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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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  • RAF Tornado aircraft / aeroplane (Photo: Corporal Mike Jones/MOD [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Commenting on the possibility of Britain joining air strikes in Syria, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "A few British bombs on top of the Russian and American ones will achieve little, and could even make the situation worse. We must not play into ISIS' narrative that they are being opposed only by 'the West'. Importantly, Britain must not be knee-jerk in our response: the fact that something must be done doesn't mean you do something that is going to be counterproductive.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Norman Lamb has dealt a stinging rebuke to Labour's Ken Livingstone for suggesting a shadow defence minister who criticised him needed "psychiatric help".

    Former Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb MP, who has long championed better mental health services and support, said:

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    David Cameron, in his speech to the Conservative Party conference, no doubt wanted everyone to come away thinking he had made an apparent 11th hour conversion to social justice. From almost anyone else, this would be welcome - but Cameron's empty rhetoric will fool no one.

    If you want to understand this Conservative Government you have to look at what they have done, and not the promises of a seasoned PR man. In this case actions truly do speak louder than words.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have set up an independent panel of experts to establish how a legalised market for cannabis could work in the United Kingdom.

    It comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on legalisation of the production, sale and use of cannabis, which is the result of a petition to parliament with 221,019 signatures.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are launching a cross party move to defeat the Government and give 16 year olds a vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

    We are aiming to follow up the successful vote in the Lords when they defeated the Government to include votes at 16 for council elections.

    Allowing 16 year olds to vote in general is something we have campaigned on for years. While allowing votes for 16 year olds in the referendum has cross party support, and even has the backing of the 'leave' campaign, increasing the pressure on David Cameron.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Tim Farron has branded George Osborne's unfair tax credit changes the Chancellor's very own Poll Tax.

    As a debate takes place in Parliament on the changes that will penalise working families, Tim said:

    "George Osborne's attack on working families is an aggressive assault on millions of people in Britain. Saying you are listening is cold comfort to hard working people who face losing a large part of their pay packet.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey have written to Amber Rudd to call for the end of the Tories' "ideological assault" on green energy.

    The pair are deeply alarmed with the "systematic unravelling" of the renewable industries since May 8 and believe Conservative policies fatally undermine the UK's climate change commitments.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Lib Dems in the House of Lords are planning to spike the Government's tax credit plans by tabling a "fatal motion".

    The peers have decided to take this step as the tax credit plans are deeply unfair and would leave three million low income people £1,000 worse off.

    Zahida Manzoor, the party's Work and Pensions spokesperson, will table the motion which would decline to approve the regulations and, if passed, the Government will have to come up with a revised version of its proposals.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    MEPs in the European Parliament have given the final go-ahead to scrapping roaming charges in the EU by 2017 in a move that is expected to save the average British holidaymaker £61 off their mobile phone bill each year.

    The new law will mean that from June 2017, UK citizens will no longer be charged additional fees for using their mobile phones while abroad in the EU. Instead, phone users will pay the same price to make calls, send messages and use data as they would in the UK.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Only the Liberal Democrats will defend families in Oldham West and Royton from the scourge of tax credit cuts, by-election candidate Jane Brophy said today.

    The party said it would fight the by-election with a firm message: Labour is in disarray and only the Lib Dems will stand up for local people in the face of brutal Tory cuts.