Freedom and equality of opportunity are fundamental to the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ identity. We need to control excessive state power and free people to fulfil their potential no matter their background.
In an era when surveillance is easier than ever before, we must maintain the right to privacy and freedom of speech. That’s why in government, we have restored the hard-won civil liberties that successive Labour and Conservative governments have taken away. We have scrapped ID cards, blocked the so-called Snoopers’ Charter, restored jury trials, removed innocent people from the DNA database, and ended fingerprinting children in schools without parental consent. We will build on this record with a second Freedoms Bill and a Digital Bill of Rights to safeguard privacy online.
Welsh Liberal Democrats believe nobody should be treated differently because of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or beliefs. That’s why in government we have made same sex marriage legal, reduced the gender pay gap and encouraged business to put more women on boards, strengthened up rules on police stop and search and ended Labour’s shameful policy of locking up the children of asylum seekers.