Tim Farron

Dozens of Labour MPs rebel against Jeremy Corbyn as Brexit Bill finally heads to the House of Lords

Dozens of Labour MPs last night rebelled against party leader Jeremy Corbyn over the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.<p>Some 48 Labour MPs, including former Labour Cabinet ministers and ex-members of his own frontbench, backed a bid to keep Britain in the single market and customs …

Brexit

Cumbria police 'failed to learn lessons' over Poppi Worthington, it is claimed

Cumbria police have been accused of failing to learn lessons from their failure in the Poppi Worthington case as it emerged that they have been criticised by the watchdog over their handling of child abuse allegations in recent weeks.<p>Just days before a coroner ruled that Poppi had been sexually …

Amber Rudd

How to identify the pompous popinjay

Catholic church | John Crace | Musicals without music | Ukip | Boris Johnson | Rigby & Peller<p>Lord Harries (Letters, 13 January) criticises Tim Farron for failing to acknowledge the multiplicity of views within the Christian community but falls into the same trap himself. He should not have said …

Boris Johnson

Gay people’s sex lives are none of Farron’s business

The former Liberal Democract leader’s retraction simply makes matters worse<p>Tim Farron has said that he now regrets saying that gay sex wasn’t a sin, when he was Liberal Democrat leader during the last general election campaign. Speaking to Premier Christian Radio, Farron, an evangelical Christian, …

Opinion (UK)

‘Gove is the worst thing ever to happen to education’: Rising Liberal Democrat star Layla Moran on the state of education, Brexit and her party

Layla Moran has been an MP for about six months so naturally she thinks it’s “ridiculous” that she is already being talked about as the next Lib Dem …

Brexit

Theological guidance for Farron on gay sex

Fr Alec Mitchell says the former Lib Dem leader needs better spiritual direction, while the former bishop of Oxford Richard Harries explains how Farron could have avoided all the fuss<p>Tim Farron needs better theological education and spiritual direction (Farron: I misled voters on gay sex, 11 …

Brexit

There was a big spike in Brits giving up their passports as Britain voted for Brexit

• <b>Exclusive: The number of Brits wanting to hand in their passports hit a 13 year high in the year of the Brexit vote.</b>• <b><br>744 applied to renounce their citizenship in 2016.</b>• <b><br>Anti-hard Brexit campaigners say the spike should "send a shiver" down Theresa May's spine.</b>• <b><br>Home Office insists there is no link</b> …

U.S. Politics

To sin or not to sin: an open letter to Tim Farron

This week, former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron backtracked on saying that gay sex is not a sin and admitted that he “misled” the public. Gay teacher …

Faith

Farron's worst qualities came from his faith, but so did his best

<b>By Chris Key</b><p>As someone who is Catholic and a member of the Liberal Democrats I find reconciling faith and political views quite difficult. On certain …

Brexit

Tim Farron says he regrets saying gay sex is not a sin

Former Lib Dem leader says he felt under pressure from party and gave answer that was ‘not right’ during election campaign<p>The former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said he regrets telling people he does not believe gay sex is a sin when he was forced to clarify his position during the election …

Brexit

Former Liberal Democrat leader: I regret saying gay sex isn’t a sin

Tim Farron said he was pressured into making the statement<p>Tim Farron, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has expressed his “regret” at bowing to …

Catholicism

With his views on eugenics, why does Toby Young still have a job in education?

The new schools champion has done a Tim Farron – only this time the issue that makes a powerful man’s position untenable is not gay sex<p>Are you free to think whatever you like? Of course you are. There are no thought police, though the paranoid right likes to imagine “politically correct” commissars …

Opinion (UK)

Three quips about Tim Farron and gay sex that'll make you laugh or your money back

<i>Tim Farron</i> – remember him? He was the leader of the <i>Lib Dems</i> for a bit after the famous one left. You know, a bit like when <i>Johnny Hates Jazz</i> got a new …

British Humour

All the News You Need to Read This Morning

Read it all here so you don't have to open Twitter.<p>The news is part boring and part overwhelming, so here's a quick list of all the stuff we thought was significant today:<p>– Oh no big news today, just that Sadiq Kahn's assessment says Brexit could wipe £54 billion and 500,000 jobs from the UK …

Prince Harry

Police forced to listen to NWA’s ‘F*** tha Police’ repeatedly after someone broadcast it on their radio frequency

Officers in New Zealand have been forced to repeatedly listen to NWA's "F*** tha Police" by a person illegally broadcasting the song on their …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Tim Farron regrets saying gay sex not a sin

The ex-Lib Dem leader has said he regrets stating he did not believe gay sex was a sin during last year's general election.<p>Speaking on Premier Christian Radio he said he had been "foolish and wrong" and had spoken partly to try and get the issue of his faith "off the table".<p><i>Credit: Premier</i> …

'Latte levy' of 25p urged by MPs in bid to cut cup waste

<b>MPs are calling for a 25p "latte levy" on disposal coffee cups - and a total ban unless recycling improves.</b><p>The Environmental Audit Committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK's recycling and reprocessing facilities.<p>The MPs say throwaway cups should be prohibited altogether by 2023 if …

Coffee

Britain in talks to join the TPP to boost trade after Brexit

Department for International Trade believed to be working on proposals to enter the troubled Trans-Pacific Partnership<p>Britain is in talks to join a trans-Pacific trade group to boost exports after the UK leaves the European Union according to reports.<p>The government is exploring becoming a member of …

Liam Fox

Brexiteers in Theresa May's Cabinet are 'clueless' about economics, says former Tory Treasury minister

High profile members of Theresa May’s Brexit team, including Boris Johnson, have been branded as “ludicrous” and “clueless” about the economy by a …

Brexit

From outrageous rockers to political arsonists: the New Statesman year in interviews

Throughout 2017 the New Statesman sought out the most influential, interesting and exciting personalities to feature on its pages. Here are some of …

Matthew McConaughey

LDV’s top 12 posts of 2017 – Number 6

So we kick off our second half of our most popular posts of 2017 with one of the most shocking and heartbreaking.14th June is a day etched in our …

Liberal Democrats

Labour 'staking out centre ground', says Jeremy Corbyn

<b>Labour is "staking out the centre ground in British politics", Jeremy Corbyn has said in a new year message.</b><p>Mr Corbyn said the prospect of a "new Britain" was "closer than ever" and he was leading a "government in waiting".<p>The left wing veteran promised to use 2018 to help people "fulfil their …

Brexit

25 pictures that sum up a truly crazy year in UK politics

2017 was yet another eventful year for UK politics.<p>The utter rollercoaster of Brexit negotiations get underway; we witnessed a historic by-election; changes in party leadership; dramatic Cabinet resignations and of course a snap general election, which produced one of the most shocking results in …

U.S. Politics

Former US governor compares Donald Trump to Winston Churchill and sparks anger from British MPs

British MPs expressed their anger after a former US governor compared Donald Trump to Winston Churchill, calling the comments “absurd” and “nonsense”.<p>…

News (Ireland)

Former Arkansas governor compares Donald Trump with Winston Churchill and gets a sharp response

Mike Huckabee also likened Barack Obama to Neville Chamberlain, known for his policy of appeasement.<p>Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has caused …

Winston Churchill

Gordon Brown should have been more open about his faith when he was Prime Minister

On Christmas Day, appropriately, I reached a fascinating chapter in Gordon Brown’s memoirs about whether politicians should wear their religious …

Referendums

Vince Cable fails to spark Lib Dems into life

Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems 'facing fight for political future' in 2018

Former staffers and academics warn of ‘genuine fears for the future’ with many of the party’s 12 MPs having small majorities<p>The Liberal Democrats face being squeezed even further in 2018, with the party likely to struggle to make itself heard in the debate beyond Brexit and real fears for its …

News

Nick Clegg to be knighted in New Year Honours

Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours, according to …

Brexit

Amid the horrors of British politics in 2017, let's not forget we have had some chuckles

It is entirely fitting, given British politics' ongoing resemblance to a low rent horror movie that after the shock should come the …

Brexit