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  • Article: Nov 18, 2016

    Today is the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking BBC film Cathy Come Home, the gripping and controversial 1966 film about poverty and homelessness.

    The film motivated me to get involved in politics when I saw it as a teenager, and I was pleased to mark today's anniversary by hosting Ken Loach and homeless charities in Parliament for a discussion on tackling homelessness

  • Article: Nov 18, 2016

    This morning, I set out a red line on Article 50 and made clear that unless the government agrees to a referendum on the final Brexit deal, the party will vote against Article 50 in the House of Commons.

    It's becoming increasingly clear that millions of people, like former Conservative MP Stephen Phillips, are deeply worried by the government's handling of Brexit.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    Over the next five weeks, we'll be fighting a Parliamentary by-election caused by Zac Goldsmith's resignation - the Liberal Democrats held this seat until 2015 and we're the clear challengers to Zac.

    Electing a Lib Dem MP in Richmond Park will send a strong message to the Tory Government not just on Heathrow, but on Brexit too. It's a tremendous opportunity for people to give their verdict on the direction Theresa May's new government is taking our country.
  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    The 'No Ifs, No Buts' pledge from the Conservatives has been thrown by the wayside in the rush to bulldoze homes and build a new runway.

    Zac Goldsmith has failed Richmond Park on Heathrow and betrayed them on Brexit.

    The turbulence in the Conservative Party is nothing compared to the anger felt by those they have betrayed by giving up their commitment to the environment and communities in West London.

    Theresa May used to make this case, now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history.

    Boris once said he would lay down in front of the bulldozer. Now he will find himself on the slow boat to China - anywhere to avoid having to stand up for his principles - or stand down from his seat at the cabinet table.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    Zac Goldsmith claimed Brexit has nothing to do with this by-election. The very public endorsement he has picked up from the party of Nigel Farage nails that lie.

    Zac Goldsmith was already the Conservative Party candidate. Now he is also the UKIP candidate. His campaign is the Nigel and Zac show.

    UKIP's website expressly states that it is vital for supporters of Hard Brexit to defeat the Liberal Democrats in Richmond Park, and praises Zac Goldsmith for being 'fully committed to getting Britain out of the European Union'.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    The Government have cut NHS building funding by £17.4 million over the last year and have been attacked by the Liberal Democrats for letting hospitals crumble. Norman Lamb has blasted the Government to 'turning our hospitals into health risks'.

    An NHS report released by NHS digital shows that while investment to reduce Backlog Maintenance has decreased by £17.4 million from the previous year the cost to eradicate High Risk Backlog increased 69.3% from £458.0 million to £775.5 million.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    Long-term EU loans for vital infrastructure projects across the UK are being put at risk due to the Conservative government's divisive rhetoric and failure to plan properly for Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has warned.

    Last year the European Investment Bank provided a record £5.6 billion of long-term investment to the UK including for social housing, hospitals and schools. But the President of the Bank has warned that this level cannot be maintained and that UK projects will find it increasingly difficult to get loans approved by other EU members.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • 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.