Liberal Democrat news

Lib Dems call for debate on government’s handling of refugee crisis

Thu, 03/09/2015

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tom Brake have called for an urgent debate in Parliament about the refugee crisis and the UK response.

Cameron and May should stop playing politics over humanitarian crisis

Tue, 01/09/2015

Tim Farron has urged the Government to stop playing politics over the humanitarian crisis impacting on Europe and offer help to desperate refugees. 

New Lib Dem peers announced

Thu, 27/08/2015

Tim Farron has welcomed the appointment of new Liberal Democrat Peers to the House of Lords and their commitment to fight for reform of the second chamber.

All of the newly-nominated Lib Dem Peers have confirmed that they have joined the House of Lords with the intention of abolishing appointments and introducing elections at the earliest opportunity.

Tim Farron urges Theresa May to address the Humanitarian Crisis in Calais

Wed, 19/08/2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to Theresa May to urge her to address the humanitarian crisis in Calais at her upcoming meeting with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Tim Farron reveals his priorities as new Liberal Democrat leader

Fri, 07/08/2015

New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today launched his seven campaigning priorities for Parliament.

Tim Farron: Government ignoring Calais humanitarian crisis

Wed, 05/08/2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron visited the Jules Ferry refugee camp in Calais yesterday (Tuesday 4 August) to learn about the humanitarian work of the UNHCR and Medicins du Monde.

Farron contrasts Obama's clean energy plans with Cameron's

Mon, 03/08/2015

As President Obama's announcement of a clean power plan was hailed as the strongest action on climate change by a US president, Tim Farron has found the Conservatives' plans regressive.

Tim Farron responds to PM's "migrant swarm" comment

Thu, 30/07/2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has responded to the Prime Minister's remarks on the Calais migrant crisis. David Cameron said today that the UK will not become a "safe haven" for a "swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean".

New Lib Dem spokespeople announced

Wed, 29/07/2015

Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats’ lack diversity at the top of the party – by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party’s history to lead the party's fightback.

Lord Sewel shows system is rotten to the core

Tue, 28/07/2015

Politicians from across the political spectrum should seize the opportunity to overhaul the House of Lords once and for all, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.

Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Fri, 24/07/2015

In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient. 

Tim Farron savages Labour & Tories over Welfare Bill

Wed, 22/07/2015

Tim Farron savages Labour and Tories over Welfare Bill in maiden speech as leader.

Tim Farron writes to Harriet Harman on the Welfare Bill

Tue, 21/07/2015

Today Tim Farron has written to Harriet Harman, calling on Labour to stand with the Liberal Democrats in opposing Tory welfare cuts.

His letter comes a day after 184 Labour MPs abstained on the Government's Welfare Bill, which includes £12bn worth of ideological cuts, which the Liberal Democrats opposed in Coalition, and continue to oppose now. A copy of Tim's letter is below.

Tim Farron: Lib Dems will oppose Welfare Bill

Mon, 20/07/2015

Newly-elected leader Tim Farron has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats will vote against the Government's Welfare Bill. 

Eid-ul-Fitr 2015: A message from the Lib Dems

Fri, 17/07/2015

Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton sends greetings to Muslims everywhere at Eid-ul-Fitr.

Three by election wins great news for #LibDemFightback

Fri, 17/07/2015

Three by elections victories - one hold and two gains from both Labour and Conservatives - are an encouraging boost for the #LibDemFightback.

Tim Farron elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Thu, 16/07/2015

We are delighted to announce that Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

In an all-member ballot for the leadership, 56% of members voted with the result revealed this afternoon. 

Leadership Election Update

Thu, 16/07/2015

Today the votes will are being counted in the Lib Dem leadership election. We expect to announce the result on Twitter and Facebook at around 5pm, but you won't see any updates whilst the count is in progress. 

Lib Dems set to defeat David Cameron on ‘Votes at 16’

Wed, 15/07/2015

Liberal Democrats could pave the way for 16-year-olds to vote in local council elections as David Cameron is expected to face a further defeat in the House of Lords on Wednesday.

Government changes will encourage cycle of poverty warns Mike German

Mon, 13/07/2015

Mike German will today demand a halt to controversial changes to housing benefit that could see more people pushed towards food banks and payday loans and could increase homelessness.