Liberal Democrat news

Deal reached to end roaming charges in EU by 2017

Tue, 30/06/2015

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.

Liberal Democrat response to Conservative plans to change child poverty target

Wed, 24/06/2015

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

Making progress in Tower Hamlets

Tue, 23/06/2015

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


Sal Brinton's message for Ramadan 2015

Tue, 23/06/2015

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

Tories doomed to failure on drugs laws

Tue, 23/06/2015

Liberal Democrats have 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.

Conference first timer?

Mon, 22/06/2015

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.

Liberal Democrats warn that 2 million people could lose the right to vote

Fri, 19/06/2015

The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to rule out scrapping safeguards that could lead to two million people falling off the electoral roll.

EU leads largest ever international operation against wildlife crime

Fri, 19/06/2015

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has congratulated Europol and law enforcement agencies across the EU for conducting the biggest ever international operation against the illegal wildlife trade.

Conservative wind farm plans are a threat to our environment

Fri, 19/06/2015

Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

Cllr Keith House writes: The new Housing Finance Institute can help Councils build homes

Wed, 17/06/2015

Britain needs to build more than 200,000 new homes each year. We’ve all said it so many times before. Yet we are falling short of this target.

That’s why the Housing Finance Institute (HFI) is being launched. To help to get the money to build the homes we need. The aims of the HFI are to increase housing supply across all tenures; to unlock opportunities for the public sector and to help business to deliver and finance housing.

Wallington South: Winning here again

Tue, 16/06/2015

We’re thrilled with our successful by-election result in Wallington South ward in Sutton. It feels good to be winning again, writes Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey.

And in case you’re thinking - hah! Sutton! Lib Dem held seat in Lib Dem run Council and in a Lib Dem MP’s constituency - easy peasy! Well, you’d be wrong.

Lib Dems storm to victory in Wallington South

Fri, 12/06/2015

The Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dems have achieved a brilliant win in the Wallington South by election.

David Bellotti (1943 -2015)

Thu, 11/06/2015

Former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastbourne, David Bellotti sadly passed away yesterday morning after battling an illness. 

UK drug laws no longer have any credibility

Tue, 09/06/2015

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Brian Paddick, has called for an overhaul of UK Drugs policy.

He said that the Government’s new Psychoactive Substances Bill “adds to the confusion and further undermines the credibility of UK drugs laws.”

Lib Dem leadership nominations close

Wed, 03/06/2015

Nominations closed this afternoon for the next leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Former Health Minister Norman Lamb and former party President Tim Farron have put themselves forward.

Nick Clegg's tribute to Charles Kennedy

Wed, 03/06/2015

In a dedicated Commons session for Charles Kennedy today, Nick Clegg reflected on Charles' wisdom, humour and courage.

Nick's speech is as follows:

Welsh Lib Dems lead debate in Wales on human rights

Wed, 03/06/2015

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are leading the debate in Wales on human rights, by calling on the National Assembly to unite against plans by the Tory UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. This follows on from the protest held in London to protect the Human Rights Act, which saw a huge Lib Dem turn out.

Charles Kennedy (1959-2015)

Tue, 02/06/2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.

Liberal Democrats will fight any attempt to weaken fundamental rights

Wed, 27/05/2015

Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

Tom Brake: the Human Rights Act

Tue, 26/05/2015

Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

Tom writes: