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  • Article: Jul 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has committed to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.



    Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats.



    Tim Farron has now said that in any upcoming national election he will promise to rejoin the European Union.



    The economic uncertainty will affect jobs, people's homes and livelihoods.



    The Liberal Democrats accept the result of the referendum but plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.



    Tim Farron said:



    "For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down.



    "The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.



    "The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.

  • EU citizens deserve indefinite leave to remain graphic
    Article: Jul 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today demanded that EU nationals residing in the UK are given complete assurances that they will have the right to stay in the UK indefinitely.

    The Prime Minister has said that whilst negotiations are ongoing the status of EU nationals in the UK will not change, something repeated by the Home Secretary in her leadership launch yesterday. But the future status of these people is not clear beyond any renegotiation period, leading to uncertainty.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to introduce a new Act to tackle poor air quality and ensure vital pollution limits are not watered down post-Brexit.

    Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which was introduced in the 1950s to tackle deadly smog affecting UK cities.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Jul 8, 2016

    "Far from being Bush's passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain's reputation around the word."

    "Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.

    "Charles Kennedy's judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.

  • School Traffic Sign1
    Article: May 14, 2016

    Essex County Councillors from all parties have backed a Lib Dem proposal to oppose the forced conversion of Essex schools into academies and control by Whitehall.

    The Liberal Democrat motion opposed government plans to:

    • force all "coasting" schools to become academies, irrespective of each school's wishes
    • remove elected parent governors
    • leave local councils with responsibility for issues such as school places without the full powers needed to discharge them
    • expand the use of unqualified teachers.
  • Jon Whitehouse ()
    Article: May 8, 2016

    Epping councillor Jon Whitehouse has thanked local residents for their support after winning re-election to Epping Forest District Council. He successfully defended his Epping Hemnall seat with a majority of 407 votes. The full result, announced at Debden Park School yesterday, was:

    • Liberal Democrats (Jon Whitehouse) - 1,026 (57%)
    • Conservative - 619 (34%)
    • Labour - 160 (9%)
  • Tim Farron 2016
    Article: Apr 18, 2016
    By Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The politics of envy helps no-one, but trust in politics does.

    I have no desire to poke around in the Prime Minister's private wealth, and definitely have no desire to force him to relive the pain of losing his father, having to confront that time all over again through the pages of national newspapers.

    It is absolutely essential that British people have full confidence in our leaders, and that when decisions are made and Budgets are written there is not even a slightest hint of a conflict of interest or personal gain. But we are now in a position where people no longer have complete faith in this Government's decisions.

  • This morning South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed a grant funding of £562,500 to create a county-wide electric vehicle infrastructure.
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Would you like an electric vehicle but don't have anywhere to charge it? Janet Whitehouse, Liberal Democrat district councillor for Epping Hemnall, has asked Epping Forest district council to look into ways to provide on-street charge points and to bring forward a strategy to promote the use of electric vehicles in the district. An officer working group is investigating this and proposals will come to the Neighbourhood and Community Select Committee.

  • HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.

  • Kevin McNamara for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner
    Article: Apr 7, 2016

    An experienced, local campaigner is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner. Kevin McNamara, from Grays in south Essex, says he plans to tackle the many areas where the Conservatives have let residents down over policing.

    You can sign Kevin's petition against Police cuts here.