Lib Dem Fightback

By Edward Molyneux | A magazine for everything Lib Dem and their quest back to government

Liberal Democrats See "Anti-Brexit Bounce" In Polls Following By-Election Victory

Highest ratings for years<p>The Liberal Democrats have jumped to their highest poll ratings in five years in the wake of their Richmond Park by-election …

Brexit

The Nick Clegg interview: Brexit is being handled by 'one of the most clueless governments in living memory'

LONDON — When I heard Nick Clegg speak at the University of Westminster just days before the EU referendum, he delivered one of the most impressive cases for Remain that I'd heard throughout the entire campaign.<p>Yet, bar an early and explosive two-part joust with the former leader of UKIP Nigel …

Brexit

Lib Dems 'will vote against article 50 if there is no new referendum'

Tim Farron says party will oppose ‘deal being imposed on the British people that absolutely nobody voted for’<p>The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has said the party would vote against article 50 unless the British people were given a referendum on the final Brexit deal.<p>The party has only eight …

Brexit

Nick Clegg to shadow both Brexit cabinet ministers

<b>Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to shadow both cabinet ministers dealing with Brexit.</b><p>The ex-deputy prime minister will oppose Brexit Secretary David Davis and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.<p>Lib Dem leader Tim Farron promised the party would "protect the interests of the …

Brexit

Lib Dem revival? Gove for PM? What readers want to see now

We asked supporters of political parties, from the Greens to Ukip, to tell us what they want to happen post-referendum<p>Share your views in the comments<p>The Brexit vote has sent shockwaves through Britain, with the pound tumbling, reports of racist abuse and political parties in turmoil. While the …

Referendums

Lib Dems seek guarantee for EU nationals living in UK

Vague assurances from prime minister and home secretary not enough for the 2m Europeans already here, say Lib Dems<p>Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, has demanded that the two million EU nationals residing in the UK are given guarantees that they will have the right to stay indefinitely.<p>Doubts …

Brexit

'Northern powerhouse' is smoke and mirrors, claim Lib Dems

Report argues George Osborne’s project is a disguise for local government cuts which additional funding will not counterract<p>George Osborne’s “northern powerhouse” plan to rebalance the UK economy away from London and to the north of England has been dismissed as “smoke and mirrors”.<p>A new report by …

Liberalism is still alive – it’s neoliberalism that’s the problem

The idea behind free trade was to protect the poor against the rich. Yet neoliberalism and the monopolies it has encouraged have led to the opposite being achieved<p>To understand why, despite the recent funeral orations, liberalism is very much alive, you have to go back to the 1860s and the …

Equality

Tim Farron tells Labour supporters: Vote Liberal Democrat or face 25 years of Conservative rule

Tim Farron has launched a land-grab for disillusioned Labour voters, calling on MPs to abandon Jeremy Corbyn or face 25 years of Conservative majority rule.<p>The Liberal Democrat leader praised Tony Blair's record as Prime Minister in a direct challenge to Mr Corbyn, whose supporters are staunchly …

Brexit

We will offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal

Today at conference, Liberal Democrat members overwhelmingly endorsed our plan <b>to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal</b> …

Key decision for the Lib Dems on Brexit

Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats must unequivocally come out against Brexit this week in their conference (Report, 16 September). Otherwise no one who voted to stay in the EU will have anywhere to go with their vote at the next Westminster election in England. I believe in democracy: 37.4% of …

Lib Dems to accuse chancellor of 'doing a Philip Green' over share transfer

Susan Kramer will tell party conference that Philip Hammond’s actions show he is not serious about tackling tax avoidance<p>Philip Hammond’s decision to transfer shares of his company to his wife shows he is not serious about tackling corporate tax avoidance, the Liberal Democrats’ Treasury …

Brexit deal outside the single market will cause years of chaos, Nick Clegg warns

A Brexit deal forcing the UK out of the single market would cause “chaos”, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is warning.<p>Addressing the Lib Dem …

Brexit

Labour pursuit of fantasy politics leaves vast gap, says Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron says Tories could be in power for quarter of a century without viable opposition, but his party is in a good place<p>The Tories could be in power for a quarter of a century without viable opposition, the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has said. But he stopped short of saying the party …

Why the death of Labour made me join the Lib Dems

I stood as a parliamentary candidate for Labour, but the party is now standing in the way of progressive politics<p>The eclipse of the Liberal party by Labour in the early 20th century was likened at the time to the fate of a healthy pedestrian mown down by a runaway omnibus. John Maynard Keynes, …

I admire Tony Blair for beating Tories, says Tim Farron

Liberal Democrat leader says his party is now only one that can throw out Conservative government<p>Tim Farron admires Tony Blair and believes the Lib Dems are now the only party that can throw the Conservatives out of power because Jeremy Corbyn is such a poor leader, he has told the Guardian.<p>The Lib …

Referendums

House of Lords: Where the Lib Dems still rule the roost

<b>It was part-way through the Queen's Speech, just after she mentioned the EU referendum, so you might have missed it - but when she promised that "my ministers will uphold the sovereignty of Parliament and the primacy of the House of Commons", she was signalling a retreat.</b><p>Just a few weeks ago, …

Brexit

Liberal Democrats demand Rural Affairs minister is axed before party will back SNP

Nicola Sturgeon must sack under-fire Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead to secure crucial Liberal Democrat votes for her minority government.<p>The …

Sam Ghibaldan: Willie Rennie has ended Lib Dems’ decline

One of Willie Rennie’s lesser known talents is that he’s a pretty good hill runner, doing well on steep slopes, picking his path through …

The bell for a Liberal Democrat fightback has rung

Tim Farron’s focus on community politics is starting to pay off, as shown by Lib Dem success in Scotland and promising English council results<p>After their very poor result in the 2015 general election, the Liberal Democrats were buoyed by the thousands of new members in the wake of defeat. It gave …

Welsh Assembly election: Lib Dem leader steps down

<b>Kirsty Williams is stepping down as leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.</b><p>She increased her majority in Brecon and Radnorshire at the assembly election, but is now the only Lib Dem AM left after the other four lost.<p>Ms Williams said she had to "take responsibility" for the result, but said she would …

Brexit

Remember the Lib Dems? They haven't forgotten what they're for

Does anyone remember the Liberal Democrats?<p>It was never going to be a great night for them, and the results so far confirm that - a gain of a handful …

Liberal Democrats

Willie Rennie interview: Liberalism in a cold climate as nationalism surges

<b>If I told you one party leader in particular was having a gas of a campaign, you'd probably assume I was talking about Nicola Sturgeon.</b><p>Hurling around …

Scottish Lib Dems try to shake off Clegg's legacy and challenge SNP

Leader Willie Rennie hopes party can hold on to its five Holyrood seats in Thursday’s Scottish parliamentary elections<p>Willie Rennie is on home turf, putting his fate as Scottish Liberal Democrat leader in the hands of people with whom he grew up and went to school. An hour knocking on doors in …

Willie Rennie: The Scottish Lib Dems Will Win Seats From The SNP

The Lib Dem leader takes a break from his jolly campaign to tell BuzzFeed News why only his party can take seats from the SNP, how he became Scotland's mental health champion, and why he's nothing like Donald Trump.<p>Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has just humiliated me …

Memorial service for James Corfield to be held in Builth Wells tonight | Home | Brecon & Radnor Express

SCHOOL leaver Rhys Davies has the chance to follow in his father’s footsteps and live every schoolbo...<p>JUST over a year ago Gwernyfed RFC were …

And the new Lib Dem peer is…

…Despite failing to submit a manifesto<br>…Despite one of his opponents submitting a manifesto with the word “cupidity” in it<br>…the new Lib Dem peer is the …

This ludicrous election to replace Lord Avebury should be boycotted

The campaigner wanted House of Lords reform so a fitting tribute would be for the Lib Dems to refuse to fill his place<p>“Piss and wind” was the late Lord Avebury’s opinion of the standard of debate around the House of Lords. Much of the reverence for the chamber is based on romanticised idealisation, …

Scottish Lib Dems look to Charles Kennedy as inspiration for fightback

Party leader Willie Rennie faces losing last two constituencies but says ‘positive’ 2016 manifesto is in spirit of popular former MP<p>The Scottish Liberal Democrats are invoking the memory of the UK party’s former leader Charles Kennedy in an attempt to distance themselves from the deeply unpopular …