Devolution

“We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.”

“We believe that people should be involved in running their communities.”

“We believe that sovereignty rests with the people and that authority in a democracy derives from the people. We therefore acknowledge their right to determine the form of government best suited to their needs and commit ourselves to the promotion of a democratic federal framework within which as much power as feasible is exercised by the nations and regions of the United Kingdom. We similarly commit ourselves to the promotion of a flourishing system of democratic local government in which decisions are taken and services delivered at the most local level which is viable.”

the preamble to the constitution of the Liberal Democrats.
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