• Article: Mar 29, 2019

    Nigel Farage must be fuming.

    Today was supposed to be his day of victory, but it's a damp squib. Thanks to almost 3 years of Lib Dems fighting, we've pushed Brexit back until at least the middle of next month.

    And we're not stopping there - we have the momentum. A People's Vote gets closer by the day.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2019
    By Richard Flowers and Alex Wilcock

    Most people meet and get married within a few years, but not us. We got married on our twentieth anniversary. We had to wait 20 years before we could tie the knot, not because we didn't want to, but because to do so before 2014 would have been unlawful.

    Throughout the years the LGBT community has been marginalised, demonised and ignored

  • Article: Mar 29, 2019
    By Richard Flowers and Alex Wilcock

    Most people meet and get married within a few years, but not us. We got married on our twentieth anniversary. We had to wait 20 years before we could tie the knot, not because we didn't want to, but because to do so before 2014 would have been unlawful.

    Throughout the years the LGBT community has been marginalised, demonised and ignored

  • Wera Hobhouse MP, speaking at Southport Conference GLD fringe meeting (Jane Brophy)
    Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By David Green
    Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

    Today the Liberal Democrats led a debate in the House of Commons calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis.



    Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government's proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their "historic rights of self-determination."

    The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK.

    Speaking before the debate, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

    "There is no doubt that fracking causes a massive amount of harm to both the immediate environment and our wider countryside, bringing with it the potential threat of earthquakes, water pollution, and green spaces transforming into industrial landscapes.

    "Since the Conservative Government's proposals on shale gas were announced, 300,000 people have signed petitions against their plans and forty councils have passed motions to reject them. They rightly demand better and it would be criminal to ignore them.

    "The Liberal Democrats stand with the tens of thousands of young people march

    ing to demand the climate crisis is adverted. We are categorically against fracking, and the damage it would inflict on our environment. It's time Conservative Ministers listened, and ushered in an age of renewables."

    The motion that was debated is: That this House has considered use of permitted development and the nationally significant infrastructure project regime for shale gas exploration and production.


    Relevant Documents: Eighth Report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Session 2017-19, Planning guidance on fracking, HC 767
    Notes: The subjects for these debates were determined by the Backbench Business Committee

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019

    Brexit Latest

    This week parliament moved into the uncharted territory of 'taking back control' from an arrogant and incompetent executive. Apart from making an unholy mess of Brexit, Ministers have operated for far too long as though the sole purpose of government is to serve the Conservative Party. The absence of a majority finally came to bite them as the Commons wrested control of the business.

  • Brexit indicative votes results IoG ()
    Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By Mark Johnston

    Here's a fascinating chart from the Institute for Government showing how MPs voted yesterday. Below is a table showing how individual Lib Dem MPs voted.

    Liberal Demoract MPs

    No deal

    Common Market 2.0

    EEA/EFTA

    Customs Union

    Labour plan

    Revoke

    Confirmatory ballot

    WTO

    Tom Brake

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Vince Cable

    No

    Abstain

    No

    Abstain

    No

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Alistair Carmichael

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Ed Davey

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Tim Farron

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Wera Hobhouse

    No

    No

    No

    No

    No

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Christine Jardine

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Norman Lamb

    No

    Aye

    Abstain

    Aye

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    No

    Layla Moran

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Jamie Stone

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Jo Swinson

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

  • Article: Mar 27, 2019

    After months of deadlock, on Monday night Parliament voted to take control of Brexit away from the Government.

    Today we will be going through a process of "indicative votes". This might be a normal way of doing things in just about any other walk of life but in Parliament it is novel and I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about how we shall approach these votes and what we want to achieve.

  • David Chalmers LDEG Chair 2019-21
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    David Chalmers, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Torridge and West Devon, has been elected chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group, which influences the party's European policy and campaigns.

    Chalmers said: 'Teresa May's disgraceful attack on MPs and Parliament, which was reminiscent of a dictator in the mould of Hugo Chavez, was a disgraceful attempt to stir up hatred seldom if ever seen before by a British Prime Minister. She and her Brexit have become a threat to the reputation of our institutions, the safety of MPs and our traditional liberal approach to public debate. I vow to continue the fight to keep the UK in the European Union and ensure the Group promotes and protects liberal and European values.'

  • Article: Mar 24, 2019

    Many of these private members' bills simply fell off the parliamentary order paper this week - the Tory government failed to give us to debate these vital issues. Others were outright blocked. We must demand better than this broken government, distracted by their Brexit mess.

    Here are our 14 progressive private members' bills the government doesn't want you to know about.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2019
    By Ed Davey

    I am SO proud of our Party today

    The fight against Brexit is not over. We showed we're closer than ever to a People's Vote

    Alongside other pro-Europeans, we showed the fight against Brexit is not over. We showed we're closer than ever to a People's Vote.

    There were a million people marching today with a million reasons why they want to stop Brexit - but in my speech to our huge Lib Dem contingent, I chose one: Climate Change.