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  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The dodgy Brexit demagogues should start getting worried about transparency and criminal investigations shining a light on their actions.

    Aaron Banks is facing a criminal investigation over loans to leave campaigns. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are piling on the pressure over the lack of transparency surrounding donations to Northern Ireland political parties.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    In an appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee this afternoon, the Immigration Minister made the cloud of uncertainty facing EU citizens in the UK even worse.

    Caroline Nokes was unable to answer how employers would be able to tell the difference between EU citizens who have been living in the UK for five years or more - and are therefore entitled to settled status - and those who haven't, and would therefore be subject to new controls.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    New regulations proposed by the Government would be yet another erosion of people's civil liberties.

    The House of Lords cannot stop or amend the regulations, but we can put on record our dissent, and I'm tabling a motion to do that today.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are standing up to protect our freedoms

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    "A standstill non-event" - Vince Cable

    "This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event.

    If we are to see an end to austerity, then we need a proper injection of cash

    "With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems are still to be tackled. It was a sticking plaster Budget, when major surgery lies ahead.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    Philip Hammond tried to strike an upbeat note today, declaring "austerity is over". Cossetted inside Westminster for the afternoon, he hid away from the storm clouds gathering over our economy.

    Brexit is making the situation worse.

    In truth, austerity cannot be brought to an end without difficult decisions involving an increase in taxation. Excluding the Government's promises on the NHS, maintaining real spending on public services will require an additional £19bn in extra tax and borrowing. And Brexit itself is making the situation worse.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2018
    By Simone Van Beek

    The Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens are working together, alongside rebels from Labour and the Conservatives, to fight Brexit. Vince Cable pressed Barnier on the need for the EU to make contingency plans for a People's Vote and to protect EU and UK citizens rights in the event of a no deal Brexit.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2018

    On Saturday 20th October, the Liberal Democrats marched in the People's Vote Rally, the largest public demonstration in a decade, calling on the governmnet to give the final say on Brexit to the British public.

    And we were there marching with bells on.

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    We had local parties marching

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    Our MPs were getting in on the action

  • Article: Oct 24, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    These include the reversal of cuts to the work allowance, worth around £3bn a year, and ending the benefits freeze a year early.

    Vince said: "The problems stem from conflicting objectives: providing minimum family income; providing incentives to work; simplification; and saving money. Simplification, saving money and work incentives have taken precedence over the first, crucial, priority.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2018

    Following the all member survey and consultation on setting up a registered supporter scheme the Federal Board met on 15 and 22 October.

    At the first meeting we saw the results of the survey and at the second the rapporteur notes of the various consultation events around the country.

    We discussed these results and your comments and queries and considered the next steps.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2018
    By Baroness Hamwee

    Last night the Conservative Government was defeated in the House of Lords, with peers voting for a Liberal Democrat-backed amendment that will prevent the death penalty being used in cases where the UK has provided electronic data.

    The death penalty is cruel, inhumane and irreversible. The UK must oppose its use anywhere in the world.