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  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    It's wise to choose for a private member's bill a discrete topic to address a problem which has been identified and can be relatively easily solved - and which the Government might be prepared to see implemented. But sometimes the concern to take forward a cause overtakes wisdom - thus my Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill which finished making its way through the Lords on 3rd July and has been taken up in the Commons by Tim Farron.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Today the Government reported that patients in need of cannabis-based medicines will be allowed access to them in 'exceptional circumstances'.

    This is very welcome and long overdue change, which will be a relief for many patients and their families. It is disgraceful that people have been left to suffer for so long, because the Conservative Government have refused to accept evidence of the benefits of cannabis based medicines.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2018
    By Almona Choudhury

    I want to tell you why I joined the Liberal Democrats and to encourage you to make the same journey.

    As first-generation immigrants, my parents could have barely imagined the journey they or their children would make in the mother country. As an immigrant from South Asia, barely able to communicate in English, my mother built up a real estate business in London, in a country which has increasingly diversified in the intervening years.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    Since its launch in 2013, the Membership Incentive Scheme has helped our party not just grow, but thrive.

    The money from it has helped local parties grow their membership, fight campaigns and demand better for their communities.

    In recent years, we've seen a worrying trend developing though. More and more local parties stopped actively recruiting new members.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Federal Conference Committee met this weekend - unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ - to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

    If you have not yet registered, please don't forget - conference runs from the 15th to 18th September, and you can sign up at https://www.eventsforce.net/autumnconference2018. Or, if you'd like to take advantage of our new refer-a-friend discounts, see https://www.libdems.org.uk/refer_a_friend

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

    His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

    Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    It is a day when we must remember that every person has the power to change the world.

    It has been 100 years since Mandela's birth. His dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the struggle for democracy continue to inspire millions of people.

    Global inequality remains a serious problem facing in the world and protecting human rights is an ongoing struggle of immense importance.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Today the Electoral Commission ruled on what we all knew - Leave cheated.

    Vote Leave have been fined £60,000 for incomplete and inaccurate expenses and for working jointly with pro-Brexit group BeLeave - and using this to get around their spending ceiling of £7 million.

    And, lest we forget, the referendum result was just 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 18, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

    My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.

  • Alistair Carmichael outside the Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jul 17, 2018
    By Alistair Carmichael MP

    Brexit is the most important issue in a generation. And as Liberal Democrats we have taken on the responsibility of stopping it. We're the only Party united in this aim.

    Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1.

    I was not expecting a close vote - up until 8pm, Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the govenment- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close - it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote.

    I'm taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.