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Tim Farron reveals his priorities as new Liberal Democrat leader

August 7, 2015 3:57 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today launched his seven campaigning priorities for Parliament.


These priorities cross traditional department boundaries and Tim will be able to draw on the talents and expertise of multiple spokespeople to push this agenda.

To ensure the party's concerns are echoed on the ground, he has appointed a Parliamentary Campaigns Team.

Chaired by Greg Mulholland MP, the Parliamentary Campaigns Team will consist of:

  • Rural Communities and Vice Chair - Mark Williams MP
  • EU referendum - Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim Wallace (Deputy)
  • Mental Health - Norman Lamb MP
  • Immigration - Shas Sheehan
  • Civil Liberties - Alistair Carmichael MP
  • Green Economy - Baroness Susan Kramer
  • Housing - Tim Farron MP

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

"These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on.

"Sensible, liberal and evidence-based views are already being woefully ignored by the Tory government - so it's up to Liberal Democrats to make this case.

"Whether it's helping young people in rural areas find work, or ensuring those with mental health difficulties have effective support, our liberal voice is needed now more than ever.

"Whether it's investing in green energy, building the homes we need; understanding the plight of refugees, or ensuring the state can't snoop on our emails, my party will offer that liberal alternative.

"And with David Cameron's hokey-cokey diplomacy on Europe, the Liberal Democrats will stand up for our country and make the passionate case for Britain to lead, not leave the EU.

"This team will work alongside Lib Dems in all chambers, Parliaments and offices to drive forward strong and signature campaigns. I can't wait to get started."