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  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Britain's railways are essential to everyday life - they transport millions to and from work and around the country day in, day out.

    Unfortunately, all too often our trains are late, crowded or cancelled. Ticketing is a confusing mess and the railways and their rolling stock are in desperate need of investment.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    It's no secret: crime rates in the UK have been rising.

    Brutal knife and gun crimes have become a sad fixture of our headlines, while conviction rates for offences including violent robberies and sexual assaults have experienced an alarming decline.

    Why?

    Since 2015, the Conservatives have cut £1bn from police budgets while resolutely maintaining that falling policing numbers have nothing to do with rising crime.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    There are just 11 days left to get your nominations in for the candidates you'd like to see elected to party committees.

    If you need a reminder of which roles are up for election, here it is:

    Top of the bill is Federal President, to take over from Sal Brinton on 1 January and serve for 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is a major role chairing the party's Federal Board, protecting and representing members, and acting as guardian of the party's interests. Hustings will be held throughout the country during the two-month campaign, and candidates may raise and spend £20,000 campaigning for the job.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    With beautiful sunny Bournemouth as a backdrop, Paddy's friends and colleagues took to the main stage to share their fond memories of him.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    What an amazing week we have had.

    Hearing about our 700 council gains. 15 European gains.

    Chuka, Sarah, Angela, Philip, Luciana and Sam joining from the Conservatives and Labour. The Brecon win for the wonderful Jane Dodds against the Conservatives.

    It's happening in Scotland too. Councillor Fiona Dryburgh left Labour to join us. And Councillor Mark McGeever left the Conservatives to join us.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Since the EU referendum, the Liberal Democrats have been on the side of Remainers.

    Whether in Parliament, in the courts, in the media or on the streets, we've been leading the fight for three years to stay part of the European Union.

    For three years, we've been leading the fight to remain in the European Union

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Today, Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats closed Conference with a rousing speech outlining her vision for a Liberal Democrat government winning the next General Election powered by the surging Liberal Democrat movement across the county.

    Tribute to Paddy Ashdown

    We remember a man who was bold, fearless, determined

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019

    There is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Hello Conference!

    What a brilliant time to be a Liberal Democrat!

    On the 7th May next year, London voters will make a decision of national and international importance. Who will be the next Mayor of London.

    They will decide who they believe embodies the very spirit of London. Who will stand up for global, liberal, pro-European, warm-hearted and dynamic values. Who will reflect and reinforce the optimism, diversity and entrepreneurialism of our capital.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Conference, I don't know about you, but when you knock on doors canvassing, and people say "Oh, you're all the same", it can be quite frustrating.

    Brexit has changed all that. Everyone now knows, we are very different from Johnson's Conservatives and Corbyn's Labour.

    Only the Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit. Let's face it. Our great country could be just 46 days from economic catastrophe.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    The power to strip someone of their citizenship is one of the most serious the Home Secretary possesses.

    It should only be taken when absolutely necessary. And only when the national security interest can be proven in court.

    Was Javid's decision to strip Shamima Begum's citizenship about the safety of our country or the advancement of his career?

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Vince began by thanking everyone who had helped him during his time as leader, and saying what he'd be doing next:

    "I have fought ten national elections over half a century. I couldn't have done that on my own without the emotional and practical support of my wife Rachel and my late wife Olympia. And without my dedicated team of volunteers in Twickenham and in Parliament led by Dee Doocey."

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Make no mistake: there is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Conference, it is an honour and a pleasure to be addressing you as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament and as your Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making me feel so welcome. I could not be more at home in the wonderful Liberal Democrat family.

    The truth is, all the incredibly difficult decisions I have made on the journey I've been on this year were routed in my values and principles. I joined this party out of conviction.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Jane started by thanking everyone who came to help in Brecon and Radnorshire...

    Whether you came during the recall petition or the by-election or even both - thank you. Without all of you, and the wider party and beyond, I would not be standing here today as the MP for Brecon & Radnorshire.

    She moved onto our recent wins:

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    There is nothing more important than education.

    Education opens up opportunities, shows us what we are capable of and challenges our preconceptions. When education is accessible it can be a great equaliser, however with cuts from 2010 then it is no longer fit for purpose.

    Our economy is changing. It is crucial that our education system evolves at the same rate.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Q: Do you forgive David Cameron for calling the 2016 referendum?

    A: No, I don't forgive him. Much of the problems we currently face come from David Cameron's shocking misjudgement and putting the interests of the Conservative party above the national interest. He did it when he announced the referendum in the first place, he did it when he won a majority. And this is clearly a pattern with Conservative prime ministers. The future of our country is at stake - people are losing jobs, feeling the impact of the falling pound and they're worried about our public services. Over 5000 of our nurses are from EU countries. There are 3 million EU citizens living now with uncertainty and a disturbing spike in hate crime. On so many grounds such as these, David Cameron cannot be forgiven.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Dignity and respect should be at the core of our criminal justice system.

    This is crucial if we are serious about reducing reoffending rates, supporting young people who have grown up in poverty and caring for people with poor mental health.

    No one is born wanting to break the law. And yet, our criminal justice system does far too little to help people build a life free from crime.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke article 50 and withdraw us from the Brexit process.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our health and social health services are at crisis point in the UK.

    They have been at crisis point for years now - and it is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

    It is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year