The Liberal Democrats, often referred to as the Lib Dems, are a centrist political party in the UK with a distinctive liberal and progressive ideology. While the old Liberal Party existed for 300 years, the modern Liberal Democrats party was formed in 1988 with politicians of the centre and left-of-centre coming together.
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It’s important to note that the Liberal Democrats, as a centrist party, often position themselves as a ‘third way’ between the two major parties, the Conservatives and Labour.
Their ideology is characterised by a commitment to liberal values, progressive social policies, and electoral and constitutional reform. However, their political fortunes have varied over the years, and they have faced challenges in the UK’s first-past-the-post voting system.