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    • Article: Jan 14, 2021
      By Edward Davey

      It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

    • Article: Jan 13, 2021

      It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

      The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

      The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

    • Article: Jan 12, 2021

      Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

      Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

    • Article: Jan 11, 2021
      By Lisa Smart

      Last month's Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) kicked off with a productive Q&A with deputy Leader Daisy Cooper. Daisy's approach to collaborative working across parts of the party was warmly welcomed and FCEC expressed its support, and desire to assist, Daisy's ongoing work to support a diverse range of candidates to stand.

    • Article: Jan 8, 2021
      By Tim Farron

      In the early months of this pandemic, the Government's messaging was clear. 'Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.' And so it is once again. Monday's lockdown announcement, although belated, was absolutely right.

      But why must we protect the NHS? So that it can continue to tackle COVID, but also, equally, so that the NHS can carry on its life-saving work in every other area.

    • Article: Jan 8, 2021

      Like you, I watched domestic terrorists and insurrectionists storm the US Capitol last night with a sense of horror and shock.

      I watched with a sense of horror and shock

      A symbol of democracy worldwide was shown to be fragile, vulnerable.

      It is a stark reminder that will remain etched in our memories.

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021

      The chaotic incompetence of a government that declares schools safe on a Sunday, sends children back for a day and then closes them is the sort of thing that should be the domain of political fiction.

      Sadly and tragically, it's the government we suffer from in Westminster. It is a reminder about how important it is that we recover as a party, and a spur to our efforts to ensure we do our part in defeating the Conservatives at the ballot box.

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021

      Our intervention comes amidst growing concern for safety in schools, including headteachers launching legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision for some schools to reopen.

      Time and time again, this Government has squandered opportunities to get ahead of the virus in schools.

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021

      The Conservatives have consistently failed to support such a measure, risking future trade deals that could permit the import of food that fails to meet the UK's high standards.

      Farmers across the country are worried about their future

      This puts significant pressure on British farmers.

      Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the food they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    • Article: Jan 7, 2021
      By Layla Moran

      Reports that the 25th amendment may be invoked to remove Donald Trump from office reaffirm what we already knew: Donald Trump is not and has never been fit to hold the office of President.