Tim Farron

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active gay men, along with anyone who has ever injected drugs, or had sex for payment - are scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently need to change.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.

Could Tim Farron Have Answered 'That' Question About Gay Rights Any Better?

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Koutsoumbos

I am a big fan of Tim Farron. I have been since long before he became party president, let alone party leader. I hope he heeds the wisdom of his one-time rival and gives us the answer we really need to hear.

Tim Farron Wins Lib Dem Leadership Race

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating rival Norman Lamb. The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP now faces the ha...

Why Tim Farron's Record on Gay Marriage Matters

Mark Gettleson | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Gettleson

As the frontrunner for the Liberal Democrat leadership, Tim Farron now presents himself as a changed man. He says he now regrets abstaining on equal marriage, despite not distancing himself from his amendments.... It is not enough to repent of the past when it becomes convenient to do so. The importance of a politician's record is fundamental to the democratic process. We need to understand the underlying values of each candidate, as it is these values that will later guide them in unforeseen events. It is therefore our duty not to sweep a candidate's record under the carpet or to attack those who scrutinise it.

Why the EU Referendum Is the Perfect Platform for Tim Farron

Catherine Bearder | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

Some time within the next thousand days, Britain will vote as to whether or not it wants to remain within the European Union. It will be - without doubt - one of our nation's most momentous and most uncertain decision. The choice is stark: Partnership or isolationism? Internationalism or tribalism? The ability to be at the centre of global events or a retreat into petty insignificance?

The Time for Britain's 'New Federalism'

Tim Farron | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

As the Scotland Bill makes its way through Parliament, it's time to start igniting the liberalism of localism; for more of our towns and cities to start marching towards the drumbeat of devolution.

We Must Ensure That, Across Europe, Liberalism and Humanity Prevail Over Division and Fear

Norman Lamb | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

As I write this article, I am on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. You might think this a strange diversion in the final week of my campaign to become leader of the Liberal Democrats. But today's trip is at the very heart of why I want to lead our party. Because whether we are a party of eight MPs or 208, we cannot hope to address so many of the challenges we face as a society on our own. The great threats of the coming decade - global climate change, mass migration, international economic upheaval, and a deteriorating security situation - are international challenges, requiring international solutions.

This Budget Hits the Working Poor, the Disadvantaged Young, and the Public Sector, All While Helping the Very Wealthiest

Tim Farron | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

If you have any lingering doubts about the difference the Liberal Democrats made in government over the last five years, the Budget policies announced by George Osborne this afternoon should dispel them. Just look at the choices Osborne makes without Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander to push him in another direction. At a time when 6.6million people in working families live in poverty, he's hitting some of the poorest and most vulnerable - and, incidentally, hardest-working - families by freezing working-age benefits, which amounts to a real terms cut of 11% over four years.

It Would Be Easy for Our Party to Shelter in Our Comfort Zone - But It Would Also Be Very, Very Wrong

Norman Lamb | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Britain has become less collective, citizens and consumers feel more empowered and many individual rights - through equal marriage for instance - are better recognised. But - and this is the bad news - much of our economy, society and politics remains thoroughly illiberal and conservative.

Will Tim Farron Get The Band Back Together?

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics

A former bandmate of Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Tim Farron has said he would like the group they formed as teenagers to get back together aga...

Tim Farron Makes Prediction About Nick Clegg In Campaign Video

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics

History will be "kind" to Nick Clegg, the frontrunner in the race to replace the former deputy prime minister as Liberal Democrat leader has predicted...

Fracking? Let's Think Again...

Tim Farron | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

In the Liberal Democrats, it's not the leader who sets policy, it's the membership. But I reckon it's not unreasonable for leadership candidates to set out their own views, and to call for a rethink where they believe the party's got it wrong on any particular policy. And I think we have got it wrong on fracking.

Does It Really Matter Who Leads the Lib Dems?

Andrew Duff | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The Lib Dems seem quite a tough lot. While it is impossible to ignore the gravity of the electoral crisis which has clobbered the party at all levels since Nick Clegg led it into coalition with the Tories in 2010, Britain without a Liberal party would be an alien place... So what is going on: and will it make any difference who wins?

Ned Simons

Cut Prison Population In Half By 2025, Says Norman Lamb

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics

The government should aim to half the prison population over the next ten years, Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has said. The fo...

Lib Dem Leadership Candidate Apologises For 'Misremembering' Over LGBT Laws

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics

Veteran LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has hit out at claims he did not support the passing of an equality bill in 2007. Liberal Democrat M...

Ned Simons

Tim Farron: Voters 'Hadn't The Faintest Clue' What Lib Dems Stood For

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats suffered an overwhelming election defeat because voters "hadn’t the faintest clue" what the party stood for, Tim Farron will s...

More Pictures Emerge Of The Would-Be Lib Dem Leader In His 1980s Band

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

New pictures have emerged of Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Tim Farron in a 1980s band. The Cumbria MP told the Huffington Post UK last week t...

Why It's Time for Tim Farron to Lead the Liberal Democrats

Jack Davies | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

In terms of the leadership election, I will be campaigning for Tim for two main reasons. Firstly, his sheer skills as a public speaker and secondly, his commitment to standing up for unity, not division.

The Liberal Democrat Leadership Battle Of The Bands

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leadership contenders Tim Farron, who says he offers a "fresh start", and Norman Lamb, who contends he can reach beyond his party An Ar...

Ned Simons

Lib Dems Must Learn From Nigel Farage, Says Norman Lamb

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leadership hopeful Norman Lamb has said the party should draw inspiration from Nigel Farage in order to rebuild following its crushing electio...