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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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  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    Where do you start at flushing out the disaster that was an overall Tory majority at the General Election? Apart from in the dying hours before politicians trotted off for their summer hols the Government has allowed bee killing pesticides to be used despite evidence that their ban caused no reduction in oil seed rape yield. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the plan to limit care home bills from next year to £72000 for the over 65's and for younger adults with disabilities has been delayed until 2020 - which is political jargon for abandoned. This was let out in a written statement to the House of Lords on a day the Commons was not sitting. A classic device for trying to dodge media coverage. In fairness Tory MP ( and General Practitioner) Sarah Wollaston, who is Chair of the Commons Select Committee on Health is sufficiently furious to write to Hunt and has described the decision as 'regrettable' .He can expect the Committee to grill him over it. It is made worse by the fact that some £100m has now been wasted on preparatory work for the policy which was a flagship Tory pre-election issue. Meanwhile Osborne's gimmick of raising the minimum wage is causing furthe grief to the vulnerable elderly. There are about 1.5m care home workers (most over 25) who certainly desrve a substantial increas in their current min. wage if we are to raise standards and prevent all too frequent abuse of residents. Social care accounts for some 35% of most local authority budgets. Those same authorities are seeing budgets slahed by about 37%. The local Government Association reckons that Osborne's wage plan will add £1bn to an existing cost shortfall of £1.1bn. Well done conjurer George.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2015

    Not content with hounding the BBC; trying to pull back from Freedom of Information; & much else the Tories twitchiness over criticism, and their general contempt for democracy, was shown up again by the criticism from the Tory dominated Treasury Select Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The IFS provided one of the few neutral voices in the run up to the general election. But, in the view of select committee chairman, Conservative MP for Chichester Andrew Tyrie, the IFS failed to adequately include George Osborne's minimum wage proposal in its review of the impact of the £12bn in welfare cuts. Not surprisingly this review showed that the impact would fall most heavily on those with lowest incomes. IFS Director, Paul Johnson was hauled over the coals by Tyrie and Co being told that: " [the IFS] exists to support committees like this". Oh really? So the new criteria for any academic group receiving funding from the Economic and Social Research Council is that it must now tailor its comments to suit the Tory Government? Academia beware. The rest of us be afraid, be very afraid.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Neil Houston successfully defended the Long Ditton ward of Elmbridge Borough Council at yesterday's by-election. Neil gathered 50.6% of the vote. Brilliant. We don't normally report Town & Parish Council elections - there are just too many. But there is always space for an exceptional performance which must go to 18yr old Liberal Democrat Isabelle Murray who yesterday wrested the Seaford Central ward seat on Seaford Town Council from the Conservatives. The future of our great party is assured with young people like Isabelle stepping up.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    A review of the Freedom of Information Act will be "open-minded", former Home Secretary Jack Straw has said. Mr Straw introduced the act in 2000 but his place on a panel examining its work has been criticised by campaigners. Jack Straw & Michael Howard amongst others, [including LibDem peer Lord Alex Carlile -someone has to do it] are on the review panel. Jack Straw? Michael Howard? Reviewing freedom of information of all topics? Another sign of how things are going backwards now the Liberal Democrats are no longer in government.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2015

    It is no secret that the Conservatives are madly enthusiastic for ' fracking ' - George Osborne's letter to ministers & others of September 2014 urging them to give support to the process is more than enough proof of that, and there is much else to support that statement. Doubtless emboldened by the fact that the Tories are now in sole charge of government it was announced today that Cuadrilla will appeal Lancashire County Council's refusal to grant planning permission for drilling at both Roseacre and Preston New Rd. Cuadrilla are likely to be even more encouraged that the decision will eventually go their way by the fact that, despite all the protests, Fylde's Conservative MP, Mark Menzies was returned with an INCREASED majority. It is understood that the appeal will go to the Planning Inspectorate, which is an Executive Agency of the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) the Secretary of State for which, since the election, is Conservative Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells

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    Article: Jul 21, 2015

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    Article: Jul 20, 2015

    On the evening of 16th July, following his election as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron [pictured] made an impassioned speech to a packed Islington Assembly Hall. You can access the video of the speech via the LibDem Voice website. The full text is also copied into the foot of this post.

    Tim paid tribute to his rival for the leadership, Norman Lamb. Congratulating Tim on his victory the former minister, said: "'This leadership election has energised and united our party, Tim Farron will be a passionate leader of our party, championing social justice and leading from the front in our campaign to rebuild the liberal voice in our country. I will give him my full backing." Tim reflected on Nick Cleggs inspirational resignation speech saying it made him feel so proud to be a Liberal and he noted that to date over 20000 people have felt the same way & joined the Liberal Democrats: " twenty thousand who are not prepared to see liberalism disappear in our country".

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015

    As if to celebrate the election of Tim Farron as Leader of the Liberal Democrats we had three magnificent results at major council by elections yesterday (16th July). In no order of importance LibDem Rob Walsh took the seat in the Llay Ward of Wrexham UA from Labour with 52.2% of the vote. LibDem Kevin Dixon took the Battle Town Ward of Rother DC from the Conservatives with 57.8 of the vote and LibDem Jon Tolley successfully defended the seat in the Grove Ward of Kingston upon Thames LB with 59.8% of the vote. Brilliantly done by all three. To add further optimism UKIP managed just 4.5%; 8.2%; & 2.2% vote share respectively.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015

    In the early days of the Coalition Rupert Murdoch wanted to get his hands on the bit of BSkyB that he did not already own. The Tories wanted that too, and how convenient for them that the task of approving the move fell to LibDem Vince Cable. Not our fault Guv. Trouble was that Vince was being too scrupulous and the right answer was taking too long so, as Vince was not an admirer of Murdoch, his 'impartiality' was questioned and the job was switched to Murdoch enthusiast Jeremy Hunt who was clearly 'impartial'. The 'phone hacking scandal spoilt the plan and the matter was put on hold. We don't know if Rupert still wants it but if so anyone want to bet that by 2020 he'll have it? Meanwhile there is a relentless and deft attack on the BBC which Tories, now released from LibDem constraint, see as dangerously left wing. Conjurer George has dumped the cost of financing the free TV licence for the over 75s onto the BBC.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    The Conservatives had wanted to introduce the reforms, now proposed in their Trade Union Bill, during the coalition government but the move was blocked by the Liberal Democrats. It can be argued that the Bill is unnecessary. Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: "Trade unions have a constructive role to play in representing their members' interests but our one nation government will balance their rights with those of working people and business' Tories 'One Nation Government" ? Believe that and you'll believe the moon is made of cheese.

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