Tim Farron

Lord Rennard Quits Lib Dem Federal Executive

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard has stood down from the party's ruling Federal Executive, amid pressure from Tim Farron and other party members. In 2014,...

Remove Lib Dem Whip From All Peers, Tim Farron Told Following Rennard Appointment

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics

Tim Farron has been urged to take the Liberal Democrat whip away from all of his peers following their decision to appoint Lord Rennard to the party's...

Government's Living Wage Leaves Under 25s £11,000 Worse Off Than Older Colleagues, Claim Lib Dems

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics

Under 25s will miss out on £11,000 in pay compared to older colleagues under Tory minimum wage plans, according to the Lib Dems. Chancellor George...

Cameron Mocks Lib Dem Election Result After Farron Asks About Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics

Tim Farron today used his first ever question at PMQs to ask about the refugee crisis. David Cameron used the opportunity to make fun of the Lib Dems ...

Cameron Threat To 'Duff Up' The Lords On Tax Credit Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of behaving like a 'schoolboy bully' threatening to 'duff up' the House of Lords if it blocks his tax credit cuts plans...

The Lib Dem Leader Is Apparently So Unknown The Sun Can't Spell His Name

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

The Sun gave the leader of the Lib Dems a whole page for a column, only to misspell his name in the byline. Tim Farron, who is already struggling t...

It Is Time for the Chancellor to Show the Leadership He So Badly Craves and Scrap This Disastrous Tax Credit Policy

Tim Farron | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Lib Dems warned about the £12billion of welfare saving and the impact on communities. But in the heat of an election people get tired of claim and counterclaim and people thought: 'I've heard the PM rule it out'. Their tax credits were safe. But yet again, the PR man put some spin on a story. Now working people are set to lose out.

Theresa May Lambasted For 'Pandering' To Anti-Immigration Sentiment

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon & Paul Vale | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics

The sister of Boris Johnson has expressed "shock" at Theresa May's controversial Tory conference speech, joking that its sentiment was akin to that of...

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

Loud Liberalism Will Save the Lib Dems

Chris Whiting | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Now, four months after our near obliteration, we are convalescing at an encouraging speed. Loud liberalism will save our party and our country. More than ever, the Liberal Democrats need Britain and Britain needs the Liberal Democrats - please don't let us be right without power again.

Why I Defected From the Lib Dems to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

Jennifer Churchill | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jennifer Churchill

Corbyn is a liberal in the sense that is important to me. He has stood up on many of the issues I have been concerned with over the last 10 years - the Iraq War, Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary rendition. He oozes authenticity and political courage; Labour members have responded to this, and I very much believe the wider public will do so if he is given more time and more support. I want to be part of that journey. It could not be more important.

Tim Farron Talks Eye-Liner, X-Factor And His Old Band In Conference Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has joked the upside of photos emerging of his 1980s band are they are so low-resolution they do not show he was wearing eye...

Lib Dem Councillor Defects to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

A Liberal Democrat councillor has defected to the Labour party in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Teddington councillor Jennifer Churchill told the Rich...

Ned Simons

I Haven't Spoken To Labour MPs About Defections, Says Nick Clegg

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg said he has not had any conversations with Labour MPs about defecting to the Lib Dems, as he warned the left not to "unwittingly" help take...

Tom Watson: Quitting Labour for the Lib Dems Is Like Leaving The Beatles For A Bananarama Tribute Band

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron claimed he was not a “home-wrecker” today as he was pushed to reveal how many Labour MPs were thinking of defecting to h...

You Still Can't Trust the Lib Dems

Jon Ashworth | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Now represented in Parliament by just a handful of white, middle-aged men the Lib Dems are becoming even more of an irrelevance in today's modern world... The party leader may have changed but you still can't trust the Lib Dems - they have lost all credibility for good.

Tim Farron Says Corbyn Will Cause Lib Dem Resurgence

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.09.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats are the only credible opposition to the Tories because Labour's leftward slant under Jeremy Corybyn will alienate voters, Tim Fa...

Tim Farron Makes A Very Bold Claim About The Lib Dems

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.09.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats matter more than in a "generation", leader Tim Farron has insisted as he arrived at the party's conference to launch a post-elec...

Is the Future of the Labour Party in Tim Farron's Hands?

Mike Williams | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Williams

If you are, for example, a disenfranchised labour councillor would you move to a party led by Tim Farron, a distinctly left of centre leader with interventionist instincts who will probably take the party 'back' to the kind of political territory inhabited by Charles Kennedy? I can't see New Labourites seeing Farron as their White Knight.

Yes, Tim Farron Is a Diehard Liberal

Calum Miller | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

There was once a time when to be liberal meant to be tolerant of other people's views and behaviours - to allow them even when they offend or disgust,...

After Just 100 Days, The Penny Is Well and Truly Dropping on How Hard Lib Dems Fought in Government

Tim Farron | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

We're 100 days into a Tory government and, let's be honest, they have been fairly clear on what they're about. Unfortunately, for the majority of us across the UK - those of us who didn't vote Tory - it doesn't look pretty. A clear course has been set that puts the interests of the haves over the have nots, dismisses issues like the environment and migration as someone else's problem and enthusiastically paints the UK as an increasingly insular, ungenerous country ill-fit and unwilling to play its part in Europe. The penny is well and truly dropping on how hard Lib Dems fought in government - and how much of a difference we actually made over the last five years.

With Blood Donation Falling Massively, We Literally Cannot Afford to Turn Away People Willing and Able to Help

Tim Farron | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Today sees the launch of FreedomToDonate - a massively important campaign to review the discriminatory rules on blood donation in the UK. And I'm thrilled to put my support behind it, because the existing rules - which bar sexually active gay men, along with anyone who has ever injected drugs, or had sex for payment - are scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently need to change.

Gay Man Reveals 'Guilt And Shame' Of Being Banned From Giving Blood

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The government's "draconian" restrictions on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, according to a campaign backed by MPs, national charities and St...

Where Do the Lib Dems Go From Here?

Mark Oaten | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

As MPs head off for the summer break this week, one man with little time to rest will be newly-elected Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. No lazy days by a Tuscan pool, I'm afraid, as he has less than two months before his first party conference and a big test ahead as he leads the Lib Dem fightback.

The Future's Bright... The Future's Orange

Chris Whiting | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

We finally have an orating magician in British politics that stands for decency, progressivism and liberty, an anti-Farage, a man that can sweep up the ever escalating swathes of disillusioned voters and give them not unsolicited fear but hope of a fairer, stronger, liberal society with the Liberal Democrats as the beating orange heart of it.