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Latest News from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jun 4, 2019

    So you've sat there wondering how that one Muslim colleague has managed to go nil by mouth, not swear, smoke or get involved in office gossip for a whole month, and now there's a conversation about some event called Eid. There are 2 Eids in the Islamic calendar and this one, Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Muslims will have made a point of rereading the Qu'ran, given at least 2.5% of excess wealth to charity and many will have fasted daily to support, what I call, the "resetting to our humble selves." Eid involves prayer, food and communities getting together. Fasting and giving charity are 2 of the 5 pillars in Islam.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    YouGov and the Times released a huge new poll last night. And for the first time since 2010, they had the Liberal Democrats in first place on 24%.

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    That's right. We're fast becoming not only the biggest, strongest party of Remain, but the biggest, strongest party full stop.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today is Global Day of Parents - a day proclaimed by the UN to honour parents throughout the world. The birth of a child is a life-changing event. For many mothers, this will be the happiest time of their lives, but this is never the whole story. New mothers can often experience mental health problems before and after birth, cope with the trauma of pregnancy and birth, and struggle with societal expectations of motherhood.

  • Article: May 31, 2019

    Over 70,000 people still die every year in the UK thanks to smoking-related illnesses. Lib Dems demand better preventative care measures to prevent this.

    Over fifty years on from the discovery of the true health consequences of smoking, smoking has been reduced but still costs the lives of over 70,000 people in the UK every year.

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    On Question Time last night, Jo Swinson announced her intention to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. She released her manifesto today, with 3 main themes:

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    11,000. Yep, that's 5 digits.

    That's how many people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May. 🤯

    To put that in perspective, that's enough people to fill:

    🔶 Almost 86 double-decker buses 🚌

    🔶 Blackpool Tower ballroom - 5 and a half times 💃🏻

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    🔶 Wimbledon's No.1 Court 🎾

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    There can be no doubt. This weekend's results - our best ever in an EU election - prove that the Liberal Democrats are back in business.

    16 brilliant MEPs.

    20.3% of the national voteshare.

    Beating Labour and the Tories for the first time since 1906.

    Seeing so many of our hard-working candidates get the amazing results they deserved this weekend was an extraordinarily special feeling. My thanks go out to them and everyone who played a part in getting them elected.

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    Today, Ed announced his campaign to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader.

    He's running his campaign on 3 main tenets:

    • Winning campaigns
    • Fighting for liberal values
    • Tackling the climate crisis
  • Article: May 28, 2019

    Today is World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The date serves as a reminder that no one should be disadvantaged because of their period. Eradicating period poverty has been a priority for Liberal Democrats for over two years. We were the first party to lay a motion on the issue in Parliament back in 2017 and in Wales our Education Minister, Kirsty Williams rolled out a £2.3 million scheme to provide sanitary products to girls across primary and secondary school. The fight to eradicate period poverty wherever it exists is far from over.

  • Thanks
    Article: May 27, 2019

    We want to say thank you to everyone who has helped over the course of the EU election campaign, as well as to everyone who has supported us and voted for us (in both the Local and EU elections).

    In the EU election, the Lib Dems came second nationally, with over 20% of the vote. That makes us the leading party of remain. Plymouth tends to be a tough area for us as a party, but we have made gains here over the last couple of years. Impressively, we also came second in Plymouth, gaining 14% of the vote. This shows that our efforts, both locally and nationally, are succeeding. Our clear position on wanting to remain a member of the EU, combined with our reputation for progressive policies, in areas such as the environment and mental health, are clearly resonating with the public.