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  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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    Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters' Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2016

    Our Demands for the Autumn Statement

    This Autumn Statement comes at a time when our economy is in turmoil, our public services are in crisis and people and businesses are struggling to keep afloat.

    Liberal Democrats want to see a statement that seeks to provide confidence and reassurance- to our health services, to workers and to businesses. The Government needs to show it will support these vital institutions, not leave them high and dry in its drive for a hard Brexit.

    Our key demands for the Autumn Statement are:

  • 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 15, 2016

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  • Rutland Sailing Club (Robert Male Photography)
    Article: Nov 14, 2016

    The Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award is presented to a party member who has never been elected to public office but who has demonstrated excellence and commitment. In 2016 it has been awarded to Fay Howison, the Rutland Lib Dem president, who has worked tirelessly for the local party and the county over many years.

  • Article: Nov 11, 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: Nov 8, 2016

    Paddy Ashdown today slammed Theresa May's hardline stance on immigration and her "shambolic" trip to India, as he accompanied the party's Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election candidate Sarah Olney to a curry restaurant in the constituency.

    The pair spoke with the owner and head chef of the Roz Ana restaurant in Kingston about its problems recruiting chefs from abroad and the impact of Brexit on rising food prices.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2016

    Commenting on the resignation of Sleaford and North Hykeham MP, Stephen Phillips, Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said:

    "Stephen Phillips has said he has irreconcilable policy differences with the government; child refugees, keeping the UK in the Single Market and the Government's reaction to the Brexit court case to name but three."

  • Article: Oct 31, 2016

    A group of MPs say the government is being dishonest when they claim it is allocating an extra £10bn to the NHS in England over the next five years. Commenting on the news Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

    "The Health Select Committee are right to call out the Government on false claims about their investment in the NHS. Services are desperately in need of the money they were promised.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Lord Storey, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson in the House of Lords, has forced the Government to back down from calling a vote to defend their recent changes to the school census. Lord Storey tabled a regret motion against the changes, introduced this year, which will require parents or teachers to submit information on whether children are born in the UK.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of Mark Carney to leave the Bank of England in 2019, Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor, Susan Kramer, said:

    "While it's welcome that Mark Carney is to stay on just past his initial period, the fact is he has decided to go as soon as possible after the full impact of Brexit becomes clear. That's not his fault - it's the fault of Theresa May and the blinkered right wing fanatics in the Conservative Party. They have refused to listen to his warnings over Brexit and our economy and so have made it impossible for him to continue to work in the country's interest for the long term.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Sarah Olney has been selected to contest the Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election for the Liberal Democrats.

    An opinion poll has shown it is a two-horse race between local woman Sarah and Zac Goldsmith, the out-going Conservative Brexit MP whose resignation triggered the by-election. Sarah, an accountant and married mother of two, was selected at a meeting of the local party in Richmond today.