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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

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  • Israel Palestine
    Article: Jul 31, 2015
    By Guy Burton in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The general impression seems to be no. Last year's failed talks by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the re-election of an intransigent Netanyahu government have meant little change. Although the BRICS countries (and the EU) have called for a different, more multilateral response, this is unlikely to happen. Much of this is down to BRICS' self-promotion and separation of political rhetoric from their prioritisation of economic relations with Israel's hi-tech and - especially in the case of India - arms industry.

  • Government Department for International Development
    Article: Jul 31, 2015

    All the unpleasantness of the last few days' reaction to the ongoing Calais crisis is perhaps just a taste of the difficult challenge it will be for Liberals to uphold decency in the coming years. In my view, the best way to form a powerfully Liberal stance on this issue is to reinforce to the public that the solution to this crisis, as well as others (Islamic extremism, the environment etc.) lies in a field of policy often neglected by mainstream debate: International Development. But for us to form that policy, we must face some difficult home truths.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has responded to the Prime Minister's remarks on the Calais migrant crisis. David Cameron said today that the UK will not become a "safe haven" for a "swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean".

    Tim Farron said,

    By blaming 'migrant swarms' for the current crisis in Calais David Cameron risks dehumanising some of the world's most desperate people. We are talking about human beings here, not insects.

    Of course, we need to improve security at the tunnel to protect our borders and stop migrants from dying on the tracks but we also need to address the wider humanitarian issue too.

    This means as a country we should accept our fair share of refugees by signing up to the EU asylum policy, rather than expecting others to do it for us. If Ireland can sign up to the scheme why can't we?

    By using the Prime Minister's language we lose sight of how desperate someone has to be to cling to the bottom of a lorry or train for the chance of a better life.

  • Tim Farron Leader
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Tim Farron MP in Huffington Post

    This week sees the launch of FreedomToDonate - a massively important campaign to review the discriminatory rules on blood donation in the UK. And I'm thrilled to put my support behind it, because the existing rules - which bar sexually active gay men, along with anyone who has ever injected drugs, or had sex for payment - are scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently need to change.

  • Tim Farron MP
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Newshound in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron has made the following comment on the Calais issue:

    "If you don't give people hope, they will resort to desperate measures. We are treating this as a security issue, but primarily it is a humanitarian one.

    "We should be big enough to take a lead and accept our fair share of refugees, rather than expecting others to do it for us.

  • Tim Farron vision
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Mary Dejevsky in The Guardian

    The Lib Dems could be the real winners of the Labour leadership contest if it creates a more vacant centre ground

    It is remarkable, is it not, how much "wisdom" about UK politics has been received and then jettisoned in four months. Before the election it was taken for granted that we would have a hung parliament. The rise of Ukip and the SNP apparently made a majority government arithmetically impossible, even though our first-past-the-post system had produced majority governments since the war.

  • Mark pack
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Mark Pack

    In any party, or indeed any organisation, a strategy will struggle if it's seen as something for other people to do. Successful strategies are embraced throughout the organisation, and that's all the more true in organisations heavily dependent on volunteers, let along those, like the Liberal Democrats, which also believe in grassroots power.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Paul Reynolds in Liberal Democrat Voice

    By | Mon 27th July 2015 - 6:51 pm

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    New members often ask how to find out what current policy is, on a wide range of topics, how to influence or 'input' on policy, and indeed what the party does with its policy once it is established.

    Normally I explain that in policy Conference is supreme, at least in theory. I talk a bit about Policy Working Groups (PWGs), initiated by the Federal Policy Committee, FPC. I also explain that there is a review of policymaking underway, to be discussed at Autumn Conference.

  • ukip
    Article: Jul 30, 2015
    By Jakob Whiten - North West Leicestershire in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I finally decided to leave UKIP in June this year.

    Let me first say, this has not been an easy decision. It has taken me a year of talking to fellow party members, scrutinising Lib Dem party policy and wrestling with my own personal & political convictions. In the end the right choice was for me to join the Liberal Democrats.

  • Thames Valley Police
    Article: Jul 29, 2015
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Way back in 2011, the then Federal Executive created, shall we say, a little light controversy by deciding not to fund any Liberal Democrat campaigns for Police and Crime Commissioner on the grounds that we didn't support the idea as it concentrated too much power in the hands of one person.

    After much discussion, the party did eventually contest 24 out of the 36 contests in England and none in Wales.