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Achievements of coalition, and promises for the future

2 May 2015
Mark Argent in Coalville

Entering the coalition in 2010 we knew that we were putting the national interest ahead of party interest. As a country we are not yet used to the idea of two parties working together and compromising.

An article on the right-wing Conservative Home web site a couple of years back had a picture of the Conservative manifesto being picked to pieces by Liberal Democrat birds and gives a sense of how they viewed our impact.

Some have questioned the extent of Liberal Democrat achievements in government, or been angry that we have not held sway in every argument. As very much the smaller party in the coalition, that would have been unreasonable expectation. Anger from the Conservative right wing gives a sense of what we have protected the country from, but there are also some very tangible achievements.


Achievements

Our achievements include:

An unsung part of being in coalition is when others adopt our policies: the Tories have come round to supporting an increase in the point where people start to pay income tax, Labour to supporting the mansion tax, and our championing of mental health is being picked up more widely. Each of these are things we championed first.

Vision

Our vision is of a free, fair and open society, where the values of liberty, equality and community work together to create a society where no-one is enslaved by ignorance, poverty or conformity. This is the voice we took into coalition in 2010 and bring to working with others in the next parliament.

Headlines

That’s the princple, the headlines include:

Thinking further

See also Coalition and Promises