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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.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In a bold, positive and progressive offer for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections, the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has today committed his party to making the biggest investment in Scottish education since devolution by increasing income tax by a penny.

    The party is committing to this investment to deliver a transformational effect on Scottish education and to reverse the damage of SNP cuts. The party's proposals will include a Pupil Premium, an expansion in nursery education, reversal of college cuts and stopping school cuts. The party will be leading a debate on the Pupil Premium in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.

    The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

  • A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents. It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents.

    It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.

  • Lib Dem mental health poster from 2014
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year. The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

  • paddick
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    The Government is pressing ahead with measures to allow Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take responsibility for their local fire and rescue services.

    In response, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Peer and former senior MET police officer, said:

    "PCCs are a failed experiment, it is time to put them to bed not expand their remit.

  • Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron talking to refugees in Calais
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister calling on him to formally announce the plan for the UK to offer refuge 3,000 unaccompanied children.

    On Sunday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening told Sky News Britain's approach had 'evolved' and confirmed Britain was reviewing its response to what Save the Children and Tim have calculated are 3,000 children in Europe travelling without their parents.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Jan 25, 2016

    News that Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes for the last ten years has been slammed as a "sweetheart deal" by the Liberal Democrat Treasurer Spokesman Susan Kramer.

    Responding to the Google tax settlement Susan Kramer said:

    "This settlement shows once again that the Government is allowing one rule for the biggest companies and another for ordinary taxpayers.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2016

    I think this is my third meeting with the Chamber which shows the importance that the Liberal Democrats place on the North East, the economy and the chamber itself.

    It is at this time that the real value of your organisation is clear. Speaking up for business and offering constructive suggestions on the way ahead in a part of the country that too often is taken for granted by politicians in Holyrood.