Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:
1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority
Lib Dem activist, Mark Pack refers to the excellent grassroots initiative, Your Liberal Britain, which aims to better explain what the Liberal Democrats stand for by drawing together the best ideas from across the party's membership.
Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.
Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.
Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
"Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.
Horsham and Crawley Lib Dems are delighted to announce that their candidate for the Southwater By-Election is Richard Greenwood.
Richard lives in Barns Green with his wife Kasia, and their two young children.
Richard has a degree in Disaster Management and has worked in the charity sector for over ten years, with charities such as Age Concern and CAFOD. Richard now works in Wimbledon for the Jesuits and his work has taken him to countries across Africa and Asia. He and his family attend St John the Evangelist Church in Horsham.
At their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.
Long-term EU loans for vital infrastructure projects across the UK are being put at risk due to the Conservative government's divisive rhetoric and failure to plan properly for Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has warned.
Last year the European Investment Bank provided a record £5.6 billion of long-term investment to the UK including for social housing, hospitals and schools. But the President of the Bank has warned that this level cannot be maintained and that UK projects will find it increasingly difficult to get loans approved by other EU members.
The Government have cut NHS building funding by £17.4 million over the last year and have been attacked by the Liberal Democrats for letting hospitals crumble. Norman Lamb has blasted the Government to 'turning our hospitals into health risks'.
An NHS report released by NHS digital shows that while investment to reduce Backlog Maintenance has decreased by £17.4 million from the previous year the cost to eradicate High Risk Backlog increased 69.3% from £458.0 million to £775.5 million.