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We believe the UK is better off in the EU, and we will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not out.

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    • Article: Sep 4, 2018

      Over the weekend, member Ruby Chow started a thread on Twitter asking Lib Dems who the top ten most important people in the party were to them.

      What followed was a thread full of love for Lib Dems across the country who have encouraged, supported or inspired others.

      Some members named MPs and Lords that inspired them the most:

    • Vince Cable in Twickenham
      Article: Aug 30, 2018
      By Liberal Democrats

      The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

    • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
      Article: Aug 30, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      The Government have refused to guarantee that MPs will see the full impact analysis of a no-deal Brexit before the final vote on departure from the EU.

      The Government are clearly losing the plot.

      Refusing to show MPs the full damage a no-deal Brexit would inflict on our country makes a mockery of the discredited mantra 'Taking Back Control'.

    • Article: Aug 24, 2018

      Our Exit from Brexit Summer Campaign is in full swing. Across the country, Liberal Democrats have been speaking to voters in their area about how disastrous Brexit is going to be.

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    • Dominc Raab, MRA and Brexit Secretary. Image: Policy Exchange
      Article: Aug 24, 2018
      By Tom Brake

      In a speech today the Brexit Secretary set out the no-deal Brexit papers.

      No one will be surprised that the Brexit Secretary was hot and flustered today. What he set out means a disaster for British families and British jobs.

      We also have yet further confirmation that there is no prospect that a plan will be delivered in the next six months, not least on the Northern Ireland border and post-Brexit customs arrangements.

    • Jeremy Corbyn.
      Article: Aug 23, 2018

      Yesterday, I sent you a video of Corbyn refusing to answer a question about whether we would be better off after Brexit five times.

      Already this has been seen fifty thousand times on Facebook thanks to you all sharing it online - and with no sign of it slowing down.

      You can watch it yourself here:

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      More than 7 in 10 Labour voters want to have a vote on the final deal that Theresa May has put together - with an option to stay in the EU.

    • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
      Article: Aug 15, 2018

      It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.

    • Article: Aug 14, 2018

      The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

      What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

      This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.

    • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
      Article: Aug 10, 2018

      After the 2015 election disaster, a comprehensive post-mortem led by James Gurling analysed what had gone wrong and made a huge number of detailed recommendations of what should be done differently next time.

      However, the snap election of 2017, coming just two years later and out of left field, meant that we were still recovering from 2015 and had not had much chance to implement many of those changes.

    • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
      Article: Aug 10, 2018

      I say no - conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path. The future of our great United Kingdom and our future generations is far more important than anything else in my view and worth fighting for every step of the way.

      Politics surely should be about policies and not personal attacks - what a shame it hasn't remained that way? What I did not realise is that this was just the beginning of a long and rocky ride over the coming months where I saw a real lurch to the right, in the words of the former Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC the party has started to mould itself into 'UKIp-Lite'.