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Discrimination and intimidation have no place in a liberal society

September 20, 2007 7:35 PM

In today's Leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton, Ming Campbell highlighted the party's commitment to equality and liberation as cornerstone values of the party, saying, "If a person is bullied because they're gay - then I stand with them." He underlined this point, "Discrimination and intimidation have no place in a liberal society."

In his main speech closing the conference, Ming Campbell said,

"I will not be silenced in defence of our liberal values - or silent when others seek to undermine them.

Liberalism requires tolerance.

But that does not mean indifference in the face of intolerance from others.

Because freedom is indivisible and absolute - .

That's why I speak out against intolerance and extremism wherever and whenever they threaten our freedom.

If a woman is forced into a marriage that she does not want -

If a sportsman is barracked because of the colour of his skin -

If a person is bullied because they're gay -

Then I stand with them.

I have spent my whole life speaking out against bigotry.

You can't be a part-time liberal.

Discrimination and intimidation have no place in a liberal society."