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  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Over the last five weeks, hundreds of Liberal Democrat activists have been hard at work campaigning in Lewisham East, for our fantastic candidate, Lucy Salek.

    And last night, their hard work was rewarded - we quadrupled our share of the vote and delivered a 19% swing against Labour - the largest swing against a Labour opposition since 1983.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    Recent events have raised the profile of the Windrush Generation in the media and public consciousness, but sadly not for reasons our country can be proud of. Instead, we should be celebrating the contributions of migrant communities in the UK.

    Windrush citizens like myself have lived here for decades, working, raising families and making a positive contribution to British society. Our generation answered the call to help address the UK's post-WW2 labour shortage, yet many of our children know nothing of that Windrush legacy.

    To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Windrush, Liberal Democrats are calling for 22nd June to be recognised as 'National Windrush Day'. Let's give people from all ethnic backgrounds a reason to celebrate their unique identities, histories and rightful home in UK.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    In news from Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have been instrumental in delivering new legislation that offers greater protection and powers to Scotland's island communities.

    Year in year out, our islands are voted among the best places to live. From unique culture to breathtaking landscapes and world class heritage, we have it all. But for those of us who live and work in our islands, we know there are also unique challenges.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    The EU Withdrawal Bill came back to the House of Commons this week after 15 Government defeats in the Lords. Theresa May's strategy this week was shaped entirely by her tenuous grip over her own ranks.

    Theresa May has struggled for months to maintain Tory unity during her mishandling of Brexit negotiations. Cabinet disputes are spilling into public view, ministers are resigning, and Boris Johnson is whispering about his wish to replace Theresa with Trump.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2018

    On May 4th, South Cambs Lib Dems stormed to victory in all up elections on new boundaries, winning 30 of the 45 seats. Previously we'd held just 14 out of 57 seats. Cllr Bridget Smith became the leader of South Cambridge District Council, and won the chance to put liberal politics into practice and make people's lives better where she lives.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2018

    By-elections might not be able to change the Government, but shock results can change politics and change Britain.

    And now we have a chance to do just that in Lewisham East.

    Since the referendum, every time Jeremy Corbyn could have stood up to the Tories on Brexit, he's sat on his hands.

    We can only stop Brexit with the Labour party's votes. And the only way we get those votes is if they're scared of a pro-European tide sweeping them away.

  • Owen Smith backs Amd 19a
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Bryan Lewis

    Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake has tabled an amendment - 19a - to the EU Withdrawal Bill that to ensure that the people, not politicians, get the final say on the Brexit deal and the opportunity to exit from Brexit.

    Labour MP Owen Smith, Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards and Green MP Caroline Lucas are among the MPs backing the Lib Dems' amendment.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    He explores some of the serious problems facing capitalism today, and how these issues have provoked reactions from the extremes of the political spectrum. Common sense reform is necessary to curb the worst excesses of capitalism.

    "Scarcely a day goes by without a scandal erupting around greedy or bullying bosses, pilfered pension funds, business tax dodging, chaotic private train operators, rewards for failure, bankers' bonuses, price gouging or exploitation of gig workers, zero hours contract employees or modern slaves.

  • No ID so no vote
    Article: Jun 6, 2018
    By Bryan Lewis

    In May's local elections a trial was carried out in five local authority areas in which voters had to show documents such as their passport or driving licence before receiving a ballot paper. It was claimed that this would prevent what is known as personation: a fraudster pretending to be someone else at the polling station. 340 people were stopped from voting as they had not brought suitable ID.

  • Teresa May
    Article: Jun 4, 2018
    By Bryan Lewis

    Almost one in four Tory members want May to resign now. And over two-thirds want her gone before the next election.

    The Tory Party asked its members if Teresa May should resign.

    24% said "YES, NOW" (compared to 13% a month ago)

    45% said "YES, BEFORE 2022 (50% a month ago)

    28% said "NO (34% a month ago)

    The Tories ask their members this question regularly and this is its third highest rating on record. The only credible explanation is that May's policy of delay over the Brexit negotiation is damaging her position and further procrastination is likely to do so even further. Some members think that the longer she hangs on the more damage that she does. The EU understands the political situation here and that she will sign away anything to get fake "progress" in negotiations. Others think it is unwise to change leader in the midst of the EU withdrawal negotiation but they have lost confidence in her ability to deliver on her promises.