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Tim Farron has accused Liam Fox of being a “second class Cabinet Minister enjoying First Class travel around the world,” after the International Trade Secretary was forced into an embarassing climbdown during a speech today at the WTO. It had been reported earlier this week that the International Trade Secretary would use his speech to […]

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The Daily Mirror reports, today union leaders lined up to praise Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s pledge for a £10-an-hour minimum wage . Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This will be music to the ears” – we now live in hope for a return to ‘beer and sandwiches…” But the Lib Dems were less impressed. […]

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Commenting on claims Clive Lewis’ key note speech on Trident was changed today at the last minute, Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson Baroness Judith Jolly said: “Labour’s defence policy has literally hit a brick wall. “Perhaps they should follow the Liberal Democrats in adopting policies openly and democratically, not by openly changing the auto-cue at the […]

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The Guardian today reported that the Labour party strengthened its opposition to fracking, saying it would ban the controversial technique for extracting shale gas if it came to power. Speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool, shadow energy and climate secretary Barry Gardiner is to announce the party will be going further than its previous policy […]

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Tim Farron’s Conference Speech

by Steve Beasant on 20 September, 2016

Below is the final version of Tim Farron‘s speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today. Preston Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we’re best at, is confounding expectations. We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and […]

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Lib Dems Launch National Consultation on Brexit

by Steve Beasant on 20 September, 2016

The Liberal Democrats are today launching a National Consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities. All Lib Dem parliamentary candidates will contact businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns. Launching the initiative Dick Newby, Lib Dem Leader in the Lords, said: “This […]

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Sal Brinton Conference Speech

by Steve Beasant on 20 September, 2016

Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will give a speech today to members on the final day of the party’s Autumn Conference. She will say Good morning, Conference. Here we are, constitutional amendments concluded – how will we all manage next week without the excitement? But seriously, I want to thank you for your […]

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Disgrace that Britain refusing to help child refugees

by Steve Beasant on 20 September, 2016

The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference. The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from […]

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Tories turning lights off on green economy

by Steve Beasant on 20 September, 2016

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government’s green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point. The Government’s own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector. The Liberal Democrats are […]

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In her speech to conference today, Susan Kramer set out how we can build an economy fit for the future and attacked the Conservatives for only standing up for the wealthy elite and Labour for failing to offer a credible economic alternative. Find out more: Today, Susan Kramer spoke at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in […]

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