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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.

If you agree with us, why not join the #LibDemFightback today.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned that new figures on out-of-hours services in Scotland reveal the extent of pressure on GPs.

    Figures published for the first time today by ISD Scotland found that nearly one million consultations were carried out last year by GP out-of-hours services. One fifth of patients seen were aged 75 and over.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised the SNP Government for gloating about police officer numbers at a time when many frontline services are under severe pressure.

    Whilst it was reported today that the number of additional police officers is being maintained at more than 1,000 compared to 2007, more reports continue to emerge about officers fulfilling civilian duties such as staffing pressured control rooms.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2015

    As President Obama's announcement of a clean power plan was hailed as the strongest action on climate change by a US president, Tim Farron has found the Conservatives' plans regressive.

    Commenting on President Obama's clean energy plan, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "We have seen today how President Obama is committed to bringing in measures to tackle climate change, yet David Cameron is insistent on setting about dismantling the Coalition's green legacy.

    "Our own Prime Minister seems intent on rolling back the green agenda championed by Liberal Democrats in Coalition and it reflects his arrogant and lackadaisical attitude to climate change.

    "In America they are seeking to boost investment in wind and solar technology, but in the UK the Government is slashing support for these very same renewable energy sources.

    "Liberal Democrats will fight tooth and nail against these short sighted, ideological cuts to the programmes that we fought for in Government."

  • 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.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP said there are deep-seated, systemic problems in the way that mental ill health is treated in Scotland after hosting a mental health summit at the Scottish Parliament.

    The summit brought together service users, medical experts, charities and mental health campaigners for a wide-ranging discussion of mental health services in Scotland.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2015

    Tim Farron has set about ending the Liberal Democrats' lack diversity at the top of the party - by naming the most diverse shadow cabinet team in the party's history to lead the party's fightback.

    The new Lib Dem leader announced a spokesperson team including 12 women and 10 men to lead the fight back against the Tory government.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Politicians from across the political spectrum should seize the opportunity to overhaul the House of Lords once and for all, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.

    It comes amid the fallout of Lord Sewel's resignation from the House of Lords, which has sparked calls for a shake-up of the second chamber.

    Tim has written to party leaders in the Commons and Lords - as well as crossbench peers - urging them to back the case for reform.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today warned that Scottish Government Ministers have washed their hands of Scotland's CCTV code.

    Ms McInnes was speaking after answers to Parliamentary Questions revealed that the Scottish Government appears to have taken no active role in ensuring the National Strategy for Public Space CCTV is implemented.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will push mental health further up Scotland's political agenda this week with a key summit attended by experts across mental health specialities.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP today announced that he will host a mental health summit at Holyrood on the 30th July, calling for action to be taken before even more patients fall through the gaps due to lengthy waiting times for treatments.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Three by elections victories - one hold and two gains from both Labour and Conservatives - are an encouraging boost for the #LibDemFightback.

    Coming the same day that Tim Farron was elected as the new leader of the party, all three ballots had the Lib Dems on over 50% of the vote. Congratulations to all the new Lib Dem councillors!