UK Lib Dems

How Brexit Could Lead To EU Reforms That Would Allow Us A Way Back In

Nick Clegg | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Clegg

Just at the point that Brexit appears to make us more of an island than ever, it could paradoxically lead to changes in the EU that will offer us a way back in... The Brexit vote was a major catalyst in pushing EU governments to accept that change can no longer be avoided. In an ironic twist of fate, the Brexit vote in Britain against a future in the EU may help to provoke precisely the reforms that will assist in securing the EU's own future. So there is a silver lining to the Brexit referendum: it may help to strengthen the EU itself; and it may lead to the conditions in which the UK could be reintegrated into a reformed EU.

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

Tom Brake | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

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...

Hurricane Season Is No Time To Plan Foreign Aid Cuts

Baroness Sheehan | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Sheehan

No one can deny that the UK government had ample warning that hurricane Irma, a Caribbean storm of unprecedented force, was heading for British territories. Comments by Mrs May and her cabinet, scapegoating rules on aid, are an unedifying attempt to distract from the government's inadequate preparedness.

Under Former Coalition Minister Vince Cable, The Lib Dems Cannot Be Trusted

Jon Trickett | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett

As the Lib Dem conference gets underway this weekend, it's important to remember that just over two years ago, the party was propping up the Tories and helping deliver the Government's damaging austerity agenda. With Coalition Cabinet Minister Vince Cable now at the helm, we can be more certain than ever; the Lib Dems can't be trusted. After June's General Election it seemed like every Lib Dem left in Parliament lined up to say they were ready for the top job. But when faced with the enormity of the challenge in tackling the Lib Dems' reputation as a party of broken promises, candidates dropped off quickly.

The Government Must Act Now To End Period Poverty

Baroness Burt | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Burt

We can't get away from the fact that often these young girls and their families don't have the money to purchase these vital hygiene products, thanks to cruel Conservative austerity measures that hit the poorest hardest. It is a scathing indictment of this government that girls in our country are suffering like this. Conservative ministers shouldn't be allowed to just turn a blind eye and hope the issue goes away.

Did The Old Really 'Shaft' The Young Over Brexit?

Andrew Hawkins | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Hawkins

If young people really do feel 'shafted', they have largely their own age group to blame - while turnout among 18-24s was at a high level (64%), among those aged 65+ it was 25% points higher at a massive 89%.

One Year On From The Brexit Vote, The Case Remains For A Second Referendum

Tom Brake | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

In the last year I have been labelled a "remoaner", called a traitor and asked to shut up and get on with it. As a democrat, I accept the result of the referendum but I equally will not cave in to those who want to silence anyone who challenges the Government's 'Hard Brexit' approach.

Norman Lamb Is The Leader The Lib Dems Need

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anton Georgiou

He has the sincerity and integrity to appeal to a wider electorate than currently consider voting for the Liberal Democrats. I believe in his ability to offer the country a vision that we've been desperate for, for many years. Liberal Democrat members have a huge opportunity in this contest to elect an honest, caring man as their leader. I hope he stands and I hope they do.

A 'European Spring' Has Sprung

Sophie in't Veld | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie in't Veld

A wind of change is sweeping through the European Union. 2016 and 2017 will go down in the history books as years of unprecedented turmoil. A steep increase in nationalism, but referendums aside, no breakthrough to mainstream politics in Europe. Are we now witnessing the first signs of renewal in the form of a "European spring"? After years marked by tensions and discontent, there is a breeze of optimism, expectation and hope in the air.

Three Reasons To Vote Lib Dem

Hari Prabu | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hari Prabu

Hari Prabu is a student and campaigner for the Liberal Democrats. As part of HuffPost UK's series asking campaigners from the 'other' parties why you should vote for them, Hari gives three reasons why you should lend your vote to the Lib Dems on 8 June.

Theresa May's Conservatives Are Poised To Become The Party Of The Lunch Snatchers

Nick Clegg | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Clegg

The Conservative manifesto has set out plans to scrap universal free school lunches for our youngest primary school children, a move which would hurt both the most deprived families but also those working parents that Mrs May claims to be the champion of. All her talk about helping the "just about managing" now rings hollow...

You Don't Have To Settle For Theresa May's Mean-Spirited Vision Of Britain - You Can Choose A Better Country

Tim Farron | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

We don't have to settle for Theresa May's limited, mean-spirited vision for Britain. We can invest in our young people, to make sure they get a good education and can afford a decent home. We can build a fairer country, with great public services, a clean environment and an innovative economy. This election is your chance to choose that better country.

Instead Of Pouring Money Down The Brexit Black Hole, Let's Invest In Britain's Schools

Tim Farron | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Parents have a clear choice in this election. You can let the Conservatives cut school budgets whilst wasting millions on pet projects such as new grammar schools and new free school places in areas where they aren't needed. Or, you can vote for the only party that is fighting against a destructive hard Brexit and offering a credible solution to this unnecessary crisis in schools funding.

Why The Progressive Alliance Is A Non-Starter For Liberal Democrats

Chris Whiting | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

Simply put, the Liberal Democrats do not exist to act as an external pressure group for the Labour Party. Whilst they may be marginally preferred to the traditional enemy in the Conservatives, there are plenty within the Lib Dems, myself included, who find both equally unpalatable.

Does It Matter If Politicians Think Abortion Is A Sin?

Clare Murphy | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

Abortion is not simply an abstract issue, or a parlour game. Politicians have the right to follow a religious faith, and indeed to believe that abortion is sinful (the two are certainly not synonymous). But when they allow those beliefs to determine their vote on the matter, that tells us something about the extent to which they trust women to make their own decisions about their own lives. Politicians refusing to stand up and be counted on reproductive choice means that women cannot live their lives in accordance with their own conscience. The question becomes: whose conscience matters most?

Corbyn Favourability Hits New Low As Election Campaign Starts

Matthew Smith | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Smith

With the general election campaign kicking off YouGov has released its latest political favourability results. They contain good news for Theresa May and the Conservatives, but are grim reading for just about everyone else.

The LGBT+ Vote is Always Safe With The Lib Dems

Chris Whiting | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Whiting

Tim Farron's personal views may be understandably troubling to some, but the spurious links to the Liberal Democrats being an unsafe choice for LGBT+ voters is farcical. For as long as history can remember, the Liberal party of the United Kingdom has been the one that has led on LGBT+ issues.

An Early Election - Theresa May's Masterstroke?

Maxim Parr-Reid | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Maxim Parr-Reid

I can't help wondering whether this is wise, given the importance of Brexit negotiations (and success in those negotiations) to the future of our country. An election, expensive as it will be fight, and time-consuming, can surely only be an unwelcome state of affairs at this stage.

Dear Prime Minister - Playing Hard Ball On Brexit Will Only Weaken Britain's Position, Not Strengthen It

Catherine Bearder | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

In order to get any sort of good deal for Britain we need friends, not enemies; you should be reaching out, not turning your back or stamping your well shod feet. British expectations should be realistic from the outset.

The Lords Must Mitigate The Damage Of A Hard Brexit

Lord Oates | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Oates

Unless the House of Lords is prepared to act, the Government will proceed unhindered on a course of extreme Brexit, for which they have no mandate and which will cause the maximum damage to relations with our European partners, to the economy of our country and to the livelihoods of every single person in it.

Children's Mental Health Week: Nearly Two In Three Children Feel Worried All The Time

Nick Clegg | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Clegg

This week is Children's Mental Health Week and Place2Be are encouraging everyone to 'spread a little kindness' to others. When you next see someone who could benefit from support, spare a moment, and show you care. As one of the children who took part in the survey puts it best: "It would be kind if someone came up to me if I was upset because it would make me feel like a somebody."

The Housing Market Is Broken, And The Government's Plans Won't Fix It

Tim Farron | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

This country's housing market has long been broken, but it's now spiralling out of control. Average house prices are almost seven times people's incomes, and in places like London up to 12 times higher. Over 1.6million people are on housing waiting lists in the UK, including 100,000 children without a proper place to call home. Because of skyrocketing housing costs, people across the country are struggling to get by with soaring rents cutting into their pay packets... It's easy to say the right things on housing. It's a whole other matter to introduce the comprehensive and radical steps we need to actually solve this country's longstanding housing crisis.

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

Tom Brake | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

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.

In 2017, We Need To Work Together As The World Falls Apart

Baroness Jolly | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Jolly

If 2016 proved anything it that is the current international situation is becoming less stable and predictable. In 2017, with our global institutions weaker, the re-emergence of an antagonistic Russia and the continuation of unconventional terrorist threats, the picture is not particularly rosy. The post-war global order is at risk and if we are to tackle this, it will only be achieved multilaterally.

Why I'm Losing Faith In Labour

James Barber | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
James Barber

If you have read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been a big Corbynite over recent months. Since Jeremy's spectacular win back in 2015 to the challenge on him in 2016, I've continually backed him. But times are changing and as our poll ratings drop, my faith in the Labour Party is slowly diminishing.