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As Liberal Democrats, we do not believe that political decisions should be made on the basis of whether you are male or female, whether you were born into a wealthy family, where you were born, the colour of your skin, your sexuality, whether you speak English or Welsh, whether you are 'working class', 'middle class', or 'upper class', whether you went to the 'right' school, or whether you know the 'right people'.

Liberal Democrats stand for a fair, free and open society.

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  • Nick Hopkinson
    Article: Jun 30, 2016
    By Nick Hopkinson in Lib Dem Voice

    Tim Farron has rightly pledged we should campaign to take Britain back into the EU in the next general election. Should the election take place earlier than expected, we may still be an EU member, and should propose to withdraw from the Article 50 process.

    In either case, it would not be politically credible to advocate reinstating or maintaining EU membership without proposing major domestic initiatives on immigration. The overall Remain campaign failed to a considerable degree because it did not factor in concerns, whether real or imagined, about immigration. The voices of the, largely, English hinterland must be heeded. Any Lib Dem call to rejoin or remain in the EU should therefore be accompanied by proposals to alleviate the perceived and in many cases, real, impact of immigration.

  • The Treaty of Lisbon Signing in 2007 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Tratado_de_Lisboa_13_12_2007_(04).jpg&oldid=159752582)
    Article: Jun 28, 2016

    In an article published this week the UK Constitutional Law Association discusses who can give formal notice to the EU of the UK's intention to withdraw under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. They argue that this right rests solely with parliament and not with the government as both a matter of UK and EU law. Now is the time to lobby your MP to vote against a hasty and irreversible triggering of Article 50.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.

    Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    Tim Farron has now said that in any upcoming national election he will promise to rejoin the European Union.

    The economic uncertainty will affect jobs, people's homes and livelihoods.

    The Liberal Democrats accept the result of the referendum but plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.

    Tim Farron said:

    "For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down.

    "The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.

    "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    I am devastated and I am angry. Today we woke to a deeply divided country.

    Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept.

    An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Speaking following the referendum result, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "I'm devastated and I am angry. Today we wake to a deeply divided country.

    "Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I share.

    "Young people voted to remain by a considerable margin, but were out voted. They were voting for their future, yet it has been taken from them.

  • Charlotte Crane
    Article: Jun 21, 2016
    By Charlotte Cane

    On 10 June Charlotte Crane delivered the following speech to a local audience as part of a debate on Britain's future in Europe. We reproduce it here with Charlotte's permission:

    Thank you all for coming this evening to discuss whether or not we should remain in the European Union.

    For me there are many reasons to remain in the Union, but the three most important are:

  • Article: Jun 17, 2016

    Dear Friend,

    This morning with my kids all I could think about was the family who've woken up with their lives changed forever.

    Yesterday a mum, who left home to do her job to serve her constituents, was cruelly and brutally taken from them. Her husband and their children are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Paddy Ashdown have paid tribute to Jo Cox MP who was murdered this afternoon.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am utterly heartbroken at the news of the death of Jo Cox. This is a devastating attack on our peaceful society. An attack on an elected representative is an attack on everyone.

  • North Yorkshire activists against fracking
    Article: Jun 15, 2016

    York Conference Spring 2016, Motion F6,

    updating Party Policy on Fracking

    Conference applauds the international agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, in which 195 countries agreed to act to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2oC, and if possible to below 1.5oC, above pre-industrial temperatures.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2016

    Commenting on the allegations of abuse by Clement Freud, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "These allegations are horrific. We are desperately sorry to learn that lives have been ruined by a man whose public face was so greatly at odds to his true character. It has clearly taken a lot of courage for these women to speak out, after a lifetime of having to hide it.