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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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    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Today the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, gave a speech on the Government's new energy policy. It involves cutting back further on renewables and increasing nuclear and gas. Decarbonisation has been down-graded in terms of priority.

    It also includes the end of electricity from coal, which Liberal Democrats have long argued for and which the Conservatives repeatedly opposed during the Coalition.

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Today, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron delivers his first economic speech as leader and sets out the Liberal Democrat priorities ahead of next week's Comprehensive Spending Review.

    Full Text of the Speech:

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    As ever, as all of you know, it will be the performance of the economy over the next five years that will determine, ultimately, how this Government is judged.

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    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 18, 2015

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have slammed the government after it was revealed Scotland's poorest students are now £1,000 worse off than before the SNP were elected.

    In 2007 the value of the maximum student bursary available to students living away from home was almost £3,000 but has now dropped to £1,875 in 2015.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP today called out the SNP for reneging on their election promise to deliver 30,000 homes for social rent before the 2016 Holyrood election.

    Speaking ahead of a key debate on the government's housebuilding programme, Mr Hume said ministers are trying to "cover their tracks" after they claimed to have fulfilled their target, despite only building 20,000 homes for social rent. The other 10,000 homes built are affordable homes.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today warned that the SNP appear all at sea over national standardised testing in schools.

    The claim followed the Education Secretary's evidence to the Education Committee today, during which she suggested that Ministers would seek to force Councils to end existing local school testing arrangements with no clarity over what will replace them.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Remarks from Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, at the "Motion of Condolence: Paris, 13 November 2015":

    "The city of love is wounded by hate.

    "Today to Paris we send our love, to help it heal.

    "Of course we are afraid.

    "We saw the fear of people in Paris on Friday.

    "And so we can imagine the fear of the refugees fleeing the barbarity of those same killers back home.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Tavish Scott MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for its handling of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments issue.

    Since June 2014 the Scottish Government has spent £178m putting the new support scheme for farmers in place with payments due to run from December to June.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP has today called for urgent action from the Scottish Government as new data reveals last year 100,000 patients were admitted for hospital treatment outwith their local area.

    The data, highlighted as part of a response to a parliamentary question posed by Mr Hume, reveals there have been year-on-year increases in the number of patients referred outwith their health board area since the flagship Treatment Time Guarantee was introduced.