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  • An older man with his hand on his head, being conforted by an older woman.
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    As the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill returns to the House of Commons today, the Liberal Democrats have secured a significant victory following the government's acceptance of crucial amendments tabled by Liberal Democrats peers in the House of Lords.

    Led by Lord Sharkey, the Liberal Democrats campaigned in the House of Lords to end the scourge of cold-calling in relation to pensions, claims management and other financial services.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 12, 2018
    Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has delivered the closing speech to the party's spring conference in Southport.

    In the speech, Vince sets out the reasons he is campaigning for an exit from Brexit:

    I would go so far as to say Britain is now mired in a protracted, non-violent civil war.

    Allied to the poisonous rhetoric about 'traitors' and 'saboteurs', and what Theresa May calls 'citizens of nowhere'…

    ….we have a toxic brew which fuels the populist right.

    What a disgrace that the fools' errand of Brexit…embarked on to paper over cracks in the Conservative Party has resulted in hate crime on our streets.

    Our message is clear: Liberal Democrats will rebuild an open, tolerant, outward-looking Britain.

    We want our country back.

    He also explains how he plans to modernise the Liberal Democrats, drawing on ideas from sister parties in countries such as Canada:

    I am determined that we Liberal Democrats should lead a new groundswell for political renewal.

    Our sister Liberal Party in Canada, under Justin Trudeau, leapt from third to first in a 'first past the post' system every bit as unforgiving as ours. I have turned to them for advice on modernisation on how we can apply their successful model here.

    The Canadian liberals engaged all their registered supporters - their voters - as well as their members in leadership elections and candidate selection. They became a new party; a movement.

    Building on our own traditions, we must address how we in the Liberal Democrats can become a movement for those who are alienated by the Conservatives and Labour.

    I want to see a movement fizzing with ideas… and the vehicle for a practical programme for government … …driven by the need to drive down inequality between the generations… facing up to the challenge of climate change by investing in renewable energy and green transport… and preparing our country for a future when technology be harnessed to the optimism of opportunity rather than the pessimism of job destruction.

    So as a party I want us to think big. To be as radical and forward-looking with our ambitions for the party as we are with our ideas and our policies.
  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    An ICM poll for The Guardian has shown that Brits favour a referendum on the terms of Brexit by a 13 point margin. Once 'don't knows' are taken out, this rises 58% in support to 42% against.

    The evidence is mounting that the British people want a vote on the terms of any deal to leave the European Union.

  • Two police officers on patrol.
    Article: Jan 29, 2018

    Police recorded crime statistics show a rise in reported crime over the past year, in particular sex offences and knife and gun crime.

    5.3 million crimes were recorded: a rise of 14%. The number of incidences of sex offences has increased by 23%, violent crimes have risen by 20%, with knife crime increasing by 21%.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 28, 2018

    Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures.

    A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

    The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

    Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

    This is why I'm putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats.