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Tom Brake

Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington

Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington

With Only A Year To Go To Strike A Brexit Deal, The Government Must Get Real

With only one year to go for a UK-EU deal to be reached (when incorporating the time it takes for the deal to be ratified by the EU Parliament and the EU27), it's time the Government got real and made some constructive offers such as to ring-fence citizens' rights. This is their only real chance of breaking the deadlock. We can all hear the clock ticking away...
02/10/2017 17:23 BST

The Government Is Deserting Young People - And It's Not Just Brexit

We cannot sit by and let young people fall through the cracks, as the Conservatives stack the cards against them. From Hard Brexit to struggling schools, the interests of our future generations are being completely ignored... The right to have a roof over your head is a fundamental one, and we must defend it.
06/04/2017 16:40 BST

While Rome Is Burning, Jeremy Corbyn Waters The Plants

A recent ICM poll found that a mere 35% of British citizens agree with leaving the EU without a deal, something that Theresa May has threatened to do. But Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party don't seem to care, backing the Tories in the Commons all the way.
07/03/2017 11:40 GMT

As Erasmus Celebrates 30th Anniversary, We Must Fight To Protect Student Exchange Post-Brexit

As the UK embarks on the most complex series of discussions ever undertaken, the outcome of which will significantly define the future of our country, I will always keep in mind the contagious energy, passion and hope of all the local students I met last year and the millions of younger people across the UK. They are looking for a voice to defend their life chances. We will do our utmost to deliver.
26/01/2017 11:28 GMT

Welcome To Our Ukip Government

Just a few minutes after the PM's speech yesterday, a triumphant Nigel Farage rightly congratulated himself for his effective takeover of the UK Government. Indeed Theresa May's address, aimed at appeasing the right wing tabloids, sounded like a UKIP conference speech. There can be no doubt it would have received a resounding and prolonged standing ovation there.
20/01/2017 13:44 GMT

Tomorrow Richmond Can Vote Against Hard Brexit

The party's success in Witney surprised the Conservative Government, and showed the public that our fightback is well underway. An even stronger challenge in Richmond Park would shake the Government's resolve. It would be a huge victory for progressive, liberal values.
30/11/2016 16:36 GMT

Autumn Statement: The Truth Hurts

In a year where post-truth has come to dominate, we should take a step back, avoid self-inflicted damage, and do everything we possibly can to retain our membership of the single market. If not, this ugly truth will hurt for a very long time.
25/11/2016 09:34 GMT

The Rebirth Of Liberal England?

Across the country, Lib Dem membership is soaring. We are now at our highest membership in over a decade. That's more members than joined during our protest of the Iraq War and more than during the heights of Cleggmania.
25/10/2016 16:36 BST

IDS Is Waking Up To Brexit

It is a bit rich for the man who made EU baiting and hating an Olympic sport to claim the BBC is obsessed with Brexit. If the BBC or anyone else is obsessed with Brexit it is because our exit from the EU is going to dominate the government's and therefore the media's agenda for probably the next three or four years.
18/10/2016 16:52 BST

Boris Johnson's Flip-Flop On Turkey Shows Vote Leave Sold Britain A Pack Of Lies

Turkey, a country of 76million people, which borders Syria and Iraq, will be a full member of the European Union by 2020. By 2024, a million Turks will have moved to the United Kingdom. And a few years after that, armed Turkish gangs will be marauding through sleepy British towns and villages. That was the message the Vote Leave campaign, led by Boris Johnson, pushed relentlessly throughout the referendum on our EU membership. So you would have thought that, once Boris was promoted to the dizzying heights of Foreign Secretary, he would do everything in his power to dampen speculation that Turkey would become part of Europe. Not a bit of it.
28/09/2016 10:24 BST

The Lib Dems Are The Grownups On National Security

The Conservative Party has become cavalier about the security of the United Kingdom. Labour is even worse. As the Liberal Democrats' record shows ours is the only party that has consistently acted as a mature, prudent defender of our country's security.
09/09/2016 10:11 BST

May's Brexit Cabinet: A Dangerous Shift to the Right

We must be scared of the direction Mrs May is taking us in. I fear that rather than a move back to the centre, we are being edged towards the right and with the Labour Opposition in disarray, there will be no real counter to this party for the next four years. Without real opposition, the Tories will undoubtedly bulldoze even more of the welfare state and push the NHS to breaking point.
21/07/2016 15:56 BST