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  • Article: May 29, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have punched above our weight over the last five years at the Scottish Parliament and the team announced today will help ensure that we continue to lead the agenda.

    Our party is full of talented people and I am delighted that senior party figures outside of Holyrood will play a leading role in driving our policy agenda forwards for the next five years.

  • Article: May 20, 2016

    This extremely bare Queen's Speech is all about managing the divisions within the Conservative Party and very little to do with meeting the challenges facing our country.

    Twelve months after a winning a general election where they promised to focus on the economy and public finances, David Cameron's government is already running out of steam. This Queen's speech ignored the big challenges we face on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment.

  • Article: May 19, 2016

    One of the biggest scandals of the last couple of years has been the ongoing saga of delays to a new computer system that is supposed to ensure that farmers receive crucial EU payments on time.

    Deadlines have been missed and missed again. The budget has ballooned by more than £70 million. And at the end of it all, we still don't know whether we will have a working system by the EU deadline at the end of June. Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:



    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.



    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.



    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.



    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.



    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.



    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Today I stood for election as First Minister to set out the Liberal Democrats priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parliament. Education. Mental health services. The environment and civil liberties. These are all things that need to be at the top of the Holyrood agenda for the next five years.

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

  • Article: May 12, 2016

    Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said



    "Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.



    "It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don't have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them."

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting on reports that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to announce the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket' , Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:



    "The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."