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  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Tim Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government's plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

  • Syria Refugee Camp
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

    The letter, also signed by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie and the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams, sets out the specific principles that would be required to be met to secure Liberal Democrat support for military action against ISIL in Syria.

  • Soldiers with Missile Battery in Desert
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the UN's unanimous Security Council resolution that agreed that ISIL/ISIS constituted an "unprecedented" threat to international peace and security, and called upon Member States with the requisite capacity to take "all necessary measures" to prevent and suppress its terrorist acts on territory under its control in Syria and Iraq.

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    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Junior doctors in England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute over a new contract.

    98% voted in favour of a full strike and 99% in favour of action just short of a full strike.

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Norman Lamb MP said:

    "It's a serious concern that we have reached a point where junior doctors are prepared to take strike action. The Government has woefully mismanaged this contract negotiation and Jeremy Hunt must act urgently to resolve the dispute. Everything possible must be done to avert the strike which could damage patient care.

  • Votes at 16 at Watford Girls Grammar
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Peers have backed calls to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum. The House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill - which paves the way for a poll by the end of 2017 - to extend the franchise, by 293 to 211.

    Liberal Democrat peers played a key role in defeating the Government, giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice in the EU referendum. Following the victory, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

  • wind_turbine
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Today the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, gave a speech on the Government's new energy policy. It involves cutting back further on renewables and increasing nuclear and gas. Decarbonisation has been down-graded in terms of priority.

    It also includes the end of electricity from coal, which Liberal Democrats have long argued for and which the Conservatives repeatedly opposed during the Coalition.

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Today, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron delivers his first economic speech as leader and sets out the Liberal Democrat priorities ahead of next week's Comprehensive Spending Review.

    Full Text of the Speech:

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    As ever, as all of you know, it will be the performance of the economy over the next five years that will determine, ultimately, how this Government is judged.

  • RAF Tornado aircraft / aeroplane (Photo: Corporal Mike Jones/MOD [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Commenting on the possibility of Britain joining air strikes in Syria, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "A few British bombs on top of the Russian and American ones will achieve little, and could even make the situation worse. We must not play into ISIS' narrative that they are being opposed only by 'the West'. Importantly, Britain must not be knee-jerk in our response: the fact that something must be done doesn't mean you do something that is going to be counterproductive.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Norman Lamb has dealt a stinging rebuke to Labour's Ken Livingstone for suggesting a shadow defence minister who criticised him needed "psychiatric help".

    Former Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb MP, who has long championed better mental health services and support, said:

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    David Cameron, in his speech to the Conservative Party conference, no doubt wanted everyone to come away thinking he had made an apparent 11th hour conversion to social justice. From almost anyone else, this would be welcome - but Cameron's empty rhetoric will fool no one.

    If you want to understand this Conservative Government you have to look at what they have done, and not the promises of a seasoned PR man. In this case actions truly do speak louder than words.