• Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Merlene Emerson

    The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

    This statement, from the LD party constitution, has been our guiding principle since the party was formed in 1988.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Jo started out with a heartfelt tribute to those killed in the Christchurch mosque shooting this morning. "The forces that sow hate and division and seek to turn fellow citizens against each other must not and cannot win"

    She then paid tribute to outgoing leader Vince Cable - "a powerful champion for liberalism"

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019
    By Emma Cherniavsky

    I thought if I slept on it, I'd be less angry. I'm not. I'm still as mad as hell.

    In ordering his MPs not to vote for a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn betrayed his Party members, Labour voters and remainers across the country.

    But we know it's worse than that. In refusing to support a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. The very people he claims to represent are the people who stand to be hit hardest by Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    Last year, party conference in Southport agreed a strategy to transform the party into a movement.

    In September, Vince laid out his suggestions for how our party could change toward that goal. At the heart of his proposals was the concept of creating a new supporter scheme.

    However, all our policies are decided by our members not our leader - and therefore this weekend at our party's spring conference, our members will be voting on the Lib Dem Supporter Scheme, and deciding what rights supporters will have.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    On Saturday afternoon, conference will be voting on a package of reforms first announced by Vince Cable back in September. These reforms propose creating an official supporters' scheme to the party - and giving these new supporters new rights. This motion has a complex collection of votes attached to it - and here to marshal us through them is frequent conference goer and constitutional nerd, Will Dyer.

  • Air Pollution impact (Royal College of Physicians)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

    Spring conference Motion F8 [See Conference Extra Page 11]

    14:55pm Saturday 16th March, York Conference

    Cleaning Up the Air We Breathe: How to Tackle Road Pollution

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    This has been a dramatic week in Parliament with Theresa May's Brexit proposals heavily defeated, and a very clear statement that a 'no deal' Brexit must be avoided. It is now clear that Brexit will be postponed, and very possibly stopped.

    The future is very uncertain but despite Labour's continued prevarication, there is still a real chance of securing a People's Vote and, indeed, of stopping Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    I am fuming.

    After Parliament has made clear that they are incapable of agreeing on Brexit, the Labour leadership whipped their MPs to abstain on giving the people the final say.

    Every Labour MP who did not vote for a People's Vote tonight have betrayed their members, betrayed their voters and betrayed remainers.

  • The Greener Jobs Alliance logo (http://www.greenerjobsalliance.co.uk)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

    The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) has been formed as a partnership body inclusive of trade unions, student organisations, campaigning groups and a policy think tank. It campaigns around the issue of jobs and the skills needed to transition to a low-carbon economy. The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union, Trades Union Congress, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students, People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.

  • Greener Jobs Alliance launch (http://www.greenerjobsalliance.co.uk/)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

    Air Pollution - all in a day's work?

    On Wednesday 6 February 2019, the Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN)ยน was launched. The event took place at the Head Office of the International Transport Workers (ITF) in London. It was attended by a wide range of trades unions and supporting organisations including Client Earth, British Lung Foundation and the London Sustainability Exchange. The meeting discussed the Trade Union Clean Air Network Charter that has been drawn up to promote a trade union voice on this public health emergency.