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  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    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

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016
    By Mark Pack in Mark Pack blog

    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.

    It's latest consultation has just finished, and the full results have now been published.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2016
    By Derek Deedman in Nick Clegg

    In his latest 'Brexit Challenge' paper setting out the details of what leaving the European Union really means, Nick Clegg has turned to the pitfalls facing the UK's food and drink industry:

    Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned that leaving the European single market would lead the UK "off a cliff towards higher food prices".

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    key_rma.pngAt 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.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    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.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Speaking in today's Brexit debate in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson Nick Clegg commented:

    "The Conservatives are reinventing history and ignoring precedent.

    "They say there was an overwhelming majority, but clearly it was relatively close.

    "They claim to have a telepathic ability to know exactly why over 17 million voted Leave, and that all those reasons are the same.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    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.