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  • Two computer screens at a desk.
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    One of our suppliers, Typeform, informed us that on the 3rd May 2018 they suffered a data breach - and data from Liberal Democrat members was among the data affected.

    You will have received an email if your data was affected.

    Typeform have informed us that an external hacker managed to get unauthorised access to one of our recent Member Experience Survey and downloaded the results.

    This survey contained names and email address, so we are asking affected members to watch out for potential phishing scams or spam emails. This survey also contained information about political opinions, such as the campaigns and policy areas that are most important to you.

    The survey did not contain any financial details and no other data held on any other systems has been compromised in this breach.

    We are in communication with Typeform and will be re-evaluating our relationship with them in light of this incident.

    We take the security of your data seriously and if we are not satisfied that sufficient steps have been taken to secure your data, we will terminate our relationship with Typeform.

    We have also voluntarily reported this incident to the Information Commissioner's Office.

    We're incredibly sorry that this happened and if you have any other questions about the data breach, please feel free to contact us by emailing help@libdems.org.uk - we'll do our best to answer any queries you may have.

    Sir Nick Harvey

  • Six medics in discussion.
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    There have been times this past week when the emotional arguments surrounding the medicinal cannabis debate have threatened to overwhelm me.

    It's an issue that's affected me not just as a politician, but on a deeply personal level too.

    It seemed utterly unbelievable that it took a young boy's life potentially being endangered before the Conservative government accepted the evidence that many have been pointing to for years.

  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    One of my own proudest political moments as a Liberal Democrat was moving the amendment in a parliamentary committee that abolished section 28 - that shocking discriminatory law which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality by local authorities and schools. And with 2018 marking 30 years since the original passing of Section 28 we need to recall the damage that odious law did: it not only led to the LGBT+ community being shunned by some but it also gave rise to homophobic bullying in many communities.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 26, 2018

    "At the centre of the last budget was a pledge to build 300,000 UK houses a year to address the 'housing crisis'.

    We were taken back to the days when a post-war Conservative Government, under Churchill, was elected with this level of ambition, and more than succeeded.

    Or to the interwar National Government when, under the much-maligned Neville Chamberlain, when there was a similar level of ambition and achievement in the aftermath of, and as an antidote to, the Great Crash.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Chelmsford's new Local Plan was passed by the full council last night but was attacked for being weak on infrastructure, environment, and the affordability of homes. Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition Cllr. Stephen Robinson said,

    "The Liberal Democrats are clear that this country has not built enough houses for 20 or more years. And nothing like enough houses that can be afforded by younger people and others on low incomes, people who are vital to our society's future.

  • School sign
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    Essex Education Services (EES) will now be sold to the private sector, following a vote at Essex County Council (ECC). At the People and Families Scrutiny Committee, a call by the Liberal Democrats to postpone the sale was rejected by 7 votes to 4.
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    The hope had been that the decision was referred back to the Cabinet Member for further consideration, but even this minimal requirement was rejected.
  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    The Liberal Democrats have many strengths as a party.

    But right now we failing in one key area - diversity. We have too few women, too few people without a university education - and far too few BAME members in our party.

    This is not the kind of party we want to be.

    Together we are going to do something about it but I need you to be bold.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    We were so close.

    Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse has been fighting to make 'upskirting' (taking photographs up a woman's skirt without their consent) a specific criminal offence.

    This morning it looked likely that this vile practice would be outlawed after it received backing from the Ministry of Justice, Number 10 and numerous MPs across the house.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.