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Why you should think about submitting an amendment to a Conference motion

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:25:46 +0000

Liberal Democrat Spring Conference takes place in Southport in just two and a half weeks’ time. Party members will be discussing policy motions on the NHS at 70, party strategy, housing, Brexit, education and rural communities. You might want to take note  that the deadline for submitting amendments is 1pm on Tuesday 6th March so […]

LibLink: Liz Barker: We have a crisis in our charity sector

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:55:15 +0000

Writing for Politics Home about her Lords question on the issues facing charities at the moment, Liz Barker said that Oxfam did not deserve the “monitoring” it was getting at the moment as it had taken action to deal with the unacceptable and inexcusable behaviour of a small number of its members of staff. The […]

Anthony Lester steps aside from Lib Dem Lords group amid allegations of sexual harassment

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:59:04 +0000

Many newspapers report this morning that 81 year old Lib Dem Peer Anthony Lester has stepped down from the Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords while an investigation takes place by the Lords Standards Commissioner into allegations of sexual harassment. From the Guardian: The commissioner for standards lists the peer as the subject […]

Davey: Government must look at evidence on medicinal use of cannabis

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:57:45 +0000

The Government’s refusal to grant a licence for the medicinal use of cannabis to 6 year old Alfie Dingley has been in the news this week. His mother says that when he was given the drug in the Netherlands, under the supervision of paediatricians there, his Epilepsy improved. Ed Davey called on the Government to […]

Remembering the SDP

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:52:15 +0000

The events that led to the formation of the SDP were also formative years for me as a very young man becoming fascinated with politics. I can recall Roy Jenkins giving the Dimbleby Lecture and the Labour party conference of 1980 when the left won every vote on key issues such as Europe and Defence. […]

A Canvasser’s Dilemma: “Hello, Mr Smith”

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:55:27 +0000

Knock, Knock!  Door opens… “Hello Mr Smith, my name is Tahir.  We are out today …” Mr Smith: Let me ask you a question. A Labour guy and the Tory bloke came last week and promised the same things.  What is it that makes you Lib Dems different or more caring and able to deliver […]

Layla Moran: I almost left the Lib Dems over tuition fees

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:25:57 +0000

Yesterday, Layla Moran talked to Julia Hartley-Brewer about that difficult issue of tuition fees. Referring to the Lib Dem nightmare on the subject, she said that it was horrible and that she had almost left the party over the failure of our MPs to keep the pledge not to vote for any increase in tuition […]

20 years on from the “Bolton Seven” case

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:36 +0000

On 12th January 1998 seven men from Bolton were convicted under sexual offences legislation that clearly discriminated between gay sex and heterosexual sex. I phoned the office of Liberal Democrat MP, Dr Evan Harris, to alert him to the plight of these men and he agreed to help their cause. Evan tabled Early Day Motion […]

Cable on Davis speech: Brexit Secretary Secretary makes strong case for staying in the EU

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:30:03 +0000

In a speech tomorrow, Brexit Secretary David Davis will demand that the UK’s regulatory standards are accepted across the EU post-Brexit. He will ask for “mutual recognition” and “close, even-handed co-operation”. Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: David Davis might as well be making the case for staying in the EU. He appears to […]

Liberal ideas for the future of Leeds – new book in a ninety year-old tradition

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:40:24 +0000

The Leeds Yellow Book 2018: Essays on a Liberal Future for Leeds, was launched on Friday 16th February, in a packed venue by Lord Dick Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Honorary Leeds Alderman Michael Meadowcroft, Liv Powell of Leeds Young Liberals and Ian MacFadyen (all pictured above at the […]

What more do we need to try to do to persuade the British people to vote to stay in the EU?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:10:12 +0000

It seems to me that our position on Remaining in the EU is that people will see that we will be worse off outside the EU than in it. When they see the deal which is negotiated, they will have their ‘Road to Damascus’ moment and a significant proportion of the British will want to […]

Layla Moran: Conservatives are abdicating their responsibilities on sex education

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:38:05 +0000

In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions to pupils’ rights to sex education. In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening. Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance […]

Willie Rennie: It’s time for pro EU progressives in Labour to speak out

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:46:04 +0000

This week, Willie Rennie gave a keynote speech to the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh. He said that all pro-Europeans must step up and called on particularly those supporters of the Labour Party who oppose Corbyn’s position to join with us to campaign against Brexit. I know many in the Labour Party feel very frustrated […]

Lib Dem Jobwatch Special – Head of Membership and Engagement – closes tomorrow

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:21:42 +0000

The party is looking for a new Head of Membership and Engagement to help build a stronger relationship between the party and its members. It’s a full time post based in London. You need to apply by tomorrow, though. Here are the details of the post: Reporting to the Director for People, the Head of […]

Campbell: May’s speech shows that staying in the EU is best for Britain’s security

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:30:55 +0000

Lord Menzies Campbell gave the Lib Dem reaction to Theresa May’s speech on post-Brexit security: Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives. This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism. She could have shown willingness to compromise on […]

Action needed in Scotland to help terminally ill homeless people

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:00:13 +0000

Last week, Ed Davey introduced a Bill which, if it passes, would ensure that terminally ill people who are homeless are given the housing and end of life care to ensure that they die with as much dignity and comfort as possible. Ed’s bill only applies to England. I thought I would have a look […]

Voting reform is vital for a more diverse Parliament

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:55:06 +0000

When Sal Brinton and I did the Hungry for Democracy fast last week, we did it to raise awareness of why we need a different voting system for Westminster so that we can get the Parliament we ask for. Also in our minds was the fact that proportional voting systems give much more potential for […]

Campbell and Davey: Three things May must say in Munich

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:30:27 +0000

The Liberal Democrats set out what they want Theresa May to say this weekend in order to secure a safe future for the UK in the face of Brexit. There always seems to be three things on any Lib Dem action plan on any leaflet you might care to mention so it’s no surprise that the […]

Vince Cable wishes you a Happy New Year!

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:23:23 +0000

Embed from Getty Images Vince Cable says: I would like to wish a Happy New Year to our friends and members of the Chinese community in the UK and to all who celebrate Lunar New Year during this time of year. May it be a time of great joy and celebration with family and friends. […]

No love lost on the road to Brexit

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:55:44 +0000

Vince’s Valentine’s Day column for Times Red Box contrasted the consistency of the Liberal Democrats on Brexit with the split Labour and Conservative parties. He said that our party was “open to refugees.” For some MPs, I do anticipate that the myopia of the Labour and Conservative parties could drive them away from their folds. […]