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News from Tim Farron at Lib Dem Party Conference

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Below is the final version of Tim Farron's speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today.

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    Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we're best at, is confounding expectations.

    We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and we made a difference.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Tim Farron has rejected Jeremy Corbyn's suggestions that supporting continued membership of the Single Market is 'Free Trade Dogma', saying that free trade is vital to our economy and to millions of jobs.

    He also called on Liam Fox to apologise for calling businesses too 'lazy' to export, and said that neither Labour not the Conservatives are now willing to stand up for business.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat members have overwhelmingly endorsed the party's plan to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.

    This makes the Liberal Democrats the only party whose official policy is to continue campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    Tonight Tim Farron raised the curtain on the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton.

    Here's what he had to say:

    At exactly this time, eight days ago in Sheffield, Liberal Democrat activists, including dozens of new members, were working their socks off.

    They'd been up delivering and campaigning since before the crack of dawn.

  • Homeless man in Paris
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    An additional £60 million should be spent on tackling soaring rates of homelessness in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have urged today.

    The funding would help local councils tackle homelessness by providing emergency accommodation and intervening early to prevent people losing their homes.

    The Liberal Democrats are also calling for a clampdown on rogue landlords who unfairly evict private tenants, through the Renters' Rights Bill currently going through Parliament.

    This forms part of the party's comprehensive plan to tackle the root causes of homelessness including:

    • extending the period someone is defined as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days, to allow earlier interventions to avoid people losing their homes

    • increasing housebuilding to at least 300,000 new homes a year

    • restoring housing benefit for 18-21s

    • ending the Government's policy of forcing local authorities to sell high value council homes

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "Britain is one of the richest places on earth, it is a stain on our nation's conscience that thousands of people are still sleeping rough in the streets every night."

    "The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to end the scourge of homelessness and ensure those at risk of losing their home are given the support they need."

    "It is about time the Government stopped fuelling the housing crisis and started tackling it, by building more homes, restoring housing benefit for young people and clamping down on rogue landlords."

    You can read the full motion, as passed by our conference, here.

  • Tim Farron and Remain campaigners
    Article: Aug 31, 2016

    Earlier today, I gave a speech at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester.

    Since the referendum, I have been absolutely horrified to see the forces of racism, intolerance and hate claim the EU referendum result as their own - and to see them use it as an excuse for violent abuse.