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Recent News from Dundee Lib Dems, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the UK Liberal Democrats

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference.

    The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from Syria.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government's green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point.

    The Government's own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector.

  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    This afternoon, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will give a conference speech on how the party will provide a progressive alternative to the Conservatives and SNP, the "terrible twins of divisive politics."

    Willie Rennie will say:

    On May 5th this year, in Scotland, Liberal Democrats started winning again.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Sep 19, 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.

  • Erasmus
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU's Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was set up in 1987. Around 100,000 more young people in the UK were expected to go on Erasmus from now until 2020, benefiting from EU funded grants to cover tuition, travel and living costs.

    Almost 10,000 people have backed a petition launched by the Liberal Democrats to save Erasmus that will be delivered to Downing Street and European leaders.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson John Pugh MP commented:

    "Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain, it would be utterly unfair to make them pay the price for Brexit by depriving them of this unique opportunity to study abroad."

    "The Government must commit to making it an absolute priority to preserve the UK's participation in Erasmus in the negotiations ahead."

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to be the true voice of opposition, holding this Conservative Brexit government to account and fighting to ensure vital European cooperation is protected."

    Co-Chair of Liberal Youth Charlie Kingsbury commented:

    "Erasmus unlocks so many opportunities for students across Europe."

    "It enriches their cultural knowledge and understanding of people from all walks of life, providing life-changing experiences to thousands."

    "As proud internationalists, the Liberal Democrats cannot allow the Tories to put this in jeopardy."

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael will this morning deliver a speech on proposals to slash the ever-increasing prison population, through a radical policy introducing a presumption against sentences of less than 12 months.

    He will say:

    Good morning, conference.

    It is good to be back in Brighton.

  • meral hussein-ece
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced moves in France to ban the burkini, stressing that people must be free to wear what they want.

    France's highest court ruled in August that beach bans on burkinis imposed in a number of towns across the country violated basic freedoms, but several bans remain in place including in Corsica. French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has now vowed to change the constitution and impose a national ban on burkinis if elected.

    In an amendment passed today by members at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the party has said it stands "shoulder to shoulder with France" in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, but that it "deplores" moves to ban the burkini as people must be free to wear what they want.

    It forms part of a motion on combating racism, which also condemns the use of anti-immigrant rhetoric during the EU referendum campaign and rise in racist attacks.

    Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Meral Hussein-Ece said:

    "The image of a policeman ordering a woman to remove her clothing on a beach was truly chilling sight for all of us who see France as a bastion of freedom and equality."

    "The burkini ban has been rightly overturned in court, now French politicians must take note and stop stoking division for political gain."

    "One of the core principles of a free and liberal society is that individuals should be allowed to wear what they want and not be dictated to by the state."

    "The UK government must also do more to combat the appalling rise in hate crimes and racist abuse we have seen in this country since the EU referendum, including ensuring victims are given the support they need to come forward."

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

  • 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.

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