The Liberal Democrats are the UK political party that campaigns for a stronger economy and a fairer society.
Locally, Cheltenham Liberal Democrats are the majority party on Cheltenham Borough Council, where they have fought for more investment and jobs, pushed recycling to record levels and worked for all the communities across the town.
Nationally the party is led by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and has been in coalition government for the last five years, delivering on promises to reduce the deficit, take everyone earning £10,000 or less out of income tax and introduce the pupuil premium which is now giving a million pounds a year to Cheltenham schools to help the least well-off children. You can visit the national party's website here.
The Liberal Democrat youth organisation is Liberal Youth and has always played an important part in the party's policymaking and campaigning. There is an active branch in Cheltenham which is playing a key part in Martin's general election campaign.
The party's history dates back to the 1850s and beyond, when liberals fought for democratic reform and against aristocratic privilege. You can read more about the party's history here. In 1988 the modern party was created from the merger of two earlier parties and promised to champion a free, fair and open society, and to combat ignorance, poverty and conformity.
We’re an international party too, part of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats in Europe which fights for reform and democracy in the European Union. We have 57 member parties all over Europe and 50 seats in the European Parliament.
The worldwide Liberal International has more than 50 member parties from five continents - some of them still bravely fighting to establish democracy in their own countries as Liberals helped to do here all those years ago.