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  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberalism is in my bones. Mum and Dad were Liberals and, as a teenager, I set up a Young Liberal Branch in our local town in Norfolk. It took me three attempts to enter Parliament. We started 15,500 votes behind the Conservatives.

    I had been an employment lawyer, but also got elected to Norwich City Council and led the Lib Dem opposition. When I finally got to Westminster I wanted to do as much as I could to pursue my Liberal values. There is only any point in this job if you aim to make a difference to people's lives. Having the chance to do that as a Minister was an opportunity that I had to grasp.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I love this party because in my heart and in my soul I am a liberal.

    I believe in a society in which we are all free to make our own choices and live the lives we want. But freedom means very little when the only choices we have to make are whether to feed our children or heat our homes.

    I am therefore proud - really proud - of our work in government defending people from having to make such impossible choices: the pupil premium giving every child a decent start in life; lifting millions out of tax- that is a record of real achievement.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels last night to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • Sarah Smith with Charlie Elphicke MP and Target Ovarian Cancer
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    "I am shocked that so few women with ovarian cancer in our area are in clinical trials" said Sarah Smith, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, at a House of Commons event to publicise new research findings from Target Ovarian Cancer.

    "Clinical trials are essential to the discovery of new treatments for ovarian cancer but they are also a benchmark of excellence in care. Women in Dover and Deal should be getting the same chance as women in other parts of the country to go into these trials.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    Reacting to the Conservatives' plans to change the child poverty target, Baroness Pinnock, Lib Dem Children's spokesperson in the House of Lords, said:

    "The Tories stubbornly refused to sign up to more credible child poverty measures while in Coalition. So, you have to question whether it really is high on their agenda now?

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Elaine Bagshaw and Chris Walts write about their campaigns and experiences in the recent Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election.

    Like most Lib Dems we were very disappointed on May 7th. We worked incredibly hard as part of the general election effort, and the results were extremely deflating. After watching Nick's speech, we decided the best way to move forward was to go back out and try and win another election despite the odds. We knew in some ways it wasn't about winning (although that was still our goal), it was about something much bigger. It was about trying to bring hope back to the party and putting us back into the hearts of the electorate. In short, we wanted to make the campaign a key component of what would become the #LibDemFightback.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton has recorded the following message for Ramadan 2015.

    As-salamu alaykum.

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I am delighted to send this message to Muslims in the UK and across the world who are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

    Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and sharing; of fasting and prayer. It is a time for renewing faith and strengthening the bonds between family and friends.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats today attacked the blinkered Tory approach to drugs policy as they tabled a series of amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords.

    The party will call on the Conservatives to delay new laws until a full review is carried out into how existing legislation is failing to stop the harm caused by drugs.