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Latest News from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Feb 21, 2019

    We have been calling for a realignment of politics for decades. I have welcomed the courageous move by 11 Members of Parliament to sit as independents. We now must seize the moment and maximise this opportunity to reshape British politics.

    Those MPs who have defected to the newly formed "Independent Group" come from different political traditions to our own. We should respect them for being honest about the fact that their former parties no longer articulate their values. Thankfully, our party, is different and still articulates the values that we have always held. In the politics of Brexit, we agree on a lot and have a shared desire to see a People's Vote. We shall cooperate in achieving that.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2019

    Today I'm supporting a Private Members' bill to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

    For me this is about the pride of we can all get from work - it's not just what we do, often it can define who we are.

    As it stands, people seeking asylum who make it to Britain are only allowed to work after twelve months after submitting their claim for asylum and only if they can fill a job on the government's very narrow shortage occupation list (like ballet dancer, or nuclear waste decomissioner).

  • Caroline Voaden
    Article: Feb 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for nearly three years now to stop Brexit - a policy that we believe will damage the United Kingdom for generations.

    Today Sarah Wollaston MP left the Conservative Party because of its shift to the right and the government's 'disastrous handling of Brexit'.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2019

    The numbers don't lie. 2019 presents the biggest set of local elections for the Lib Dems in several years. Many of those candidates will be under the age of 26. That's where we come in.

    I'm Charlie, campaigns officer for the Young Liberals - the party's youth and student wing. We want to see more young people getting elected - and that's why today we launched Young and Winning 2019.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2019

    Do you want to get our Brexit message to voters in your area? Check out our new bulk buy deals to find out how.

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  • Paul Andrews
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    Dr Paul Andrews has been a South Devon based GP for the last twelve years. He moved nearer to the family home in Devon after eight years of service as a Medical Officer in the RAF. As a civilian he has worked in the Devonport Royal Naval dockyard and with each of the Plymouth based Royal Marine Commando units. He has also worked as a local GP and in NHS hospitals.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2019

    Today, 7 MPs left Labour to form an independent group. I felt they were brave and said I hoped we'd be able to work together.

    What I didn't say is I felt the answer to many of their reasons for leaving are addressed right here, with the Liberal Democrats.

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    Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Charlotte Power

    A fuel poverty charity has raised concerns about the number of people dying due to not being able to afford heating. National Energy Action has estimated that there were 60 "excess" deaths in the Totnes constituency last winter that could be attributed to the weather and that 30% of these deaths were directly due to people not being able to afford adequate heating at home.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    Today 7 Labour MPs have left their party to become Independents.

    It's not unexpected, or unwelcome. In part, they've been pushed to this by Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to respect his party's policy on Brexit.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2019

    Every May, there are local elections in the UK, to elect the councillors that local after our local communities.

    In the Liberal Democrats, we're committed to making sure this year's local elections produce the biggest gains ever, returning hard-working Liberal Democrat councillors to town halls right across England.