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Our Principles

The principles of the Liberal Democrats are laid out in section 2 of the party's constitution.

Section 2 reads as follows.



The Liberal Democratic Party is a political party that stands for individual liberty, free

markets and small government.

It regards government as the principal threat to these values and therefore seeks to reduce its
intrusion into our lives to the lowest level possible consistent with the preservation of a
civilised society.

It aims to restore to individuals the right to make their own choices and to accept
responsibility for their consequences, on the basis that they make better decisions than
government.

The following Principles represent its enduring values.

Economic Principles

  • Free markets and freedom of choice
  • Free trade in goods, services and capital
  • Small government, low taxation, limited government spending and regulation
  • Widespread ownership of private property


Social Principles

  • Civil society and volunteerism
  • Civil liberties and individual freedom
  • Individual liberty and personal responsibility under the rule of law


Government Principles

  • Constitutional liberal democracy
  • Ethical and impartial government under the rule of law
  • Devolution of power including decentralised government and competitive federalism


International Principles

  • Free trade in ideas and culture
  • Freedom and human rights