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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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Latest News

  • Article: Oct 10, 2015

    It doesn't match the Highland UA result but there was still more good news for the LibDems in major by-elections. In the Goldsworth East Ward of Woking BC LibDem James Sanderson held off a Conservative challenge to hold the seat increasing his vote share by 13.9%. Sadly, in Goldsworth West, LibDem Tina Liddington failed by just 18 votes to equal that success. In both elections the UKIP vote fell back to about 10% of votes cast. In the Sandford and Wittenham Ward of South Oxfordshire DC the LibDems increased their vote by 16.4% [all other parties lost vote share] but it wasn't quite enough for LD Simon Thompson to win. And finally, in the Totnes Ward of South Hams DC the Greens hung on by just 12 votes from LD John Birch despite John increasiing his share by 12.6%.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2015


    "The Liberal Democrats have won a by-election in Highland Council's Aird and Loch Ness ward. Jean Davis narrowly defeated her closest rival SNP candidate Emma Knox.

    The by-election in the ward, which is represented by four councillors, was triggered by Drew Hendry's election as an MP for the SNP in May. He was elected as the new MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, the seat previously held by Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. The turnout was 32.35%. [see more]

  • Article: Oct 9, 2015

    At a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference Matthew Hancock defended the different rates of minimum wage for under & over 25yr olds proposed by George Osborne in his summer budget. Hancock said: "This was an active policy choice. Youth unemployment, whilst falling quite sharply, is still a long way above the unemployment rate for the over 25s. Anybody who has employed people knows that younger people, especially in their first jobs, are not as productive, on average. Now there are some who are very productive under the age of 25 but you have to set policy for the average. It was an active choice not to cover the under 25s."

  • Article: Oct 8, 2015

    In our post yesterday we noted that Osborne had committed the Government to a like for like Trident replacement and discussed the merits of that decision. Cameron in his speech to the Tory faithful re-iterate Tory defence ideology. Both took the opportunity to deride Jeremy Corbyn on the issue. So lets look at 'Defence'. The Tories dominated The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in coalition and cut defence spending in real terms by 8% causing an estimated 20 - 30% reduction in military combat capabilities.[see more]

  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    Michael Fallon, in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference said: "For 46 years our deterrent has been deployed every hour of every day. Anyone thinking of ending this unbroken patrol has to be absolutely certain that no nuclear threats will emerge in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s. I'm not prepared to take that gamble so we will ask MPs of all parties to put national security first and support building four new ballistic missile submarines. And we won't let any coalition of left-wing Labour MPs and the SNP stop us." He then went on to say that ISIL is the most serious threat to Britain in a generation. That is very possibly true but what he forgot to do was say how new ballistic missile submarines [usually called Trident replacement] could possibly be of any use against ISIL. Use your imagination. Can you think of any possible use for Trident against that 'greatest threat in a generation' ? If you can please tell us. [see more]

  • Article: Oct 7, 2015

    The Conservatives are moaning that Manchester police have failed to provide adequate security for their conference. Oh wow. Who is paying for the massive security that is being provided? The Conservative party from its multi million pound donors? We believe their General Election budget was about £19m. Or the council tax payers of Manchester? Anyone know & what the security has cost? Meanwhile in today's Blackpool Gazette the Chief Constable of Lancashire, faced with losing another 400 officers as a result of cuts, has issued a stark warning about being unable to cope with policing demands. Also meanwhile the Tories are busy telling us that only they 'will keep us safe'. Let us hope that at the first electoral opportunity the voters will have woken up to the enormity of the mistake they made on 7th May and decimate the Tory vote.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2015

    In his speech to the Tory party Conference yesterday (5th October) George Osborne made it abundantly clear that he & his party see the ordinary voter as either a worker or a shirker. Disabled came up only once: [he said it was the Tories in the past] That gave equal votes to women…… and equal rights to disabled people. Oh Yeah ! Disability discrimination laws developed in the 1990s The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) originally came into force in 1995 and it was significantly amended and extended over the following 15 years,in 2009 the UK ratified the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities. The Equality Act took over from the DDA in 2010. The Conservatives were not in power from 1997. But hey let's grab all the credit eh George.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2015

    Following on from our story on Saturday 3rd Oct about academies, the previous day's Blackpool Gazette headlined that the Government FORCED the merger of Collegiate High School with Bispham High School to create an 'Academy'. Under the Academies Act of 2010 Councils do NOT inherit the debts of schools that CHOOSE to become academies. But if they are forced to by Government, often against the wishes of everyone else involved, the local authority becomes liable for school debts and the cost of 'conversion'. In the case of these Blackpool schools about £1.5m and £0.5m respectively. Tory idea of democracy & power to the people = " If you do as we tell you that's OK. If not you'll get punished". They are doing it all over again with the crazy idea that selling Housing Association Homes at a discount to the market will help the affordable housing crisis. ( More on that later - especially in the light of Osborne's speech to the Tory Conference where he re-affirmed his determination to force those sales through - even though they are not the Governments to sell). David Simmons, chairman of the Local Government Association childrens & young peoples board said " It is not fair that some schools are burdenrd with a deficit while other schools can walk away & leave that debt behind at the detriment of other schools in the community". Blackpool, one of the poorest Unitary Authority's in Britain, has had £96m cut from its budget over the last five years. Speechifying to the failthful George stressed that the Tories were on the side of working people and we really are all in together. Don't be fooled by a smooth & forked tongue.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2015

    Some history. Academies are state-maintained but independently-run schools in England set up with the help of outside sponsors. They have more freedoms than schools under local authority control. The brainchild of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, academies were established in 2000 to drive up standards by replacing failing schools in struggling inner city & rural local authorities. By the change of Government in May 2010 out of the 24,000 schools in England, 202 were academies. Labour had planned for 400. [see more]

  • Local MP Tim Farron has been able to secure a place for Dent Brewery’s Aviator ale in the House of Commons 'Strangers' bar.
    Article: Sep 28, 2015

    When the Tory Government talks about the importance of 'Business' it means the big businesses that can, and often do, make big donations to the Conservative Party. The REAL business economy are those employing from just one (self employed) to say 19 people- some five million businesses. This is where Liberal Democrat business priorities lie. [see more below]

A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country Income Tax Halved for Someone on the Minimum Wage