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  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Our party is going from strength to strength.

    We now have more than 116,000 members, as well as almost 15,000 registered supporters.

    Our team in the House of Commons is growing too. A little over a week ago, we welcomed Jane Dodds as our newest MP.

    Today, we welcome another addition to our team. Dr Sarah Wollaston.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Sarah Wollaston

    After very careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I can best serve the interests of my constituents by joining the Liberal Democrats.

    Brexit has not only sucked all the political oxygen from government over the past three years, but it has also consumed the funding and energy that should have been invested in local communities, tackling climate change and supporting the workforce and infrastructure of our NHS, schools and transport.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    I can think of about 350 million reasons why a promise from Boris Johnson isn't worth the paper (or bus) it's written on.

    The Government promised that the rights of EU citizens wouldn't change after Brexit. So did Vote Leave - many of whose senior figures are now Government officials.

    But now we're hearing that if Brexit happens, the Government plans to make EU citizens pay to use the NHS.

  • Thomas Mitchell in North Camp (Rushmoor Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Aug 13, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have chosen local campaigner Thomas Mitchell to stand in the St Mark's by-election. The poll will be held on 12 September after Cllr Alain Dekker had to stand down when his wife's job was relocated to Germany. Thomas, who has lived in North Camp for six years, currently works dispensing glasses to people in care homes.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2019

    As I spent my first week in Westminster on my induction programme, in the forefront of my mind is that there are less than 80 days until Boris Johnson tries to take us out of the EU without a deal. So, of course, my first priority was to learn my way around so I am able to find Boris Johnson like I said in my victory speech:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    For those who have taken part in Hajj, this is a season of new beginnings and Muslims across the globe will be taking time out to reflect on the significance of their faith in their own individual lives.

    Sadly, we are witnessing a horrifying rise in Islamophobia which is often accompanied by exclusionary, right-wing nationalism. Islamophobic tropes are becoming commonplace and attacks on Muslims have been espoused by the man who has just become our Prime Minister. This is unacceptable. We must confront this poisonous rhetoric which, if left unchecked, will permeate our communities in the most extreme and hateful ways.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019

    This year, Eid ul-Adha (The Festival of Sacrifice) begins on Sunday 11 August and end on Thursday 15 August. It is the second Eid occasion during the Islamic year; the first, Eid-ul-Fitr, marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    Eid ul-Adha signifies the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage - the world's largest annual pilgrimage to Makkah - and is a time for Muslims around the world to share, help others and be thankful, whilst remembering those who are less fortunate.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    We did it!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    I am so incredibly grateful to every person that got me here.

    Thank you to everyone who traveled, from near and far, to get here and campaign with us. Thank you for the thousands of doors you knocked on, for the tens of thousands of leaflets you delivered, the letters you wrote and stuffed, the leaflets you bundled.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, compassionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

If this sounds like you too, join us.