by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 17 Sep 2018
Gina Miller delivered an impassioned speech on the need to continue with a unified fight against Brexit.
Let’s be clear, in the debate we had in 2016 about Europe, there was scant idealism. Lies were told.
Miller called on people to put the national interest ahead of political divisions:
"Even though I am now politically independent, I am here to cheer you on, and to walk side by side with you all as Liberal Democrats seeking to stop the decay in our democracy, to stop the politics of division, to unite rather than to divide, to offer hope and to recognise that we must defend liberal values founded on equality of opportunity, tolerance, respect and humanity.
Above all things, humanity."
The Liberal Democrats are proud to have fought Brexit since the referendum, and we will continue to fight for an exit from Brexit.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds took to the stage today.
We demand a Wales free from discrimination and bigotry.
Dodds took aim at divisive identity politics running rife across Wales:
"Too much of our politics attempts to divide our identities, as if having more than one identity is a betrayal of all of them."
More broadly, the Welsh Lib Dem Leader called for new reforms across the NHS, and developing a new green economy in the UK.
"There is huge potential to build an innovative green economy that provides clean, affordable and reliable energy for generations to come. However, the UK Government neglected this fact yet again and cancelled the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project."
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by Liberal Democrats on Sun, 16 Sep 2018
In her keynote speech Jo Swinson declared that the Liberal Democrats are the only party who will put people at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
When society demanded better, it was liberals who delivered. The Fourth Industrial Revolution gives us the same opportunity, and Conference - we must deliver again.
The Deputy Leader explored how the fundamental basis of the social contract has been broken in the U.K. People are struggling to make ends meet while the rich and powerful play by a different set of rules.
On the topic of Brexit, she had a clear message for Jeremy Corbyn: "grow a backbone, stand up for the millions of people who voted for you and help us stop Brexit."
As for the SNP, the MP from East Dunbartonshire had this to say "The reality is that Scottish nationalists have a one-track mind. While the country edges closer to the precipice, they’re manoeuvring to turn Brexit into the breakup of the UK."
But there is hope. Swinson explained how the revolutionary technological impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution could be harnessed with true liberal leadership.
The President of the Liberal Democrats addressed Conference with a rallying cry to keep fighting Brexit:
"A year ago at Conference in Bournemouth I urged you to hold firm for our demand for a vote on the final Brexit deal, and that as a party we would still fight for our place in the EU because we knew - and still know - that it is best for Britain, and also best for the European Union."
Looking ahead, the President asked members to think to local elections next year and to retain an open mind towards Vince Cable's party reform proposals, building off the amazing local election results from earlier this year.
Check out Sal Brinton speaking on Brexit here:
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats took questions from members this afternoon in the main auditorium. The topics were wide-ranging, but one interesting question cropped up - are the Liberal Democrats being too nice?
Find out below:Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Liberal Democrats on Sat, 15 Sep 2018
The Liberal Democrat (anti-Brexit) Spokesperson set out a vision for the UK staying in the EU with a real Brexit dividend of getting out of this madness. He also had a few words for some of the individuals responsible for this continued mess:
On Boris Johnson:
"If that is our PM’s vision of No Deal Brexit Britain, what is the Brexit Britain vision of the man widely tipped to be the future leader of the Tory party, Boris - punishment-beatings, Road to Mandalay, prosecco - Johnson?
We don’t know. Because he is a man of many words, but no Brexit plan. All mouth and no trousers. A charlatan who spent more time currying favour with Steve Bannon and sucking up to Donald Trump than he did reading his Ministerial briefs."
On Jeremy Corbyn:
"Are you leader or a mouse? Can you give a clear statement on where Labour stands on Brexit or, as with your position on anti-antisemitism, do you need a 500 word addendum to qualify it?"
On Jacob Rees-Mogg
"His Brexit vision of borders and security checks chimes with his social vision taking Britain back to the 1920s."
On where we go from here
Tom brake ended his speech with a call to arms for those unsatisfied with the current political status quo:
We must scrap Ofsted. Where a school is struggling, an inspection system should support that school to improve, not punish it.
The Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education gave an impassioned speech on ending cuts to crucial youth services, pledging more money for special needs education and ending the toxic "exam culture" that damages both teachers and students.
Layla Moran called for a forward thinking education policy - declaring that "whatever their background, we demand better for every single child."
The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon also attacked Government plans to expand grammar schools, despite them failing to improve social mobility. "What a waste of money."
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by Liberal Democrats on Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The Liberal Democrats are opposing Government proposals to:
by Liberal Democrats on Wed, 12 Sep 2018
The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per year, though this is likely to grow as the rate of wealth passed down increases in the coming years.
Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party’s Autumn Conference in Brighton next week.
Download the full proposal here.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Wera Hobhouse on Fri, 07 Sep 2018
Over a year ago, I started work on making ‘upskirting’, the practice of photographs up a person’s skirt without their consent, a specific criminal offence.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Greg Foster on Fri, 07 Sep 2018
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by Liberal Democrats on Fri, 07 Sep 2018
We returned this week from Parliament’s long summer recess.
I used the break to give some thought as to the role my party should be playing in the British political system.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Wera Hobhouse on Wed, 05 Sep 2018
Letting fees are an unfair cost pushed onto tenants by greedy landlords.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Edward Davey on Wed, 05 Sep 2018
In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK’s broken immigration system, end the Conservatives’ hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 04 Sep 2018
Over the weekend, member Ruby Chow started a thread on Twitter asking Lib Dems who the top ten most important people in the party were to them.
What followed was a thread full of love for Lib Dems across the country who have encouraged, supported or inspired others.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 30 Aug 2018
The report – “Taxing Land, Not Investment” – calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.
This ground-breaking research was led by founder of the Lib Dem Business and Entrepreneurs Network (LDBEN) Andrew Dixon, in response to mounting concerns about the negative impact of business rates on struggling high streets and the wider economy.
Key recommendations from the report include:
by Tom Brake on Thu, 30 Aug 2018
The Government have refused to guarantee that MPs will see the full impact analysis of a no-deal Brexit before the final vote on departure from the EU.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Liberal Democrats on Fri, 24 Aug 2018
Our Exit from Brexit Summer Campaign is in full swing. Across the country, Liberal Democrats have been speaking to voters in their area about how disastrous Brexit is going to be.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Tom Brake on Fri, 24 Aug 2018
In a speech yesterday the Brexit Secretary set out the no-deal Brexit papers.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Christine Jardine on Thu, 23 Aug 2018
Yesterday, I sent you a video of Corbyn refusing to answer a question about whether we would be better off after Brexit five times.
Already this has been seen fifty thousand times on Facebook thanks to you all sharing it online – and with no sign of it slowing down.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Sal Brinton on Wed, 15 Aug 2018
It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Vince Cable on Tue, 14 Aug 2018
The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.
What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.
This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.
I expressed this concern 2 decades ago in two pamphlets for the think tank, Demos. I would stress now, as then, that liberals view people as individuals, rather than through the prism of their race, religion or sexuality.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Nick Harvey on Fri, 10 Aug 2018
After the 2015 election disaster, a comprehensive post-mortem led by James Gurling analysed what had gone wrong and made a huge number of detailed recommendations of what should be done differently next time.
However, the snap election of 2017, coming just two years later and out of left field, meant that we were still recovering from 2015 and had not had much chance to implement many of those changes.Read this article on www.libdems.org →
by Kishan Devani on Fri, 10 Aug 2018
I say no - conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path. The future of our great United Kingdom and our future generations is far more important than anything else in my view and worth fighting for every step of the way.
Politics surely should be about policies and not personal attacks - what a shame it hasn't remained that way? What I did not realise is that this was just the beginning of a long and rocky ride over the coming months where I saw a real lurch to the right, in the words of the former Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC the party has started to mould itself into ‘UKIp-Lite’.
This lurch to the right began to be visible to me during the EU Referendum campaign. Having been instrumental in setting up ‘British Indians for In’ with the now Employment Minister Alok Sharma MP, I travelled up and down the country talking to the British Indian Community about the benefits of remaining in the EU.
Currently the only political leader and party outlining the inconsistencies in the Brexit argument are the Liberal Democrats & Sir Vince Cable - everyone else seems to have vanished & with them their 'remain' arguments too. That for me is still not the issue (even though some would say it remarkable how 'remain' politicians are now silent) – the issues are the by-products of the referendum vote for example a rise in hate crime in London and across the country.
Ethnic minority communities in particular the youth in these communities have been subjected to abuse which has divided our strong and united country. This has in my view been brought about by this constant lurch to the right by the Government.
This surely cannot be correct? Would we like our children or family members being treated differently just because they have a different accent? It is unfortunately where we currently are in our country. Whilst over 17 million people voted to leave the EU, over 16 million voted to stay.Read this article on www.libdems.org →