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  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Petition: Feb 21, 2017

    We, the undersigned, believe Britain is better off in the Single Market.

    We oppose the Government's plan for a hard Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017
    • Peers debate Article 50 bill paving way for start of Brexit
    • Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March
    • Peers will seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Brexit process
    • Follow our live coverage of today's events
  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017
    By Lord Teverson in House of Lords

    Written by:

    15th February 2017

    The House of Lords may be in no mood to threaten the bill as a whole; but the chance of amendment is strong, says Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Teverson.

    House of LordsThe upper house has been threatened will dissolution if it doesn't deliver the Prime Minister's preferred version of Brexit says Lord Teverson
    PA Images

    So after all the hullabaloo in the Commons - all noise and no action - a still pristine Article 50 bill moves to the House of Lords. And it comes with intimidation. The upper House is threatened with abolition should it dare mess with the Prime Minister's version of Brexit.

    For Liberal Democrats this is, perhaps, not so much a disincentive to be difficult rather a positive call to action. Perhaps the Conservatives now regret not backing our moves in Coalition to reform our Second Chamber.

    What to expect from the Great Repeal Bill

    As the only party solidly pro-Europe, Lib Dem peers are now handling an avalanche of support, letters and emails from the 48% that the Prime Minister is trying to assign to history. So with the strength of our numbers, and the backing of those outside not attracted by the hardest of Brexits, we approach the Article 50 bill with a determination to call the Government to account, to scrutinise and improve the bill. That is what the House of Lords is for, and as Lib Dems that is our ambition for this bill as much as any other.

    No, we will not be throwing the bill out at a second reading vote. Such votes are very rare in the Lords. But, it only requires one of the maverick - and there are more than a few in the House - Lordships to persistently chant 'not content' at the end of the long, 140 plus speaker, second reading debate for a vote to be forced. And then? Well consciences, heart, and long held beliefs might just take over from expediency in this strongly 'remain' chamber.

    But more likely, we are heading for an intensive committee stage where Lib Dems will be focused on making this meagre 133-word bill fit for purpose

    For us there are two top tasks. Number one, that the public rather than just our prime minister, the Government, or even Parliament is given the final say on the deal reached under the tight two year Brexit timetable this bill triggers. There is a need for symmetry. We want a referendum at both ends of this lengthy tussle over the nation's future. What did the 52% vote for in terms of Brexit - hard, soft, red white and blue; who knows? So let the 100% give their final verdict.

    The second is a core ethical issue. The many EU citizens living and working in the UK, contributing to our economy, paying taxes, supporting many of our vital sectors, must not be a bargaining chip. That uncertainty, for them and their families, must be removed now. What better place to do it than in this bill, in primary legislation.

    The House of Lords may be in no mood to threaten the bill as a whole; but the chances of amendment is strong. The performance of the Commons has been worse than disappointing. MPs appear to have given up. Perhaps in contrast the Lords will rise to Parliament's responsibility, and maybe we will be further 'reformed' as a result. The next few weeks could decide the long term future of many millions of people, we have to make it count.

    Lord Teverson is a Liberal Democrat peer and Brexit Spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."