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Stunning result in Sandford-on-Thames by-election

October 18, 2015 8:21 PM

Lib Dem Simon Thompson came within 43 votes of beating the Tories as the Lib Dem vote surged from 20% in May to 37% now. The by-election was for the South Oxfordshire district council ward of Sandford & the Wittenhams. Voters switched from all other parties to the Lib Dems, putting the party within a few percentage points of victory.

Sue Cooper, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate in May said, "It shows that the actions of the Conservative Government since May, coupled with their poor stewardship of Oxfordshire County Council, are causing increased dissatisfaction in south Oxfordshire. As a result, Lib Dem membership is rising. Now is the time to join the fight back."

  • Article: Sep 29, 2016

    Today and Labour party conference, Jeremy Corbyn gave his speech to Labour party conference - and it made one thing abundantly clear - the Liberal Democrats are the only pro-European party now.

    Here's the four things, you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn's speech:

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Tim Farron has accused Liam Fox of being a "second class Cabinet Minister enjoying First Class travel around the world," after the International Trade Secretary was forced into an embarassing climbdown during a speech today at the WTO.

    It had been reported earlier this week that the International Trade Secretary would use his speech to come out in support of leaving the EU's Customs Union and seek a fully independent place on the WTO.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    The use of physical restraint against mental health patients has surged by almost 17% over the last three years, with an average of 183 restraints every single day, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The findings were uncovered in an audit of mental health trusts across the country conducted by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Liz Leffman was selected overwhelmingly last night at a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

    Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate the Charlbury councillor on her selection. Tim and Liz met shoppers and stallholders at Chipping Norton market.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Analysis by school leaders' union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn't adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.

    Analysis by school leaders' union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn't adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.
  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Reforms to probation services are far from complete and there is no clear picture of how the new system is performing in important areas, the Committee of Public Accounts says. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Jonathan Marks QC said:

    "With no Liberal Democrats in the Ministry of Justice driving forward reform and making cutting the cost of reoffending a priority we have seen progress grind to a halt.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Lorely Burt has called on Theresa May to clamp down on tax havens by setting them a deadline to open up their books, in the wake of revelations showing Amber Rudd was the director of two companies in the Bahamas.

    The Lib Dems have demanded that secretive tax jurisdictions like the Bahamas be given a fixed deadline of April 2017 to end shady arrangements that allow companies to avoid paying billions of pounds of tax. This is exactly four years on since then Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crack down on offshore tax havens at a G8 Summit.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Hundreds of people joined the Liberal Democrats yesterday following the announcement that Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected leader of the Labour party.

    Over the past week the Liberal Democrats have grown by over 1000 members taking membership to over 78,000 - the highest this century

    Over 300 of these members joined yesterday after Corbyn was announced as Labour leader and the number continues to rise.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have hit out at Labour and Jeremy for Corbyn for not backing Britain's membership of the single market.

    Losing membership of the single market would hit prices, jobs and wages and the Liberal Democrats strongly back Britain's continued membership.

    Jeremy Corbyn has never spoken in Parliament positively about free trade in parliament since becoming an MP and has described support of the single market as 'free trade dogma'.

  • Witney Group
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    There was an amazing turnout of members at the first action day in the Witney By-Election.

    Liberal Democrat President Baroness Sal Brinton also came to help and support our excellent candidate Liz Leffman.

    Many of our new members were experiencing the buzz of a by-election for the first time.

    There is plenty more to do so come along as soon as you can.