The Liberal Democratic Party, popularly known as Lib Dems, is considered the third party in the United Kingdom, with more than 60 members in the House of Commons. It was founded at the end of the eighties. This is one of the main political forces in the country.
Origin of the Liberal Democratic Party
The Liberal Democratic Party emerged as a result of the fusion of the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, which already had an electoral alliance since 1983, but this obviously operated as a coalition of two political forces, and not as one.
Nick Clegg was elected as the leader for the Liberal Democratic Party after the resignation of former leader Menzies Campbell in 2007. Since 1999 and for a time span of four years they ruled in Wales and Scotland in coalition with the Labor Party.
Current situation of the party
The current leader for the Liberal Democratic Party is the veteran British politician Vince Cable. This former minister succeeds Tim Farron, who resigned after the general elections on June when the party won only twelve seats.
Although they modestly advanced in their representation in the House of Commons, with three more seats and, even though they became the fourth political force, they lost a percentage of votes up to 7.3%.
Farron resigned stating that he could not reconcile his Christian values with the demands of the Liberal Democratic Party, after being pressured during the campaign for his ideas in terms of homosexuality.
The liberal formation suffered an electoral setback in the elections of 2015, under the leadership of Nick Clegg, who passed bill to the party for its five years as a junior partner in a coalition government with the conservatives, where Cable was Minister of Enterprise.
The veteran politician, who lost his seat in 2015 but regained it, last June, is one of the most well-known faces of the party. Although some media suggest that he would be too old to be prime minister if hypothetically elected during future electoral processes.