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Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

Government defeats in the Immigration Bill

by derekdeedman on 14 March, 2016

On Wednesday the Government was defeated twice on the Immigration Bill. Liberal Democrat peers were instrumental in voting to allow asylum seekers to work in the UK if they have not had a decision on their application after six months, an issue that has long been Liberal Democrat policy. Brian Paddick and Sally Hamwee both had […]

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The House of Lords debated the progress made on women’s empowerment and representation in the UK to mark International Women’s Day. Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson, Meral Hussein-Ece warned of the ongoing international issue of violence in conflict: “Sexual violence in conflict is a much wider, really serious global issue. It all comes back to the […]

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Tim Farron’s new year message

by derekdeedman on 2 January, 2016

January 1, 2016 – 12:05 am Here is the new year message for 2016 from Lib Dem leader Tim Farron: The New Year is a time to look forward and it is as important for us as a party to set ourselves new goals and ambitions as it is as individuals. I am determined that […]

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By Tim Farron MP | Tue 10th November 2015 – 12:00 pm Last week, Theresa May finally published the Investigatory Powers Bill. It isn’t surprising it has taken her so long to come back with a new Bill after we blocked her first attempt in 2012. At the time, I said the Liberal Democrats can […]

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Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights

by derekdeedman on 9 November, 2015

Tim Farron lays into Labour over civil liberties

by derekdeedman on 8 November, 2015

November 6, 2015 – 8:04 pm The Liberal Democrats have accused Labour of acting like a “nodding Conservative dog” for giving qualified support to Theresa May’s controversial plans to shake up Britain’s surveillance laws. Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, has promised to lead the fight against the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill as he seeks […]

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I have always believed Britain should lower its voting age, giving 16 and 17 year-olds the vote. When we vote to decide whether to remain in the EU or not, I believe young people, those most affected by the outcome, should have a say in their own future. In speaking to representatives from youth forums, […]

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What it means to be a Liberal Democrat today

by derekdeedman on 29 October, 2015

By Peter Arnold | Thu 29th October 2015 – 9:23 am To be a Liberal Democrat today is a bit like being part of an endangered species. We no longer appear in the media, opinion poll ratings are still low, and we are treated as a former political party. It was ever thus. In my nearly fifty […]

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By Paul Walter | Wed 23rd September 2015 – 1:36 pm On Lib Dem Voice: Reportage | Live Twitter Stream | Contribute On the official party website: Conference home Watch Live on BBC Parliament View image | gettyimages.com When I was growing up my school didn’t have a sixth form. I guess that’s because most […]

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Facebook Twitter Website Dear Derek As I flagged in my last e-newsletter I will continue doing a regular email covering a little of what I am doing locally, along with a few thoughts on some of the key national issues from time to time. If you do not want to receive my e-newsletter, please click the link at […]

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