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  • brexit 1
    Article: Mar 16, 2017
    By Mark Pack in Liberal Democrat Newswire

    For the last few weeks, I've been running an online survey for Liberal Democrat members into what the party's line should be on Brexit and whether the party should cooperate with other parties to oppose it, even up to the stage of formal election pacts.

    Before giving you more details than in the headline, it's worth adding the usual notes of caution about such surveys. Although the sample was large (1,656 after removing attempted entries that failed the security checks), it was self-selecting. The combination of careful security checks and weighting made my 2015 survey on the Lib Dem leadership contest almost spot on and more accurate than other predictions. This time round, thanks to the huge membership growth making it hard to ascertain what the correct weighting targets would be, I have not done similar weighting although the results look to be solid across the obvious possible distortions. Consider it more, however, a collection of large-scale qualitative feedback, such as judging how party conference reacts to a controversial statement in a leader's speech, than a fully-fledged opinion poll.

    So with those caveats out the way, here are the key results:

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Mar 4, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    This week, Tim Farron gave a speech on clean energy and its potential to boost Britain's economy.

    Watch it here.

    This is the full text.

    It's possible that there are varying views in this room on the wisdom or otherwise of the UK leaving the EU and indeed of the UK leaving single market.

    Catastrophic scenarios about both are presented and then ridiculed and we get to the point of no one trusting experts anymore.

  • Dick Newby
    Article: Mar 4, 2017

    The Lib Dem Lords have made some cracking contributions to the debate on the Article 50 Bill. Ahead of its next Lords stages, we're bringing you all the Lib Dem contributions over the course of this week. That's no mean feat. There were 32 of them and cover more than 30,000 words. You are not expected to read every single one of them as they appear. Nobody's going to be testing you or anything. However, they will be there to refer to in the future at Brexit.

  • Event: Apr 3, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    The Piggery, 8 Rectory Avenue, Wollaton, NG8 2AL

    Policy discussion group meets 10 times a year to discuss local policy areas which can be formulated into motions to be voted on by local members. This is a great opportunity to influence and contribute to local party policy. New members and ideas welcome.

    WHEN: 1st Monday of the month from 6:30pm

    WHERE: The Piggery, 8 Rectory Avenue, Wollaton, NG8 2AL

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017
    The Nottingham Labour city council leader has accused the Nottingham Post of being "click bait"
    Barry Holliday, prospective parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South, said:
    "The Post is the only daily, local, printed, sold to the public newspaper left in Nottingham and it supports local businesses, local arts, our local communities and our great city. Its a pity our council leader doesn't see the benefit to us all of an independent, local press.
  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    Dear Lilian Greenwood,

    We are from different political parties. However, I believe not only that when we disagree we should do so respectfully but also that when we agree we shouldn't be afraid to be open about it.

    Last night MPs voted overwhelmingly to pass the Brexit bill to a second reading. This was not a great surprise to anyone, but for those of us who are liberal, internationalist and European it was a blow nonetheless.

  • Barry Holliday
    Article: Dec 17, 2016
    By Barry Holliday

    Local Lib Dem Barry Holliday has reacted with shock that Remain supporting Labour MP Lilian Greenwood voted last week for the triggering of Article 50 before April 2017.

    Barry, Lib Dem Prospective Candidate for Nottingham South said: "Labour are meant to be the official opposition yet they won't even force the Government to give people a say on what sort of Brexit we get. There are so many potential paths to take. We had a say on leaving and we should have a say on the destination.

  • Barchart011216
    Article: Dec 11, 2016

    By-election shock as Lib Dems surge to historic victory

    Liberal Democrat support is growing across the country as they show they are now the only party standing up against hard Brexit and for a properly funded NHS.

    At a parliamentary by election on 1st December the Lib Dems sent the strongest possible message to Mrs May's Conservatives by overturning a huge 23,000 vote majority to take Richmond Park. A few weeks previously the Lib Dems gave the Tories a fright in Witney, one of the 'safest' Tory seats previously held by former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

  • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
    Article: Dec 11, 2016

    Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2016
    By BY SIMONE VAN BEEK ON DECEMBER 02, 2016 in www.libdems.org.uk

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2016
    By William Powell, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council in Eurofile

    Reassuring EU Nationals in the UK - 'not only common decency but also common sense'

    William Powell considers the issue of the many thousands of workers in the UK who had no vote in the Brexit Referendum - but who are living with its consequences

    Quantifying the problem of hate crime

    Over the summer, I received several disturbing reports ranging from school yard taunting of the children of EU nationals about 'returning home' post Brexit right through to criminal damage of commercial premises. In the light of this, I took the opportunity to ask Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader of Powys County Council, a question on reported incidents of hate crime at Full Council last month. Given the need to keep our communities secure, tolerant and welcoming, I asked what specific measures are being promoted within the Powys Public Service Board, to combat intolerance and prejudice, in furtherance of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This followed a useful meeting that Cllr Thomas and I had with newly elected Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llewelyn, at the Royal Welsh Show.

  • Barry Holliday
    Page: Oct 16, 2016

    Suspended Labour Councillor has been paid £6k and attended one meeting must resign

    Nottingham's Liberal Democrats have hit out at a local councillor who has attended just one meeting in the last six months. Cllr Ilyas Aziz, who was suspended from the Labour Party in April for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook attended a meeting in September, the first time since his suspension.

Lib Dem by-election wins 2016-17

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