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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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Latest News

  • Article: Jan 17, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Lewes District Council have won their fight to change Tory-backed plans to reduce the amount of council tax relief for people including lone parents and carers on low incomes.

    The Conservative plan involved assuming a 'minimum income' for the self-employed regardless of real earnings. Sarah Osborne, leader of the Lib Dems on the council, argued that this was discriminatory particularly for lone parents, those with caring responsibilities, and people with serious health conditions who cannot work 35 hours as required by the Tories' 'minimum income'.[see more]

  • Article: Jan 15, 2016

    At the General Election the Conservatives put huge resources into unseating Cornish Liberal Democrat MPs and the voters believed them. Excellent Liberal Democrat MPs with a track record of splendid service to their communities were dumped. It hasn't taken long for people to realise what a huge mistake that was. At yesterday's by- election in the Launceston Central Ward of North Cornwall Unitary Authority LibDem Gemma Massey retained the seat with 63% of the vote. Fantastically well done Gemma.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2016

    George Osborne's fixation with the fiscal deficit - the gap between tax revenues and government spending - during his tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer has led to a catalogue of ill judged, and in many cases unnecessary, cuts which are still going on. In an era of record low interest rates, to pledge to turn that deficit into a surplus by 2019/20 is just plain silly if it means cutting back on necessary investments in power generation; flood defences and much else. [see more]

  • Article: Jan 13, 2016

    Lib Dems have a massive responsibility in the Lords - Labour appears to have abandoned its role as the opposition party.

    Labour peers could have voted with the LibDems on Tax Credits and totally reversed Tory policy but chose to abstain. Yesterday [Tuesday] in the House of Lords, during Parliamentary ping pong on the Cities and Local Government Bill, the Liberal Democrats tried to secure votes for 16 & 17yr olds. Labour chickened out again. This is a policy which was in their manifesto and they should have turned out to support it. Labour peers, though, didn't bother to turn up. This is yet another example of them being much more craven than you would expect of an opposition, especially one that thinks itself to be of a more radical hue than Labour has been for a while, but they appear to have no stomach for opposing Tory policy. They seem to have got cold feet, allowing themselves to be intimidated by ministers.[see more]

  • Cllrs Carol Lanyon & Tony Ford with trees collected during LibDem collection programme
    Article: Jan 11, 2016

    This was the eighth year that Fylde Liberal Democrats had organised the collection of Christmas trees. Spearheading the task were LibDem Cllrs Tony Ford & Carol Lanyon. But heartfelt thanks are offered to many other helpers, one of whom is included in the picture of Carol & Tony with the largest & smallest tree respectively, who are not necessarily LibDem supporters but who nonetheless turned out in some pretty vile weather. Without their efforts this success would not have been possible. [see more]

  • Article: Jan 10, 2016

    Just before Christmas we ran a number of stories about the madness of the Tory energy policy and one resolution for 2016 is to never let up on relentlessly exposing the current Conservative government's incompetence across the board now that the LibDems are no longer there in Government to introduce some rationality & sense into what is being done.[see more]

  • Article: Jan 7, 2016

    Worth considering? Half a century ago the then Liberal Party had a policy called 'Site value Rating'. The idea was to remove tax breaks that encouraged land owners to sit on their hands whilst land went up in value rather than put it to good use. Nothing happened. Then, as now, as a nation our politics doesn't do sensible and when it tries, like LibDems in coalition, we don't vote for it. [see more]

    But it is the persistence of hope over experience that keeps a lot of us going in politics - especially in the smaller parties. The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that Councils should be given the power to tax developers for every unbuilt home in order to unlock 475,000 units which are yet to be started. Full council tax should apply to companies sitting on sites where new homes have been given the green light from the date planning permission expires. The tax would act as a punishment to developers who land-bank, preventing homes from being built despite being given the go-ahead by councils. The LGA has found that almost half a million homes have been granted planning permission but have not been started.

    Seems like a good idea. Will it happen? The LGA describes itself thus: 'We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems'. The cross party bit is very important so lets hope someone in the government pays some attention

  • Fylde LibDems 2016 calendar
    Article: Jan 4, 2016

    Our volunteers have been busy posting our 2016 calendars through 10,000 letterboxes in St. Anne's. Despite the rain, by twelfth night we should have the delivery area pretty well covered!! As well as a very useful calendar we have attached some notes giving news of activities and actions in the wards where we have elected LibDem councillors. As of midday yesterday (Sunday) we had already received 122 requests for collection. If any one can help from 7th January onwards, especially if you have a trailer, Cllr Tony Ford would love to hear from you.[tonyford19@gmail.com] Keeping in touch with the electorate is important to us - this is one of many ways we LibDems meet local residents and listen to their views. All year round, not just at election times.

  • Article: Dec 30, 2015

    We said we were going to sign off until January 4th but the Government response to the floods in the North West have required a release of the blood pressure. Setting aside the platitudious mouthings of environment minister Liz Truss, the 'vigorous denial' by the Treasury of the comment from the leader of Lancashire County Council that the support offered for flood relief is woefully inadequate cannot go unchallenged. £5000 per ruined household fits well with £1600+ expenses claimed by a Tory grandee for servicing his duckpond (remember that?). Do these upper class cloth heads that we foolishly entrusted with the government of this great country realise that £5000 will barely cover drying out & replastering a modest house? Of course not. They probably think that plastering is what one does to a broken arm. Have you also noticed the massive non-coverage of Tim Farron, who is the MP for much of the affected area but also happens to be the leader of the LibDems, in the lickspittle Tory worshiping media? And we delude ourselves that we live in a democracy. Happy NewYear everyone. For the record DEFRA accounts show the percentage change between 2009/2010 aqnd 2013/2014 in the flood defence budget for the NW as minus 22% & for London +54%. The budget for the Flood Reserch Centre at theUniversity of Middlesex has been cut from £4.89m in 2008/9 to £1.835m in 2015/16.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2015

    Writing in the Sunday Mirror of 20th December 2015 LibDem Leader, Tim Farron, reflected on the importance he attaches to his traditional extended family Christmas & said: "From my family, to yours I want to wish readers of the Sunday Mirror a happy, joyous and restful Christmas. My primary mission politically in 2016 is to raise the issue of inequality up the political agenda. No-one should go hungry or homeless in Britain. We must have a national crusade to end this scandal. Once and for all. We have the mission but we must also have the will power to do it. The values of Christmas - charity, togetherness and compassion must be taken forward and I am committed to doing that." And so say all of us. So in signing off we would like to wish every one of our visitors during 2015, of all Faiths & none, a Very Happy Christmas and a happy, prosperous and successful New Year when it comes. We'll be back on January 4th 2016

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