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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."

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2016
    By Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England

    Plese find below a speech to the European Parliament, by Liberal Democrat/ALDE MEP Catherine Bearder on racism and xenophobia in the UK

    We all know Niemöllers poem.

    First they came for the Communists, the Socialists, the Jews and how he lamented that he had not spoken out for them,

    there was no one left to speak for him.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2016
    By William Powell, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council in Eurofile

    Reassuring EU Nationals in the UK - 'not only common decency but also common sense'

    William Powell considers the issue of the many thousands of workers in the UK who had no vote in the Brexit Referendum - but who are living with its consequences

    Quantifying the problem of hate crime

    Over the summer, I received several disturbing reports ranging from school yard taunting of the children of EU nationals about 'returning home' post Brexit right through to criminal damage of commercial premises. In the light of this, I took the opportunity to ask Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader of Powys County Council, a question on reported incidents of hate crime at Full Council last month. Given the need to keep our communities secure, tolerant and welcoming, I asked what specific measures are being promoted within the Powys Public Service Board, to combat intolerance and prejudice, in furtherance of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This followed a useful meeting that Cllr Thomas and I had with newly elected Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llewelyn, at the Royal Welsh Show.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Today MEPs approved a review of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) which sets targets for EU governments to cut premature deaths from air pollution by 50% in 2030.

    The Parliament originally called for a higher level of ambition which would both have saved more lives and been more cost-effective to achieve. But after lengthy negotiations, EU governments forced the European Parliament to come down to the current targets.

  • CB
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Tax authorities have been given new powers to investigate money laundering activity.

    This is part of the Commission's drive against tax evasion and avoidance in the EU.

    But UKIP MEPs voted against the proposal. Tory MEPs abstained.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:

    "The public will be outraged that the Tories and UKIP did not support these excellent proposals.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Today MEPs have voted for tough measures to combat the growing trade in illegal wildlife products which is destroying the planet's ecosystem.

    The report by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder makes the following recommendations to tackle wildlife trafficking:

    • Minimum prison sentences for wildlife traffickers across the EU by listing wildlife crime as a "serious crime" in accordance with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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    Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters' Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2016
    By Chris Higman, British citizen and FDP local councillor in Schwalbach, close to Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    The issue of 'benefit tourism' is as much of an issue in Germany, where it is known as 'social tourism', as it has been in Britain. The concern has been that people could simply use freedom of movement as a means of moving to another EU country where the system of social insurance is more generous than that of their home country. Although there is obviously a certain potential for such benefit tourism, answers to repeated questions in the Bundestag have consistently revealed that it is not a mass phenomenon. In May 2014 the German Government reported "a few dozen" "suspected" cases country-wide. The following month it reported that it had no data itself, but referred to a "not insignificant number" of "suspected" sham marriages.