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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.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

Latest News

  • Article: Nov 6, 2015

    November 5, 2015


    LD Adrian Sanders 1,096 [69.2%; +39.3%]
    Conservative 234 [14.8%; -13.7%]
    UKIP 158 [10%; -9.7%]
    Labour 53 [3.3%; -9%]
    Green 43 [2.7%; -6.8%]
    Majority: 862
    LD Hold
    Percentage change since 2013

    Just look at that % of the vote. Magnificent result Adrian.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2015

    On the political front the LibDem fightback continued. Liberal Democrat David White took the by-election in the Hellingly Ward of Wealden District Council from the Conservatives on 29th October. David got a staggering and brilliant 69.9% of the vote. [se more]

    Otherwise a bit sparse on stories this week. The principal author took time out to go down to London to witness the annual journey made from Hyde Park to Brighton by this year over 400 cars all built before 31st December 1904. It is variously known as: Veteran Car Rally; Emancipation Run; Old Crocks Race. It was originally organised to celebrate the raising of the speed limit to 20mph by the Motor Car Act of 1903. It is a great spectacle and the weather was fine, if a bit foggy. 25%+ of the entrants had brought their cars over from the USA and a good number were from Europe.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2015

    The electorate were told publicly on telly - at least twice - by David Cameron during the election campaign that there would be 'no cuts' to working tax credits. George Osborne, testifying to the cross party Treasury Select Committee of MPs ,called these cuts a 'judgement call' that he was 'comfortable' with. So actually they are NOT a necessity but a political calculation. Trust me -I'm a Tory! [see more]

  • Article: Oct 23, 2015

    The Conservatives on Lancashire County Council are neither supporting the Lancashire police service nor the residents of Lancashire. How come? Simple. They failed to support the Lib Dem motion at full council which urged the Conservative Government to recognise the impact of budget cuts on the police service which have been outlined carefully and starkly by the Chief Constable. No surprise really that the party that pretends to be the leader on Law & Order issues is as hopeless at that as on most other things. And so modest with it that surely the line from an old Chinese proverb (often attributed to Confucius) fits the Tories to perfection: " He who knows not and knows not he knows not - he is a fool shun him" [see more]

  • Article: Oct 21, 2015

    The present Conservative government has become consumed by the myth that any regulation to ensure public safety and environmental sustainability by business of any kind is an attack on 'wealth creation' and an unacceptable response to pressures from liberal interferers and devotees of the nanny state.[see more]

  • Article: Oct 18, 2015

    In last years Autumn Statement Conjurer George announced an extra £2bn for the NHS for 2015 -16 and pledged another £8bn more. But the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), which represents finance directors says (FT 10th Oct) :" It is now 182 days since the Government vowed to inject £8bn of much needed extra funding into the NHS and we still await confirmation as to where and when this investment will be made". Meanwhile official figures covering just three months 1st April to 30th June 2015 show that hospitals have run up a combined deficit of £930m with more than threequarters of them unable to balance their books. [see more]

  • Article: Oct 17, 2015

    In the 1955 election the Liberals gained just 2.5% of the vote. Jo Grimond, who served as a major in WWII, became Liberal party leader from 1956 to 1967. He was widely respected by all parties as a dynamic and principled political thinker. From then on the party slowly gained support and political success. Tim Farron called Jo Grimond a hero, so let's echo those great liberal values of the past, define them in a modern age and create Liberal values: tolerance; freedom of speech; real action on the environment; campaigning for Europe; respect for international law and human rights; a liberal economy which frees people to achieve; and trying to end 'nanny state' rules and regulations with smaller government. It's also about a genuine belief in equality, whatever your race, religion, gender or sexuality.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2015

    In a poll conducted by the Daily Mirror 81% say that 16yr olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum. Quite right too. They are, in general, going to live through the consequences of that vote longer than any other voter. But in order to exercise that vote YOUNG PEOPLE MUST MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE. A recent report suggested that up to 4million 17 - 24 yr olds might NOT be able to vote because they are not on the electoral register. This is partly because there is a new system called 'Individual Electoral Registration' (IER). But it is very easy to register. If you are not sure if you are already registered for 2016 contact your local electoral registration office [ usually at the local council office]. For England you can also do this check online. YOU DO NOT HAVE LONG TO GET ON THE REGISTER FOR 2016 SO PLEASE GET ON WITH IT.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2015

    Bankers declared themselves victorious in a key battle with the authorities over new regulations intended to make them accountable for mistakes after the Treasury abandoned its controversial "guilty until proven innocent" rule. The stipulation was to be the financial regulators' most powerful tool in putting senior bankers on the hook for severe wrongdoing and was a response to public fury that almost no individuals were seriously punished for the banking crisis. - The Times [see more]

  • Tom Brake MP and Kareece Stone-Small with her winning Christmas card design. (Christine Hipkiss)
    Article: Oct 15, 2015

    It's all quite simple, really - the Liberal Democrats, unlike Labour, were not going to fall into Osborne's trap. Here is Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake's speech from last night's debate:

    The Liberal Democrats will not support the charter tonight. Whatever the machinations in the Labour party, our reasons for opposing it are clear: the charter is just as much about fantasy economics as was Labour's magic money tree. We remain committed to abolishing the structural deficit by 2017-18, and to seeing debt fall as a percentage of GDP in the following years. We will not, however, abandon the critical need for continued investment in infrastructure, and we will ensure that our economy remains competitive in the medium and long term. We are for sound and stable economic policy-something that sadly has been abandoned first by the official Opposition and now by the Government.

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