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  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Three by elections victories - one hold and two gains from both Labour and Conservatives - are an encouraging boost for the #LibDemFightback.

    Coming the same day that Tim Farron was elected as the new leader of the party, all three ballots had the Lib Dems on over 50% of the vote. Congratulations to all the new Lib Dem councillors!

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

    Tim Farron has condemned the new policy, saying:

    "Today's news is yet another blow for green industry and British jobs. The Conservatives claim they want to tackle climate change, but this is further evidence they don't care about the environment.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2015

    Tim Farron savages Labour and Tories over Welfare Bill in maiden speech as leader.

    Speaking in the House of Commons the new Liberal Democrat leader called Tory plans to rip £12bn from welfare bill "unfair, unwise and inhuman". Tim Farron said the cut was unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity. He accused the Chancellor of "demonising" people with disabilities and mental health conditions. The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP also accused Labour of giving in to the Conservatives' narrative and said their position on the bill was "shameful".

  • Article: Jul 21, 2015

    Today Tim Farron has written to Harriet Harman, calling on Labour to stand with the Liberal Democrats in opposing Tory welfare cuts.

    His letter comes a day after 184 Labour MPs abstained on the Government's Welfare Bill, which includes £12bn worth of ideological cuts, which the Liberal Democrats opposed in Coalition, and continue to oppose now. A copy of Tim's letter is below.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Newly-elected leader Tim Farron has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats will vote against the Government's Welfare Bill.

    Making the announcement, Tim said:

    "The truth is the Tories do not have to cut £12bn from welfare: they are choosing to.

    "The Liberal Democrats will always stand up for families. We will not let the Conservatives, through choice, and the Labour party, through silence, unpick our welfare system."

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015
    By Richard Webber

    Apparently, under our electoral system, we voted for "Austerity" in May. And lots more austerity is what we are going to get.

    We have had a number of debates calling for Westminster to acknowledge the state of County Council funding. It seems we have not yet been heard or understood. We now stand on the brink of trying to put together another budget. We face falling income and increasing financial obligations.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015
    By Alison Rooke

    At the same County Council meeting on 14th July, Liberal Democrat Cllr Alison Rooke asked the Cabinet Member for Education and Families:

    'Would the cabinet member agree with me that, given the acknowledged importance of the Early Intervention service, the current criteria for school admissions of only looking at the needs of the child should be amended to include family considerations as failure to place children in their local school or siblings to be placed in the same school is leading to great distress in families which could, potentially, ultimately lead to failing families thus greatly affecting the children involved?'

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015
    By Richard Webber

    A motion proposed by Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Richard Webber was passed unanimously at the Full Meeting of Oxfordshire County Council on Tuesday 14th July.

    The motion argued that the current New Homes Bonus split of 80% to District Councils and 20% to County Councils has transformed the finances of District and City Councils and put additional strain on County budgets, who are responsible for all the costly infrastructure that new housing requires - principally roads, schools and social services.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton sends greetings to Muslims everywhere at Eid-ul-Fitr.

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said:


    "As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, I would like to wish Muslims in the United Kingdom and all over the world a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.

    "Eid is a joyful occasion and a time for family, friends and neighbours to come together and celebrate the common values that unite us in our humanity.

    "But even during this festive time, the attitude of Muslims to remember those in parts of the world less fortunate than us is exemplary.

    "Throughout Ramadan, Muslim communities collect and distribute Zakat-ul-fitr so that all Muslims are able to participate in the celebration of Eid. And for that, I commend you.

    "May the auspicious occasion of Eid bring you peace, prosperity and happiness.

    "Eid Mubarak."

  • Article: Jul 16, 2015

    We are delighted to announce that Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    In an all-member ballot for the leadership, 56% of members voted with the result revealed this afternoon.

    Tim Farron received 56.5% of the votes and in second place Norman Lamb received the backing of 43.5%.