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  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • Article: Nov 14, 2018

    "A People's Vote is now the only way to escape from this mess" - Vince Cable

    Any Brexit deal will leave the UK weakened and the public poorer.

    "And before the ink is dry, the Conservative Party will tear into what little Theresa May has been able to agree. The Prime Minister now faces a defeat in Parliament, as a majority will be hard or impossible to secure for what she has come up with."

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    This week is Transgender Awareness week, and if you haven't had a chance to read my blog on the importance of supporting and standing alongside our transgender friends and colleagues, you can read it here: libdems.org.uk/trans-rights-are-human-rights.

    Transgender and intersex communities are too often marginalised, and many forget that in the fight for equality, trans rights are human rights. We must, and we are, endeavouring to ensure that a vulnerable group of people are able to live as they are entitled to under our laws.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Across the Atlantic, Trump and his cronies are doing their very best to rewrite the definition of transgender out of existence. An agenda of social cleansing that feeds into his administration's insular and antagonistic narrative. We may like to think that Trump's views are in isolation, that his fear of difference does not seep to our shores, but it does.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn was asked "If you could stop Brexit, would you?"
    His response?
    "We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered."

    But Brexit can be stopped through a People's Vote

    Vince Cable

    This demonstrates, if proof were needed, that Jeremy Corbyn is working hand in glove with the Conservatives to deliver their ideological Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Today, Jo Johnson quit as a Conservative government minister over the Brexit deal Theresa May is putting together - a deal which gives people the worst of both worlds.

    The choice being presented to the British people is no choice at all.

    Jo Johnson MP

    In his resignation statement, Johnson said that the deal being concocted will inflict "serious economic and political harm on the country". He said what is happening is not what anyone wants and the 2016 referendum did not provide any mandate for it.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    20 years ago today the Human Rights Act became law, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

    The Liberal Democrats had been campaigning for the Human Rights Act ever since we were founded, but our fight to protect people's rights and freedoms didn't end when it passed...

    Conservative and Labour MPs consistently vote for illiberal new laws that curtail civil liberties.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    It has been reported that more than 400 high-rise residential buildings still have the same type of external cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower fire.

    When it is about people's homes, safety must come first.

    Grenfell should never have happened. The fact that thousands of families are still living in unsafe high-rise buildings is a disgrace.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    A group including representatives of major pharmaceutical companies have written to the Health Secretary to state that if urgent action is not taken the UK will not have a medicine supply that will suffice in a no deal Brexit.

    The Government simply cannot guarantee that there won't be shortages of medicines

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    A Liberal Democrat amendment by Tavish Scott MSP has committed Holyrood to "providing unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal".

    It won cross-party support, and passed overwhelmingly in the Scottish Parliament, with 106 votes for and 8 against - and one MSP who said he voted against by mistake!

  • Article: Nov 7, 2018

    This festival of lights signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and joy over despair. It is a time of hope and rejuvenation.

    Seeing Diwali celebrated by so many here in Britain is also a reminder of the rich diversity of our country and the communities who have contributed so greatly to our nation's success.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2018

    In common with both other parties we have seen a dip in our income in the year after an election, made all the more acute after two elections (and a referendum) in two years. Donation fatigue and lower revenues are understandable at this point.

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  • Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Millions of EU citizens in the UK have been living under a cloud of uncertainty for more than two years. After being quizzed by MPs on two separate occasions, the Immigration Minister has utterly failed to offer them any clarity.

    The Minister was still unable to answer what immigration checks EU citizens will be subject to after Brexit

  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    The result of the EU referendum changed an awful lot: the Prime Minister, the economic outlook, Britain's political discourse and our standing in the world. But there are 3.6 million people whose lives have been affected more than most. These are the citizens of other EU countries who live in the UK.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Liberal Democrat MPs Layla Moran and Stephen Lloyd are calling on the Government to create a 'Women's Equality Day' to fall on the Spring Bank Holiday.

    2018 marks the centenary of the extension of suffrage to some women and the 90th anniversary of universal suffrage.

    To mark this, Stephen Lloyd challenged female pupils from Willingdon School in his constituency to come up with a campaign which he could deliver in Westminster on their behalf. The winning idea was to create a Women's Equality Day.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    It is heart-breaking that the epidemic of violent crime is claiming the lives of so many children.

    A senior police office has now revealed that children as young as nine are being caught carrying knives.

    We urgently need more police officers on our streets to restore the community policing that helps to prevent violent crime.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Tonight the Liberal Democrats voted against the Government's indefensible tax cuts for higher earners. Despite the best efforts of their whips, 20 Labour MPs put principle above party and voted with the us.

    It is beyond belief that a party which claims to stand 'for the many, not the few', decided not to oppose the Government on this.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The delay in implementing a planned and much needed reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals is completely unacceptable.

    These machines are a blight on our society and undeniably damaging to vulnerable people.

    The Government's inaction is ruining lives and they must not be allowed to continue making these excuses that only benefit bookmakers.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The dodgy Brexit demagogues should start getting worried about transparency and criminal investigations shining a light on their actions.

    Aaron Banks is facing a criminal investigation over loans to leave campaigns. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are piling on the pressure over the lack of transparency surrounding donations to Northern Ireland political parties.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Sir David Natzler, clerk of the House of Commons, has made comments that a Commons vote on a 'People's Vote' would still have "considerable political force".

    Only the Liberal Democrats are united in fighting Brexit.

    Whether a parliamentary vote on a 'People's Vote' amendment was legally binding or not, the PM could not disregard the result without a serious constitutional and democratic crisis.