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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: 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]

  • Article: Sep 27, 2015

    It is widely recognised that the inability to find somewhere to live that you can afford, and which allows you to bring up a family in reasonable stability, is a major source of extra expense to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP); the NHS as a result of the stress of homelessness; and the criminal justice system. The Liberal Democrats have rightly put the issue of affordable, decent, homes at the top of their political priorities. [see more]

  • Article: Sep 26, 2015

    A huge unspoken reason why the Tory leadership might want to stay in the EU is that if we pulled out they would loose the opportunity to be able to dodge the blame for their own breathtaking incompetance and ideological foolishness. So easy to blame the EU. Thus Cameron can shamefully refuse to co-operate with an EU plan for the refugee issue by offering money and a pathetic 20000 refugees up to yr 2020 carefully selected from camps rather than from human need in Calais. His Environment Secretary can override an EU ban on bee killing Neonicotinoids. But the Government can't step in to find a way out of what can be a short term problem in the Redcar steelworks because of EU regulations. Does he realise that you cannot turn a steelworks on and off like you can a computer? More likely he doesn't care. Of course the Americans; European Leaders; many British business leaders; are amongst those who have told Cameron that a British exit from the EU would be disastrous for Britains prospects. Is that why Osborne is courting the Chinese? More telling to Cameron is the effect of a 'Brexit' on his personal reputation & legacy [more below]

  • Article: Sep 25, 2015

    A couple of months ago the Government caved in to intense lobbying from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and ignored an EU wide ban on Neonicotinoid pesticides by allowing the use of enough seed treated with this poison to grow 5% of oil seed rape in the UK. Hardly necessary since UK farmers are reporting oil seed rape yields of 3% to 9% higher than the 10yr average. Few people know that the UK government is legally obliged by the 1947 Agriculture Act to consult the National Farmers Union when making policy. The NFU is a much more powerful Union than it appears. It does not change as Parliament changes and is therefore, in effect, much like a branch of the civil service; unelected by the wider public, but which does make and control government policy.The NFU dubs itself as the voice of farming, but it only has 47,000 members actively farming (of the approximate 96,000 members in total). There are 300,000 or so active farms currently in Britain. You be the judge of how representative the NFU is [see more]

  • Tim Farron's Speech at #LDConf
    Article: Sep 24, 2015

    The first Liberal Democrat Federal conference under the leadership of Tim Farron is now concluded. For those who could not be there in Bournemouth BBC iPlayer provides an achive (until the 24th of October) of the BBC transmissions on the parliament channel. In particular please try and find 45mins to watch Tim Farron's closing leaders speech. It was a passionate, inspirational, barnstorming, speech delivered mostly without reference to notes, and secured a spontaneous standing ovation when he talked about the refugee crisis and the shameful response of Cameron & the Conservatives and their lackeys in the media to it. In this post we are not going to try & summarise what he said. Just please watch if you can & then tell us what you felt and thought about it. [ info@fyldelibdems.org.uk] [see more below]

  • Tim Farron Leader
    Article: Sep 20, 2015

    Tim Farron has just concluded a Q &A session at the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference. I don't do shorthand & didn't record the event so this is a personal reaction. You will doubtless be able to get an official transcript which will allow you to compare what I took from the session with what was actually said. That in itself might be constructive. In my long departed youth it was hammered in that you should never assume you have been understood. [more below]

  • Article: Sep 20, 2015

    The Federal Conference is currently taking place in Bournemouth. As usual the media coverage is distinguished largely by its absence. On the 'Parliament' Channel one could have watched Scottish First Ministers Questions ! Fear not. It is being trtansmitted live at: www.libdems.org.uk/conferencelive

    At 15.05 on Sunday or thereabouts Baroness Walmsley is making a speech about health. She will be followed at 15.25 by a Q & A session with LibDem Leader - TimFarron. The full programme can be found on the main LibDem website

  • Article: Sep 17, 2015

    My dictionary defines 'Impartial' as: treating all sides in a dispute etc equally; unprejuidiced; fair. TheConservatives seem to have an additional definition. Remember the BSkyB affair when LibDem Vince Cable was relieved of the decision because he had indicated a lack of admiration for Murdoch and was thus clearly not impartial. The decision instead was given to openly Murdoch admirer Jeremy Hunt who equally clearly was inevitably impartial. So in Tory speak you are 'impartial' if you can be relied upon to come up with the desired result. (Phone hacking derailed that plan but Rebekah is now back & the LibDems are no longer part of Government so look out for Murdoch to get all of BSkyB if he still wants it). Fast forward to now and the relentless Tory attacks on the BBC for daring to actually try to be properly impartial as opposed to the Tory concept of the word. B

  • Article: Sep 17, 2015

    One has to give credit to the Conservatives for lateral thinking. If you break one pledge/promise, the thinking goes, it is going to be remembered and you'll get punished for it. Solution? Easy, break loads of them and people will get bored & forgetful. It worked brilliantly for the Conservatives on May7th and they are still at it. Remember Cameron at the G8 in 2013? " We are going to break down the walls of corporate secrecy". And only about six weeks ago he said: "There is no place for dirty money in Britain". My Oh My. And it came to pass that International Development Minister, Grant Schapps has recently visited the British Overseas Territory, the Caymen Islands. He agreed that it was absolutely fine that the registry of beneficial ownership of companies that was central to the G8 plans will NOT be completed by this well known tax haven . So we, the public, will now never know who actually owns the 1236 UK properties acquired by Caymen based shell companies since 1999. Nor will we ever know if the £35m plus property in London bought by a Caymen company used 'clean' or 'dirty' money. It will remain well hidden.

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