Tim Farron: Whether you support Brexit or not, Britain needs a decent opposition

Tim Farron's speech to the 2017 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

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Lib Dems call for Dubs refugee scheme to be re-opened

The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government re-open the Dubs child refugee scheme, at the party's Conference in York.

The party has slammed the Government reasons for closing the scheme as ‘lies’.

The Government has been condemned for closing down a scheme to accept lone refugee children marooned in Europe after allowing just 350 displaced youngsters, not thousands as expected.

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Watch the Liberal Democrat Spring 2017 rally

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Lib Dems back credible minimum nuclear deterrent

Liberal Democrat members have today voted for proposals to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent, keeping the Trident Successor Programme but ending continuous at-sea deterrence

The proposals would mean the UK’s submarines would patrol at irregular intervals, meaning the UK’s adversaries would not know when our submarines were at sea so the deterrent is maintained.

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Lib Dems demand 'NHS passport' for 59,000 EU nurses and doctors

The Liberal Democrats have called for an “NHS Passport” to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service.

Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in 2016, a 68% increase compared to two years ago. Separate figures from the Royal College of Nursing have shown the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92%, while there are 24,000 nurse jobs unfilled in the NHS.

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Lib Dems say ‘govt is playing with fire’ over Great Repeal Bill

Today, at their conference in York, Liberal Democrats have slammed the government over the Great Repeal Bill. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has said the government are ‘playing with fire’ and the party ‘is up for the next Brexit Battle’.

The motion passed this lunchtime agreed to strictly limit the scope for the Government to give itself powers to change legislation through ‘Henry VIII’ powers, and secure the maximum Parliamentary oversight of powers given to ministers.

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Lib Dems call for drugs to be legalised to tackle overcrowding in prisons

The Liberal Democrats have put forward ground-breaking proposals to reduce overcrowding in prisons, including overhauling sentencing policy and decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use.

The party has also called on the Government to increase the number of prison officers beyond the 2,500 Liz Truss has promised.

The last three decades have seen the prison population in England and Wales almost double, from 44,975 in 1990 to 84,874 today. In December 2016, eighty out of 124 prisons in total were past 100% capacity and eighteen more were past 95% capacity.

There are over 11,000 people imprisoned for drug offences, figures from the House of Commons library have shown (link).

 

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A Rational Approach to Harm Reduction

The Liberal Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to the decriminalisation of sex work, as well as the quashing of past sex work convictions.

The party has also called for additional support for people trying to leave sex work including increased education and training, the involvement of Local Housing Authorities and healthcare services.

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Tim Farron's speech to Liberal Democrat Conference Rally in full:

So, never let it be said that I don’t play fair.

My daughter Gracie went on Spanish exchange to Madrid last month to stay with her friend Alba, and her Parents took them to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

This week it’s our turn to host Alba, and where have we taken her in return?

That’s right, we’ve brought her here to Liberal Democrat party conference.

We’re telling her it's Wembley.

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PAPER: Brexit Negotiations

Following the EU referendum in June 2016, Nick Clegg launched his ‘Brexit Challenge’, working with a group of experts to publish a series of papers on the challenges and dilemmas facing the UK in a wide range of areas.

In his seventh Brexit Challenge Paper, Nick Clegg sets out the challenges facing the UK Government during Brexit Negotiations. Read the paper here:

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