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  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • Stop the Tories abolishing the Human Rights Act
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    The Government wants to scrap our Human Rights Act.

    The Human Rights Act was drafted by British lawyers in the aftermath of the Second World War, and gives us so many fundamental protections that we rely on in our day to day lives.

    It has held the state to account for spying on us, safeguarded our soldiers and supported peaceful protest. It's helped rape victims, defended domestic violence victims, guarded against slavery, protected elderly couples in care and shielded press freedom.

  • homestart
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat members of Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services Cabinet Panel yesterday were appalled to receive additional papers at short notice announcing the withdrawal of the annual £391,000 grant to the 9 HomeStart operations which cover the county. HomeStart's role will now be added to the increasingly complex range of tasks to be handled by the 91 Children's Centres.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Reacting to the Conservatives' plans to change the child poverty target, Baroness Pinnock, Lib Dem Children's spokesperson in the House of Lords, said:

    "The Tories stubbornly refused to sign up to more credible child poverty measures while in Coalition. So, you have to question whether it really is high on their agenda now?

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.

    Like most Lib Dems we were very disappointed on May 7th. We worked incredibly hard as part of the general election effort, and the results were extremely deflating. After watching Nick's speech, we decided the best way to move forward was to go back out and try and win another election despite the odds. We knew in some ways it wasn't about winning (although that was still our goal), it was about something much bigger. It was about trying to bring hope back to the party and putting us back into the hearts of the electorate. In short, we wanted to make the campaign a key component of what would become the #LibDemFightback.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrats today attacked the blinkered Tory approach to drugs policy as they tabled a series of amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords.

    The party will call on the Conservatives to delay new laws until a full review is carried out into how existing legislation is failing to stop the harm caused by drugs.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton has recorded the following message for Ramadan 2015.

    As-salamu alaykum.

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I am delighted to send this message to Muslims in the UK and across the world who are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

    Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and sharing; of fasting and prayer. It is a time for renewing faith and strengthening the bonds between family and friends.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    What is Conference?

    Liberal Democrat Conference is a twice-yearly event where members gather to put forward, debate and vote on the Party's national policies. There are keynote speeches from the Leader, MPs and other senior figures, and Party committees present their annual reports to the membership. Beyond the main Conference hall, there's a wide range of training on campaigning, fundraising, recruitment, plus advice sessions for those interested in being candidates for councils and Parliament. At lunchtimes and in the evenings there are plenty of fringe meetings with a chance to discuss ideas with speakers from party groups and national organisations. There are receptions, a disco, and even a singalong night, and there's always a large crowd in the Conference bar at the end of the day.

  • Votes @ 16
    Article: Jun 24, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    The EU Referendum Bill will pave the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and yet the Government has not proposed any extension in the election franchise to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote.

    16 year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote.

    16 and 17 year-olds were able to vote in last years Scottish Referendum and this helped add life to the campaign. When it comes to a referendum on our future in Europe and the World then Liberal Democrats believe that those who will build that future should also have their say.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jun 20, 2015
    By Norman Lamb in http://backnorman.co.uk/


    I want to give power to people to determine their own destiny and not to be held back by poverty, ignorance or conformity - by the arbitrary behaviour of public and private authority, or by a failure to be treated equally. I believe we have a responsibility to one another, to our communities and our planet - and that the rights we hold true are universal and must be championed irrespective of borders.