Liberal Democrats

John Swinney warned to scrap primary one tests or face boycott

John Swinney has been presented with an ultimatum of scrapping the SNP's controversial primary one tests or facing a mass boycott.<p>Upstart Scotland, a literacy charity, is distributing 30,000 postcards urging parents with children starting P1 this week to sign up to withdrawing from the literacy and …

Education

Coventry has changed its mind on Brexit

More people in Coventry would now choose to remain in the European Union if they were given another referendum, according to new research.<p>Two out of …

Great Britain

David Leyonhjelm censured by Senate over his Sarah Hanson-Young comments

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has been censured by the Senate for telling Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men".<p>Senator …

David Leyonhjelm

John Swinney in 'complete denial' over primary one tests after teachers and parents complain

John Swinney has been accused of being in “complete denial” about the introduction of standardised testing for five-year-olds after the change was lambasted by parents and teachers.<p>Labour and the Liberal Democrats said the Education Minister was “pretending that everything is fine” despite the …

Education

The Londoner: May team sets up to do battle again

Is another election looming? The Conservatives have put out an advert yesterday for a “battleground manager” as well as positions for a “campaigns …

Great Britain

Thousands of ex-prisoners likely to be sleeping rough

Prisons minister says homeless former offenders could fall prey to a life of ‘vulnerability’<p>Related: Rise in prison assaults, self-harm and drug seizures signals crisis<p>More than 100,000 prisoners left detention for unsettled or unknown accommodation over the last three years, Ministry of Justice …

Homelessness

Who would you recommend on social media to other Liberal Democrats?

I often recommend Twitter accounts for Liberal Democrats to follow, but it has been a while since I’ve refreshed those lists of recommendations.<p>Over …

Social Media

‘They don’t know what they’re doing’: Leave-voting Swansea turns on Brexit

John takes a brief break from sweeping the polished floors in Swansea’s celebrated indoor market to ponder his momentous decision to vote Leave in the EU referendum.<p>“If I had the chance, I’d change my vote,” he says. “There has been talk of a lot of job losses and I’m not happy with that. It’s just …

Great Britain

A toddler was separated from her parents and trapped in a warzone, all because of our government's mindless bureaucracy

The next time someone asks me why I got into politics I have a photograph to show them. It is of me trying to tease a smile out of a very beautiful …

Opinion (UK)

Vince Cable says ‘centre of gravity’ shifting to second Brexit vote

The “centre of gravity” on Brexit is shifting towards a second referendum on the final deal, the Liberal Democrat leader has said. Vince Cable was speaking as thousands of opponents of Brexit in the south-west of England took part in the first of a series of regional days of action planned by the …

Great Britain

Campaign for second Brexit vote seeks support beyond capital

Campaigners for a second referendum will hold the first of a series of events outside London on Saturday to try to mobilise popular support for the plan beyond the capital.<p>The Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, the Lib Dem leader, Sir Vince Cable, and Labour’s Stephen Doughty will address a lunchtime …

Great Britain

Vince Cable accuses Brexiteers of 'misleading' millions of Brits over Brexit

Sir Vince Cable is to accuse Brexiteers of “misleading” Brits over having a final say on Brexit.<p>Anti-EU campaigners say new laws for the public to …

Great Britain

Politician who quit over ‘transgender bathrooms’ could be replaced by transgender woman

A local councillor who stormed out of her job over transgender issues could be replaced by a transgender woman.<p>Cambridge city councillor Ann Sinnott …

LGBTQI

Upskirting has taught us the importance of speaking up

<b>This article is written by Wera Hobhouse is Liberal Democrat MP for Bath</b><i>In photo: Wera Hobhouse with Lorna Maddock and Diana Maddock, former Lib Dem</i> …

UK Politics

I say no - <b>conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path</b>. The future …

Great Britain

The UK could use a new centrist party, but not another anti-immigrant one | Ian Dunt

Anti-immigrant hysteria is now so deeply embedded in British politics that new parties adopt it before they’re even formed. On Wednesday, we got a few more details about United for Change, the dreadfully named centrist initiative funded by a group of philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Straight out …

Great Britain

Voting systems matter: the overlooked lesson from Macron for British politics

There are definitely things the UK Liberal Democrats could and should learn from Emmanuel Macron’s success in France.<p>As with learning from the US, …

UK Politics

Should P1 tests be abolished?

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for the new P1 literacy and numeracy national assessments to be abolished, after the party published all …

Great Britain

Lib Dems lose council by-election to Conservatives in Cornwall

Only one council by-election this week: a Liberal Democrat defence with Steven Daniell that was unsuccessful in Newquay Treviglas ward on Cornwall …

Great Britain

Liberal Democrat gain overall control of South Somerset council

Welcome news from Somerset as the Liberal Democrat administration on a local council has been strengthened by the switch of a Conservative Party …

Great Britain

Voters in region critical to Tory election victory swing against Brexit, poll claims

The English region that could be crucial to a Conservative election victory and backed leaving the European Union in 2016 has swung against Brexit, …

UK Politics

Anti-Brexit politicians from all the main parties are in secret talks about forming a new 'centrist' movement

LONDON — Politicians from across the political spectrum have been holding secret talks about forging a new centrist political movement, well-placed sources from all the major parties have told Business Insider.<p>If it goes ahead, it would be a new home for MPs who are opposed to Brexit and feel left …

U.S. Politics

Leader: The hollow centre that the Liberal Democrats are failing to fill

With Labour and the Conservatives backing Brexit, these should be propitious times for the Lib Dems. Instead they are struggling to poll above 10 per …

Opinion (UK)

'Absolutely No Way' Demands For People's Vote On Brexit Deal Can Be Ignored, Says Senior Momentum Source

Pressure on Jeremy Corbyn as Momentum 'set to consult on Brexit'.<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn<p>There is “absolutely no way” Momentum …

UK Politics

Pound sterling slumps on new Government warnings of 'no deal' Brexit

Sterling slumped against the dollar again on Monday morning after UK Government ministers talked up the prospects of a “no deal” Brexit next …

UK Politics

Police investigate claim of electoral fraud in Rochdale

Police are investigating a claim of electoral fraud in Rochdale.<p>It is understood the investigation relates to a candidate in May’s local …

Crime

Try as they might to avoid it, the Windrush gagging order scandal will continue to haunt the Tories

The latest revelation that Windrush scandal victims are being forced to sign gagging orders in exchange for less delayed compensation payments is …

Opinion (UK)

Calls for more empty homes to be brought back into use in Scotland

New figures show only a fraction of empty homes across Scotland have been brought back into use over the past eight years.<p>In a parliamentary answer, …

Housing

Brexit: What would 'no deal' mean for food and medicine?

<b>The government has been urged to speed up the publication of its guidance for a 'no deal' Brexit, after a survey of 800 businesses by the Institute of Directors found that fewer than a third of them have carried out any Brexit contingency planning.</b><p>Recently, the Brexit debate has been dominated by …

Great Britain

Amazon halved corporation tax bill despite UK profits tripling

Amazon has revealed that its UK corporation tax bill almost halved to £4.5m last year, days after the US company posted a record profit of $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in its most recent quarter.<p>The company, which has been locked in a race with Apple and Alphabet to be the world’s first trillion-dollar …

UK Politics