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  • Article: Jun 25, 2019
    By Iain MacDonald

    Truro and Falmouth Liberal Democrats select local charity expert to fight next General Election

    Truro and Falmouth Liberal Democrats have selected Ruth Gripper to be their candidate at the next General Election. The seat was the only Cornish constituency to vote remain in the EU referendum.

    Ruth was born and brought up in Perranwell, in the heart of the constituency, and works at the Knowledge Spa at Treliske. She is a trustee of the Royal Cornwall Museum, and has wide experience in a range of roles in the charitable sector.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2019

    We have a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire!

    The current MP, a hard Tory Brexiter, has been overwhelmingly recalled by his constituents.

    And if we take this seat off the Tories and they may lose their working majority in the Commons.

    Brecon and Radnorshire is a seat that we held until 2015, and we hold the Welsh Assembly Member seat.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    Please be advised that this article contains language that some may find offensive

    As a child of the Windrush generation, Windrush Day is hugely important to me. I'm so glad that we, as a society, are marking it.

    The term 'the Windrush Generation' stems from the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the ship The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Do you get excited by a big by-election? Do you want the inside track on how we are performing?

    We are setting up a new email list to give you just that - a first-hand account from the Campaign Managers and candidates of how we are performing in big Parliamentary by-elections and most importantly how you can help.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    If you're not down in Brecon and Radnorshire campaigning on the doorstep with the fantastic Jane Dodds and team,
    there's still a very important way you can help us win.

    Every week (often twice a week), we welcome volunteers at Lib Dem HQ in London who come and help us phone canvass.

    You don't need any experience and we love to see new faces join us!

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Three years on from the 2016 referendum and we are still in the EU.

    This in itself is a huge achievement. It is also a fact that I find myself reminding journalists and political figures of fairly frequently. In three years we have come a long way. On the devastating morning after the referendum, I was numb. It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen, and our country would inevitably have to undergo the associated irreparable damage. Very quickly it became clear that wasn't the case.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Brexit is the most serious threat to our country in my lifetime.

    Yet the Conservative Party leadership contest shows they still haven't got it - and are even willing to make things worse. Enthusiastic talk of a No Deal Brexit? Of sending MPs home - proroguing Parliament - so MPs can't stop a No Deal? By people who want to be our country's Prime Minister? Whoever wins that leadership contest has to be stopped.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2019

    My number one priority as leader would be stopping Brexit. It should be the number one goal of everyone in our party.

    It's why I've worked so hard as the leading Liberal Democrat in the People's Vote campaign to bring together a group of like-minded MPs who want to give the British people the final say.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Over the past three years, I have been proud to help lead the calls for a People's Vote in the belief that the challenge of Brexit required not only the strong leadership provided by the Liberal Democrats but also for us to work together with people of all parties and none.

    I never imagined that I would be able to say that Michael Heseltine and Alastair Campbell voted the same way as me, but our message to stop Brexit brought together voters from all corners of our politics.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    I'm running to be Leader of the Liberal Democrats - but your choice could be about far more than simply who leads our Party.

    The tectonic plates of British Politics are shifting, and its the most volatile I have seen it in my lifetime. With the Liberal Democrats on 20% in the polls, two main Parties crumbling from the inside, and a re-alignment of political allegiances across the country, we have a golden opportunity to cement our place as the leading force of Remain.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    This month is Pride month. This year, June is also 50 years on from the pivotal Stonewall riots. We've come a long way, yet still couples in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to marry the person that they love.

    Internationally, huge progress has been made when it comes to the rights and freedoms of LGBT+ people. Just this summer, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage while Botswana decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark ruling. But we still have so far to go. In the UK many LGBT+ people still face a grim reality in which discrimination, both socially and in the eyes of the law, blights their everyday reality. The shocking image of a young lesbian couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that bigotry and prejudice persist.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    In the UK currently seven million people are carers. That is one in ten people and the figure is only rising as demographics change and people live longer with more disabilities and illnesses.

    Three in five of us will be carers at one point or another in our lives.

    That is why it is so important this week, Carers Week, that we understand and recognise the contribution carers make to society.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    We've had an exception two months, winning elections, breaking records and growing our movement. Get the low down here:

    Local Elections

    We saw our party's best ever local election results, taking control of twelve councils and winning 706 council seats across England.

    We took control of Vale of the White Horse, Hinckley & Bosworth, North Norfolk, Winchester, Bath and North East Somerset, Cotswolds, Chelmsford North Devon, Mole Valley, North Devon, Somerset West & Taunton and Teignbridge Councils.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Leaving a political party is never an easy decision - nor one that one makes lightly. I know that from my own experience nearly 40 years ago!

    Tonight, Chuka Umunna announced that he has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    And I am delighted to welcome him to our party, as the Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    We kicked off a series of leadership hustings in London this weekend. Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, contending to succeed Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats, were grilled on their vision for our party.

    You can read more about the candidates' plans here:

    Ed Davey Jo Swinson

    Or, you can get involved - find your nearest hustings here:

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    We are currently looking for members for three new policy working groups on the future of work, the natural environment and utilities.

    The working groups will take evidence and prepare policy proposals to submit to Autumn Conference 2020.

    Working group members are expected to attend meetings (in person or by dialling in), input their ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the policy paper. The position is voluntary.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    As a Party we depend on our volunteers - members like you - to run things. We are introducing the new Liberal Democrat Disciplinary Procedure this Summer and need members to volunteer to make it work.

    As part of the new disciplinary procedures we need teams of members to volunteer for the four roles that need filling. These are Adjudicator, Investigator, Independent Person (Mediator), and Party Mentor.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    We can stop Brexit - we must. For our economy. For our families, friends and neighbours who've made Britain their home. For what it says about us, as a country.

    You could pick a hundred reasons why we must stop Brexit. Top of my list is the fight against the Climate Change Emergency.

    Climate change's devastation won't respect borders - you have to work internationally, with other countries, if you want to save our planet.