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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: 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!

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has welcomed the support of the UN Human Rights Committee for Lib Dem moves to scrap so-called consensual stop and search in Scotland.

    The report called on the Scottish Government to "repeal non-statutory stop and search powers in Scotland" and raised concerned about the use of consensual stop and search "undertaken on a large scale by Police Scotland, that appear to involve, inter alia, the selective application of such measures in a manner which is allegedly unlawful and disproportionate."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has urged Conservative Scottish Secretary David Mundell to investigate reports that surveillance agency GCHQ last month abandoned guidelines which prevented intelligence officers from intercepting MSP communications.

    A report uncovered by the Daily Record today revealed that the Wilson Doctrine has been amended to now explicitly rule out the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish parliaments and the European Parliament.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2015

    In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

    Tim Farron has condemned the new policy, saying:

    "Today's news is yet another blow for green industry and British jobs. The Conservatives claim they want to tackle climate change, but this is further evidence they don't care about the environment.