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  • Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Great Britain to Little England: the impact of Brexit on the UK's role in the world

    Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship at Princeton University 20 April 2016

    Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.

  • Chris White
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Sound Finance, Solid Experience - Chris White, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire

    Chris White is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on St Albans Council and has been a Hertfordshire county councillor since 1993. He has built a reputation as a formidable campaigner.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.

    The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.

  • Gas Meter
    Article: Apr 21, 2016

    3055 households across Essex have saved between them nearly £1 million by switching to a new gas and electricity supplier. They got together under a group deal brokered by independent agent iChoosr, and promoted by Essex County Council.

    The scheme works by bringing together residents who want to pay less for their gas and electricity. iChoosr then does a bulk deal, by asking the different gas and electricity companies to bid for their custom.

    On average, each household signing up to the scheme saved £335.15.

    Essex Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Robinson commented, "After being elected in 2012, joint buying of energy was one of the first things I suggested. I am proud that, when the Liberal Democrats were running the Department of Energy, we helped the growth of smaller electricity companies to challenge the "big six" companies and made it possible to bring down prices.

    "Proactive government can help people save money when times are tough."

    Anyone who missed this deal can sign up for the next switch that will be taking place this May, and join the thousands of other Essex residents in taking control of their household bills.

    For further information see www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch

  • HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.

  • Baroness Olly Grender
    Article: Apr 15, 2016

    The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.

    Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.

    The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third party such as a charity, local authority or individual who has helped to pay the tenant's deposit. If the landlord gets a response that the tenant has not abandoned the property they can't change the locks and reclaim it.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    On Friday 15 April, the Westlands area of Chelmsford will be treated to a special day of attention and care.

    This 'Day of Action' is part of Chelmsford City Council's Neighbourhood Improvement & Community Engagement (NICE) programme, which is all about encouraging community pride and making the places where you live nicer.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2016

    You can access Tim's return here:

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  • Tim Farron 2016
    Article: Apr 12, 2016
    By Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The politics of envy helps no-one, but trust in politics does.

    I have no desire to poke around in the Prime Minister's private wealth, and definitely have no desire to force him to relive the pain of losing his father, having to confront that time all over again through the pages of national newspapers.

    It is absolutely essential that British people have full confidence in our leaders, and that when decisions are made and Budgets are written there is not even a slightest hint of a conflict of interest or personal gain. But we are now in a position where people no longer have complete faith in this Government's decisions.

  • Graffitied underpass
    Article: Apr 6, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    The Miami Roundabout underpass is due to get a face lift.

    City Councillor Freda Mountain has frequently highlighted the poor condition of this much used route to and from Wood Street and New London Road.

    County Councillor Jude Deakin requested a community initiative project to upgrade the walls of the underpass as it had not received a clean up for some time. The project has been given the go ahead. It is part of a larger program which is scheduled to be completed by the Autumn.