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  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

  • Liz
    Article: Oct 16, 2016

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, will make his fourth visit of the campaign to the Witney by-election as it races into its final week.

    He will be joined this week by two of his party predecessors, Paddy Ashdown and Ming Campbell, both of whom led the Liberal Democrats to major by-election upsets. Nick Clegg also hopes to make another visit.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    A life-long senior Conservative businessman walked into the Tory by-election HQ in Witney and told party staff that he could no longer support them.

    Instead, Geoff Lee has been knocking on doors for Liberal Democrat Liz Leffman. He was a senior international business manager responsible for negotiating hundreds of millions of pounds of trade deals for British industry.

    Geoff Lee said: "I no longer see the Conservatives as the party of business. Hard Brexit is really Wreck-sit.

    "Having seen both candidates at local hustings, it is clear that Liz towers above the much less experienced Conservative candidate."

    Note to editors: Geoff Lee is available for interview and to write opinion pieces

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    The European Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of Catherine Bearder MEP's report on the EU's Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.

    The report to the Environment Committee demanded that wildlife crime IS included in Europol's 2017 SOCTA (Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment), upgrading wildlife crime to a "serious and organised crime" as they have with terrorism, human trafficking and arms smuggling.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    Wine and spirits worth £47,236 were quaffed out of the government's vast wine cellar last year, new figures reveal.

    Guests, foreign visitors and dignitaries drank thousands of litres from the 33,669 bottles of wines and spirits held by the government.

    A written statement made by Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns said the total cost of the bottles drunk was £47,236 in 2015-16.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    key_rma.pngAt their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.

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