liberally the Democrats came out 1988 from the combination of liberally party and Social Democratic party . They are the third biggest party of Great Britain. Chairman of the liberal democrats is since that 9. August 1999 the parliament delegate Charles Kennedy, which however to 7. January 2006 its immediate resignation announced.
Since the British Mehrheitswahlrecht causes the fact that smaller parties are underrepresented in the House of Commons united the two smaller parties in the center of the political spectrum, liberally the party and the Social Democratic party, to 1988 after they had formed a choice alliance with the House of Commons elections 1983 and already 1987. Associated hope to draw even with the Conservative party and the labour party did not fulfill itself however. However those place liberally Democrats various local governments and are in Scotland involved in the government coalition with the labour party.
Originally those hoped liberally Democrats, those in the eighties 20. To be able to replace century still rather socialist labour party as second-strongest Kraft. Under John Smith and Tony Blair moved the work party however more liberal into the political center and thus into the proximity that Democrats, whose strategy now the separation of the conservative ones, which rather to the right moved in the last years in the political spectrum, as official (i.e. strongest) opposition party is. The concentration on the most promising constituencies led 1997, 2001 and 2005 with the House of Commons elections to a clear increase of the number of the mandates for liberally the Democrats, which aim at however finally a change of the right to vote, which secures a number of House of Commons seats for them according to their country-wide being correct portion. With the elections to 5. The liberal democrats with 62 mandates the best result reached May 2005 since 1923.
Liberally the Democrats is the per-most European of the three large parties. Relating to domestic affairs they occur an improvement of the achievements of the public service for a stabilization under the labour government in the context of the terrorism and crime prevention reduced citizen rights and. In this connection also tax increases are to consider for liberal the Democrats - a topic, with which they differ from the two other large parties.
- Roy Douglas: Liberals: The History OF the liberals and liberally Democrat Parties. - London: Hambledon & London, 2005. - ISBN 1852853530