The three themes which stand closest to my heart are:
Opportunity for all
I believe in a society which offers opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to succeed. This should be through a fair tax system which not only rewards those who work hard, but encourages those at the bottom to work by removing the poverty trap. An education system which allows the brightest to progress with proper alternatives to a formal academic education. A decent retirement for pensioners and social care for those who need it. In essence, a Liberal society.
Thinking long term
Being prepared to think long term and back policies which may only bear fruit in 5+ years time such as transport, environment, energy, social and educational issues. An example would be increased rehabilitation of prisoners, of whom over 65% reoffend on release, by investing in skills, drugs counselling and encouraging opportunities in society. This would benefit them, and the public, in the long run with a reduced crime rate and a better society.
I want to restore trust by my actions, in proving that there is (and evident in the Lib Dems) decency and morality in politics. I will be advocating positive politics where solutions, not criticism, is the main theme. Where I agree with opponents I will say so rather than create false dividing lines for political purposes. I also want to create a society which has increased trust in each other and remove the politics of fear, where negativity and prejudice are used to win votes or sell papers.