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  • Article: Feb 4, 2019

    We are currently seeking applicants for a new policy working group on the Nature of Public Debate.

    The Federal Policy Committee is setting up a new working group to develop new Liberal Democrat Policy on the Nature of Public Debate.

    The working group will look into the developing challenges to high-quality public debate, including:

  • Article: Feb 4, 2019

    Today is World Cancer Day.

    Half of the people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. 38% of those diagnoses will have been preventable.

    But waiting times for cancer treatment are at the worst level they have ever been. Our NHS is struggling to diagnose rising rates of cancer. Thanks to Conservative mismanagement, it's recruiting fewer doctors, radiologists and nurses.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2019

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  • Article: Feb 1, 2019

    We send out a lot of emails.

    One of the groups of people we email are Lib Dem campaigners. They receive resources for local literature, templates and bulk buy deals, local and online campaigns training and support for holding local events.

    As there are a lot of people who no longer open these emails who receive them, we are refreshing the email list.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2019

    We have come a long way in recent years.

    I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act

    I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK on the 5th February 2013, when I was the minister for equalities in the Home Office. I came in at the end of the story when countless activists had been fighting to for this change - I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to take the bill to parliament. But it took the courageous Liberal Democrat politicians to make this change against big lobbying interests.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    There was just the one council by-election last night (plus one to the non-partisan City of London Corporation). Charles Lister stood for the Lib Dems in Warlingham ward, Surrey County Council and secured a solid result - closing the gap between us and the Conservatives from 27% to less than 10:

  • Article: Jan 31, 2019

    MPs passed an amendment last night that required Theresa May to go back to the EU and try to renegotiate the backstop.

    The EU didn't mess around - the vote result came out at 8:41pm, and by 8:47pm they'd said the backstop was there to stay. Here's 11 things that Theresa May could have done to pass the time:

  • Article: Jan 30, 2019

    Brexit latest

    In Parliament last night there were lots of heads shaking in bemusement. The Commons gave the government diametrically contradictory instructions to the Prime Minister: no to 'no deal'; then yes to a proposal that will in all likelihood lead to 'no deal'. As we milled around central lobby afterwards, queuing to speak to the TV cameras, I saw MPs claiming victory for two opposite positions. Someone is going to be disappointed.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2019

    The title of this article should be common sense, shouldn't it?

    And yet, between 2014 and 2016 alone, over 3000 people were dragged before the court. Not for doing anything wrong, but for falling foul of a 195-year-old law.

    The 1824 Vagrancy Act was drafted with soldiers coming home from the Napoleonic Wars in mind. It's a cold, archaic relic from a bygone age. I will do everything in my power to ensure it doesn't reach its 200th birthday.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2019

    Last night, MPs passed an amendment to the Prime Minister's motion - the Brady amendment. It actioned Theresa May to go back to the EU and ask them to take the Northern Ireland backstop out of the deal.

    It took the EU six minutes to say no.

    There's only one compromise Theresa May should accept - a people's vote

  • Article: Jan 29, 2019

    Last night, MPs finally got a chance to vote on bringing Parliament into the 21st century by introducing a year-long proxy voting trial. I've been working hard for this change along with MPs from all parties for a long time. This is a welcome - if long overdue - victory.

    Our conventional pairing system is painfully outdated and vulnerable to abuse. Brandon Lewis broke one such arrangement with me on a crucial Brexit bill last year - in fact, he specifically broke the pair only for the two closest and most important votes that day. Worse, afterwards, it emerged that this was deliberate - the Conservative Chief Whip had also asked other MPs to break their pairs (though they had honourably declined to do so).

  • Article: Jan 28, 2019

    So James Dyson has Singapore slinged his hook and moved his company headquarters out of the UK.

    This is perhaps the biggest vote of no confidence from a UK business yet since the referendum result.

    Actions speak louder than words - and this action speaks volumes.

    Actions speak louder than words - and this action speaks volumes.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2019

    This afternoon I delivered our letter to Jeremy Corbyn calling on him to back a people's vote.

    The response to the letter has been astounding - over 31,000 people joined our campaign demanding Jeremy Corbyn stop playing party politics and act in the national interest.

    Many of Jeremy's MPs back a vote, his party membership overwhelmingly do and, most importantly, the public are calling for it too. Yet still he prevaricates.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2019

    17:17: We've had a tipoff that Corbyn's backbone was spotted enjoying a slice of cake and a cuppa in a local cafe...

  • Article: Jan 25, 2019

    The sad passing of Paddy has left a huge dent in our political life. He was a leader, a friend, an adviser and, more than anything else, a man buzzing with vision and ideas. You always knew when Paddy was in the room that a suggestion, a policy, a strategy was not far away. He took our party from an asterisk in the polls to a major force in British politics. Yet he always remained self-effacing, never seeking personal glory, apologetic to anyone he might offend with his ideas.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2019

    Brexit latest

    Following the Prime Minister's crushing defeat, there was a no confidence debate on Wednesday initiated by Labour. This was predictably defeated as Tory and DUP MPs all came dutifully into line. "No to Mr Corbyn". The most memorable bit of the debate (I exclude my own five minutes - the maximum allowed) were the concluding speeches. Tom Watson was excellent: measured and intelligently critical - everything his party leader wasn't. Michael Gove was barnstorming: eloquent, funny (including at my expense) and cruelly hard-hitting against Corbyn. Could we have been witnessing the next Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in action?

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Last Tuesday night Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202. It's the biggest defeat by a Prime Minister in Commons history.

    The next day, Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the Government. It failed.

    Now, Theresa May wants MPs to vote on a deal that's barely different to the one we already rejected.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's Brexit deal just lost in the Commons by 230 votes. This is huge - she's failed to convince her party, failed to convince Parliament and failed in her attempt to scaremonger MPs into backing her. It's the biggest loss in the Commons by a Government - ever.

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.