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Letter to the Independent - The Liberal Party - May 2015
I read with interest your correspondents recent musings on the
creation of an new centre-left political entity(Radical idea
for a new party, 13th May).

In fact a centrist, mildly Eurosceptic alternative, explicitly
promoting an opportunity society by the modest redistribution of
wealth already exists. That alternative is the Liberal Party.

When the Liberals and SDP voted to merge in 1988, they created a fresh
party and registration with the electoral commission, initially as the
Social and Liberal Democrats. Remember that?

In fact many members of the two parent parties resisted the merger,
and my understanding is that within a year, the Liberal Party had
relaunched itself and we can claimed with considerable justification,
to be the continuation of that radical, centrist Liberal tradition.

The political experiment that is the LibDems, a compromise between
Liberals and Social Democrats, now appears to be drawing towards its
inevitable conclusion. It was a dead-end which seems to think it can
re-invent itself by simply calling its Liberal.

That is a name and philosophy the real Liberal Party will never
surrender and where out constitution explicitly states  that the
Liberal Party exists to build a Liberal Society in which every citizen shall
possess liberty, property and security, and none shall be enslaved by poverty,
ignorance or conformity.

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