Tim Farron

Whether You Voted Leave or Remain, Thank Goodness Nick Clegg Is Brexit Scrutineer-in-Chief

Owen Bennett | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Owen Bennett

It's not as if Labour is able to scrutinise the Three Brexiteers at the moment. The party hasn't even got a Shadow International Trade Secretary, and Emily Thornberry is having to double up as both Shadow Foreign and Shadow Brexit. Clegg therefore finds himself in the position of Scrutineer-in-Chief as the Brexiteers get to work. After a fairly terrible few years, this is the moment Nick Clegg has been waiting for.

Scrapping the Minister for Refugees Shows Theresa May's Government Is Shrinking Away From Its Role in Solving the Refugee Crisis

Tim Farron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The minister, amongst other things, oversaw the implementation of Britain's commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees from the region and an additional 3,000 vulnerable refugee children from the Middle East over the course of this Parliament. This process was already moving at a snail's pace - by the end of March of this year only 1,602 people had been resettled in the UK. Now, with no one holding the ball on this issue you have to wonder how anyone can remain optimistic that we will hit this target.

Nick Clegg Returns To Frontline Politics As Lib Dem Brexit Spokesman

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg will return to frontline politics today after being appointed the Lib Dem’s Brexit spokesperson. The former deputy prime minister did not...

Stuck in the Middle No More

Alessandro Lanuto | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Alessandro Lanuto

By continuing in the valiant defense of the EU, by espousing the ideals of millions of voters who desperately seek a political force prepared to fight for what they believe in, the Lib Dems have the opportunity to demonstrate the broader value of their brand of social democracy. Get it right, and the much-vaunted "Lib Dem fightback" could be here to stay.

A Lib-Lab Alliance Could Be Just What We Need

Jack Jenkins | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jack Jenkins

An amalgam of rebellious Labour MPs and the Lib-Dems could be just that; an exciting new party which people can be optimistic about. It would unquestionably have a chance of success. The only thing currently standing in its way is the bravery of a few select individuals.

Our Fight for an Open, Optimistic, Hopeful, Diverse and Tolerant Britain Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Tim Farron | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

I am devastated and I am angry. Today we woke to a deeply divided country. Nigel Farage's vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept. An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain's future. With this vote, the very fabric of our country has changed. The whole fabric of Europe has been changed. Our fight for an open, optimistic, hopeful, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever. Together we will continue to make the case for Britain's future with Europe, a future millions of people have voted for.

World Refugee Day: Think Today of the Thousands of Vulnerable Families Who Deserve Our Help, Our Protection and Our Love

Tim Farron | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Whether we vote to stay or leave on Thursday, and I sincerely hope that we choose to stay and stand in solidarity and strength with our European partners, the refugee crisis will still be there. When we wake up on Friday 24 June hundreds of thousands of families and vulnerable refugee children will still be languishing in Europe. We must go back to basics, stop the othering. Stop the hatred, the blame. We must first accept, once and for all, that refugees are the product of war, of oppression, of famine, of authoritarianism. And for that reason, they deserve our help, our protection, our love.

Orlando Is the Most Stark of Reminders That Even in Liberal Societes, We Must Continue to Fight for Equality

Tim Farron | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

A lone wolf attack, from a self-radicalised zealot does not represent Islam. He does not represent the millions of peace loving Muslims across the world. As we stand with the LGBT+ community, and all those who grieve, we also stand with Muslims who share our grief and anger. How do we find the words to reply to such a senseless crime?

After Last Night's Website Crash, the Government Must Extend the Voter Registration Deadline

Tim Farron | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Government must come forward with emergency legislation or a Statutory Instrument to change the legislation to allow the registration to continue for 24 hours.... These people were not 'late' to register; they were within the time limit at their democratic right is now at risk of being snatched from them. No true democrat can defend this. There is no real reason we could not and should not extend the deadline and make sure that everyone has their chance to have their voice heard and their opinion count.

A 'Rainbow' Coalition To Derail 'Brexit'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has shared a stage with Labour’s Harriet Harman, Lib Dem Tim Farron and the Green Party’s Natalie Bennett to make a “rainbow argum...

PMQs: David Cameron Cracks A Joke After Being Asked To Apologise For Zac Goldsmith's Mayoral Campaign

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron today laughed off suggestions he should apologise for the Tories’ “disgraceful” and “racist” London Mayoral campaign. In this ...

Child Refugees: No.10 Hints At Rethink

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron looks set for a major U-turn on child refugees after Downing Street said it would be "quite sensible" to take into account the "strong v...

The Government's Latest Capitulation to Take Up to 3,000 Refugees Is Welcome - But Simply Not Enough

Tim Farron | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

If I was cynical I'd remark on the fact that this latest announcement comes just days before a crucial vote in the Commons which would force the Tories to take 3000 vulnerable child refugees from Europe and it seems that the Government are trying to buy off MPs ahead of that. Of course the Government's latest capitulation to take up to 3,000 individuals from the Syrian region over the next four years is welcome but it is simply not enough.

Ned Simons

Corbyn 'Doesn't Care' About Brexit And Tory Split May Be Forever, Says Tim Farron

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron speaks the The Huffington Post UK about Brexit, Tory splits, Jeremy Corbyn, legalising cannabis, the diversity of h...

'Grow Your Own' Cannabis Plan Backed By Top Cop

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics

Cannabis should be legalised and sold over the counter in specially-licenced shops, a radical review of Britain’s drug laws has recommended. The ...

Tim Farron Really Thinks The UK Should Stay In The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

The European Union deal that David Cameron has negotiated is "about appealing to careerist Tory MPs", but the benefits the UK receives by staying in t...

Lib Dem Leader Using "Project Fear" to Scare Ex-Pat OAPs

Louise Bours | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been exposed this week doing the very thing he accuses of his political rivals - using fear to back up a false argument. In a speech in London on Tuesday, he claimed that the National Health Service would come under increasing pressure if the United Kingdom broke free from the European Union.

Five Policies to Save the Liberal Democrats

Chris Whiting | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

My party's future is entirely unsure, early signs that the 'fightback' may be inevitable have slowly faded and the party must now live up to its name as Britain's largest liberal party. Our survival isn't guaranteed but it's desperately needed - and this is the platform to start it from.

Now This Draft Plan Is on the Table, the Referendum Campaign Begins in Earnest

Tim Farron | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

It is not the time to turn our backs on Europe, leaving us isolated, side-lined and alone. By voting to remain in, Britain can thrive. Together we show the world an open, outward-facing Britain we can all be proud of. Join the Liberal Democrat campaign today, to remain in together, and to stand up for the type of Britain you think we should be.

Flood Defence Funding Rules 'Not Fit For Purpose'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics

Poor and rural areas vulnerable to flooding risk missing out on new defences because the method the Government uses to carve up funding is “not fit ...

Maintenance Grants For Poorest Students To Be 'Slyly' Axed Today - Without A Commons Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The government looks set to quietly axe the student maintenance grants in a committee on Thursday, without giving MPs a chance to vote against the con...

Allowing the Cabinet to Campaign and Vote Freely on the EU Referendum Is a Wise and Courageous Decision

David Campbell Bannerman MEP | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics
David Campbell Bannerman MEP

Just as Party members are sceptical of the emerging EU superstate, so too are many ministers. Mr Cameron was sensible and enlightened to allow his ministers the freedom to campaign on whichever side they desire. It took courage and sound political nous.

The Prime Minister Is Putting His Own Internal Party Strife Above What's Best for Britain

Tim Farron | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Prime Minister has used Labour's implosion, or day two of their reshuffle if you are being kind, to sneak out an announcement that his Ministers will be free to campaign on either side of the referendum on Britain's continued membership of the EU. It is yet another day that Britain needed David Cameron to show the courage of his convictions. It is sadly yet another day he has flunked that test and capitulated to calls on his right flank... The Prime Minister is failing to lead his own Government, let alone the country, putting his own internal party strife above what's best for Britain.

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...