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  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Voting reform is not about the electoral advantage of any party.

    It is about better democracy.

    As politicians we have a responsibility to ensure voters across the UK do not feel disenfranchised.

    In this election the Liberal Democrats increased their vote share by 4%, more than any other party, but achieved fewer seats in Parliament.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Today, Boris Johnson will take his reckless Withdrawal Agreement to MPs. It will be rushed through to meet the arbitrary deadline of January 31st.

    Johnson and his government don't care how it will affect British people, or how the worst off in our society will be hit hardest.

    They just want to push Brexit through, whatever the cost.

    A harmful Brexit deal isn't the only plan they have which will irreparably damage our country. Among the announcements in the Queen's Speech are plans to:

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson's government has set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards.

    Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis.

    The fact that radical climate action has been ignored is a hallmark of a government which is setting all the wrong priorities.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    The CBI has revealed that Britain's factory sector has suffered its worst quarter since the financial crisis, and financial experts warn the pound is likely to weaken in 2020, both as a result of Brexit uncertainty.

    This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson's government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.

    Whether its putting people's livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson's promise to unleash Britain's potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    We haven't even left yet.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    New official figures show just over a third of EU citizens have been given Settled Status by the end of November.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    Boris Johnson plans to remove the safety net in the Withdrawal Agreement by making it illegal for Parliament to extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

    This pushes the UK closer to a no-deal Brexit that will wreck our economy, our NHS, our efforts to combat climate change, workers' rights, and much more.

  • Ed Maxfield
    Article: Dec 16, 2019

    Dear Duncan

    Congratulations on your election victory. You have won a substantial mandate from people who rightly have high expectations of their MP. You will have already seen how quickly your inbox fills with issues to tackle but I want to take this chance to highlight three critical issues of concern to your constituents that I hope you will put at the top of your 'to do' list.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019

    I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as President of the Liberal Democrats.

    The news is overshadowed by the results of the general election where, in amongst the individual brilliant results, there were so many disappointments and tragedies. After such a promising start as our party leader only a few months ago, Jo's own defeat is particularly saddening.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019
    By Mike Dixon

    The new President of the Liberal Democrats is….

    Mark Pack

    Many congratulations to him on his election and commiserations to Christine Jardine. Both were superb candidates and fought an election in the best traditions of Liberal Democrat internal elections.

    I'd also like to give my thanks also to the staff and volunteers who have been counting in Liberal Democrat HQ since early this morning and who have run this set of elections whilst also preparing for and playing their party in the General Election campaign.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2019

    This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

    This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

    Leaders evading scrutiny, whether it was Corbyn ducking phone-ins or Johnson hiding in a fridge.

    Voters feeling forced to choose the least worst option, squeezing out positivity.

    Even before it started, we saw an exodus of MPs, especially women, ground down by abuse, intimidation and threats.