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So what are the Welsh Liberal Democrats all about? The opening lines of our constitution read:

"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."

A bit of a mouthful, but in essence it means we believe in fairness and equality of opportunity for all. Not too much to ask for surely, and on the face of it something most people would agree with, but to mean anything those words have to be out into practice.

We are strongly rooted in our communities - nowhere more so than in RCT where most of our more active members also have significant community and voluntary involvement apart from their political activity.

It often leads to accusations from other parties that "Lib Dems say different things in different parts of the country" and that is true. It is true because we have our community interests at heart and what works in one place doesn't necessarily suit another. Equality does not mean everyone is treated the same - it means that differences have to be taken into account in order to give everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.

We welcome diversity - wouldn't it be a boring world if we were all the same? There is no room in our party for discrimination, but there is plenty of room for debate and discussion and the occasional disagreement - as long as the basic philosophy of what we stand for is understood.