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  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.

    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.

    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.

    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.

    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • EU Action Day 16May16
    Article: May 14, 2016

    Today (Saturday) Liberal Democrats across the South Central Region held street stalls and made the positive, progressive case for remaining in the European Union.

    Liberal Democrats are internationalists because we understand that by working together countries can achieve more than they can alone. We want Britain, and England, to stay in Europe because that is how we keep our country strong, prosperous, safe and green.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

  • Article: May 12, 2016

    Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said

    "Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.

    "It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don't have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them."

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting on reports that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to announce the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket' , Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."

  • Portsmouth Winning 2016
    Article: May 10, 2016

    Commenting following the final declaration of results in the local elections, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Now that all votes have been counted, it's incredible to see that it is the Liberal Democrats who have made the greatest gains in the English local elections. We have increased our share of seats more than any other party and are the only ones to increase their number of councils.

  • Clive Jones winning photo 2016
    Article: May 7, 2016

    CLIVE JONES won the Hawkedon ward of Wokingham Borough council for the Liberal Democrats on 5th May 2016.

    " I am delighted to be the new Lib Dem Councillor for Hawkedon ward.

    "I have led the campaign to have a quieter M4 motorway and the electorate have recognised this. I have got a quieter road surface coming and an acoustic fence by the motorway. We want the fence to be higher and longer.

    "The Conservatives plans to spend £139m on the town centre in Wokingham was very unpopular. Residents saw it as a waste of money. This was the case in other parts of the Borough as well where the Lib Dems came close to winning.

    "Primary and Secondary school pupils not getting their first choice of school and the awful under funding of schools in Wokingham were big issues.

    "We have produced regular Focus newsletters and residents read them. We keep in touch with them all year round and we have knocked on hundreds of doors." said Clive Jones.


    Cllr. Clive Jones



    The last time the Lib Dems won this ward was in 2003.

    Clive was the Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham at the 2015 General election.

  • CB
    Article: May 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has won the Green Ribbon Political Award recognising her outstanding environmental achievements.

    Catherine was awarded in the "MEP of the Year" category for her work fighting for stronger European targets to tackle air pollution. The judges commended Catherine for generating public awareness of the issue and championing EU action to improve air quality, often in the face of opposition from the UK government.