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.
We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.
We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.
We believe the UK is Stronger In Europe, and that we should remain in a reformed and improved European Union.
If you agree with us, why not join us today.
Why not pledge your support for Scottish Liberal Democrats in this May's elections at: http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/commit
You can also volunteer to help the campaign at: http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/volunteer
Great Britain to Little England: the impact of Brexit on the UK's role in the world
Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship at Princeton University 20 April 2016
Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.
Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.
The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.
Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.
If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the planet's future but neither the Scottish nor the UK Governments seem to want to place the fight against it at the top of the agenda.
Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:
"The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.
In the next few days, postal votes will be landing on doormats across Scotland. Here's a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:
Complete your ballot paper. Remember, you have two votes at this election, so complete both the Peach and Lilac ballot papers.
Seal your ballot paper in the smaller envelope.
Sign the declaration AND fill in your date of birth. (This is really important, your vote won't be counted if you don't fill them both in!)
Put the sealed smaller envelope in the larger envelope along with your completed declaration and post right away!
This morning I joined some of our candidates and their children to launch our manifesto for the 2016 election.
The title of the manifesto is "Be the best again". That is our ambition for Scotland.
With the biggest investment in education since devolution we will make Scottish education the best again after it slipped to just average.
The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.
Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.
The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third party such as a charity, local authority or individual who has helped to pay the tenant's deposit. If the landlord gets a response that the tenant has not abandoned the property they can't change the locks and reclaim it.
The politics of envy helps no-one, but trust in politics does.
I have no desire to poke around in the Prime Minister's private wealth, and definitely have no desire to force him to relive the pain of losing his father, having to confront that time all over again through the pages of national newspapers.
It is absolutely essential that British people have full confidence in our leaders, and that when decisions are made and Budgets are written there is not even a slightest hint of a conflict of interest or personal gain. But we are now in a position where people no longer have complete faith in this Government's decisions.
In the next few days, postal votes will start arriving for the Scottish elections. Here's what you need to know before they do: