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Our terms of membership

What our Constitution says:

"Membership of the Party is open to all persons who agree with its fundamental values and objectives without discrimination as to age, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation."

"As a Member of the Liberal Democrats, you must treat others with respect and must not bully, harass, or intimidate any Party member, member of Party staff, member of the Parliamentary staff, Party volunteer, or member of the public. Such behaviour will be considered to be bringing the Party into disrepute."

- Article 3.1, Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats

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Political Party Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA)

Under the Political Party Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) you must be on the electoral register in the UK excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in order to make a donation or subscription payment of more than £500.

If you make a donation or subscription payment of more than £7,500 to the Party, we are obliged under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to report such a donation to the Electoral Commission, who will publish the fact that you have made a donation over £7,500. For more information, please see http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

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Your Information

The contact information you have provided will not be shared with any organisation or individual outside the Liberal Democrats, other than where the law requires us to do so.

Where the information has been provided, the Party communicates with its members and financial supporters by mail, telephone, email or SMS.

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Your Membership

All applications for membership will be subject to acceptance by the relevant local party.

As a member of the Liberal Democrats, you will be a member of a State Party (English, Scottish, or Welsh), a local party, and the Federal Liberal Democrats.

All members must abide by rules laid out in the joint Constitutions of the Liberal Democrats. Failure to abide by rules laid out in these documents may lead to sanctions against members up to and including expulsion from the Party.

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Questions

If you have any questions about the Party or your membership, you can get in touch with our Customer Services team on 020 7227 0988, or at help@libdems.org.uk.

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Introduction

The Liberal Democrats (“the Party”) respects an individual’s right to privacy and is committed to ensuring that people are treated fairly, in everything we do. This Privacy and Cookie Notice (“Notice”) outlines the types of personal data we collect and use, and how we may disclose that information.

This Notice applies to all personal data collected and used by the Party about its members and the general public. This Notice also applies to campaigns we carry out through third party social media sites (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), which we may use to gather information about you. These sites should also have their own privacy policies that cover the information they capture about you.

After reading this Notice, if you have any further questions about how your personal data may be used, you can contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Our Data Protection Statement

[If you return this form] The Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you’ve given to contact you. By providing your data to us, you are consenting to us making contact with you in the future by mail, email, telephone, text, website and apps, even though you may be registered with the Telephone Preference Service. You can always opt out of communications at any time by contacting us or visiting www.libdems.org.uk/optout. For more information go to www.libdems.org.uk/privacy.

What we collect about you

The Party will collect information about you so that we can provide you with more information about policies or campaigns that we think you might be interested in, and to respond to any questions sent to the Party.

We only collect the information that we need to fulfil the purposes set out at collection, and you can update this information at any time.

We will collect information about you from in the following ways:

  • In person / over the phone
  • When you use or register on our site
  • When you join our Party or donate
  • When you volunteer
  • When you interact with us on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter
  • From other sources, including the Electoral Register

Click here if you would like to learn more.

How we use / share your information

We may use the information we collect from you to:

  • Canvass for political support
  • Respond to your queries   
  • Process your application to volunteer
  • Understand your views and issues important to you and the wider area
  • Administer membership records
  • Conduct fundraising activities
  • Tell you about any policies and campaigns that may be of interest to you
  • Manage our sites and services
  • Tell you about changes to your membership

You will always be provided with an opportunity to opt-out of receiving information from the Party if you later change your mind, and we will only keep your personal data for as long as required to meet the purposes set out in this Notice, unless a longer retention period is required by law.

Your personal data may be shared within the Party (i.e. between local, regional and national parts of the party and with our elected representatives) or with companies that provide services to the Party (i.e. “service providers”). In addition, we may share your personal data when we are required to do so by law.

However, we will never pass your personal data to any other third parties except where you have given us permission to do so. For example, where you have signed a petition and are clearly informed that this petition will be presented to a third party.

Click here if you would like to know more.

How you choose to interact with us

By providing us with your contact details (e.g. email address, telephone number etc.), you agree to receive information from us about our policies and campaigns, unless you choose to opt-out at the point of collection.

You can unsubscribe from these messages at any time by following the instructions contained in those messages, or through the information provided in this Notice.

You can also request a copy of the data we hold about you at any time, by placing a “subject access request”. This request must be made in writing and will include a small administration fee.

Click here if you would like to learn more.

Cookies and other technologies

When you visit our site, we will place a cookie on your machine. We may use cookies to help:

  • The website to operate smoothly
  • Gather the information you provide through the website
  • Ensure that sites where you login function correctly  

When you visit our site, you will be presented with a cookie notification pop up. By clicking “I accept” a permanent cookie will be set on your machine. This cookie will remember your preference and you will no longer be presented with a pop-up each time you visit our site.

Click here for more information about how we use cookies or other technologies.

Links to third party sites

Links from our website are provided to a range of organisations with whom we have affinity arrangements, such as Amazon and the Co-operative Bank. Any information you provide to such third parties is protected by their own privacy policies.

Once you leave our site through a link to another site, no individual information that you provide to a third party is passed back to the Liberal Democrats, although we sometimes receive aggregate data. For example, if you order a book via Amazon.co.uk, the Party will not receive details of your individual order. However, the Liberal Democrats do receive anonymised reports that provide information about the total number of orders placed for different items.

Other information you may find useful

Click here to learn more about:

  • How we protect your personal data
  • Where we store your personal data
  • How we process online payments

If you have any queries regarding this privacy policy, or if you think that it has not been followed, please contact:

Liberal Democrats
8-10 Great George Street
London
SW1P 3AE

You should also contact the Chief Executive if you wish to lodge a formal complaint about any matter covered by our privacy policy.

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  1. Help us stand up for our values and build a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.
  2. Direct and advise on our Party’s manifesto for the next General Election, whenever it comes.
  3. Pick your local candidates for council and Parliament.
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  5. Access exclusive members only events and training.

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