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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.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • EU flags
    Article: Jul 27, 2015
    By James Cusick - Political Correspondent in The Independent

    David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on Britain's future membership of the European Union in June next year and will announce the fast-tracked date as the centrepiece of his party's annual conference in October.

    Although the Queen's Speech in May promised the British electorate would be given its first chance since 1975 to have a say on EU membership, the Government did not name a date for the vote, only that it would be held before the end of 2017. Chancellor George Osborne was believed to be keen for the referendum to be held later rather than sooner to maximise chances of securing the best possible deal for Britain, but the Prime Minister has now calculated that a 2016 vote will give him a better chance of promoting what may end up being a limited package of EU reforms, and of highlighting the economic risks Britain could face if it left the EU.

  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    In Liberal Democrat Voice

    The #libdemfightback continues with two good by-election wins in the south east.

    First of all, Neil Houston held on to the Long Ditton Ward of Elmbridge Council:

    LIB DEM - 770

    CON - 611

    GRN - 79

    UKIP - 61

    And in Seaford, in East Sussex, 18 year old Isabelle Murray, who wasn't even old enough to vote in May, won the Seaford Central ward on the Town Council by quite some margin.

  • George Smid and Tim Farron in Oundle
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    By George Smid - PPC for South Holland and the Deepings in Liberal Democrat Voice

    It is indicative that the 'Welfare Bill' made a news splash mainly for the Labour Party's disarray "now we vote, now we won't". Otherwise no emotions shown or played, no questions, no strong public reaction. (With the exception of Tim Farron's speech). The conclusion? Business as usual.

    At the other end of the political spectrum, Labour is leaning left - we do not know the policies yet but the move is apparent. Whatever the result of the Labour leader's election it will be 'business as usual'.

  • STEVE WEBB
    Article: Jul 25, 2015
    By Steve Webb in The Telegraph

    Steve Webb predicts how the Chancellor will change - and reduce - pension tax relief

    When a government is in the early stages of thinking about an issue it often publishes a Green Paper. This is a discussion document, usually asking more questions than it answers, designed to test ideas and seek feedback.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Jul 24, 2015
    By Mark Argent, PPC for North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    A reasonably-new Conservative government lurches to the right. The defeated Labour Party elects its most left-wing leader in a generation. There is a new sense of opportunity in the party as the centre-ground seems to be opening up. At conference the leader's uplifting speech ends "Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government"…

  • 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.

  • money pound save savings
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Michael Kitching in Liberal Democrat Voice

    British Politics is changing. Money buys elections (mostly) and there is no doubt we saw that in May. The Conservatives pumped money and resources in to marginal constituencies and backed by their aggressive national messaging, won.

    Being a Liberal Democrat usually means the same old story, lots of enthusiastic volunteers at election time and everything on a shoe string budget, with the big money reserved for a few strategic seats.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Monday in the Commons, Tim Farron gave his first speech as party leader, against the Welfare Bill, highlighting the effects of the ESA changes on people with mental health conditions, the effects on young people, and on the working age poor. He criticised Labour's confusion over the bill in deciding to abstain, although 48 Labour rebels voted against.