liberal Democrats

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Political Parties The Liberal Democrats Nickname and Logo There nickname is Lib Dem. Current Leader and main 5-10 MP's Current Leader: Nick Clegg Main MP's: Danny Alexander, Norman Baker, Jeremy Browne, Paul Burstow, Vince Cable, Alistair Carmichael and Edward Davey Founded Brief History The Liberal Democrats were formed on 2 March 1988 by merging the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. The Liberals descended from the British Whig Party, the Radicals and the Peelites. When the Labour Party adopted hard-line socialist policies, a group of moderate Labour MPs broke away and established the Social Democratic Party (SDP), aiming to preserve previous Labour traditions. ...read more.

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Significant Past MP's Sir H Campbell-Bannerman, H H Asquith, W E Gladstone, Earl of Rosebery, David Steel, Kennedy Fundamental 'Traditional' Political Ideology Liberalism: the belief in the importance of individual freedom. Social liberalism: a reformulation of 19th century liberalism which rests on the view that unrestrained capitalism is a hindrance to true freedom. Market liberalism: combining free market economy with personal liberty and human rights Social democracy: This is the political ideology of the political left. It is a belief in the primacy of political action. Enviromentalism: a broad philosophy and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the state of the environment. ...read more.

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Also they would like to be able to fund more places at universities for students, by re-increasing the VAT charges, and using that for funding. Key Points from leaders speech at past party conference * Getting more university places available for young students * To change the tax system * Going to protect the pension schemes * Going to find the unemployed productive work * Trying to reduce wages for the higher paid members, in order for the lower paid people to keep their jobs Traditional Supporters- type and location Middle class citizens tend to support the Liberal Democrat political party, as well as those who would like to have more of a say within politics as well as what happens to them as citizens. ...read more.

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