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  • Article: Sep 10, 2016

    Responding to Theresa May's plans for a wave of new grammar schools, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "If the Conservatives care about our children's education they should reverse their cuts to school budgets. We need to improve all schools not just let some become grammars. Too many pupils are let down by a divisive system that doesn't work.

  • Tim Farron and Remain campaigners
    Article: Sep 10, 2016
    By Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Today I set out the Liberal Democrat plan for Britain in Europe. At its heart, we demand that the British people should have their say on the final deal in a referendum.

    To be clear, this would not be a re-run of the last referendum but an opportunity for the British people to have their say on what comes next. Voting for a departure is not the same as voting for a destination.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Celebrating the movement of people - Tim Farron

    His thoughtful consideration of the issues can be read here: http://www.markpack.org.uk/142448/tim-farron-immigration-liberal-democrat-newswire-83/ about half way down the page this link connects to.

    Extract: ''It is the job of progressive politicians - both during and after the period when Britain's exit from the EU is negotiated - to set out a programme for positive migration, one that voters can see is credible and works for them. This vision should be based on four things I have identified above:

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Suzanne Fletcher, Chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary (LD4SOS)
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for slipping out an announcement that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to close.

    It raises the prospect of children once again being held in immigration detention centres - a practice ended by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

    Liberal Democrats in Coalition established the centre to end the detention of children, and the Conservatives have used the final day of the Parliamentary session to reverse the move.

    Prior to 2010, thousands of children were being detained in prison-like conditions. During Labour's last 5 years in government, over 7,000 innocent children were held in adult detention centres, sometimes for weeks and months at a time.

    The establishment of the centre was driven by Sarah Teather and Nick Clegg and following the news of its closure the Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary have set out 10 questions the government must answer.

    Aside from scrapping the centre the Conservatives have failed to offer any assurances on what will replace it, the emotional support that vulnerable children will be given or any preparations that will be made for them ahead of their return to a country that many of them may not even remember.

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Ending the detention of children for immigration purposes was one of the first priorities of Liberal Democrats in government. It is the mark of our society how we treat the most vulnerable and it is disgusting that the Conservatives are now rolling back such an important measure.

    "It is outrageous they slipped out this announcement on the last day of Parliamentary business, and they must now set out what exactly is going to happen to children in the future. We cannot have a return to the days of children being locked up in immigration detention centres, as happened under Labour. The Government has a lot of questions that remained unanswered."

    Chair of Liberal Democrat Seekers for Sanctuary, Suzanne Fletcher, who has visited Cedars, and been part of an Independent Monitoring Board until the change of Government last year said:

    "Cedars provided an oasis of care and calm at a very traumatic time for those families with children who very sadly were being sent against their will back to their country of origin. , and our Government should be ashamed of such a backward step."

  • Tim Farron and Nick Clegg
    Article: Aug 14, 2016

    Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.

    While Single Market access is essential to the British economy, and retaining access remains the best of a series of bad options for the economy post-Brexit, it comes with significant challenges and trade-offs. The analysis shows that even if the Government were able to achieve concessions on freedom of movement, seeking to retain significant access to the Single Market would still mean adherence to its rules and regulations, while not having any control or influence over them. It also concludes that the biggest benefit of Single Market access is the removal of non-tariff barriers, such as shared rules and harmonised standards, as opposed to tariffs.

  • Bus consultation poster. Thursday 4 August to Wednesday 28 September
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Local county councillor Jon Whitehouse is encouraging Epping Forest bus users to comment on proposed changes to local bus routes.

    Essex County Council today launched a consultation about local subsidised bus routes. You can fill in the survey online. Backgound information and a questionnaire to fill in by hand will be available in libraries or can be downloaded.

  • Document: Aug 4, 2016
    1.04 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    Information and questionnaire about proposed timetable changes to the Epping Forest network of bus services supported by Essex County Council

  • 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.

  • 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.