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  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:



    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.



    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.



    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.



    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.



    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.



    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

  • Article: May 12, 2016

    Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said



    "Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.



    "It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don't have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them."

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting on reports that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to announce the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket' , Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:



    "The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.

    As those descriptions suggest, the two relationships are very different. They are born of different circumstances and have been tested by different pressures. They provoke different emotions in the minds of British citizens. But they are intimately linked.

  • Chris White
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Sound Finance, Solid Experience - Chris White, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire

    Chris White is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on St Albans Council and has been a Hertfordshire county councillor since 1993. He has built a reputation as a formidable campaigner.

  • Tim Farron in Lesvos
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.

    The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.

  • HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.