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  • Article: May 21, 2016
    By Derek Deedman in House of Lords newsletter


    Liberal Democrat peers have laid down 20 of the 51 Private Members' Bills in the Ballot following the Queen's Speech.

    On Monday Olly Grender will introduce her Bill on renters' rights and Judith Jolly will introduce a Bill on registering arms brokers.

    Further Liberal Democrat Bills have been highlighted by Lib Dem Voice including Anthony Lester's Bill on preserving the independence of the BBC, Lynne Featherstone on reducing carbon emissions, John Sharkey on student finance, Brian Paddick on online privacy, Meral Hussein-Ece on addressing the BAME pay gap, Paul Tyler on party funding, Emma Nicholson on humanitarian support for genocide victims and Claire Tyler attempts to secure an entitlement to Carers' Leave.

    The full list of Bills is available at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2016/may/house-of-lords-private-members-bill-ballot-2016-171/
  • 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 May 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."

  • Article: May 11, 2016
    By Derek Deedman

    Elections were held in 124 English councils on 5 May 2016.

    For the first time since 2008 the Liberal Democrats gained seats and also control of an additional Council.

    The Liberal Democrats gained the most seats with both the Conservatives and Labour losing seats.

    The figures for the major parties were: -

  • Article: May 8, 2016
    By Derek Deedman

    "I just want to thank all those in the Horsham District and Crawley Borough who voted for me on Thursday.

    It is no exaggeration to say that we have begun the Liberal Democrat fight back after the nadir of the awful General Election results in 2015.

    According to the BBC, nationally the Liberal Democrat share of the vote puts us back in 3rd place,

  • Article: May 4, 2016
    By Derek Deedman

    Vote for the eight strong Liberal Democrat Team (3rd largest Party

    standing in the Crawley Bourough elections) which is led by

    Marko Scepanovic in Langley Green.

    The other members of the team are:

    Sarah Smith in Bewbush,

    Mike Sargent in Ifield,

    Val Spooner in Poundhill North,

    Kevin Osborne in Southgate,

    Colin Young in Three Bridges,