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  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Today, Her Majesty The Queen opened the new parliamentary session. But we have exactly the same problems as we did in the last session: a government with no majority, no leadership and no realistic plan for our country.

    I used my speech in Parliament today to give a warning to my fellow MPs.

    Here's my speech in full:

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Responding to Derek Mackay's speech to the SNP conference on the economics of independence, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "The SNP's growth commission admits that an independent Scotland would have to introduce significant cuts or tax rises to get the deficit under control.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today slammed this Queen's speech as nothing more that a "charade." Jo Swinson said:

    "This Queen's speech is a charade.

    "'Boris Johnson is pursuing a Brexit deal that will be hugely damaging for our economy, our NHS and our security.

    "There is nothing in this Queen's speech that will bring comfort to the factory worker set to lose their job, or the families struggling to put food on the table because of his Brexit policy.

    "The Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit, and keep the best deal we have as members of the European Union."

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Speaking ahead of Ian Blackford's speech to the SNP conference in Aberdeen, Scottish Liberal Democrat general election chair Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Ian Blackford should enjoy his last speech as SNP Westminster leader. With an election around the corner, the Liberal Democrats are setting out to ensure that he doesn't make another.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019

    I know it's tempting fate and that I shouldn't really, but this week I have not been able to resist the temptation to think what life might be like if I were to win the Presidency.

    So I decided to think what a week might be like in this possible future, combining my job as MP with the job of President.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019

    Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon refusing to rule out a hard border with England in the event of independence on the Andrew Marr Show, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The mask has slipped. For Nicola Sturgeon any price is worth paying to break up the United Kingdom, even dividing friends and family with a hard border.
  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Our experience has taught us that the best campaigns are built on personal stories.

    They give an emotional and personal connection beyond cold, hard facts.

    So to help our campaign to stop Brexit succeed, we have a very specific request.

    Can you tell us how Brexit is personally affecting you and your family?

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Parliament is in deadlock and we are preparing for a GE to be held soon. The Liberal Democrats will go into any election campaigning to win, fighting for our place in the European Union, where we can work internationally to tackle the Climate Emergency.

    Help us make that happen.

    Be ready to vote for the Lib Dems by registering for a postal vote now.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My own family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe in the previous two centuries, scarred by the horrors of extremism, despotism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its many flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Probably the most common question I've had so far in this campaign is 'what's the role of President?' It's an important question because it gets to the heart of what we need to do to be more successful in our ambition to build a fair, free and open society, as it says in our constitution.

    One part of the role - being the voice of the grassroots in the room with the party leadership - is one all previous Presidents have taken seriously. But what else they do with the role has varied depending on the circumstances.