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The Liberal Democrats are campaigning for a Britain which is Open, Tolerant and United - enabling every person to get on in life.


The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.


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  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems respond to Govt scrapping smart train tickets scheme

    Responding to reports the government's scheme to expand smart ticketing on busy rail lines has been scrapped, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said:

    "I have repeatedly pressed Ministers on this project and received evasive answers.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems: Corbyn can't lead his party, let alone the country


    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can't lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Jackie Pearcey will "step up campaign" in Manchester Gorton


    The Liberal Democrats have said they will now step up their campaign in Manchester Gorton after it was revealed that the election will now take place on June 8th, subject to approval by the House of Commons.

    Liberal Democrat Candidate for Manchester Gorton Jackie Pearcey said:

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Farron on TV debates: What is Theresa May scared of?


    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Tim Farron said:

    "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

    "The British people deserve to hear party leaders set out their plans and debate them publicly. But the Prime Minister has refused to take part in televised leaders' debates.

    "The Prime Minister and I, back in 1992, debated publicly, forcibly and amicably when we were both candidates together.

    "Indeed, the Prime Minister called out the then incumbent who did not show up for some of those debates.

    "Why will she not publicly debate these issues now - what is she scared of?"

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Rudd must not shirk duty to protect UK firms facing cyber attacks


    Commenting on a government survey out today showing nearly half of British businesses discovered at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the past year,

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:

    "Cyber attacks present a serious and increasing threat to businesses requiring a concerted and international response.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Not a single online VAT fraudster prosecuted despite £1.5bn cost to taxpayer


    Online VAT fraud cost the taxpayer between £1 billion and £1.5 billion last year but not a single prosecution has taken place, according to an investigation by the National Audit Office.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said:

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Farron: PM is bottling the debates - broadcasters should empty chair her


    Commenting on reports that Theresa May has bottled the election debates, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "The Prime Minister's attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the public in contempt.

    "The British people deserve to see their potential leaders talking about the future of our country.

    "I expect the broadcasters to do the right thing, don't let the Conservatives call the shots. If the Prime Minister won't attend - empty chair her - Corbyn can defend her position as they seem to vote the same on these matters. You have a moral duty to hold these debates.

    "I believe this election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want Britain to have a decent opposition. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united - this is your chance. You need to vote Liberal Democrat."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems now double the size of 2015

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign has got off to a flying start as new members have seen the party double in size since May 2015.

    In the short time since the snap General Election was announced the Liberal Democrats have gained over 2,500 new members.

    Commenting on the surge Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    "Thousands of people up and down the country are joining the Liberal Democrats so that we can send a message to Theresa May and the Conservative Brexit Government that we do not want a hard Brexit.

    "In this General Election it is clear that only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems gain 1000 members in first hour of GE 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have gained 1000 new members since Theresa May announced a snap General Election.

    In the first hour following the announcement the party saw a surge in membership as people flocked to support the party and change the direction of the country away from the Conservatives' disastrous hard Brexit.

    Membership of the party has boomed and the number of members is the highest of this Century.

    President of the Liberal Democrats, Sal Brinton, said:

    "This is a time when liberals must stand together, and people across the country are doing just that.

    "The surge in our membership proves that the Liberal Democrats are seen as the real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

    "While Theresa May is seeking to divide the country, the Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain Open, Tolerant and United."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Farron on the general election: "This is your chance to change the direction of your country"


    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    'Barista visas' proposal shows May must wake up and smell the coffee

    Commenting on reports the Government is looking at proposals to introduce 'barista visas' for European citizens after Brexit, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "Barista visas sounds like a piece of political satire, but tragically this is actually being taken seriously by our Brexit government.

    "It's time for Theresa May to wake up and smell the coffee. Our hospitals, care homes and housebuilding industry all rely on hard-working citizens from the EU.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    "Aircraft carrier diplomacy is not what the world needs" - Tim Farron

    Commenting on the escalation in tensions between America and North Korea, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "Almost without knowing it, the world is stumbling into incredibly dangerous times.

    "If Theresa May and Boris Johnson really do have any influence with their great friend in the White House they need to make clear that aircraft carrier diplomacy is not what the world needs.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday


    Commenting on reports that Donald Trump's visit to the UK may impact the running of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "The Royal Parks Half Marathon is a huge event for thousands of runners, their friends and families. So many charities are supported by those taking part and it has become a renowned event that must go ahead.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Revelation that ministers realise Brexit a mistake - Farron responds

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has seized on revelations from Ireland's top Brexit official that the British government now realises Brexit is a mistake.

    John Callinan, the Republic's most senior Brexit official, is quoted as saying that British ministers now recognise privately that Brexit is "an act of great self-harm", and that their strategy has become one of "minimising that self-harm". From his frequent exchanges with British ministers and officials, Callinan also reveals that the Conservative government is deeply divided on Brexit.

    Tim Farron said:

    "These reports confirm what many of us have suspected. The Liberal Democrats have warned from the get go that Brexit is a monumental act of self-harm.

    "The Chancellor is clearly terrified as he wonders how on earth he can possibly fill an estimated £200bn Brexit black hole in the UK economy over the next 15 years.

    "The scandal is why Theresa May is still blindly pursuing a hard Brexit when she knows the evidence is now overwhelming that you can't have a hard Brexit and a successful economy, or the decent public services that rely on wealth creation.

    "The question now is whether Theresa May is prepared to do the right thing and face down the Brexit ultras in her cabinet. That is the only way she can keep Britain open, tolerant and united."

    Link to story in The Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/british-government-realises-brexit-is-a-mistake-official-says-1.3048046

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