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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: Apr 19, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today, Tim Farron said: "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats' European Union spokesperson, has confirmed he will be standing again in Sheffield Hallam.

    In a statement Mr Clegg said: "Theresa May has called a General Election out of opportunism and intolerance: opportunism in seeking to exploit the weakness of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party; and intolerance in seeking a landslide majority to bring about 'unity', by which she means the ability to impose whatever interpretation of Brexit she wishes without meaningful scrutiny from Parliament.

  • Sarah Olney and Caroline Lucas
    Article: Apr 18, 2017
    By George Miles in GLD Challenge Magazine (December 2016)

    Book review of "The Alternative (towards a progressive politics), edited by Lisa Nandy (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green), and Chris Bowers (LibDem). With contributions from members of SNP, Plaid and others.

    In Brighton at the 2016 LibDem Conference Caroline spoke not of a centrally controlled Progressive Alliance but of many alliances of progressives at many levels - local, regional, national, global. Not the old tribal politics where politicians claim their party is perfect and has all the answers and that all politicians of other parties are wrong about everything all the time. I agree with Nick.

    I tried to speed read this book to review it but couldn't; it has dozens of chapters by dozens of authors on so many subjects, including Andrew George, Andrew Simms, Carys Afoko, Chris Law, David Boyle, Duncan Brack, Frances O'Grady, Indra Adnan, John Curtice, Johnathan Edwards, Johnathan Rowson, Katie Ghose, Mhairi Black, Neal Lawson, Norman Lamb, Peter Hain, Ruth Lister, Siân Berry, Stephen Joseph, Steve Reed, Tim Farron, Uffe Elbaek, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson.

    Maybe I'll read one chapter a night.

    The Conservative Party are changing electoral boundaries to their advantage and could win the next UK parliamentary elections again with a minority of the vote if the oppositions remain squabbling and fighting: with every party standing in every seat under the unfair First Past the post system. Unless, as is happening this week in the 2016 Richmond By election some parties don't field candidates, for the greater good.

    They are against the small green progress made by LibDems Ministers in coalition, raising house insulation building regulations, encouraging sustainable green power generation etc, they're trashing our planet faster and faster for short term profits.

    Maybe by 2020 many of the disasters of Brexit (whatever that means) will have become apparent and voters will rebel against the propaganda of the cotrollers of the Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail. But billionaires will again invest millions to get their people elected.

    Would the LibDem (and Labour) constitution have to be amended to allow formal and informal pacts? If in Herefordshire we have a Libdem standing in South Herefordshire and a Green in North Herefordshire (opposing 2 Tories - Bill Wiggin and Jesse Norman) would I in the north be able to got on my bike and deliver leaflets for the green half of our alliance or would that be against party rules, would I have to drive to south Herefordshire or be expelled as a traitor?

    The 'leader' or 'chair' of a Parliamentary Progressive Alliance need not be the one with the most loyal MPs (Diane Abbott / Jeremy Corbyn / Hilary Benn / Dan Jarvis ) but could be a respected mediator like Caroline, Mhairi or even Anna Soubry!

    George Miles

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign has got off to a flying start as new members have seen the party double in size since May 2015.

    In the short time since the snap General Election was announced the Liberal Democrats have gained over 2,500 new members.

    Commenting on the surge Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    What this means for Britain

    Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.

    Labour won't win any seats off the Conservatives.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2017

    Liberal Democrats: Listening to Business

    Liberal Democrats are increasing seen as the only political party for business.

    But, to enable us to maximise our support for business, it is vital that we listen to, and work with, businesses and business organisations from all sectors.

    A Perfect Storm

    The Conservative Government's reaction to the referendum result is creating a perfect storm;

  • Article: Apr 13, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students after learning how much they contribute to the UK economy. Theresa May has sought to clamp down on foreign students, counting them as immigrants at a time when it is seeking to reduce the headline migration figures.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2017

    Vince Cable has warned that young people in Manchester are being robbed of opportunities by the Government's push for a hard Brexit and that Labour is failing to stand up for them.

    The former Business Secretary today attended a drop-in session for young people to discuss careers and training at The Place, a community centre in Fallowfield, before campaigning alongside the Liberal Democrat candidate for Manchester Gorton Jackie Pearcey.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Commenting on the news the Royal Marines are going to be cut by 200 posts, ex-Royal Marine and former Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown commented:

    "In an unpredictable age, we need forces that are fast, flexible and mobile. That's what the Royal Marines do at a world-class level.

    "To cut their numbers to fill a Naval manpower black hole is not just poor reward for their service over the last years, but a folly which plays fast and loose with the nation's defences.

    "The Royal Marines have carried the greatest burden in the defence of our country over the last decade - they have fought in more theatres and won more battles than any other British unit. They are also the crucial manpower pool from which we draw many of our Special Forces.

    "The Royal Marines are paying the price for the foolish decisions made in the last Strategic Defence Review, in which the Service Chiefs were allowed to hang on to their most prestigious equipment, even if they made little or no contribution to the nation's strategic long-term defence needs.

    "We are now saddled with cuts to the Royal Marines to pay for sailors to man two huge aircraft carriers which many fear are little more than floating white elephants."