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  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018
    By Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors

    Kickstart is the name of the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors (ALDC) residential campaign training weekend. It runs twice a year - in the summer and autumn.

    Attendees get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring from experienced and successful Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018
    By Lucy Salek

    Q - I'm sure being at the centre of a parliamentary by-election is impossibly exciting, but also busy, exhausting and overwhelming, with huge highs and lows. What stands out the most for you from the campaign?

    A - It really was! But incredibly exciting at the same time. I had seen Liberal Democrats gear up for a by-election before, but until you are at the centre of it you really can't appreciate the extent of the support, the enthusiasm and sheer hard work we do as a team to have these great results at by-election. Seeing Lib Dems come together and campaign together - that is definitely what stands out for me.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2018

    The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

    In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2018

    Will Corbyn stand up to the Tories and their chaotic Brexit? Can Theresa May provide any clarity about what a real Brexit deal might look like?

    No, and no.

    Labour's Conference was riven with divisions over Brexit. Keir Starmer said he wanted to give the people the chance to remain, John McDonnell says this isn't on the table.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2018

    The leader's consultation on proposals for party reforms is still running for the next 2 weeks - and we want to make sure as many people as possible can take part.

    That's why we've produced a consultation pack for your local party to use. You can see the pack here:

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  • Article: Oct 2, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    If you couldn't make the first online consultation session, fear not!

    We've recorded the entire thing - and you can cactch up now:

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  • Article: Sep 28, 2018

    Saying hello is not difficult. And that is all you essentially need to do if you want to engage with diverse communities and open doors. I was determined to make sure I did that when I started campaigning in West Barnes, Merton.

    I am the first BAME councillor to win in the ward's 60 year history. Our team worked hard and we followed all the advice we were given by ALDC and HQ. But essentially it was won through hard work and the willingness to say hello and listen to your residents.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2018
    By Rachel Palma-Randle

    This week is National Inclusion week - a week designed to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

    The theme this year is "everyday inclusion" which is looking at the practical ways you can foster inclusion through day to day activities.

    As a party, we are working hard to improve the diversity of our own membership and to ensure that our party reflects our society. And our local parties are best placed to reach out to the communities near them.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    I'm often asked why I first joined the Liberal Democrats and I have often answered with the word 'Brexit'. But whilst it was true that devastating result of the EU Referendum in 2016 was the catalyst for me joining the party, it really encompasses many wider issues that I wish to make a stand against.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    If you also demand better from our country - then come and join us.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    On Tuesday 18th September 2018, I attended for the first time a party conference in Brighton with the Liberal Democrats. This is all thanks to an initiative set by the Patchwork Foundation which encourages and funds young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), politically-minded people to attend party conferences and encourages them to be engaged in political affairs.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    Party Conference is over, and we have left Brighton after an excellent four days. Over the Conference we have listened, spoken, debated matters fiercely, and voted on party policy.

    Over 300 members attended Conference for the first time, and many of them made their first speech in debates on the stage too, making excellent contributions. The Exhibition and Fringes were brilliant too.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2018

    The more Theresa May tries to sound defiant, the more desperate she seems.

    After her weak and rattled statement in Salzburg yesterday, Number 10 had little choice but to send her out for a second take today. But this latest attempt to cast herself as a leader who brooks no compromise is utterly unconvincing.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Gina Miller's Speech

    Gina Miller delivered an impassioned speech on the need to continue with a unified fight against Brexit.

    Let's be clear, in the debate we had in 2016 about Europe, there was scant idealism. Lies were told.

    Miller called on people to put the national interest ahead of political divisions:

  • Article: Sep 16, 2018

    Jo Swinson's Speech

    In her keynote speech Jo Swinson declared that the Liberal Democrats are the only party who will put people at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

    When society demanded better, it was liberals who delivered. The Fourth Industrial Revolution gives us the same opportunity, and Conference - we must deliver again.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2018

    Tom Brake's Speech

    The Liberal Democrat (anti-Brexit) Spokesperson set out a vision for the UK staying in the EU with a real Brexit dividend of getting out of this madness. He also had a few words for some of the individuals responsible for this continued mess:

    On Boris Johnson:

    "If that is our PM's vision of No Deal Brexit Britain, what is the Brexit Britain vision of the man widely tipped to be the future leader of the Tory party, Boris - punishment-beatings, Road to Mandalay, prosecco - Johnson?

  • Article: Sep 12, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are opposing Government proposals to:

    • criminalise "reckless" speech,
    • make it a crime just to travel to certain places,
    • criminalise what you read on the internet,
    • give police more power to hold innocent people's DNA, and
    • allow officers to detain people at airports without suspicion.
  • Article: Sep 12, 2018

    The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per year, though this is likely to grow as the rate of wealth passed down increases in the coming years.

    Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party's Autumn Conference in Brighton next week.

    Proposals include:

  • Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Over a year ago, I started work on making 'upskirting', the practice of photographs up a person's skirt without their consent, a specific criminal offence.

    I'm absolutely delighted that this bill has just been passed by MPs in the House of Commons.

    This bill will protect everyone who chooses to wear a skirt in a public place and give them an option of recourse.