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I want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future. I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote […]

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Statement on the Lib Dem Leadership Election

by Steve Beasant on 20 July, 2017

A statement from Sal Brinton at the Conclusion of the Leadership Election With the resignation of Tim Farron on 14th June a leadership election was called to find our next leader to take our party forward. Vince Cable has been the leading candidate throughout and has been unanimously supported by our MPs and has had […]

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Responding to the government’s announcement that the state pension age will rise to 68, Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Lloyd said: “If the government wants to make people work later, it is even more important to protect the triple lock. “Once people finally do retire they must be able to do so without […]

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The Liberal Democrats have described new figures showing the gender pay gap amongst highly paid employees at the BBC as a “wake-up call.” Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women. Only five women are in the top 20 and one […]

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The proportion of private renters who said affordability was the main barrier increased from 56% in 2008-09 to 70% in 2015-16 3 in a 100 people now languish on a waiting list for a council house for 10 years or more 258,000 people now live in overcrowded accommodation Shocking new data, released today shows that […]

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The government has published a Brexit position paper confirming plans to leave Euratom, but has not given any details on how the transition to a UK nuclear regulator will be made. Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb MP, the newly elected Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, commented: “This paper raises more questions than it […]

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OBR warns of £36bn Brexit hit to public finances

by Steve Beasant on 13 July, 2017

The Office for Budgetary Responsibility issues a stark warning about Brexit The Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) has warned that even a small hit to productivity caused by Brexit could cause a £97bn hit to the UK economy in the long-term, reducing tax receipts by £36 billion. The OBR report also describes future tax receipts as being “particularly vulnerable” […]

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Commenting on the today’s Ministerial statement into the main findings of the Home Office’s internal review into the nature, scale and origin of the funding of Islamist extremist activity in the UK, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “The bottom line is that this report still remains unpublished.  The government hoped to sneak out what […]

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Speaking today in the House of Commons on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP called on the Government to introduce compulsory electrical safety tests in all rented homes to protect tenants. The checks would be required every 5 years, in line with the requirements for gas checks, and paid […]

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Commenting on EU’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier’s press conference today in Brussels, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Theresa May has created a callous level of uncertainty for British citizens currently resident in the EU. “Instead of proposing mutually beneficial terms, May’s proposal has put the futures of millions of Brits across the continent […]

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