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  • Norman Lamb NHS
    Article: Jan 7, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb has launched proposals for an unprecedented cross party commission into health and social care.

    Norman Lamb, who has received the backing from Conservative and Labour former Health Secretaries Stephen Dorrell and Alan Milburn, believes that only a full non-partisan commission will properly deal with the crisis in health and social care.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2016

    Former MP slams Mr Heappey for Fracking Vote

    Former MP for Wells Tessa has slammed Mr Heappey, the new Tory MP's decision to vote for the abolition of protections against fracking in sensitive countryside, along the coastline and in important wildlife sites.

    Several protective measures for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and National Parks insisted on by the Lib Dems last year were overturned just before Christmas in a vote in Parliament. The new Conservative MP for Wells voted to reverse the protections, which would have served Somerset well.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2016

    Tim Farron's New Year Message

    The New Year is a time to look forward and it is as important for us as a party to set ourselves new goals and ambitions as it is as individuals.

    I am determined that the Liberal Democrats face the new year with a new sense of purpose, a new drive and a sense of ambition.

    David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn both lead parties that are fundamentally divided. Whether it is over Europe, like the Conservatives, or their leader, like Labour, both the government and the official opposition are at war with themselves.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2015

    Tim Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government's plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.


    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to the Prime Minister along with former leaders Nick Clegg, Paddy Ashdown and Menzies Campbell to outline the five principles the party wants to see addressed if they are to support military action in Syria.

    The letter, also signed by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie and the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams, sets out the specific principles that would be required to be met to secure Liberal Democrat support for military action against ISIL in Syria.

    The government has a working majority of 17 MPs and reports state around 15 Conservative MPs have said they will not support the government.

    Tim Farron said:

    "The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government's plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.

    "For three years, Liberal Democrats have been consistently united in saying UK military action must be accompanied by a broader international strategy that can defeat ISIL. This was partly achieved with the UN resolution passed on Friday.

    This is crucial to avoid the perception that somehow only "the West" is opposed to ISIL. It is not, and it is only by working with other countries across the world, and within the region, that we can hope to defeat this enemy."

    Letter to Rt Hon David Cameron MP

    Rt Hon David Cameron MP
    10 Downing Street
    London
    SW1A 2AA

    24 November 2015

    Military Intervention in Syria

    In advance of your statement outlining your plan for military intervention against ISIL in Syria, we are writing to outline the criteria against which we will judge our response to your proposals.

    As you will know our party has maintained a consistent position that airstrikes alone will not defeat ISIL in Syria. Deployment of lethal force should never be used simply as a gesture. It has to have effect, and to have effect it has to be part of a wider strategy, especially on the diplomatic front.

    We are encouraged by the fact that the Government has at last decided to explain the details of that strategy and look forward to hearing what this is.

    The five conditions below give the UK the best chance at having an effective strategy to counter ISIL and make serious progress in ending the Syrian civil war. We call on you to embed them into your plans before they are brought to the House of Commons on Thursday.

    Yours sincerely,

    Tim Farron MP

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

    Former Deputy Prime Minister and Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon

    Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Lord Campbell of Pittenweem

    Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Willie Rennie MSP

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

    Kirsty Williams AM

    Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

    These conditions are:

    1) Legal

    Military intervention must follow an international legal framework. We believe this has been provided by UN Resolution 2249 which urges members to take "all reasonable measures" to defeat ISIL.
    This is the instrument with which all those opposed to ISIL have the means to coordinate military action to defeat them, including regional actors on the ground.

    2) Wider diplomatic framework including efforts towards a no-bomb zone to protect civilians

    Any military action by the UK must be part of a wider international effort involving all who have an interest in defeating ISIL, as a prelude to ending the conflict in Syria, including Russia, Iran and Turkey.
    The UK Government should use all efforts to ensure that the Vienna talks succeed in bringing together the broadest possible support for action to end the war in Syria and effect political transition.
    In addition, we call on the government to explicitly work towards ending the Syrian regime's bombing of civilians with a no-bomb zone to maximise civilian protection and allow for an upscaling of humanitarian access.

    3) UK led pressure on Gulf States for increased support in the region

    The UK should lead a concerted international effort to put pressure on the Gulf States, specifically Saudi Arabia and the Emiratis, to stop the funding of jihadi groups within the region and worldwide and do much more to assist in the effort to defeat ISIL, establish peace in Syria and help with the refugee situation. They are currently doing very little, despite claiming to be part of the anti-ISIL coalition.
    ISIL is not just a Western problem, and this is one way of preventing them from framing the situation in that way.

    4) Post-ISIL plan

    The government must be absolutely clear on what Syria and Iraq will look like post-ISIL, and what post-conflict strategy (including an exit strategy) they propose to give the best chance of avoiding a power vacuum. This must be linked to the above diplomatic framework which will outline steps for ending the wider conflict in Syria.

    5) Domestic

    We acknowledge that the fight against ISIL is not just in the Middle East: it is within Europe and it is here in the UK. We call on the government to immediately publish its 2014 investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood and also call on them to conduct an investigation into foreign funding and support of extremist and terrorist groups in the UK.
    We call on the government to step up its acceptance of Syrian refugees, and opt in to Save the Children's proposal to rehome 3000 unaccompanied refugee children from with Europe.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    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.

    And it will be the credibility of the Liberal Democrats' alternative vision for the economy that will determine our ability to challenge them.

  • Victoria Weavell
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Victoria Weavell and Highbridge Liberal Democrats have been successful in winning the Highbridge by-election in a stunning victory over the Conservatives by 451 votes to 230.

    Commenting on the result, Victoria added, "I am delighted to have won, though I'm sad that the turnout was low, but it's still a good majority. It's the start of a lot of work now for me in Highbridge."

  • Article: Nov 17, 2015

    Extracts from

    Speech to LIberal Democrats' South West conference, Gypsy Hill Hotel, Exeter, 14 November 2015

    by Sir Graham Watson, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee and President of the Western Counties Liberal Democrats.

    The Prime Minister wrote this week to the President of the European Council, setting out the conditions on which he will campaign for the UK to stay in the European Union.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2015

    Mendip Liberal Democrat Councillors have won a vote to safeguard children and the vulnerable, including those suffering with serious physical or mental illness, from bailiffs in the Mendip Council area.

    As a result, the Council will now use bailiffs to collect Council Tax only as an 'absolute last resort'. Furthermore, the tax collection and enforcement policy of the Conservative-led Council will be reviewed.

  • Highbridgeapexpark
    Article: Oct 12, 2015

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillors have discovered that money given by developers to promote Highbridge town centre has been whisked away for other projects.

    When ASDA came to Highbridge, the developer had to pay just under £612,000 to "promote the viability and vitality of Highbridge Town Centre and to fulfil regeneration priorities" identified by Sedgemoor District Council.

  • HofP
    Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats' lack diversity at the top of the party - by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party's history to lead the party's fightback.

    The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back against the Tory government.