An Introduction to East Lothian Liberal Democrats

East Lothian Liberal Democrats is an campaigning unit of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and of the Federal Party. It's boundaries for membership are co-terminus with those of the East Lothian Council Area.

Our main aims are to secure election of party members to public office, recruit new members and encourage existing ones to renew. To campaign and work with local people to help achieve the objectives set out in the preamble to the Scottish Liberal Democrats constitution.

To help with that, East Lothian Liberal Democrats believe people should be involved in the running of their own local communities and free to use whatever democratic means they can that enables full participation on all decisions that are made that affect them.

This may require some of the current tiers of governance to change: enabling participatory budgeting at the basic local level for example. To decide, by discussion, debate and voting (open to everyone in the community) how some budgets are allocated. The creation of citizens assemblies/conventions at a variety of levels to discuss and agree solutions in key areas that politicians then have to act on.

East Lothian Liberal Democrats believe there needs to be a fair voting system for all elected positions at all levels of government. This should be by proportional representation.

East Lothian Liberal Democrats believe that each and every one of us is responsible for the fate of the planet now and in the future. We need to get a better balance between ourselves, nature, and the environment in which we live and work. This requires us to change our attitudes over what is important to us. Capitalism has failed to work, there is no "trickle down" in our economy thus, we need to change our perception of the economy so that is not dominated by the markets. Developing our economy in ways that support sustainability, including creating a "circular economy", is we believe, the way to go forward. A "zero carbon" world is the end game not a wish list.

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