Good Friday Agreement shows need for leadership, flexibility and spirit of compromise

Marking 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement and responding to comments from the Labour front bench, Liberal Democrats Northern Ireland spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:  “The 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement is a time for honest reflection. Given the current circumstances it would be easy to dismiss what that agreement represents. Comments coming from … Continue reading Good Friday Agreement shows need for leadership, flexibility and spirit of compromise

Best for Britain poll shows appetite for vote    

YouGov/ Best for Britain poll showing an increase in support for a vote on Brexit. Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:   "Poll after poll demonstrates the growing public appetite for a vote on the final deal.   "A significant proportion of the British population now support a vote, and it is patently clear … Continue reading Best for Britain poll shows appetite for vote    

IoD report shows the value of the EU market

A survey released today by the Institute of Directors which shows that the EU has seen stronger growth as a market for UK exporters than either Asia or North America over the past two years.  Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake, said:  “At some point the government will have to stop ignoring the warning signs about their policy … Continue reading IoD report shows the value of the EU market

Conservatives failing vulnerable domestic violence victims 

Responding to reports that thousands of domestic violence victims abandon cases after being denied legal aid, Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey commented:  “The Conservatives pledged to expand access to legal aid in cases of domestic violence, but have failed to make good on this promise, and continue to let down thousands of highly vulnerable victims. … Continue reading Conservatives failing vulnerable domestic violence victims 

Rudd’s “desperate defence” of police cuts “nonsense on stilts”

Responding to Amber Rudd's statement on increases in violent crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:     "It’s nonsense on stilts for the Home Secretary to argue lower police numbers don’t matter in the fight against serious crime and she knows it. “Amber Rudd’s desperate defence of police cuts is a crude attempt … Continue reading Rudd’s “desperate defence” of police cuts “nonsense on stilts”

Vince Cable: Short term speculators should not decide the future of crucial companies

Commenting on the takeover of GKN by Melrose Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said:   “The very narrow result (like Brexit!) suggests that this takeover is not universally popular amongst shareholders. It seems it was only secured through votes from short term speculators.   “It is absolutely crucial that the … Continue reading Vince Cable: Short term speculators should not decide the future of crucial companies

Newby: Government must prepare for defeats on Brexit Bill 

Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have thrown their weight behind a series of cross party amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill warning the government must expect to be defeated on a swathe of key issues.   Dick Newby, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, confirmed the party’s support … Continue reading Newby: Government must prepare for defeats on Brexit Bill 

Excess packaging around Easter Eggs leaves bitter taste in the mouth

Today Jo Swinson releases an exclusive report into the use of excess packaging in the presentation of Easter eggs. Swinson’s report, which outlines the use of plastics by all major Easter egg manufacturers, highlights the need for companies to cut down the use of plastics to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of unnecessary … Continue reading Excess packaging around Easter Eggs leaves bitter taste in the mouth

Theresa May admits there is no Brexit dividend

Responding to Theresa May's inability to confirm whether there would be a "Brexit dividend" this afternoon Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake said:  "The Brexit dividend is yet another piece of 'vote leave' nonsense touted by only the least credible leave supporters around the cabinet table. "Theresa May's refusal to even utter the phrase reveals that … Continue reading Theresa May admits there is no Brexit dividend