Vince: Ambitious for our future

I want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future.

I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote unleashed.

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Govt has lost the Saudi case in the court of public opinion - Farron

UK government arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, the High Court has ruled, after seeing secret evidence. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

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Lib Dems respond to PM's anniversary Brexit speech

Theresa May will this week mark her anniversary of becoming Prime Minister by making a speech which seems to suggest that she needs the help of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour to deliver Brexit.  Commenting on the speech, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit secretary Tom Brake said: 

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Government must think again over access to abortions - Swinson

Former equalities minister Jo Swinson MP has called on the Conservative government to accept Stella Creasy's amendment to the Queen's speech.

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Jo said:

“I am glad that the Speaker has granted a vote on this crucial issue of women’s rights. It is appalling that UK citizens are charged for NHS care if they have an abortion in England, just because they happen to live in Northern Ireland.  Tonight is an opportunity to make the government think again.
 
"The Health Secretary has the power to stop these charges.  I hope Conservative MPs will examine their consciences closely and vote to help these women at what is a distressing time.”


Govt in full retreat over public sector pay - Farron

The public sector pay cap of 1% is under review because the general election showed people are “weary”, Number 10 sources said. 

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Medical letters lying unopened in a warehouse put people at risk - Farron

An investigation by the National Audit Office into the NHS blunder of losing 709,000 medical letters showed there are 1788 cases of potential harm to patients, and has cost taxpayers £6.6 million. 

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Shock revelation May blocked EU nationals' right to stay is a "badge of shame"

The Liberal Democrats have criticised Theresa May as "cold and heartless," following the shock revelation she blocked attempts to guarantee the right to stay for EU nationals immediately after the referendum.

In a scathing editorial in the Evening Standard today, George Osborne revealed that "in the days immediately after the referendum, David Cameron wanted to reassure EU citizens they would be allowed to stay. All his Cabinet agreed with that unilateral offer, except his Home Secretary, Mrs May, who insisted on blocking it."  

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Government sneak out report that shows homelessness rocket - Farron

New homelessness cases in England have risen by by 48% and the numbers of families living in temporary accommodation is up 61%, according to government figures published today. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has blasted the Tories over the news and said it is ‘stain on our nation’s conscience.’key_post_tfportrait700x400.jpg

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Lib Dems table amendment on Single Market to Queen's Speech

The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for Britain to stay the single market and customs union.

The party is now calling on both Labour and Conservative MPs to support the amendment and inflict a historic defeat on the government, forcing Theresa May to soften her extreme approach to Brexit.

An amendment to the Queen's speech last year was accepted by the government after it received cross-party support.

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Cable: Hammond right to warn May's Brexit would be disaster

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After Philip Hammond said on Peston that the "cliff edge" Brexit being pushed by Theresa May and much of the cabinet would be "very, very damaging indeed", Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Sir Vince Cable said:

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