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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Sep 3, 2015
    By David Laycock in Liberal Democrat Voice

    With the #LibDemFightback still continuing after the announcement of our new Leader and by-elections happening almost every week across the country and the party making net gains, campaigners are now planning for next year's local elections up and down the country. We may be under 5 years away from 2020, with a new vision and a path for the party to be decided, but what about candidates who want to stand for election but can't because they can't afford to?

  • David Boyle
    Article: Sep 3, 2015
    By David Boyle in The Real Blog - http://davidboyle.blogspot.co.uk

    I had what was, for me at least, a respectable flurry of hits on Tuesday when I agonised in public about whether the Lib Dems were becoming a pressure group.

    If they are doing so, it is partly for a reason which is peculiar to them - Liberals tend to be blind to the problems of money, just as socialists tend to be blind to the problems of centralised power. It is also partly for a shared reason: the Left has become terrified of economics, because it used to be regarded - in the peculiarly lame jargon of the day - as a 'shield' issue. In other words, it was a topic they could make no vote-winning contribution about. All they could do was defend themselves.

    As the years went by, their economic muscles atrophied. Then they stopped seeing economics issues at all - so it is hardly surprising that the only way of thinking about economics was the mainstream one, imported from the American thinktanks and spread to the world.

    All this is about to change, of course. Not just because Jeremy Corbyn has exhumed an approach to economics that most people had assumed had long been dead and buried (and may still turn out to be). But also because, every 40 years, there is a major shift in mainstream thinking. We are due for ours in about four years time.

    What holds us back isn't that the disastrous record of the current way of doing economics, or the pretty disastrous way of doing economics that preceded it, has not been recognised yet. Most thinking people can see that something has to change.

    What holds us back is that the mainstream has not yet tiptoed into the debate about what we do instead - how we make economics work for everyone. What the new world is going to look like.

    Two graphs sent to me in the past 36 hours make the point for me. The first shows what has been happening to global income distribution, as we all descend into semi-slavery:

  • Article: Sep 3, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tom Brake have called for an urgent debate in Parliament about the refugee crisis and the UK response.

  • Phil Knowles at Hospital
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Cllr Phil Knowles - Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Harborough District Council

    Questions are being raised about the latest revelations at the much delayed 'New Harborough Hospital' site at St Lukes.

    Cllr Phil Knowles, who has been at the head of the campaign for a 'New Hospital' for over 28 years says that the latest information begs answers to yet more questions. Questions that he intends to raise with the CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, and he hopes that the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt will also take an interest.

  • Key Fight Back
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Mark Wright in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron was widely quoted on Monday, for perhaps the first time since his election as leader. The good news is that he was correct in his point. He was responding to a resurfaced quote from Labour leadership favourite, Jeremy Corbyn, who has said to Iranian TV that Bin Laden's death was "a tragedy", as it was unlawful and he should have been put on trial instead.

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Lord Wallace of Saltaire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Liberal Democrats need to clarify where we stand on how large a public sector we support, the balance of public spending and administration between state, national/regional and local levels, and the appropriate division between private and public provision in our economy and society.

    We are now faced with a Labour Party which is likely, under its new leader, to reassert large-scale state-level spending, and a Conservative Party that wants to shrink and weaken both the central state and local government.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 2, 2015
    By Adam Corlett in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the run-up to Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, we'll be looking ahead to examine the highlights in the debating hall, the fringe and training rooms. You can find the papers here. You can find all the posts in the series here.

    One of the motions at conference is for reducing VAT on tourism as far as possible. Here's why that's a bad idea.

  • Bournemouth Conference Centre
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By David Boyle in The Real Blog - http://davidboyle.blogspot.co.uk

    What distinguishes a political party from a pressure group?

    Is it the breadth of their agenda? Not really, look at some of the new campaigning outfits, like the irritating 38 Degrees.

    Is it that they are standing for elections? Not really, pressure groups can and do so.

    Is it that they have to be registered as a political party? Please don't bore me with legal definitions...

    No, what makes a political party a political party is that they aspire to run the country, which means that their programme has to cover all the essentials that a government might need. They can't, for example, say - oh, we're not very interested in defence. They can't say that they are just going to assume that somehow everything about economics or business is somehow irrelevant to their great cause.

    The trouble is that this is precisely what the Left has been doing over the past generation. They have been doing so for different reasons, but that has been the basic underlying problem.

    The Labour Party has been ignoring economics for fear that they will be thought too radical if they mention it at all. The Lib Dems have been ignoring economics because, with a handful of noble exceptions, they can't see what it has to do with Liberalism.

    Part of Jeremy Corbyn's attraction seems to me that he has disputed the basic underlying Labour agreement: don't mention business, except to praise the banks.

    Because the truth is that no potential government is going to be elected if they don;t set out - in some detail - how they are going to build prosperity in the nation.

    The idea that somehow you do so by making a handful of people very rich, and letting the wealth trickle down, as long since been revealed as a major delusion - but the political parties of the Left appear to conspire not to mention this.

    They talk about shuffling the deckchairs a bit. They talk a great deal about welfare, and these are not unimportant, but that's not the core issue for government. It is about moving prosperity around, not creating it. Nor is it what people want to hear - a credible programme for the economy that underpins the majority of people's lives.

    All they are being offered is the following:

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Tim Farron has urged the Government to stop playing politics over the humanitarian crisis impacting on Europe and offer help to desperate refugees.Â