What would Britain be like in 2030 if the Liberal Democrats were in power? Your chance to shape our vision

Last year, Your Liberal Britain was founded by five new members who were keen to set out a clear statement of what a Liberal Britain would look like.

Their work has been supported by the Federal Policy Committee and they have already conducted a wide-ranging consultation. You can read some of the contributions made on this site here.

Now they are taking their work to the next stage with a competition, for which the closing date is 23rd December. Members are asked to set out what Britain would look like in 2030 if the Liberal Democrats were in power. Your Liberal Britain says:

As a party we struggle at times to explain what we stand for: our values mean the world to us, but they can be hard to communicate.

To overcome this we need a short, simple, inspirational description of how life in Britain would be better if the Lib Dems had their way. We need to supplement the preamble to our constitution with a temporary vision statement that helps communicate its statement of our permanent values to the people of Britain today.
We can then use this document to guide our policy making, inform our campaigns and communications, induct our new members and support our candidates and elected representatives.

I am going to be one of the judges and another, party president Sal Brinton, explains a bit more about the competition.

This is what you need to do:

Write a down-to-earth description of life in Britain in 2030 in no more than 500 words, that is:

• Accessible, using simple language and straightforward concepts
• Inspirational to members and supporters alike
• Distinctive, setting out a vision no other political party would support
• Grounded in the social problems facing Britain today
• Realistic, assuming the Lib Dems were in government

And that communicates that Liberal Democrats stand for the values set out in Agenda 2020 and the Your Liberal Britain consultation. In short, that Liberal Britain would offer every person without any exception (regardless of their sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, sexuality, identity, ability or age)

• The opportunity to succeed
• The power and voice to shape their own lives and communities
• The support to always have a fair chance
• The freedom to be themselves
• The responsibility to contribute and share the burden.

And what’s the prize? You get to join the team shaping that vision document which will be taken to Federal Conference in Bournemouth next September.

All the information you need to take part can be found here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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