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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.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

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  • Tim Farron in Calais
    Article: Aug 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron is the only British Political Party Leader to have visited, on 4th of August, the migrant camp in Calais.[picture]*

    Tim said: "The significant majority in the camp are, according to the French authorities and doctors, absolutely what any reasonable person would consider a refugee fleeing from war or persecution. So this idea they are all money-grabbing people is just rubbish. I got talking to a bunch of guys from Eritrea, from Sudan, from Libya, and these are guys who wanted to come to England. Not one of them had a clue about benefits. They wanted to come to the UK because the UK represents the good life. Not that it's a bed of roses or it's cushy; I mean a life where people aren't shooting at you, where you can be free to worship where you want to worship".

  • Article: Aug 8, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, has unveiled his campaign priorities along with an eight strong Parliamentary Campaign Team

    Tim said: "These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on.

    * Sensible, liberal and evidence-based views are already being woefully ignored by the Tory government - so it's up to Liberal Democrats to make this case.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2015

    Just over a year ago, in the letter to all Whitehall departments, Danny Alexander, then Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, wrote that trying to abolish check-off (the process by which employers deduct union subscriptions directly from wages for union members in the public sector) ,is not only unjustified, but also likely to backfire. Danny wrote:

  • Article: Aug 6, 2015

    In 2013 Liberal Democrats opposed the Tories plans for changes to cut the cost of legal aid but were not able to stop it. Our 2015 manifesto also proposed to undo some of the coalition measures.

    New Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, in his first speech talked about a dangerous inequality at the heart of our justice system with gold plated justice available to the wealthy and a creaking outdated system available to others. That is a good start when compared toi the disaster of his predecessor, Chris Grayling whose hostility to the legal profession and on occasion to the legal process itself was unhelpful (to use a word beloved by lawyers). Graylings last significant act was to massively increase court fees which are now much too high in relation to small claims. A small business chasing a debt of say £200k must now pay eight times what was charged a year ago yet, since the fees are capped, the burden on multinationals & oligarchs who could easily pay more enjoy a big benefit. This does not fit the Conservatives professed support for entrepreneurs. Legal aid is another area where the current approach leads to perverse, and not necessarily cheaper, outcomes. We must hope that Mr Gove takes these issues on board.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2015

    The Skeleton Agenda for the LibDem autumn conference is now available at:

    www.libdems.org.uk/autumn-conference-2015

    Remember we are the only party that makes policy at Conference giving delegates a unique opportunity to influence events. There are some cracking motions to be debated and voted upon covering such issues as climate change, housing & poverty, human rights, Trident and much else. As the country slowly wakes up to the enormity of the mistake that was made on 7th May the need for a strong Liberal Democrat influence is needed more than ever. Let's look forward to a huge turnout of delegates - especially from our new members for whom there are financial concessions.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2015

    Episode 2 of Dan Snows superb programme: "Locomotion: the history of the railways" drew our attention to the railway mania by investors once railways ceased to be confined to the North of England and reached London. In May 1866 the Overend Gurney Bank, which had massively overstretched itself by fancy investing & financial instruments, a lot relating to railways, collapsed which led to a catstrophic banking crisis, a massive flight from stocks and the financial ruin of thousands of investors. Sound familiar ? And the financial fraternity say 2007/2008 could not be forseen?

  • Frecklton solar farm
    Article: Aug 4, 2015

    LibDems (unlike some other political parties who just pay lip service to it) genuinely believe in fairness even if that means giving credit to our political opponents. Thus we recognise that, following our previous story, not all Conservatives are as blinkered as their leader, David Cameron, who refers to renewable energy as 'green crap'.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Aug 4, 2015

    Just a few months after the Lib Dems left office, the Conservatives have:

    • Scrapped subsidies for onshore wind and commercial solar - the two cheapest forms of clean energy
    • Slashed the energy efficiency budget
    • Ended the tax break for clean cars
    • Abolished rules on zero carbon housing
    • Lowered taxes on polluting firms
    • Introduced a tax on clean energy
  • Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal Democrats
    Article: Aug 1, 2015

    Last week Helen Duffet [LibDem Internal Communications Manager] interviewed Tim Farron. You can find the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mNxrc8VhKc&feature=youtu.be One very important point that Tim made related to Syria and David Cameron's statement that Britain would help the USA to defeat ISIS. Apart from the fact that this promise undermines the current will of Parliament & suggests that Cameron is catching the 'Blair Complex' [ used to be known in British Imperial times as ' Damn **** send a gunboat.' ed'], this approach fails to recognise that the overwhelming majority of those killed by ISIS are Muslims. Tim stressed that we must be working WITH our Muslim community with respect to combating ISIS (and indeed resolving other conflicts within Muslim states) . He said: " If we make it a West v Islam narrative the West will lose and that is just what ISIS want". So true. The situation is not helped by Cameron remarking that the Muslim community could do more and the persistent use by the media and others of 'Islamic State'. ISIS is NOT a State and it is definitely NOT Islamic in any true sense of the word. One can readily think of a number of Christian (and other 'faith') fanatical sects which similarly betray the very basis of their belief.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2015

    The Tories 2015 Election Manifesto (P55) says:" We will put in place further protections for our natural landscape so that this remains the most beautiful country in the world" What could be more protective than a National Park designation? The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DeFRA) has been run by a Tory Secretary of State since 2010 & continues so to be. Following a public enquiry into a proposal to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks so that they become joined, the report was delivered to Government over two years ago. How is consistent with this manifesto pledge that the present Secretary of State [Liz Truss - she of the permission to re-introduce bee killing pesticides into the UK] says, through her department, that it is possible that no decision will be made this year? Could it be that the Government wishes to further relax the planning laws that apply to National Parks? Or push through some plan approvals that would be stopped by a National Park? Or Both? Already the Lakes Park has had its budget cut by 38% over the last five years and put plots of prized land up for sale and the Dales has scrapped education & other projects and sold its information centre. Liz Truss has not yet made an official visit to the area. Can we trust ANY Tory manifesto pledge that is about anything other than allowing a handful of individuals to make a lot of money? Answers on a postage stamp.

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