Our democratic rights are all we have to protect us from tyranny and poor government. We must not sell them for the illusion of a pot of EU gold. People on both sides will try to use scare stories of immigration, risks to the economy, house prices, war and all sorts of other noisy issues, but, at its quiet heart, democracy is the defining issue of this referendum.
For us, last Thursday's results are a step in the right direction. There is no doubt that our path to recovery will take time and that we will suffer bruises along the way. However, Liberal Democrats are fighters, optimists and believers and make no mistake about it, we are in no mood to go away anytime soon.
Recently at my surgery I met a distressed young woman who came to see me with her mother. Repairs are outstanding on their rented property. The landlord is refusing to sort them out while at the same time putting pressure on them to leave their flat. She didn't know where to go or what to do. This is a familiar story and it is no exaggeration to say that we have a national emergency in housing.
The British political system has been decaying for decades. The main parties are split into hostile factions. They play games with our fragile constit...
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.
It started with George Osborne's schoolboy braggadocio about abolishing the Lib Dems and ended with him being torn apart by the right wingers we protected him from, following a cruel and foolish budget which would never have allowed to see the light of day. Never in modern politics history has such a biter, been so painfully bit!
The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions. Sarah Teather successfully pushed for legal protections against 'revenge evictions' when we were in Government, to stop tenants losing their home if they asked for safety repairs to be done. We got that law passed despite determined attempts from Tory backbenchers to keep the power firmly in the hands of landlords.
In the past couple of months mental health has well and truly come to the forefront of the UK government; with all political parties talking about how they believe we can improve mental health services and with mental health effecting nearly every department of government, is it time for this government to create a minister for mental health in their cabinet?
The fracturing of a clique. Any teenager knows what that means. Sitting alone at the lunch table. A few exclamation-marks littered tweets. Taylor Swift writes about it beautifully in Bad Blood, which should practically be mandatory listening for any teenager dealing with a broken friendship group.
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.
Britain is facing a national emergency in housing. Millions of people are living in fear and desperation without a secure, affordable place to call home. This fear is tearing communities apart and creating a more polarised society where the lucky few are the only people who can afford to own such a basic commodity.
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.
I am a Liberal Democrat, and a 'eurosceptic'. Hold your gasps, I'm also pro-European too. No, I'm not going to write under the pretence that leaving the EU would be a patriotic thing to do, or that it is a perfectly legitimate aim for internationalists, because it isn't.
Fundamental questions need to be asked about the UK Government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and calling the execution of 47 prisoners, some who were political prisoners only 'disappointing' is an embarrassing stance from the Government, a Government that is far too close to a regime with serious human rights abuses.
When examining any issue there is an old saying that you should always follow the money. I have nothing at all against companies being owned by overseas investors. However I do take objection to overseas owners of Heathrow continually lecturing the British public over what is best for British people and for the overall UK economy.
Since May's general Election, there's one question I've been asked again and again - how did the polls get it so wrong that an apparent photo finish was actually a Conservative outright majority, an outcome that some forecasters had given a zero chance of happening?