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Baroness Walmsley is a Liberal Democrat Peer and is Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Education, Families and Young People.

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  • 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 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 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

    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.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2015

    Tim Farron savages Labour and Tories over Welfare Bill in maiden speech as leader.

    Speaking in the House of Commons the new Liberal Democrat leader called Tory plans to rip £12bn from welfare bill "unfair, unwise and inhuman". Tim Farron said the cut was unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity. He accused the Chancellor of "demonising" people with disabilities and mental health conditions. The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP also accused Labour of giving in to the Conservatives' narrative and said their position on the bill was "shameful".

  • Article: Jul 21, 2015

    Today Tim Farron has written to Harriet Harman, calling on Labour to stand with the Liberal Democrats in opposing Tory welfare cuts.

    His letter comes a day after 184 Labour MPs abstained on the Government's Welfare Bill, which includes £12bn worth of ideological cuts, which the Liberal Democrats opposed in Coalition, and continue to oppose now. A copy of Tim's letter is below.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2015

    Newly-elected leader Tim Farron has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats will vote against the Government's Welfare Bill.

    Making the announcement, Tim said:

    "The truth is the Tories do not have to cut £12bn from welfare: they are choosing to.

    "The Liberal Democrats will always stand up for families. We will not let the Conservatives, through choice, and the Labour party, through silence, unpick our welfare system."

  • Article: Jul 17, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton sends greetings to Muslims everywhere at Eid-ul-Fitr.

    Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said:


    "As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, I would like to wish Muslims in the United Kingdom and all over the world a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.

    "Eid is a joyful occasion and a time for family, friends and neighbours to come together and celebrate the common values that unite us in our humanity.

    "But even during this festive time, the attitude of Muslims to remember those in parts of the world less fortunate than us is exemplary.

    "Throughout Ramadan, Muslim communities collect and distribute Zakat-ul-fitr so that all Muslims are able to participate in the celebration of Eid. And for that, I commend you.

    "May the auspicious occasion of Eid bring you peace, prosperity and happiness.

    "Eid Mubarak."

  • Article: Jul 16, 2015

    We are delighted to announce that Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    In an all-member ballot for the leadership, 56% of members voted with the result revealed this afternoon.

    Tim Farron received 56.5% of the votes and in second place Norman Lamb received the backing of 43.5%.