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  • Article: May 18, 2019

    It's been an exciting few weeks for the Lib Dems. Fresh off the back of our big local election wins, we're going into the European elections polling higher than we have in nearly a decade, and our campaigns around the country have well and truly taken off.

    And what's even better, is we have loads of new members to share the joy with!

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

    But we fight every day against discrimination and inequality.

    The Liberal Democrats have always pushed for a fairer and more equal society. I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK in 2013 when I was the minister for equalities in the Home Office. We have always fought for equal rights for all LGBT+ members and we continue to do so today.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    We've seen some incredibly exciting polls on the weeks since the local elections.

    We've got the message, the momentum and the membership.

    It's clear that we are the biggest and strongest Remain party, and we are on course to elect many more MEPs.

    But it is important to view these polls in the context of the D'Hondt voting system.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment - and it's going to hurt young people more than anyone else.

    It leaves us weaker in the fight against the climate crisis.

    It strips our universities of millions of pounds of funding.

    It takes away our right to live in, work in, travel in and fall in love with the 27 other countries of the European Union.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    When I began to look into the topic of BAME mental health, what surprised me was how little research had been done into it. There is even less when it comes to intersectional groupings. Even with the information that there is, it's not widely accessible or 'showcased'. I got the impression, from an initial trawl of the Internet, that the subject isn't deemed to be particularly 'headline grabbing.'

  • Article: May 16, 2019

    Well, it's confirmed. Theresa May is on manoeuvres again and will try to force the Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament in the week starting 3rd June. Anyone else think this is getting a bit embarrassing?

    For those keeping count, this will be attempt number 4 at pushing this failed deal through Parliament. Each and every time it's been put to the Commons so far, it's been rejected - twice by record margins.

  • Article: May 15, 2019

    As Brexit drags on, it becomes clearer every day - it's a national embarrassment. More and more people are realising how important EU membership is for our country and our future.

    Theresa May is trying to push through a deal that panders to her party's extreme fringe and Nigel Farage. Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has helped her, letting down Labour supporters across the UK.

  • Article: May 15, 2019
    By Alex Marshall

    Corbyn's dodgy comments.

    Trying to stitch up a deal behind closed doors.

    Shadow ministers bragging how they're bailing the Tories out on Brexit.

    Jeremy Corbyn has teamed up with the Tories to drag us out the EU at any cost. Labour is a pro-Brexit party.

    Let's compare and contrast that to the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: May 14, 2019

    We launched a new poster in London today, calling out Jeremy Corbyn's dodgy Brexit voting record.

    With a weak minority government, he could have stood up and put an end to this national embarrassment. But instead, he's voted with the Conservatives 29 times to push Brexit through.

    Actions speak louder than words. Labour is a Brexit party.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    Content warning: this blog post will discuss issues relating to eating disorders

    It's mental health awareness week, and this year's theme is body image. Many people who suffer from ill mental health, such as having an eating disorder, still don't get the support they need. This needs to change.

    We need early intervention, better training for doctors, and standardised waiting times for adults, like we have for children.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    There was a new round of EU election opinion polling in this weekend - and the Lib Dems are performing amazingly!

    The data released has us between 12 and 15% - the highest we've been in years, with big increases in all 3. If we carry on this momentum, we could well record our best European election showing - ever! We're already well above the Conservatives - and getting close to challenging Labour for second place.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    We are a proud European party, and we want to keep it that way!

    As a part of us wanting to remain in the EU, we are excited to announce our new joint project with the German liberal party Free Democratic Party.

    It will allow you make direct contact with a new German friend to exchange ideas to help bridge the divide that has been caused by nationalism and misconceptions.

  • Article: May 10, 2019

    WARNING: there are naughty words ahead. Stray political editors from the Daily Express may find their sensibilities offended!

    We launched our EU manifesto yesterday: Bollocks to Brexit. It's as bold as the name suggests - committing us to:

    ✔︎ A People's Vote
    ✔︎ Defending our fishing rights from being traded away
    ✔︎ A carbon-neutral EU by 2050

  • Article: May 9, 2019
    By Rod Pascoe

    David Chalmers explains why a vote for the Liberal Democrats on the 23rd May is a vote to stop Brexit.

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Brexit latest

    They say sailors should not complain about the sea, and - accordingly politicians shouldn't complain about the media.

    Nonetheless, it is one of the frustrations of leading a relatively small (if high quality) group in the House of Commons that we sometimes struggle to get the media coverage we deserve. Likewise PMQs, where I am called only once a month despite our party having secured more than double the vote of the SNP, whose leader is called twice a week!

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Today, we're launching our EU manifesto. We're running our campaign on a clear message - a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit.

    We were the first to call for a People's Vote in 2016 - and we haven't stopped fighting for it, nearly 3 years later. We want Britain to remain in the EU because it's best for our economy, our public services and best for the environment.

  • Article: May 8, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

    And while they're trying to keep their position on Brexit as vague as possible, Labour has aided the Tories in pushing it through every step of the way. They're a pro-Brexit party.

    In fact, we did some digging. The Labour whip has instructed parliamentarians to abstain or vote with the Tory government on 28 Brexit votes. These include:

  • Article: May 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    1. We're the party of Remain

    With over 100,000 members and supporters, we're the largest group in the country fighting to Stop Brexit and Remain in the EU.

    We're growing fast, too - more than 2,000 more members have joined us since the local elections alone.

    We've been fighting Brexit for the past three years. We've consistently called for a People's Vote and campaigned up and down the country to remain in the EU.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Ramadan (or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar and this year will start around the 5th May and will end around the 4th June.

    Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During this period, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, meaning they do not consume food or drink and abstain from smoking and sexual relations.

  • Article: May 7, 2019
    By Naomi Farhi

    Did you see the local election results last week? We absolutely smashed it. 1351 new and returning Lib Dem councillors won seats - that's over 700 more than 2015. We now have a real opportunity to convert that momentum into EU Parliament seats - will you come along and help us do that?

    We're hosting a series of phonebanking events at Lib Dem HQ over the next 3 weeks. You don't need any experience - just come along with your own laptop/tablet and phone if you have them (we can provide if you don't) and we'll walk you through the rest: