Writing our Vision Statement

As a party we aim to build a fair, free and open society in today’s Britain – we call it Liberal Britain for short. But what would it actually look like?

We asked you to think big, take part in the conversation, and inspire those around you with your own vision for a Liberal Britain. 7,000 of you replied, sharing your ideas online – and 1,000 people came to the events that you organised up and down the country.

With the help of 400 people who suggested and edited drafts, including through our vision-writing competition, we’re now delighted to present you the final item, Your Vision for Liberal Britain.

 

We’re very grateful to our patrons – Rumi Verjee, Ramesh Dewan and Lord Chris Fox – for their generous support, and to all of the individual members who donated at our events. Thank you!

 

How we produced the vision statement

Over the summer of 2016, Your Liberal Britain ran a joint consultation with the Liberal Democrats asking members what a Liberal Britain would look like.  We were blown away by your support, with 7,000 people taking part and events from the Highlands to Cornwall.  You can read what we found here.

After Autumn Conference 2016, we ran a party wide vision writing competition asking people to submit their entries based on what we found in the consultation.  There were hundreds of submissions from across the party, and from this a shortlist was created based on how well each vision met the criteria we set out in the terms of reference.

The finalists went through to the judging panel of diverse and senior figures within the Liberal Democrats who viewed the name-blind entries.  They settled on one winner and two runners up, which you can read here.

After getting members’ feedback at Spring Conference 2017, the writing group has gone back to improve on the final vision statement that they have been working on since the winner was chosen.

The final version of our proposed vision statement is now online. Why do we say ‘proposed’? Because we’re independent of the party: for this to become the party’s vision statement, it needs to be adopted by the members at a Lib Dem party conference. We hope this will happen in Spring 2017!

 

Be inspired

Our vision statement is only one of many different ways that Lib Dems explain what they stand for. There are loads more.

Why not look over these ideas for what it means to be a Lib Dem today, written by anonymous party members for Agenda 2020‘s recent essay competition.

Ever wondered what the hell the Lib Dems have ever done for you? Wonder no more!

If you want a refresher on Lib Dem values and priorities, look no further than the Agenda 2020 group’s consultation paper

In fact, Agenda 2020 even invited people to disagree. Here are ten different views of what it means to be a Liberal Democrat.

The party’s published a couple of such longer descriptions about what the Liberal Democrats stand for too in the past too. There’s our preamble, of course, and our most recent conference-approved statement of party values: It’s About Freedom.

But if you want a concrete, unambiguous picture of what we stand for – well, take a look at what we did in government:

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