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  • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
    Article: Dec 7, 2016

    Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Jo Slimin Tadley S count
    Article: Nov 25, 2016
    By NW Hants Liberal Democrats

    Voting in yesterday's Tadley South by-election saw the Conservative vote collapse while the Lib Dem vote increased with a massive 15% swing from Tory to Lib Dem. The Labour vote also dropped and the UKIP candidate managed just 41 votes.

    Full results are as follows

    Kerri Carruthers

    Conservative

    456 (49%)

    Down 14%

    Jo Slimin

    Liberal Democrat

    342 (37%)

    Up 16%

    Claire Ballard

    Labour

    88 (9%)

    Down 7%

    Phil Heath

    UKIP

    41 (4%)

  • Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Today MEPs approved a review of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) which sets targets for EU governments to cut premature deaths from air pollution by 50% in 2030.

    The Parliament originally called for a higher level of ambition which would both have saved more lives and been more cost-effective to achieve. But after lengthy negotiations, EU governments forced the European Parliament to come down to the current targets.

  • CB
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Tax authorities have been given new powers to investigate money laundering activity.

    This is part of the Commission's drive against tax evasion and avoidance in the EU.

    But UKIP MEPs voted against the proposal. Tory MEPs abstained.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:

    "The public will be outraged that the Tories and UKIP did not support these excellent proposals.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Today MEPs have voted for tough measures to combat the growing trade in illegal wildlife products which is destroying the planet's ecosystem.

    The report by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder makes the following recommendations to tackle wildlife trafficking:

    • Minimum prison sentences for wildlife traffickers across the EU by listing wildlife crime as a "serious crime" in accordance with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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    Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters' Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

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