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The Liberal Democrat party is a UK political party formed in 1989 by the merger of the Liberals and SDP. It is not connected to the US Democrats party, the extremist Russian party or the remarkably successful Japanese party all of the same name

The Liberal Democrats are the heirs to two great reformist traditions in British politics - those of liberalism and of social democracy. Like all political philosophies, ours is based on a view of human nature. The Liberal Democrat view is an optimistic one. We believe in the essential goodness and improvability of humankind - that, given the opportunity, in most circumstances most people will choose to do good rather than harm.

Yet we also recognise that people's ability to realise their own goals is critically affected by their circumstances. Poverty and ill-health, poor housing and a degraded environment, and a lack of education all limit an individual's life chances and thereby restrict their capacity to be truly free. Social justice matters to Liberal Democrats; we believe that it is the role of the state to create the conditions in which individuals and their communities can flourish.

So government needs to provide decent public services and an adequate welfare safety net for those in need. In particular, we place a high priority on good-quality education, the enabler above all else in liberating people, developing their talents and capabilities and ensuring that they can live their lives as they wish.

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