The latest news stories from the Liberal Democrats nationally.


  • Sep 21, 2020:
    • Here's how our online conference will work:
    • This government's test and trace shambles

      On May 20th, Boris Johnson declared that the UK would have a 'world-beating' coronavirus test, track and trace system in place by June 1st. Instead, four months later the UK is facing a testing crisis.

      The British public are confronting the reality that we may be facing a second wave of coronavirus with a test and trace system that is just inadequate. It is unacceptable.

  • Sep 18, 2020:
    • The Weekly Whip

      Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

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      Weekly Whip w/c 14th September

      Monday 14th September

      Monday's news was heavily dominated by the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill. MPs from across the House had already raised serious concerns last week when it was noted by a government official that the Bill would break international law in a "specific and limited way".

      Sir Ed Davey made his Commons debut as new Leader of the Party by criticising Johnson during Second Reading of the Bill. He was joined by colleagues who have rightly claimed that it diminishes our position on the world stage and it is against the national interest.

      "What message does this send to China, Russia, Iran? What credibility will Britain have in urging other countries to uphold international law if our great Parliament votes for this bill?"

      Tuesday 15th September

      Munira Wilson, Lib Dem Health Spokesperson, has been keeping the pressure on Matt Hancock since the pandemic first began. Months later, nothing has changed. This week, after constituents across the country have been raising the issue of testing with their MPs, Munira gave special attention her area of Twickenham where some constituents have had to use postcodes in Aberdeen in order to get a local test.

      Wednesday 16th September

      At Prime Minister's Questions this week, Ed Davey, Alistair Carmichael, and Wera Hobhouse all put questions to the Prime Minister.

      Ed focused on the adverse effects of Coronavirus measures on those with disabilities, Alistair highlighted the inconsistencies from the government on how international law may be broken, and Wera secured a meeting with the Health Department on how to limit the impact of the PM's new obesity strategy on those with eating disorders.

      Thursday 17th September

      Thursday's proceedings are usually reserved for Backbench Business Debates, an opportunity for MPs to discuss issues that would not find its way to the Chamber via the Government.

      This week, Lib Dem MPs were outspoken in both debates as they were on the Coronavirus furlough scheme and the lack of support for freelancers and the self-employed. Continued pressure from across the House and The Group for Gaps in Support APPG, led by Lib Dem Jamie Stone, secured these debates, and gave an opportunity for Sarah Olney, Wendy Chamberlain, Munira Wilson, and Christine Jardine, to raise specific cases of their constituents who have fell through the net.

      Next week will see important votes on the Internal Markets Bill.



    • The 'Clap for Flick'

      Every day Liberal Democrat councillors are working hard to help their communities across the country.

      We understand that often the most meaningful change happens at a local level. That's why we have such a strong record in local and community politics.

      We're so proud to have hardworking local councillors like Flick striving to deliver real change for people in their area. Thanks Flick!

    • Standing up to the Government on their broken Brexit plans

      Let me be clear about this: I am passionately pro-European.

      I am proud that we stood by our pro-EU values throughout the Brexit process, giving voice to the millions of Remainers who didn't see themselves included in the future that Boris Johnson was trying to build.

      I could not have predicted the almighty shambles that we are seeing now with Brexit.

      As Liberal Democrats, we took our argument to the streets and to the halls of Parliament. We didn't fudge the issue or let the Conservatives off the hook.

      Sadly, after Johnson's General Election success, it became clear that Brexit was happening.

      But I could not have predicted the almighty shambles that we are seeing now.

      Tory MPs who were told in December that they had to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement are now being told they have to vote against it.

      They are being told to break international law.

      The UK cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement

      It used to be that the rule of law was a non-partisan issue. Yet here we have a Government willing to abandon the legal obligations of the Withdrawal Agreement because of Boris Johnson's failed approach to EU negotiations.

      The Internal Market Bill is a reckless, dangerous ploy from a Government that cannot get its act together.

      Abandoning the Withdrawal Agreement also makes No Deal more likely. The British people deserve better than this uncertainty.

      People across the country are trying their hardest to follow the rules during coronavirus. Meanwhile the Conservatives are trying to break the rules of their own Brexit deal with the Internal Market Bill.

      So although we acknowledge that Brexit may be coming, Liberal Democrats will not be silent.

      We are going to call out the Conservatives when they try to go back on their promises and ignore the rule of law.

      We will do everything we can to stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit, or a rushed deal that would endanger British jobs and vital supplies during this health emergency.

      The Internal Market Bill is a reckless, dangerous ploy from a Government that cannot get its act together. The British people deserve better.

  • Sep 17, 2020:
    • All the motions you can vote on at Autumn Conference

      Our first ever full online conference is set to be one of our biggest ever. I'm so proud that we've been able to keep costs low for members to attend, plus no cost of travel, accommodation, or buying all your meals out.

      With a more accessible, affordable, and flexible conference, more members than ever will be able to have their say and vote on some of the fantastic policy motions coming up at Autumn Conference.

      If you haven't yet, you can book your place at conference here.

    • Rosh Hashanah

      Tonight, Jewish communities in the UK and around the world will mark Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year.

      The Jewish High Holidays are a time of deep contemplation and self-reflection. They are an opportunity for all of us to look back on the past year as we set new goals for the future.

      This year has been particularly challenging; we have all had to adjust to new ways of living, whilst grappling with economic uncertainty.

      For religious communities, the past year has also been difficult as so many customs and traditions have either been adapted or suspended altogether. However, as a new year begins, let us all enter it with hope and expectation.

      I am thrilled that this is my first Rosh Hashanah message as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. I am proud to lead a party that stands for equality, justice and fairness. Under my leadership, our party's efforts to uproot anti-Semitism from our society will be strengthened because there is no more important task than building a world free from all hate and bigotry.

      Finally, I wish everyone celebrating a healthy and happy Rosh Hashanah and a year filled with joy and immeasurable peace.

      Shanah Tovah Umetukah!

    • Champing at the bit

      I'm honoured to have been elected by my fellow MPs as Deputy Leader and I'm champing at the bit to get started.

      Whilst Ed is touring the country listening to and reconnecting with voters, it's going to be my role to help build a campaigning machine that will get us winning again at every level.

      It's going to be my role to help build a campaigning machine that will get us winning again at every level.

      We won my seat, St Albans, in December - a seat we had never held before.

  • Sep 16, 2020:
    • Taking Care of the Party Finances and Planning for the Future

      Our Remit

      The Federal Finance and Resources Committee (FFRC) is responsible for the budget and finances of the Federal Party and overseeing the administration of the Party. A key element of its role is oversight of compliance with external regulatory bodies.

  • Sep 15, 2020: