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Welcome to the web site of Baroness Joan Walmsley

Baroness Walmsley is a Liberal Democrat Peer and is Co-Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrat Peers.

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  • Article: Sep 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    Over the summer, we won two big by-elections, in Brecon and Radnorshire and Shetland. This weel, Jane Dodds took up her seat in Westminster and Beatrice Wishart in Holyrood.

    And over this week, three more MPs have joined us.

    Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, who joins us from the Conservatives; Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, former Labour and Change UK MP, who joins us having sat as an independent; and Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge former Labour and Change UK MP, who also joins us having sat as an independent.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2019
    By Angela Smith

    Over the past few years, I have been on a political journey triggered by an increasing sense of disenchantment with the Labour Party.

    It appeared to me that Labour, a party which I had effectively been born into and supported all my life, was increasingly distancing itself from the national interest by putting its own priorities first.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    The Liberal Democrats stand ready to do everything we can to prevent not only a No Deal Brexit.

    We are leaving no option off the table when it comes to preventing the UK crashing out of the E.U.

    As I outlined in my letter to Jeremy Corbyn below, my door is open to any Parliamentarians who wish to work together to prevent a disastrous No Deal. Equally, we are eager to work with any Parliamentarians who seek to stop Brexit itself, because there is no version of Brexit that will leave our country better off.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2019

    Twitter plays an important part in modern political discourse. It's often the medium through which news breaks (or leaks).

    On Twitter, there are 3 main ways we interact with a tweet.

    • Liking the tweet
    • Replying to the tweet
    • Retweeting, or retweeting a tweet with a comment

    Beyond this, the twitter algorithm doesn't differentiate between interactions.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2019

    Along with so many friends, colleagues and supporters, I find myself in the fight of a lifetime. Our democracy is under threat. A Prime Minister who behaves increasingly like an autocrat is trying to push through a no deal Brexit against the will of Parliament and the people.

    The Prime Minister is trying to push through a no deal Brexit against the will of Parliament and the people

  • Article: Sep 5, 2019
    By Ed Davey

    I'm thrilled to have been elected as the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader by my parliamentary colleagues.

    It's a really exciting time to be taking up the role. In the last few months, we've gained:

    Millions of people up and down our country are tired of disastrous two-party politics.

    ✔︎ 30,000 new members

  • Article: Sep 5, 2019
    By Luciana Berger

    This is a moment of national crisis.

    Leaving the Labour party after being a member for almost 20 years was one of the hardest decisions of my life. But Labour has changed beyond recognition. It is now institutionally antisemitic, overtaken by the far left and consumed by a Brexiteer leadership.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Thank you, Mr Speaker.

    May I start by paying tribute to my predecessor, Mr. Chris Davies.

    He worked hard for our local communities, raising awareness on the difficult issue of mental health and suicide in our farmers.

    I thank him for his service.

    Chris followed hard on the heels of the highly respected Liberal Democrat MP, Roger Williams. Roger's are large boots to fill and if I can even partially match his passion, service and commitment, I shall be very pleased.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Last night we defeated the Government on Brexit for the 23rd time in the Commons.

    The vote, which passed by 328 to 301, allowed MPs to take control of parliamentary business today.

    This is a quantum leap in the right direction to stopping Brexit altogether.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2019

    After a great deal of thought, I have reached the conclusion that it is not possible to serve my constituents' and country's best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament.

    Over 27 years ago I joined the Conservative & Unionist Party led by Sir John Major. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of representing the Bracknell Constituency. The Party I joined in 1992 is not the Party I am leaving today.