Reading needs a change. A change from failure, a change from complacency. Most importantly we need a change from the waste and spin that have characterised decisions such as the one-way IDR, abandoned MRT, botched bin collections, the council's equal pay shame, late accounts, and the white elephant of a third Thames bridge.
There is no evidence that other parties offer any real change for Reading. Criticism of opponents itself does not show the sort of leadership that a successful and growing town needs: leadership to tackle the challenges Reading faces and to serve all our residents.
Liberal Democrats offer that change through our commitment to the environment, to getting a better deal on public services, cutting crime and radical policies to return power to local communities. We offer a positive agenda – but it is change that we want to see, to match our ambition for the area.
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.
We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.
We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.