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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

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  • Post 2015-Conservative Government Environmental Record graphic
    Article: Jan 21, 2016

    Responding to reports that 2015 was the hottest year since records began Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, said:

    "This frightening data has to be a wakeup call to the Tories as they relentlessly move ahead with cuts to the green sector whilst crying crocodile tears.

    "This warning proves that the state of the environment is far too serious for us to sit on our hands.

  • Gun Stockpile
    Article: Jan 20, 2016

    According to Amnesty International the UK government sold 1 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia in just three months despite widespread human rights violations in Yemen.

    The figures - published in the Strategic Export Controls (1 July-30 September 2015) report - show that during this period 49 export licences were granted (with none refused), with a total value of £1,080,855,244. Overwhelmingly - to a value of £1,066,216,510 - this was made up of five export licences for large consignments of bombs and other munitions.

  • Model wearing a hijab at Muslim In Style Fashion Show (By Firdaus Latif (Moslema in style Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 19, 2016

    Dangerous proposals by the Government which threaten individual freedoms risk exacerbating racial and religious tensions, Tim Farron has warned. By linking the practices of ordinary British Muslims with radicalisation the Prime Minister risks alienating large sections of our society.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

  • doctor
    Article: Jan 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the British Medical Assocation's decision to call off the 48-hour junior doctors' strike due to start next Tuesday in England.

    Tens of thousands of trainees in England were due to provide emergency care-only cover for 48 hours, beginning next Tuesday. However, the association decided to halt the action while conciliation talks between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health continue.

  • YorkFlood
    Article: Jan 15, 2016

    The government is responsible for a woeful shortfall in cash needed to fix up flood-affected communities in Northern England, Tim Farron has said. The Liberal Democrat leader also suggested the government would be quicker to react to the problem had it struck in the home counties.

    The government dug deep last December to finance a £300 million scheme to protect the Thames Valley despite rejecting a £180 million scheme to safeguard over 4,000 homes in Leeds, one of the areas worst affected by the Christmas deluge. All parts of the country, Tim believes should get the same protection and focus.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to holding the Government to account over the promises David Cameron made in the debate over airstrikes in Syria. The Liberal Democrats believe that the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia continues to be a key concern.

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the antithesis of a liberal state. Despite nods to opening up the democratic process in the recent years, the reality is that this is still a country where nearly all freedoms are restricted.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2016

    Tim Farron wrote to the Prime Minister, together with Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown, Ming Campbell, Kirsty Williams and Willie Rennie setting out five principles against which the Liberal Democrats would judge the case for extension of military action against ISIL in Syria.

    This is an update on the action taken since the Liberal Democrats supported extending military action against ISIL in Syria, and how it relates to these five principles.

  • Brighton Conference Centre
    Article: Jan 14, 2016
    By Andrew Wiseman, Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee

    The Liberal Democrats Federal Conference Committee is very mindful of the cost of attending conference. The cost of coming to Autumn Party conference as well as the overall length is often raised in feedback from members. As well as keeping registrations rates as low as possible to members, launching the conference access fund and negotiating discounts on travel costs we have been looking at the length of the autumn conference. The main costs of attending conference, for most people, is having to take time off work and the cost of accommodation. Many members are not able to take the time off work. There is also increasing pressure on all political parties to reduce the length of all political conferences to minimise the impact on parliamentary time.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2016

    Last night Tim Farron gave a passionate attack against the Government's housing reforms, saying:

    "If we believe that aspiration is right and that the right to own one's home is good and something to work towards, we should be allowing a like-for-like replacement of homes sold off in advance. If we want to destroy social housing, we should do what the Government are doing."

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 13, 2016

    Commenting on the Royal Bank of Scotland's warning of a 'cataclysmic' year with slumps in shares and oil, Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "The warnings by RBS today expose how complacent George Osborne is being with our economy. Just as experts are telling investors to brace for a return to 2008, the Chancellor is declaring economic turmoil a thing of the past and relaxing rules on the banks.