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.
These values are the preamble to our constitution: the document that governs us as a party. Its aim is to tell you why we exist.
This is a hard question for a lot of political parties to answer... they say things about what they're going to do (often focusing on the things that are the most popular at the time) and less about why they want to do them, or more importantly, who they serve.
We are unashamed and unwavering in the belief that politicians exist to serve people, and speak the truth to power. We exist as a political party in order to put our values into action through engagement and discussion. We want communities in Norfolk to be empowered to take positive action so that where they live can develop for the better.
Our County Councillors' job, as your elected representatives, is to listen to and understand your local communities' needs.
Our mission between now and 2021, when the next County Council elections will be held, is to take control of Norfolk County Council so that the policies that govern what it does can be made to work for everyone in our society.
Our Key Priorites for Norfolk
1. SAVE OUR RURAL SERVICES
- Retain and support our rural bus services so that they meet local need and are fit for purpose.
- We want a visible policing presence in our local communities.
- Retain and improve the Mobile library service.
- Support small local schools in rural communities.
2. GETTING A GOOD START INTO WORK
- Improve post 16 education in rural areas.
- Develop further local apprenticeship opportunities and improve career advice and guidance to those starting work.
- The County Council needs to take more action to attract more businesses and better jobs into Norfolk.
3. HELPING US TO LIVE BETTER
- We want to see more ambition and more action from the Council to help people to have greater independence and resilience by staying at home.
- We want to see carers, particularly young carers, being given greater practical and emotional support.
- Enabling local voluntary organisations and charities to grow so that they can provide more help to improve the wellbeing of people when they need it.
- We support the national call for a cross party group to deliver a long term financial settlement for the NHS and Social Care.
4. HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP
- We want all families to have the opportunity to access a quality service within the national offer of 30 hours free childcare per week.
- Secure the best outcomes at school for Norfolk's children of all ages and abilities.
5. IMPROVING OUR ROADS
- Improve the state of our local roads through proper repairs and giving communities more say on how to make local roads safer.
- Stop the administration's cut to the gritting of local roads.
6. GETTING NORFOLK CONNECTED
- We want to see 100% mobile phone indoor connectivity across Norfolk as soon as possible.
- We want to see 100% of all Norfolk properties having efficient broadband and for everyone to have opportunities to develop essential skills for using the internet.