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  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    As the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the Liberal Democrats have emphasised that it is still possible for people to stop a Hard Brexit and that the by-election in Manchester Gorton will be a chance to force Labour and the Government to "change course."

    The date for the Manchester Gorton by-election has been set for the 4th May. The Liberal Democrats are mounting a strong campaign as the only challengers to Labour in the seat.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Theresa May has delivered a "blatant threat" to the EU 27 by threatening to withdraw security co-operation if we do not receive a favourable trade deal, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    The letter comes as a European Parliament text outlining the EU's position has warned the UK not to seek a trade-off between security and trade in the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    MEPs will tell the UK that it can change its mind about leaving the EU even after Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow.

    The European Parliament resolution, set to be voted on next week, will stress the Government could still halt the process during the next two years of Brexit talks.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017
    This Saturday the 25th of March, March for Europe will be taking place in London to protest against the UK leaving Europe and to remind Mrs May and the Brexit government we are not all as keen they are to see us leave. More details can be found on Facebook or Google.
    Lib Dems Unite for Europe will be joining up with the march. (The Liberal Democrat European Group regrets the decision of the European Movement not to participate fully in this march.)
  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    George Galloway's decision to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election could boost the chances of a Liberal Democrat win.

    Mr Galloway once acted like a cat during a stint on reality show Big Brother but his politics are perhaps even more alarming.

    George Galloway cat

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "While George Galloway won't pick up enough votes to win, he clearly will take a number of votes from Labour. That increases our chances of winning as the only party that can beat Labour in Manchester Gorton.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    Tim Farron's speech to the 2017 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

    Whether you support Brexit or not, Britain needs a decent opposition

    A few weeks ago I was in Doncaster, filming for a Laura Kuenssberg documentary. They took me to a pub to meet a group of people who had voted Leave, and I got talking to one of the guys there - a Scottish businessman who'd lived in Yorkshire for many years, a bit older than me, pro-union, anti-Europe.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government re-open the Dubs child refugee scheme, at the party's Conference in York.

    The party has slammed the Government reasons for closing the scheme as 'lies'.

    The Government has been condemned for closing down a scheme to accept lone refugee children marooned in Europe after allowing just 350 displaced youngsters, not thousands as expected.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017
  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat members have today voted for proposals to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent, keeping the Trident Successor Programme but ending continuous at-sea deterrence

    The proposals would mean the UK's submarines would patrol at irregular intervals, meaning the UK's adversaries would not know when our submarines were at sea so the deterrent is maintained.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an "NHS Passport" to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service.

    Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in 2016, a 68% increase compared to two years ago. Separate figures from the Royal College of Nursing have shown the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92%, while there are 24,000 nurse jobs unfilled in the NHS.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Today, at their conference in York, Liberal Democrats have slammed the government over the Great Repeal Bill. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has said the government are 'playing with fire' and the party 'is up for the next Brexit Battle'.

    The motion passed this lunchtime agreed to strictly limit the scope for the Government to give itself powers to change legislation through 'Henry VIII' powers, and secure the maximum Parliamentary oversight of powers given to ministers.