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  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    The former UK Ambassador to the EU has laid bare the "difficult trade-offs" Britain will face during Brexit talks.

    Sir Ivan Rogers' stark warning exposes scale of the challenge facing this Brexit government.

    He warned today that the Brexit negotiations will be "on a scale we haven't experienced before" and will involve "difficult trade-offs."

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    Plans to expand Heathrow show that the Government is desperate to reassure businesses as it pursues a hard Brexit.

    Responding to proposals published by the Government today for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston Sarah Olney said: "The Government is so desperate to reassure businesses over its hard Brexit plans that it is willing to steamroller over those communities opposed to Heathrow expansion.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Tim Farron has declared that he is a "proud Brit and a proud European" as he appealed for Brexit talks not to end in a "government stitch up".

    This was the Liberal Democrat leader's speech to the House of Commons today:

    "Liberal Democrats have always been proud internationalists.

    Since our foundation, we have been champions of Britain's role in the European Union and fought for cooperation and openness with our neighbours and allies.

    We have always believed that the challenges Britain faces in the 21st century- climate change, terrorism, economic instability- are best tackled working together as a member of the European Union.

    Being proud Europeans is a part of our identity as a party - and it's part of my identity too.

    I am a proud Lancastrian, Northerner, Englishman, Brit - and I am a proud European.

    My identity did not change on the 24th of June. And neither did my values, my beliefs and I what I believe is right for this country and for future generations.

    I respect the outcome of the referendum. The vote was clear. Close, but clear. And I accept it.

    But voting for departure is not the same as voting for a destination.

    Yes, a narrow majority voted to leave the EU, but the vision those millions had for the future was not collective.

    It was not united.

    There were no plans, no instructions. No prospectus. No vision.

    No one in this government, no one in this House, no one in this country has any idea what deal the Prime Minister will negotiate with Europe - it is completely unknown.

    So how then can anyone pretend that this undiscussed, unwritten, unnegotiated deal in any way has the backing of the British people?

    The deal must be put to the British people, for them to have their say.

    That is the only way to hold the government to account for the monumental decisions they will have to take over the next two years.

    To ensure that the course they choose serves the interests of all people- whether they voted leave, remain or didn't vote at all.

    It is not a complicated proposal.

    In fact, it is the Prime Minister herself who is making the strongest case for giving the people a vote on the deal.

    Because she had the choice to pursue a form of Brexit that united our country. One that reflected the closeness of the vote and sought to heal divisions between leave and remain.

    But instead, the Prime Minister has chosen to pursue the hardest, most divisive form of Brexit. A Brexit which tears us out of the single market, that leaves us isolated against the might of world superpowers.

    Never mind that six months ago, she herself was arguing the case for remaining in the EU.

    Never mind that numerous leave campaigners championed the Norway and Swiss models and spent the
    referendum campaign assuring voters that we wouldn't leave the Single Market.

    Never mind that forty-eight per cent of people - 16.1 million people - wanted to stay in the EU.

    Never mind that Britain's young people - who have more of a stake in our country's future than most of us - voted 3 to 1 to remain.

    Fine. The Prime Minister has made her choice. She has chosen hard Brexit.

    But if you are so confident that what you are planning is what people voted for, then you must give them a vote on the final deal.

    What started with democracy must not end up with a government stitch up.

    When all is said and done - and plenty has been said - the decision on whether the deal the Prime Minister negotiates is good enough will be decided by someone.

    Someone will make that decision.

    Should it be the Prime Minister? Should it be Parliament? Or the people who have to live with that decision.

    I say it should be the people in a referendum.

    Both the Labour frontbench and the Conservatives don't want to give the British people their say; they think they know better.

    It is an arrogance. It is anti-democratic and that is why Liberal Democrats are fighting for the British people to have a final vote on the deal that the government negotiates.

    That is what our reasoned amendment to this bill intended to do. And because that amendment will not go through, Liberal Democrats today will vote against this bill."

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Thanks to Liberal Democrat pressure in Parliament, thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences have today been posthumously pardoned.

    Liberal Democrat peer John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, reached an agreement with the Government in November to grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long-abolished sexual offence laws.

    This has been a long-fought campaign for the Liberal Democrats who first raised the issue in Parliament in the early days of Coalition Government.

    Lord Sharkey, the author of the original amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, commented:

    "This is a momentous day for thousands of families up and down the UK who have been campaigning on this issue for decades.

    "It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to build on the pardon granted to Alan Turing during Coalition and extend it to thousands of men unjustly convicted for sexual offences that would not be crimes today."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP added:

    "The Liberal Democrats continue to be the strongest voice on equality in Parliament.

    "Although it comes too late for those convicted, the friends and relatives of the thousands of people who suffered under this unfair and discriminatory law will now have a weight lifted off their shoulders."

  • Article: Feb 1, 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.

    Some 2,000 people have joined the party in just ten days, 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: Jan 31, 2017

    This month as we mark LGBT History Month we must recognise the "countless" contribution of campaigners who have fought prejudice, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    Mr Farron said: "LGBT History Month is a celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of the countless contributions of campaigners who have been drivers of change in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2017

    John, Lord Alderdice, who is conducting an independent inquiry into improving process and culture within the Liberal Democrats - focusing on race and ethnicity - has put out a further invitation for comments and responses on the issue.

    'I am most grateful to the significant number of Party members, officials and others who have responded in writing or in confidential meetings, to my invitation to provide relevant experiences and views to help me form an accurate picture. I have also appreciated their thoughts and ideas about how to address issues that they have observed. Some have responded to the invitation for evidence and others to direct approaches by me.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Liberal Democrat MPs have demanded that a people's vote is held on the final Brexit deal.

    They have tabled amendments to the Article 50 Bill which also include securing a commitment from the government that it will retain Britain's membership of the Single Market and that EU nationals living in the UK are guaranteed the right to remain.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Theresa May has been urged not to "roll out the red carpet" for Donald Trump after he was invited to Britain on a State visit.

    As the government indicated it would ignore a huge petition calling for Mrs May to withdraw her invitation to Mr Trump, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "The government is ignoring millions of ordinary British people and their revulsion that Donald Trump will receive the red carpet treatment.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Figures released this week show that 6,781 police officers and staff have been cut from the front line in the last year.

    Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said these cuts are 'unsustainable'.

    Home Office data on the police workforce shows that Tory ministers have cut police officer numbers by 2,326 over the last year. This figure is made worse by cuts to other frontline roles including Special Constables, PCSO's, police staff and designated officers.