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  • Article: Nov 24, 2015
    By Edward Docx in Guardian

    Unfettered Osbornomics is what we'll get on 25 November. If we had a financially literate opposition rather than Corbyn's Labour, things might be different, writes Edward Docx in this Guardian article


  • Article: Nov 8, 2015
    By Derek Deedman in The Independent

    The Liberal Democrats have accused Labour of acting like a "nodding Conservative dog" for giving qualified support to Theresa May's controversial plans to

    shake up Britain's surveillance laws.

    Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, has promised to lead the fight against the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill as he seeks to carve out a niche for his party as a

    champion of civil liberties…

    Mr Farron told The Independent: "The Home Secretary has created a sham of judicial authorisation that doesn't fool me, the public or the experts. It is an utter


    He added: "The Labour Party is even worse though. It is acting like Conservatives on this Bill and just acquiescing. It is about as useful as a nodding dog.

    The Liberal Democrats will make sure the public's concerns are heard. You can't rely on Labour or the Tories to stand up for our hard won civil liberties…

    Mr Farron's intervention could raise tensions inside the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has a strong record of attacking the Tories on civil liberties. But

    Andy Burnham, the shadow Home Secretary, said Mrs May had "listened to legitimate concerns" and broadly got right the difficult balance between national

    security and the privacy of individuals. He said the draft Bill was "neither a snooper's charter nor a plan for mass surveillance."" [The Independent]

  • Article: Oct 21, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Oct 21, 2015
    By Alison Rouse

    Government facing defeat in Lords over tax credits

    The chances of the government being defeated on plans to cut tax credits in the Lords next week have risen markedly after the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, instructed his peers to vote for the fatal motion to block them.
    The Lib Dem peer Lord Kirkwood had been planning to move a motion of regret, which would have amounted to a request for the government to reconsider its plans.
    But Farron's intervention on Tuesday means the government is now likely to be defeated, requiring ministers to restart the process in the Commons via a new statutory instrument. A Lib Dem spokesman said Farron had instructed a heavy whip on his peers to back the fatal motion....Opposition peers recognise that they can defeat the government repeatedly and almost at will as long as Lib Dem peers unite with Labour and a few crossbenchers to defeat the Tories.
    By custom and practice, the peers do not challenge financial measures, but Farron has been arguing that the specific tax credits measure was not in the Conservative party manifesto and was even specifically denied by David Cameron in a leaders' TV election debate...
    To read the full article in The Guardian, please click HERE
  • Tim Farron
    Article: Oct 21, 2015
    By Alison Rouse

    Lib Dem leader says prime minister is 'choosing to turn a blind eye and ignore the most vulnerable people in Britain'

    David Cameron will be guilty of presiding over the death of social housing if controversial plans to force the sale of council houses to pay for an extension of the right to buy programme to housing associations are left unchanged, Tim Farron has said.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    It's all quite simple, really - the Liberal Democrats, unlike Labour, were not going to fall into Osborne's trap. Here is Tom Brake's speech from last night's debate:

    • The Liberal Democrats will not support the charter tonight. Whatever the machinations in the Labour party, our reasons for opposing it are clear: the charter is just as much about fantasy economics as was Labour's magic money tree. We remain committed to abolishing the structural deficit by 2017-18, and to seeing debt fall as a percentage of GDP in the following years. We will not, however, abandon the critical need for continued investment in infrastructure, and we will ensure that our economy remains competitive in the medium and long term. We are for sound and stable economic policy-something that sadly has been abandoned first by the official Opposition and now by the Government.
    • The charter is a trap set for the Labour party into which it has fallen headlong, and I suggest that it is also a trap for the Government over which they risk tying themselves in knots. What will happen if the Chancellor discovers that the Government are on course to miss their surplus target but growth is just ahead of 1%? Which of his rules will he break? Economic credibility means that markets, businesses and other investors have confidence that the Government will do what they say, and the charter manifestly fails that test. We will vote no tonight because the charter will simply not work. Its purpose is purely political, and parliamentary time should not be abused in this way.
  • Article: Oct 21, 2015

    In last years Autumn Statement Conjurer George announced an extra £2bn for the NHS for 2015 -16 and pledged another £8bn more. But the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which represents finance directors says (FT 10th Oct) :" It is now 182 days since the Government vowed to inject £8bn of much needed extra funding into the NHS and we still await confirmation as to where and when this investment will be made". Meanwhile official figures covering just three months 1st April to 30th June 2015 show that hospitals have run up a combined deficit of £930m with more than threequarters of them unable to balance their books. [see more]

  • Votes at 16 logo
    Article: Oct 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are launching a cross party move to defeat the Government and give 16 year olds a vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

    We are aiming to follow up the successful vote in the Lords when they defeated the Government to include votes at 16 for council elections.

    Allowing 16 year olds to vote in general is something we have campaigned on for years. While allowing votes for 16 year olds in the referendum has cross party support, and even has the backing of the 'leave' campaign, increasing the pressure on David Cameron.

  • Tim Farron Cambridge 2015
    Article: Oct 21, 2015

    Back again in Churchill College, Cambridge - a prestigious, high quality location with excellent facilities - the East of England Liberal Democrats enjoyed their best regional conference yet.

    It was opened by Norman Lamb MP, who outlined the work he had done as Health Minister to improve the treatment (in every sense of the word) by the NHS of people with mental health problems. But he mainly stressed the vast amount that still needs to be done to achieve a parity of esteem, resources and treatment between mentally ill and physically ill patients.

  • The IN campaign
    Article: Oct 7, 2015

    LDEG and the Liberal Democrats are committed to keeping Britain as part of the European Union. To help achieve that objective, we throw our full support behind the official 'IN' campaign and we very much hope that you will too.