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  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    However, the Paris-based thinktank also said the economy would see a "significant boost" if there was another referendum leading to Brexit being reversed.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson commented:


    "This is a significant intervention the government cannot afford to ignore.

    "Brexit has already caused the UK to slip from top to bottom of the international growth league for major economies.

    "This will only get worse if the government succeeds in dragging us out of the single market and customs union, or we end up crashing out of Europe without a deal.

    "The case for protecting the economy by reversing Brexit is getting stronger by the day.

    "Once the facts are clear at the end of this process, the British people must have the final say with a chance to exit from Brexit."

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have always advocated democratic reform of the House of the Lords. But the brutal truth is that this Government simply has no appetite for the fundamental reform which the House of Lords desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats fought hard for democratic reform of the Lords during the coalition period, but were thwarted by a conservative alliance of Tory and Labour MPs.

    "The Burns report makes interesting proposals for reducing the size of the Lords, which everyone agrees is necessary. But we should not be having to rely on a backbench committee to make any progress on the issue. We've had 1,000 years of unelected peers and we're still discussing the solutions in back rooms, rather than driving forward with democratic change

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Rising food prices made a large contribution to the change, with an increase of 0.8% between August and September 2017, compared to a 0.4% fall last year.

    It comes as analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found the benefits freeze is expected to leave over 10 million families an average of £450 a year worse off in real terms by 2020.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The increase is thought to reflect both a genuine rise in hate crime around the time of the EU referendum and ongoing improvements in crime recording by the police.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

    "This disgraceful rise in hate crime demands a much stronger response from Government than we have seen.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Its findings show that under WTO rules, the average household would see price rises worth an extra £260 a year, while over three million families would see price rises of over £500 a year.

    The report finds that low-income households would face the biggest cost pressure.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Vince Cable said:

    "News of this massive write-down shows our economy is in real trouble. Jobs are being lost at major employers such as Vauxhall and BAE, the pound has already lost 20% of its value in a year, our balance of trade and productivity are poor, and we have fallen to the bottom of the growth league for major economies.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    "The Lib Dems will work with any party to stop a 'No Deal' scenario and would vote against a No Deal outcome in Parliament. 'No Deal' would mean ports at a standstill with ferries unable to unload and load, aircraft stranded at airports and manufacturers operating 'Just in Time' production reduced to 'Never on Time'.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2017

    I am proud to lend my support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which serves as an important reminder that the tenets of hate, division and prejudice have no place in 21st century Britain.

    Everyone has the right to be who they are, without fear of abuse, intimidation or violence. Our nation is a rich tapestry of different identities and the mosaic of people that make up our communities is to be praised and celebrated. It is our duty to ensure that every person, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexuality, nationality, age or disability, is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We must destroy the toxic, far-right rhetoric, which does nothing but divide our communities; such views are entirely incompatible with the core values of our country.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    "This is yet another example of Trump's boneheaded belligerence.

    "Not content with senseless responses to every provocation of Kim Jong Un, he is determinedly undermining a treaty which has proved to be an important influence on nuclear non-proliferation.

    "Every time Trump opens his mouth, the world becomes a less safe place."

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    This government's internal battles are weakening their hand in Europe. Every report of a Cabinet split destabilises our negotiating team and strengthens the position of the EU negotiators.

    There is a chronic lack of anything positive coming out of these talks. Both sides share blame for the deadlock and both sides will be harmed if Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal.

    But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with Tusk's suggestion of possible trade talks in December. This is the signal for the UK government to make a convincing offer on EU citizens' rights, the financial settlement and provide clarity over the Northern Ireland border.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, has tabled a number of FOI requests calling on the Department for Exiting the European Union to publish the studies. He has also called for a debate on the cost of Brexit and the content of the reports in the House of Commons.

    Commenting, Tom Brake, said:

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017

    I have just appointed my first team of principal spokespeople since becoming leader this summer.

    I am fortunate to lead such a great, gender-balanced team, which is comprised of the most talented and promising politicians in the House of Commons and battle-hardened, experienced campaigners.

    The team includes notable strength in depth on the economy, foreign affairs and local government at a time when the impact of Brexit, social inequality and lack of investment is fostering tensions in these areas.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2017

    "This is not yet a decision but it soon could be, if the government is allowed to get away with cuts which would betray the best traditions of our past and damage our ability to defend ourselves in the future.

    "It is time for those who value Britain's contribution, both nationally and internationally, to the preservation of peace to make sure this disastrous decision is never allowed to be taken."

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This was the speech of a brave Prime Minister struggling on, while her disloyal Cabinet colleagues openly plot against her.

    "Rows over Brexit have left Theresa May only able to tinker around the edges of the great challenges the country faces, from the housing crisis to the future of the NHS.


    "The conference season has shown both the Conservatives and Labour are bitterly divided, with the more moderate factions overwhelmed by their ideological extremes.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This audit shows that prejudice and bias based on the colour of someone's skin continues to blight people's life chances, and this is utterly unacceptable in 21st century Britain. It is not right that our BAME friends and neighbours are far less likely to have a job or own their home - it is an unfairness that should have ended long ago.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "Under the Tories, building of both social and affordable housing has plummeted.

    "Since 2015, this Conservative government has overseen the sell-off of over 25,000 council homes and replaced fewer than one in three.

    "Theresa May can announce all the new council homes she wants. But if this government doesn't reform the Right to Buy by allowing local authorities to suspend it if they wish, and ensure all homes sold are replaced, this announcement isn't worth the paper it's written on.

    "If the Tories are serious about tackling the housing crisis, May must also announce that she will ensure local authorities and housing associations can borrow the money needed to build more social housing."

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    "Boris Johnson's failure to condemn the Spanish government over this violence is a shameful dereliction of duty.

    "A true ally would call out this excessive and counter-productive approach and call on the Spanish authorities to change course.

    "It shows how weak this government has become that it is desperate not to upset the government of an EU country that could veto the final Brexit deal.

    "Instead of this craven approach, Britain should be leading calls for a mediated settlement and European response to this crisis.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "This is a welcome u-turn from attempts to use security co-operation as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations.

    "But it should not have taken six months for Theresa May to make clear that support for our European allies is unconditional.

    "The Prime Minister must now make the same case at the Conservative Party conference as she has today in Estonia.

    "Crucially, she must face down the hard Brexiteers in her party and admit that a no deal scenario would be a disaster for our security.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "There is a mounting sense that the government could be defeated if it does not immediately pause the roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "The roll-out has been an utter failure so far, with many claimants waiting over two months for their first payment and some relying on loans to survive. Rent arrears among universal credit claimants are also through the roof.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017

    Following on from Johnson's reprimand from the head of the UK Statistics Authority due to his repeated peddling of the discredited £350 million a week for the NHS figure, Tom Brake has called for the PM to investigate whether Boris has breached the Ministerial Code on three fronts

    • Breaching collective responsibility by openly criticising the government