Liberal Democrats

This election is a once in a generation opportunity to reshape our politics, and give hope to the millions of people who want a fairer, brighter future. The Liberal Democrats have an ambitious plan for the future of our country, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

What do the Liberal Democrats stand for? What are their main aims?

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a 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.

Can the Liberal Democrats win a majority at the 2019 General Election?

Yes. It’s the most unpredictable General Election in decades. Under the First Past The Post voting system, even as low a share of the vote as 30% could give a single party a majority on its own, and a party might only need to be in the twenties to be the largest.

Can the Liberal Democrats stop Brexit?

Yes. The Liberal Democrats are the UK’s leading party of Remain and we are ready to fight to stop Brexit and ensure that we can build a brighter future for our United Kingdom.

Can the Liberal Democrats beat Labour?

Yes. In May 2019 the Liberal Democrats had their best ever local election results, and beat both Labour and the Conservatives in a national election for the first time in a century. The Liberal Democrats beat Labour in more than 400 constituencies, according to independent analysis of May’s 2019 European election results.

Are the Liberal Democrats part of the Unite To Remain alliance?

Unite To Remain is a groundbreaking campaign to maximise the number of Remain MPs elected at the 2019 General Election. The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party announced an agreement not to compete against each other in 60 constituencies in England and Wales.

Do the Liberal Democrats stand in Northern Ireland?

No. The Liberal Democrats do not present candidates in Northern Ireland. The Alliance Party is our sister party in Northern Ireland.

How many seats do the Liberal Democrats have in Parliament?

There are currently no Members of Parliament, until the General Election takes place on 12 December. When Parliament was dissolved on 6 November, there were 20 Liberal Democrat MPs. 12 were elected as Liberal Democrats, with another 8 switching parties before dissolution.

How many Conservative and Labour MPs defected to the Liberal Democrats in the last Parliament?

Five Liberal Democrat MPs were originally elected as Conservatives, and three Liberal Democrats were originally elected as Labour. Heidi Allen, Sam Gyimah, Phillip Lee, Antoinette Sandbach and Sarah Wollaston were former Conservatives. Luciana Berger, Angela Smith and Chuka Umunna were formerly Labour.

Do the Liberal Democrats want a second referendum?

The Liberal Democrats led the campaign for a People’s Vote on Brexit, putting down 17 amendments calling for one, but it became clear that the current Parliament would not vote for it. A General Election was the best way to move forward, getting Boris Johnson out of office and increasing the number of anti-Brexit MPs in the new Parliament.

Will the Liberal Democrats revoke Article 50?

If the Liberal Democrats win a majority on 12 December, we will recognise it as an unequivocal mandate to revoke Article 50 and stay in the European Union.

What are the Liberal Democrats’ target seats in 2019?

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson has said there is no limit to her ambitions for the party at this election. Polling indicates that the Liberal Democrats are within a small swing of winning hundreds of seats.

Are the Liberal Democrats left wing or right wing?

Some see the Liberal Democrats as being in the centre on a left/right spectrum. Others reject this spectrum, and instead see the party at the liberal end of a liberal-authoritarian spectrum, with Labour and the Tories at the opposite end.

What is the Liberal Democrats’ colour?

The Liberal Democrats’ colours are yellow (Pantone 1375C) and charcoal (Pantone Process Black). Details can be found online in the Liberal Democrats style guide.

How do I get involved with the Liberal Democrats?

You can become a member of the Liberal Democrats for just £1 per month, or become a registered supporter for free. You’ll find details on the Lib Dems website.