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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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  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP's party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred.

    The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions.

    The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension - a direct breach of BBC and Ofcom rules.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will today say there is no hiding place for John Swinney if he ploughs ahead with his cuts to council budgets, as MSPs come together to debate the draft 2016-17 budget.

    Mr Rennie will say that John Swinney's refusal to use new income tax powers coming to Scotland and his strong-arming of councils, forcing them to accept his cuts, means every cut to any public service is his and his alone.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has slammed SNP Ministers today for their continual denial over the extent of fuel poverty in Scotland, as new figures show a significant proportion of households across all 32 council areas remain fuel poor.

    The latest Scottish Housing Statistics survey reveal a widening gap between urban areas, where on the whole fuel poverty levels have remained static or fallen, and remote northern and island areas, where levels increased between 2013 and 2014.

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    Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.

    The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its size and put 19,000 jobs at risk, according to the Government's own predictions.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has slammed the SNP Government today for the hypocrisy of calling on Scots to tackle climate change when Ministers plan to cut £50 million from the climate change budget.

    Today the Scottish Government unveiled a new national campaign to encourage more people to help fight climate change, with recent surveys revealing around half of people living in Scotland acknowledge climate change is an immediate and urgent problem.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to reform gender recognition legislation and break down the unreasonable barriers facing transgender people who wish to change their legal gender.

    The Gender Recognition Act 2004 requires those who wish to change their legal gender go through a lengthy and outdated legal process. Despite many other European countries allowing trans people to self-declare their gender, in Scotland evidence is examined by doctors and lawyers before such a change can proceed.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In a bold, positive and progressive offer for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections, the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has today committed his party to making the biggest investment in Scottish education since devolution by increasing income tax by a penny.

    The party is committing to this investment to deliver a transformational effect on Scottish education and to reverse the damage of SNP cuts. The party's proposals will include a Pupil Premium, an expansion in nursery education, reversal of college cuts and stopping school cuts. The party will be leading a debate on the Pupil Premium in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.

    The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.

    The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

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    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are rallying to stop plans aimed at penalising up to one million single parents who move in with a new partner.

    The party has said changes to Universal Credit - dubbed the 'Love Tax' - could affect up to a million low income working single parents. It comes weeks after the Conservative government was dashed in its attempts to cut tax credits for families.