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  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat members have overwhelmingly endorsed the party's plan to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.

    This makes the Liberal Democrats the only party whose official policy is to continue campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

    The party voted at their conference in Brighton to oppose the construction of the new plant agreeing that represents very poor value for money for UK consumers.

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a UK energy strategy resting on investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage and interconnection with European grids, thereby providing energy security, an end to fuel poverty and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at the same time as creating jobs, exports and prosperity.

  • Lord Jonathan Marks QC
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an urgent review into the effect of cuts to the legal aid budget and increased court fees.

    The changes have seen a rise in the number of people coming before the courts without being represented by a lawyer, as well as deterring individuals and small businesses from taking legal action.

  • Kirsty Williams (Liberal Democrats on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/rr9xcp)
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium.

    Full text of Kirsty Williams' speech below:

  • Alex Sadiq
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Many of you will know there is a by election in Brixington on October 6th, triggered by the sad death of the much respected Councillor David Chapman. I want to explain why I am standing for Council - and why I believe this election is so important.

    I love living in Exmouth. I am a working Mum and my husband runs a small business in town. Our son is in the last year of primary school.

  • Erasmus
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU's Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was set up in 1987. Around 100,000 more young people in the UK were expected to go on Erasmus from now until 2020, benefiting from EU funded grants to cover tuition, travel and living costs.

    Almost 10,000 people have backed a petition launched by the Liberal Democrats to save Erasmus that will be delivered to Downing Street and European leaders.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson John Pugh MP commented:

    "Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain, it would be utterly unfair to make them pay the price for Brexit by depriving them of this unique opportunity to study abroad."

    "The Government must commit to making it an absolute priority to preserve the UK's participation in Erasmus in the negotiations ahead."

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to be the true voice of opposition, holding this Conservative Brexit government to account and fighting to ensure vital European cooperation is protected."

    Co-Chair of Liberal Youth Charlie Kingsbury commented:

    "Erasmus unlocks so many opportunities for students across Europe."

    "It enriches their cultural knowledge and understanding of people from all walks of life, providing life-changing experiences to thousands."

    "As proud internationalists, the Liberal Democrats cannot allow the Tories to put this in jeopardy."

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael will this morning deliver a speech on proposals to slash the ever-increasing prison population, through a radical policy introducing a presumption against sentences of less than 12 months.

    He will say:

    Good morning, conference.

    It is good to be back in Brighton.

  • meral hussein-ece
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced moves in France to ban the burkini, stressing that people must be free to wear what they want.

    France's highest court ruled in August that beach bans on burkinis imposed in a number of towns across the country violated basic freedoms, but several bans remain in place including in Corsica. French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has now vowed to change the constitution and impose a national ban on burkinis if elected.

    In an amendment passed today by members at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the party has said it stands "shoulder to shoulder with France" in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, but that it "deplores" moves to ban the burkini as people must be free to wear what they want.

    It forms part of a motion on combating racism, which also condemns the use of anti-immigrant rhetoric during the EU referendum campaign and rise in racist attacks.

    Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Meral Hussein-Ece said:

    "The image of a policeman ordering a woman to remove her clothing on a beach was truly chilling sight for all of us who see France as a bastion of freedom and equality."

    "The burkini ban has been rightly overturned in court, now French politicians must take note and stop stoking division for political gain."

    "One of the core principles of a free and liberal society is that individuals should be allowed to wear what they want and not be dictated to by the state."

    "The UK government must also do more to combat the appalling rise in hate crimes and racist abuse we have seen in this country since the EU referendum, including ensuring victims are given the support they need to come forward."

    You can read the full motion, as passed by our conference here.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    Tonight Tim Farron raised the curtain on the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton.

    Here's what he had to say:

    At exactly this time, eight days ago in Sheffield, Liberal Democrat activists, including dozens of new members, were working their socks off.

    They'd been up delivering and campaigning since before the crack of dawn.

  • Pills / Drugs / Tablets (By Victor on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/v1ctor/7035932329)
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    The HIV preventative drug prophylaxis should be made available on the NHS for high-risk groups including gay men and BAME communities, the Liberal Democrats have urged.

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection by 86%. In August, the High Court ruled that NHS England could fund the drug. NHS England had argued that because PrEP was preventative it was not its responsibility, and has now said it will appeal against the ruling.

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