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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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  • 2015 Euro Referendum Campaign Footer
    Article: Dec 1, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    The Case to Stay IN is Strong

    The out campaign have been practising their messages for years but how will they react when put under pressure to defend their claims? Just how much depth of knowledge do they have or is it a thin covering that simply adopts the idea of being negative and blaming the EU for all the problems?

    I am indebted to David Walker of the Regions Campaigns working group for points he raised, reasons for us arguing strongly to Stay IN. Here are some of the points highlighted by David.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2015
    By Kate Smith


    Amber Valley Local Party are holding their AGM slightly later than usual this year, on Tuesday evening 8 December, with an excellent Speaker on the EU Referendum - Phil Knowles, Regional Referendum Co-ordinator and Vice Chair

    It is very good that almost half the local members have sent apologies so far; many thanks to all these people for asking for papers from the meeting on this important subject.

    This message is for all those who haven't sent apologies: we need all other local members to attend, otherwise the meeting will not be Quorate (that is, too low a proportion for any decisions taken to be valid).

  • Article: Nov 27, 2015
    By Adam Wain

    Tim Farron was the guest on Have I Got News For You this week.

    You can watch it here:


  • 2015 Euro Referendum Campaign Footer
    Article: Nov 27, 2015
    By Phil Knowles
    The Discussion on the EU Referendum is gathering pace. During our regular European Referendum Campaign Committee Conference call this week we were reminded by Leon about a major Consultation that is taking place on the subject of EU Citizenship. Here are just a few of the details from the EU Website which we hope you might find of interest.
  • UK Blood Donation award (10 donations)
    Article: Nov 27, 2015

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has welcomed news that rules which currently stop gay men from giving blood are to be reconsidered.

    The government has confirmed it will review the current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. At present in England, Wales and Scotland, men who have sex with men are deferred from giving blood for 12 months. A permanent ban remains in place in Northern Ireland, subject to ongoing legal action.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2015
    By Michael Mullaney
    This Saturday 28th November is the last weekend before the crucial, by election in Barwell, Leicestershire on 3rd December
    Jeff and Trish Bannister have kindly agreed to host an event at their house 24 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SL. Their be refreshments and a hot meal available
    It's between 10am and 3pm. There'll be a range of activities including delivering and canvassing and also stuffing/writing envelopes for people who don't want to/are unable to deliver leaflets or knock on doors. It would be a great help if you could make it even for just an hour.
  • Article: Nov 26, 2015
    By Phil Knowles

    December 10th Harborough District Council By Election

    "It's going to be close" "Please, your help is needed"

    Lib Dems in Market Harborough are working hard to hold on to the seat that is to be contested on December 10th. It's been held by the Lib Dems for over twenty years but the Conservatives are literally throwing the kitchen sink at the By Election as they try to take the seat.

  • Tim Farron Speaking
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review.

    Commenting, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "This was a deeply political budget from a deeply political Chancellor. It looks good in the theatrics of the Commons, with Labour divided, weak and inept, but the budget will unravel.

  • Article: Nov 24, 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.

  • Syria Refugee Camp
    Article: Nov 24, 2015

    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.