Tim Farron said:
“The Liberal Democrats know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. We will consider supporting extending airstrikes against ISIL in Syria provided the Government’s plans meet the five points that I and colleagues have set out today.
We are trying something new at this year’s Spring Conference. The Autumn Conference saw a record-breaking members’ attendance with more first time conference attendees than ever before and we are keen for even more members to come to conference and actively engage with the Party’s policy making process.
Today, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron delivers his first economic speech as leader and sets out the Liberal Democrat priorities ahead of next week's Comprehensive Spending Review.
Liberal Democrat Defra Spokesperson, Baroness Parminter, will today challenge the government to end puppy farming in the UK through an Oral Question in the House of Lords.
Puppy farming is the unlicensed breeding of dogs in sometimes squalid conditions that can have a hugely damaging impact on the health of puppies.
In 2012 Theresa May and the Tories brought forward plans to force internet service providers to keep a record of all your texts, emails and every website you visited.
In the debate on Monday, Tim Farron MP argued against the Government’s plans to dismantle social housing by selling off council homes calling it an “all-out assault on social and affordable housing”. He said:
"We have a national emergency in housing. Millions of people suffer daily from poor housing, or from the uncertainty of not knowing where they will be living from one month to the next and whether they can send their children to the same school one term after the next. Across the country, we have soaring house prices several times higher than a median earner can afford, and a rental sector in which many people spend over half their income on rent."
He went on to outline a Liberal Democrat vision for delivering the house-building that Britain needs and tackling problems such as second homes.
The full text of the speech is below:
Only the Liberal Democrats will defend families in Oldham West and Royton from the scourge of tax credit cuts, by-election candidate Jane Brophy said today.
The party said it would fight the by-election with a firm message: Labour is in disarray and only the Lib Dems will stand up for local people in the face of brutal Tory cuts.
MEPs in the European Parliament have given the final go-ahead to scrapping roaming charges in the EU by 2017 in a move that is expected to save the average British holidaymaker £61 off their mobile phone bill each year.Read more
The Lib Dems in the House of Lords are planning to spike the Government's tax credit plans by tabling a "fatal motion".Read more