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  • Lib Dems Stuart Bonar and Mathew McCarthy
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Mathew McCarthy has won a Cornish council seat in Falmouth off Labour in the South West's first electoral test after May's General Election.

    Commenting, Stuart Bonar, the Lib Dem candidate in Plymouth's Moor View seat at the General Election, said, "This is an absolutely fantastic result. I visited Falmouth to help Mathew with his campaign, and I saw firsthand just how hard he was campaigning. Many people mentioned that he was the only candidate who'd knocked on their door and spoken to them about their concerns.

  • Plymouth Lib Dem New Members Event
    Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Dozens of members of Plymouth Liberal Democrats gathered on Saturday afternoon to welcome some of the many new members to the local party. There was a clear buzz of optimism and enthusiasm from everyone and it was good to see many young faces in the group.

    Chair Hugh Janes welcomed everyone to what he called, "The biggest gathering of Plymouth Liberal Democrats in over five years." He introduced the other speakers, Stuart Bonar, Graham Reed and Steve Guy, then spoke of his pride at Lib Dem achievements in government, especially the Pupil Premium and the raising of the threshold at which people start to pay Income Tax. Both had been policies on the front page of the party's 2010 election manifesto.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015
    Plymouth will this Friday play host to the Devon and Cornwall hustings for Liberal Democrats choosing their new party leader. It is the first in a series of hustings events to be held across the country.
    Lib Dem MPs and leadership contenders Tim Farron and Norman Lamb will set out their visions for the party and answer questions from party members. Both candidates have made it clear that they are very keen to support the rebuilding of the party in the region after a very bad set of results for the Liberal Democrats at last month's General Election.
  • Article: Jun 2, 2015

    Plymouth Liberal Democrats have expressed their sadness at the sudden death of Charles Kennedy, the party's former leader. His death at the age of only 55, was announced this morning and came as a shock to many members.

    The party chair, Hugh Janes, said, "Quite a few members of the local party had met Charles over the years and everyone had been positive about the experience. I was introduced to him in Scotland some years ago during an Edinburgh Festival and he was delightful company. He was very interested in how Liberal Democrats were doing in Plymouth and, of course, had visited the West Country on many occasions to support the MPs here. He was also very funny. His strong and reasoned stance against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the reason I, and many others, joined the Liberal Democrats."

  • Article: May 27, 2015

    Today (Wednesday 27 May) Nick Clegg will respond to the Queen's Speech for the Liberal Democrats.

    In his first intervention in the House of Commons since the election, Nick will say:

    "The Liberal Democrats worked hard to ensure that the Coalition Government's agenda had a clear thread of liberalism running through it - from the priority we gave to mental health and the green agenda, to creating the pupil premium and protecting our civil liberties.

  • Article: May 26, 2015

    Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has written about the Tories' plans to abolish the Human Rights Act. You can back our campaign to protect it here.

    Tom writes:

    In Coalition, the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

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    Article: May 22, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have joined forces to launch the party's campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.

    Before the election, the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

  • Article: May 21, 2015

    Before the election Liberal Democrats warned that if the Conservatives won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act.

    Now the Conservatives have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament.

    The Human Rights Act protects your basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats first post-election volunteer event has been described as a runaway success.

    On Wednesday 120 volunteers visited the party's London HQ for the first event since polling day.

    The event provided new members and volunteers with the opportunity to socialise with other Liberal Democrats as well as to find out more about what volunteering with the party involves and rounded off with some phone calling.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    The 13 dates on which "The Great Escape" was broadcast on BBC TV:

    28 December 1971; 2 December 1973; 27 August 1979; 25 May 1981; 28 December 1983; 26 December 1985; 26 December 1987; 27 March 1989; 27 December 2003; 29 August 2005; 1 January 2007; 23 December 2007; and 20 July 2008.

    Source: BBC Genome Project and TRILT