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  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Tim Farron savages Labour and Tories over Welfare Bill in maiden speech as leader.

    Speaking in the House of Commons the new Liberal Democrat leader called Tory plans to rip £12bn from welfare bill "unfair, unwise and inhuman". Tim Farron said the cut was unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity. He accused the Chancellor of "demonising" people with disabilities and mental health conditions. The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP also accused Labour of giving in to the Conservatives' narrative and said their position on the bill was "shameful".

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

    Tim Farron has condemned the new policy, saying:

    "Today's news is yet another blow for green industry and British jobs. The Conservatives claim they want to tackle climate change, but this is further evidence they don't care about the environment.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    We are delighted to announce that Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    In an all-member ballot for the leadership, 56% of members voted with the result revealed this afternoon.

    Tim Farron received 56.5% of the votes and in second place Norman Lamb received the backing of 43.5%.

  • Chris Greaves and Ann Haigh
    Article: Jul 17, 2015

    We are very sorry to report the death of our local party chair Chris Greaves. Chris was diagnosed with leukaemia and sadly his health deteriorated very rapidly.

    Chris was the Liberal Democrat district council candidate for Buckhurst Hill East in 2014 and for Buckhurst Hill West in 2015. Before moving to Buckhurst Hill he was an active member of Woodford Liberal Democrats where he was vice-chair and a candidate in the Redbridge borough elections. Chris was an energetic and positive campaigner and he will be greatly missed by his Liberal Democrat colleagues, as well as by the wider community of which he was such an active part.

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    Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has congratulated Europol and law enforcement agencies across the EU for conducting the biggest ever international operation against the illegal wildlife trade.

    Operation COBRA III led to the recovery of over 12 tonnes of elephant ivory and at least 119 rhino horns, and saw the participation of law enforcement teams and agencies from 62 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

  • Article: May 25, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • Article: May 20, 2015

    112 voters were unable to vote for the candidates they wanted in the Town Council elections on May 7. Early voters at Pelly Court and Allnutts were given ballot papers for candidates in the St John's ward and voters at Epping Hall and the URC had ballot papers for Hemnall candidates. All these papers were regarded as spoilt papers when the count took place.

    When the mistake was discovered voters were given ballot papers for the general and district elections only and asked to come back to vote for the town council candidates. For most voters this wasn't possible. Kim Adams, one of the LibDem Town Council candidates in the Hemnall ward, failed to be elected by 14 votes.

    When the mistake and the possibility of a re-run of the election was raised with the Returning Officer, Glen Chip, during polling day he said he had to declare a result and it could be challenged only through the courts at a cost of £5000.

  • Jon Whitehouse ()
    Article: May 13, 2015

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Jon Whitehouse has thanked local residents who supported him and the Liberal Democrats in the recent elections.

    He said:

    "I am grateful to everyone who voted for me, voted for our council candidates, put up a poster, delivered leaflets, donated money, knocked on doors or took numbers at polling stations on election day. It means a lot. Obviously the results, nationally and locally, were not what we hoped for. Britain needs a strong Liberal voice and I will continue to work for these values over the next five years. I am very encouraged that 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since election day.

  • The fightback starts now. Click here to join our team. ()
    Article: May 11, 2015

    UPDATE 13 May 2015: Over 10,000 new members have now joined the Liberal Democrats. See the latest figures.

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.

    Since polls closed on Thursday, 7,296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.