Tim Farron

What Can Government do to Help the Self Employed?

Tim Farron | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Unlike Ed Miliband, I won't sit around deriding improved employment figures. There are problems we must fix instead of running negative campaigns - for instance, ONS estimates suggest that the average (median) income of the self-employed has fallen by around 22% since 2008, at least in part because many of the self-employed are working fewer hours than they would like. As the economy improves in the years ahead, some may prefer to move back for the security of full-time employment - if so, they will take with them valuable experience of huge benefit to the organisations they join.

The Lib Dem Leadership Race Isn't Even Subtle Anymore

Ned Simons | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

Liberal Democrats in Glasgow are demob happy. Not because they are pleased to be languishing at 7% in the polls, but because it's too late to do anything about it.

I'm Determined That a No Vote Won't Just Mean We Return to the Status Quo

Tim Farron | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

As a northerner I believe we are Better Together. I am bound to say that I suppose, but I really do believe the UK is better together. I think that the bonds and shared history that hold us together rises above the endless facts and figures, many of which are directly contradicted by the other side, we hear being bandied about in the debate. I guess the ferocity of the debate shows one thing, that this vote matters. I think Alex Salmond for his many, many talents, has failed to articulate a coherent case for why Scotland should be independent.

Hackney Heroine Slams Lib Dems' 'Neanderthal' Diversity Views

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics

The woman dubbed the Hackney Heroine for standing up to rioters in 2011 has announced she is stepping down from the race to be Liberal Democrat presid...

Mental Health - Ending the Silence

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

One of the things I am most proud of our party for in government, is the emphasis we are putting on mental health. I want to pay tribute to Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb for their work on this and I also want to thank Lib Dem party members like Lee Dargue who have put in hours and hours, campaigning on this issue. Mental health services are absolutely vital but tragically find themselves swept under the carpet all too often. This silence must end. It costs lives, divides our society and harms our young people. We must have the courage to open our eyes to the truth about mental health and act.

Ned Simons

Tim Farron Warns Lib Dems Must Not Be 'Permanent See-Saw Coalition Partner'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics

The Lib Dems will be annihilated at the election if they try to be a "permanent see-saw coalition partner", the party president Tim Farron will warn t...

Why Politicians Need to Get Tech-Savvy, or Get Left Behind

Tim Farron | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

There is a very real risk that policymakers ignore the tech sector because they don't understand it or because they are scared of not looking like an expert. I think this blind spot is also linked to overly managerial politic: politics that responds more to polls than to fresh opportunities, that listens to focus groups in order to invent new ways of saying the same thing, rather than engaging dynamically with the new innovations emerging.

How to Save Energy Bills, Build Better Homes and Cut the Carbon: Zero Carbon Homes

Tim Farron | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

From 2016, all homes will be "Zero Carbon Homes." This policy is a golden opportunity: every new homeowner can enjoy the security of cheaper energy bills, a warmer, drier home and better health as a result. The human tragedy of climate change is brought centre stage, not dismissed.

Ned Simons

Tory MPs To Be Ordered To Re-Introduce EU Referendum Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron will make one more attempt to get his plan for a in/out EU referendum by 2017 into law before the 2015 general election. The prime mi...

The Conservatives Have Become UKIP-Lite on Europe

Tim Farron | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Tories' failure to defend Britain's EU membership is of a different nature altogether. They seem to have gone quiet in order to hide what we already know - most Conservatives want to leave the EU. They simply don't care that it supports British jobs, helps fight climate change and makes our streets safer. They aren't interested in the huge benefits the EU gives consumers through cheaper shopping bills, travel and mobile phone roaming, and they are certainly not interested in projecting British influence and values around the world through the EU amplifier.

'Serious Questions' About Cyril Smith Sex Abuse Allegations

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats need to answer "serious questions" about who knew that former MP Sir Cyril Smith faced allegations of sex abuse, the party's pre...

European Parliament Makes It Easier for You to Know What's in the Medicines You're Taking

Tim Farron | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Doctors regularly get accused of treating their patients like children by not revealing all the facts, but it's nothing compared to how drugs companies can treat doctors. Astonishingly drugs companies are often under no legal burden to make their research public, despite millions of people depending on the drugs they develop for treatment.

Ned Simons

Farron Urges Clegg To Be 'Bolder' In Second Debate With Farage

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Lib Dem president Tim Farron has urged Nick Clegg to be "bolder" when he comes face-to-face with Nigel Farage in the second European Union debate next...

6 Lib Dems Who Could Replace Nick Clegg As Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has insisted that he will remain leader of the Liberal Democrats until 2020, even if the party is kicked out of government at the 2015 elec...

Sticking Two Fingers Up At The EU Is Unpatriotic, Lib Dems To Hear

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

People who want to leave the European Union are unpatriotic and would put the security of the country at risk, Lib Dem president Tim Farron has said. ...

Ned Simons

Labour Still Can't Be Trusted With Civil Liberties, Says Tim Farron

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics

Labour still can not be trusted to protect the public's civil liberties despite Yvette Cooper's call for the oversight of British spy agencies to be t...

With Merkel in Town, It's Time for Tory Sceptics to Put Up or Shut Up

Tim Farron | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

We must harness the EU to create jobs and attract investment into the UK and to streamline regulations for our smallest companies... But this doesn't interest Tory rebels precisely because they don't want reform to work. They want to pretend that the EU is un-reformable because their true agenda is to leave the EU.

Ned Simons

Lib Dems Mock 'Desperate' David Cameron For Reports He May Shun Coalition

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics

Reports that David Cameron plans to rule out forming another coalition after the next general election show that he is "desperate", the Liberal Democr...

European Parliament Strengthens the Rights of Air Passengers

Tim Farron | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

A bill to strengthen the rights of air passengers in the European Union has won the backing of the European Parliament at its first reading. MEPs passed the bill to give travellers better rights to information, care and re-routing, when stuck at an airport.

Politicians at Every Level Must Join the Fight Against FGM

Tim Farron | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.

European Arrest Warrant Is a Vital Weapon in the Fight Against Crime

Tim Farron | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

What do attempted London bomber Hussain Osman, child abductor Jeremy Forrest and drug-smuggling gangster Mark Lilley all have in common? Well, aside from having been some of Britain's most-wanted criminals, they were all captured and brought back to face justice in the UK thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, which saw its tenth anniversary earlier this month.... All across the country, the European Arrest Warrant has been used to track down criminals and obtain justice for victims of crime and their relatives.

Garden Cities Plan 'Kept Secret' By Tories, Says Top Lib Dem

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories have been accused of suppressing a report that calls for two new garden cities to combat the housing shortage. Liberal Democrat party pr...

Ukraine - Why They Want to Be In

Tim Farron | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Every time I watch the news and see scenes of hundreds of thousands of protestors on the streets, I feel we are witnessing something very important. What is remarkable is that they are protesting for closer and deeper ties with the EU, their anger sparked by president Viktor Yanukovich's spurning of an association agreement with the EU last month.

Europe Fisheries Vote Shows That the EU Can Be Reformed

Tim Farron | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The most important aspect of these new reforms is that fishing quotas will now have to fit into a long-term plan based on scientific advice, with the aim of restoring Europe's fish stocks by 2020. That is ambitious, but achievable. They also have symbolic importance. They show that when the UK is constructive and pushes for reform of the EU, it can deliver real results.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We Messed Up'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 13 November 2013... 1) 'WE MESSED UP' The Daily Mail has gleefully splashed on comments made by Ja...