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  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have set up an independent panel of experts to establish how a legalised market for cannabis could work in the United Kingdom.

    It comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on legalisation of the production, sale and use of cannabis, which is the result of a petition to parliament with 221,019 signatures.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are launching a cross party move to defeat the Government and give 16 year olds a vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

    We are aiming to follow up the successful vote in the Lords when they defeated the Government to include votes at 16 for council elections.

    Allowing 16 year olds to vote in general is something we have campaigned on for years. While allowing votes for 16 year olds in the referendum has cross party support, and even has the backing of the 'leave' campaign, increasing the pressure on David Cameron.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Tim Farron has branded George Osborne's unfair tax credit changes the Chancellor's very own Poll Tax.

    As a debate takes place in Parliament on the changes that will penalise working families, Tim said:

    "George Osborne's attack on working families is an aggressive assault on millions of people in Britain. Saying you are listening is cold comfort to hard working people who face losing a large part of their pay packet.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey have written to Amber Rudd to call for the end of the Tories' "ideological assault" on green energy.

    The pair are deeply alarmed with the "systematic unravelling" of the renewable industries since May 8 and believe Conservative policies fatally undermine the UK's climate change commitments.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Lib Dems in the House of Lords are planning to spike the Government's tax credit plans by tabling a "fatal motion".

    The peers have decided to take this step as the tax credit plans are deeply unfair and would leave three million low income people £1,000 worse off.

    Zahida Manzoor, the party's Work and Pensions spokesperson, will table the motion which would decline to approve the regulations and, if passed, the Government will have to come up with a revised version of its proposals.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    MEPs in the European Parliament have given the final go-ahead to scrapping roaming charges in the EU by 2017 in a move that is expected to save the average British holidaymaker £61 off their mobile phone bill each year.

    The new law will mean that from June 2017, UK citizens will no longer be charged additional fees for using their mobile phones while abroad in the EU. Instead, phone users will pay the same price to make calls, send messages and use data as they would in the UK.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Only the Liberal Democrats will defend families in Oldham West and Royton from the scourge of tax credit cuts, by-election candidate Jane Brophy said today.

    The party said it would fight the by-election with a firm message: Labour is in disarray and only the Lib Dems will stand up for local people in the face of brutal Tory cuts.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    In the debate on Monday, Tim Farron MP argued against the Government's plans to dismantle social housing by selling off council homes calling it an "all-out assault on social and affordable housing". He said:

    "We have a national emergency in housing. Millions of people suffer daily from poor housing, or from the uncertainty of not knowing where they will be living from one month to the next and whether they can send their children to the same school one term after the next. Across the country, we have soaring house prices several times higher than a median earner can afford, and a rental sector in which many people spend over half their income on rent."

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    In 2012 Theresa May and the Tories brought forward plans to force internet service providers to keep a record of all your texts, emails and every website you visited.

    It was an enormous intrusion into our privacy, and a staggering attempt to grab our personal data on a scale we have never seen before.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Defra Spokesperson, Baroness Parminter, will today challenge the government to end puppy farming in the UK through an Oral Question in the House of Lords.

    Puppy farming is the unlicensed breeding of dogs in sometimes squalid conditions that can have a hugely damaging impact on the health of puppies.