Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government - Farron

Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

"Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.
 
"30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.
 
"The Queen’s Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day’s respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.
 
"This country’s challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric. 
 
"The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper’s charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.
 
"There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

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Tim Farron and Paddy Ashdown pay tribute to David Rendel

Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

“I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

“He won a stunning by-election victory in Newbury where he and his team showed the Liberal Democrats had the fight and passion to deliver a fantastic result in a challenging political climate. It was inspirational then, and is inspirational today as Liberal Democrats fight to rebuild.

“His continuing work with the party, standing again as a candidate in the 2010 and 2015 elections, and serving on the party’s Federal Executive typified the resilience, commitment and resolve with which he approached politics.

“He was a friend and colleague who I know will be sorely missed by his friends, family and the party.”

 
Paddy Ashdown, who led the Liberal Democrats when David was elected to Parliament, said: 

“David Rendel will be enormously missed by his friends and family. His by-election triumph in Newbury was exceptional and an important step in driving the Liberal Democrats forward.

“It takes a strength of character to stand for public office, and his continued work campaigning for the Liberals and Liberal Democrats over so many years reflected not only his character but also his strong commitment and belief in the causes he fought for.”

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Tim Farron’s speech on the European Union

So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

It is also about more fundamental questions such as: what sort of country will my children be living in when they grow, what sort of country will their children live in?

What is the international legacy we want to leave to the coming generations?

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Caroline Pidgeon comments on introduction of 'one hour bus ticket'

Commenting on reports that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to announce the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket' , Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said: 

"The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."

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Dublin regulations alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe - Farron

Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said

“Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.
 
“It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don’t have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them.”

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Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship

Great Britain to Little England: the impact of Brexit on the UK's role in the world 

Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship at Princeton University 20 April 2016

Today I want to talk about Britain’s two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.

As those descriptions suggest, the two relationships are very different. They are born of different circumstances and have been tested by different pressures. They provoke different emotions in the minds of British citizens. But they are intimately linked. 

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Farron urges MPs to stand up for refugee children

Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and ‘stand up for humanity’.

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Treasury report is a stark warning - Farron

Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

"The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain. 
 
"There is no doubt in my mind that the economic impact of us rejecting the European market of 500 million consumers would be devastating to our country’s finances; to the work prospects of British people, and to our ability to attract world class investment.
 
"The dramatic and dangerous impact of Brexit on on the economy will clearly blow a hole in public finances, and offer the biggest threat to public services since the recession. I am not prepared to stand by and let Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage throw a hand grenade into our economic recovery, and then be left in charge of looking after the NHS, our schools, and local services.
 
"Today's report shows our economic future is stronger in Europe. It's clear that in Europe, Britain can thrive. Together we can be a stronger and more prosperous nation, creating opportunity for future generations, and respected all over the world." 

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VICTORY for vulnerable tenants

The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.

Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.

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Review Tim Farron's 2014-2015 Tax Return

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