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by Mark Pack on Sat, 14 Dec 2019

I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as President of the Liberal Democrats.

The news is overshadowed by the results of the general election where, in amongst the individual brilliant results, there were so many disappointments and tragedies. After such a promising start as our party leader only a few months ago, Jo's own defeat is particularly saddening.

Our increased share of the vote, more second places and enlarged party membership, added to the fantastic growth in our local government base earlier in the year, does, however, provide us with the foundations to recover from. As does the welcome progress in making our Parliamentary Party more diverse.

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Meet our new party president

by Mike Dixon on Sat, 14 Dec 2019

The new President of the Liberal Democrats is….

Mark Pack

Many congratulations to him on his election and commiserations to Christine Jardine. Both were superb candidates and fought an election in the best traditions of Liberal Democrat internal elections.

I’d also like to give my thanks also to the staff and volunteers who have been counting in Liberal Democrat HQ since early this morning and who have run this set of elections whilst also preparing for and playing their party in the General Election campaign.

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This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

Leaders evading scrutiny, whether it was Corbyn ducking phone-ins or Johnson hiding in a fridge.

Voters feeling forced to choose the least worst option, squeezing out positivity.

Even before it started, we saw an exodus of MPs, especially women, ground down by abuse, intimidation and threats.

I’m proud that the Liberal Democrats provided a welcoming home for those abandoned by their parties, those who were hounded out, like Luciana Berger.

Though sadly the results have seen us lose Luciana from Parliament and many other talented MPs such as Tom Brake, Sam Gyimah, Chuka Umunna, Jane Dodds. I’m so sorry I couldn’t get them re-elected.


Racism is infecting our politics, terrifyingly, it has now become mainstream.

Racism is infecting our politics, terrifyingly, it has now become mainstream.

A Labour party mired in anti-Semitism, complaints unresolved, the Jewish community fearful. It took Labour months to expel a member who wrote about gassing Jews. When Alastair Campbell voted Lib Dem, they kicked him out in just 2 days.

Brexit party representatives filmed talking about being ‘outbred’ by Muslims and revelling in a story about plans to encase a pig’s head in concrete in the foundations of a mosque. Watching that footage, I felt sick. Yet this is the party that has handed Boris Johnson the keys to number 10.

The Conservatives are failing on Islamophobia, and the Prime Minister willingly received the endorsement of Tommy Robinson, Britain’s biggest racist.


Many people will look at the last few weeks, at these results and be filled with dread about the future of our country.

If we want to be that open-minded, warm-hearted society, we need to stand up, join together, and fight for it.

I understand. I am worried too.

This goes beyond our future relationship with the European Union. It is about our relationships with one another in the United Kingdom.

Do we value every individual for who they are? Are we an open, welcoming, inclusive society?

I still believe we are, at heart, or at the very least that we can be.

But there are many forces that seek to divide us, to allow resentment and fear to fester.

And if we want to be that open-minded, warm-hearted society, we need to stand up, join together, and fight for it.


I’m proud in this election to have fought for what we believe is the best future for our country

I’m proud in this election to have fought for what we – and millions of people – believe is the best future for our country: remaining in the European Union.

When 19 Labour MPs helped pass Johnson’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons, it was clear we had to act. We forced Johnson to request an extension to Article 50, but without Labour’s support, couldn’t assemble a majority for a People’s Vote, leaving a General Election as the only chance to remain in the EU.

So I did not shirk the debates and the phone-ins, I turned up to the interviews, and I stood up proudly for our beliefs. I’m proud that Liberal Democrats have been the unapologetic voice of Remain in this election, giving people the chance to choose to stop Brexit.

But I don’t regret trying.

Obviously it hasn’t worked. And I, like you, am devastated about that. But I don’t regret trying.

Trying everything. Because the prize was to save our future, our children’s future, in Europe, where we can work together to tackle the climate emergency, trade freely to boost our living standards, and be a strong beacon for human rights around the world.


We have been true to ourselves, and true to our liberal values.

And as your leader I have been true to myself, too.

As a Scot, a Brit, a European.

As a liberal, a humanist, a feminist.

As a daughter, sister, wife, and a mum to two small kids.

Being myself, whether people attacked my vision or my voice, my ideas or my earrings.

One of the realities of smashing glass ceilings is that a lot of broken glass comes down on your head.

One of the realities of smashing glass ceilings is that a lot of broken glass comes down on your head.

I’m proud to have been the first woman to lead the Liberal Democrats, and even more proud that I know I won’t be the last.

In Sarah, Wera, Layla and Christine we have 4 fantastic and experienced women MPs. In Daisy, Munira and Wendy we have exciting new talent. They will take the Commons by storm, I’m just sad I won’t be with them.


As I’ve travelled the country during this campaign, I have loved meeting so many Lib Dem members and activists. The teams really have been extraordinary, with our party at our highest membership numbers in our history.

You have shone with optimism, courage and determination. Thank you all for everything you have done.

And I’d like to say a special thank you to my staff, both in my leader’s office and in my constituency. You are all amazing.


Together, we have refused to simply be spectators, sitting on the sidelines while our country heads down a damaging path, of which Brexit is only the first step.

Our country is in the grip of populism, with nationalism resurgent in all its forms.

It is easy to despair. But I say let’s foster hope instead.


In Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark, she quotes Vaclav Havel:

“The kind of hope I often think about, I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world…. Hope in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

She then goes on to say:

“Hope is not a door, but a sense that there might be a door at some point, some way out of the problems of the present moment even before that way is found or followed.”


There will be a door, there will be a way out of this nationalist surge, and we have to work together to find it. 

It’s a huge job to be done, the answer is that we step up, we organise, we join together. Though I won’t be your leader, I will be walking alongside you.

We will reflect, regroup and refresh. We must continue to grow our liberal movement, both attracting Lib Dem members, and by reaching out to work with those who share our values, wherever they are.

All of us who share an alternative vision for society have a responsibility to learn from this result, and find new answers.

Next week is the shortest day.

We will see more light in the future.

Join us for that journey.

Let’s explore the way together, with hope in our hearts.

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I'm angry

by Shaun Roberts on Fri, 13 Dec 2019

I’m tired, I’m sad and I’m frustrated.

In 6 seats, we were less than a thousand votes away from winning. That is agonising. Some of these campaigns saw increases in vote share of 20-30% - an extraordinary leap forward, achieved by hard work from fantastic teams.

We lost three outstanding MPs. Jane Dodds in Brecon and Radnorshire, Tom Brake in Carshalton and Wallington and of course, Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire.

We are still coming to terms with these three results. Jo missed out by just 149 votes. To have lost our Leader so soon after she was elected is a very bitter blow.

And on top of all that, we have a Boris Johnson majority Government.

Despite these disappointments, we got 1.2 million more votes yesterday than in the last General Election. Our vote was up 4% across the country. We have now established ourselves in close second places in a string of seats. We held three of our Scottish seats despite the SNP’s best efforts, and kept three London MPs against the Tory surge.

We elected 11 brilliant MPs:

Alistair Carmichael in Orkney and Shetland
Christine Jardine in Edinburgh West
Daisy Cooper in St Albans
Ed Davey in Kingston and Surbiton
Jamie Stone in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon
Munira Wilson in Twickenham, taking over from Vince Cable
Sarah Olney in Richmond Park, retaking the seat from the Conservatives
Tim Farron in Westmorland and Lonsdale
Wendy Chamberlain in North East Fife - which we lost by 2 votes last time!
Wera Hobhouse in Bath

That is a talented team and I know they will make their voices heard in Parliament against the new Conservative Government.

After any election, there are lessons to learn - and believe me, we will be thinking a lot about our results over the next weeks and months. But we were honest and open with voters about our vision, and I stand by that decision.

Let’s all get some sleep and some rest. And then let’s get ready to hold this Prime Minister to account.

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Britain still needs the Liberal Democrats

by James Gurling on Fri, 13 Dec 2019

We wake this morning to a double blow. A Conservative majority Government, hell-bent on pushing Brexit through, and the loss of our Leader, Jo Swinson from Parliament.

First, let me pay tribute to Jo. Her declaration speech in the early hours of this morning moved us all. Focusing on the future of our country and, importantly, standing by our principles and values as a Party. She will make a formal statement later today.

Parliament and our party will sorely miss her determination, passion and talent.

If you are wondering what happens now, Ed Davey will act as temporary Leader in the Commons and our Party President, Sal Brinton will help fulfil the other functions of Leader for the wider Party. Together they will jointly assume the Leadership functions of the party.

There are some wonderful gains amongst the shocking loss. Seeing talented people like Munira Wilson, Wendy Chamberlain and Daisy Cooper win, and Sarah Olney retake her seat - is something from which we can collectively draw strength.

We have achieved astonishing rises in vote share in places like Esher and Walton, Wimbledon, South Cambridgeshire and so many more. There is much we can build on from here, and we will be careful to learn the lessons to build for the future.

As I write, there are still some results yet to come in, so we will send you another update later.

Britain still needs the Liberal Democrats, today more than ever.

Thank you for everything that you have done during the course of this campaign and for the cause of Remain.

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Every Vote Counts

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 12 Dec 2019

We’ve been fighting Brexit since day one.

We’ve asked Parliament to support a confirmatory referendum (a People’s Vote) on Brexit 17 times - and we’re not going to stop. We’ve got another motion ready to go as soon as Parliament returns.

Every single Liberal Democrat MP elected today will work to stop Brexit.

But there are just 3 hours left to elect Liberal Democrat MPs who will stop Brexit.

Have you voted today?

Yes!

Not yet

Only the Liberal Democrats can take significant seats from the Conservatives today.

Thank you so much for your support. With your help, we can stop Boris, stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

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We can stop the Conservatives 💪

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 12 Dec 2019

Across the country today, thousands of activists are knocking on doors for the Lib Dems.

We’ve had hundreds of people join us here my own constituency, reminding Liberal Democrat supporters that it’s now time to get out and vote.

Britain is tired of the politics of the past.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have no vision for the future of this country. Only the Liberal Democrats have a detailed, credible and radical plan to build a future where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

One of the easiest ways you can help Liberal Democrats win is simply to let us know you’ve voted.

It means we can free up our resources to focus on Lib Dem voters who haven’t made it to the polls yet… and we’ll stop reminding you to vote!

I've Voted!

Not sure where you need to go to cast your vote? Find out here:

Where can I vote?

If you’ve not made it to your polling station yet, you only have 6 hours left to vote.

This is the most important election in our lifetimes - don’t let your vote go to waste.

Vote Liberal Democrat to stop Boris, stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

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Rise and Shine! ☀️

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 12 Dec 2019

Today is our chance to change the future of this country. It could be the day we make history.

Tomorrow morning, we could be waking up to see top Brexiteers have lost their seats to Liberal Democrats who will fight to stop Brexit. We’re already hearing some great reports from key seats across the country.

But with 11 hours to go until polls close, it’s still all to play for. Every vote counts, and we need your help now more than ever.

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats today is a vote for hope. It’s a rejection of the politics of hatred and division, and it’s your chance to demand better for the future of our country.

Please, make sure you go to the polling station today. If we are to stop Boris Johnson and his appalling Brexit deal, we need the help of all of our supporters like you.

Together, we can stop Boris, stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

I've Voted!

Need to know where to go to vote? Use our handy polling station finder:

Where's my polling station?

Thank you for your support - together, we can stop Brexit and build a brighter future!

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Thank You

by Jo Swinson on Wed, 11 Dec 2019

"From the bottom of my heart: thank you."

Whatever happens tomorrow, I couldn’t be prouder.

This campaign has taken me all over the country, and everywhere I’ve seen Liberal Democrat campaigners giving their all.

I’ve seen new members deliver their first few leaflets. I’ve seen life-long Lib Dems running high-tech campaigns out of their living rooms.

But most importantly, I’ve seen all of you doing the most incredible job.

I’m in awe of every single one of you. It’s brilliant that we can always count on our grassroots campaigners, but you’ve outdone yourselves in this election.

From the bottom of my heart: thank you.

Tomorrow, we have the chance to elect Liberal Democrat MPs who will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We’ve never had a better opportunity to change British politics.

Let’s do this.

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One day left to stop Boris and to stop Brexit

by Jo Swinson on Wed, 11 Dec 2019

"It doesn't have to be this way."

My message today is clear.

To stop Brexit, we must stop Boris Johnson. We have one more day left to do it.

To all my fellow Lib Dem activists up and down the country – I say this:

Keep going. Keep fighting for every vote.

And to everyone out there who has a growing pile of Lib Dem leaflets on their kitchen table: we can win where you live.

You can stop another Conservative MP being elected. You can stop Boris Johnson from getting a majority he doesn’t deserve.

You can help us stop Brexit.

On Monday, Boris Johnson once again showed us the kind of leader he is going to be.

"To stop Brexit, we must stop Boris Johnson."

Faced with that heart-breaking image of Jack, he refused to look at it, to acknowledge it, even taking the phone out of the journalist's hand and putting it in his pocket. As though that would somehow make it all go away.

What a coward.

He doesn't care about Jack, and if he wins a majority, he'll spend the next five years not caring about you or your family either. He'll spend five years running away from scrutiny. Avoiding inconvenient truths. Hoping that his power and privilege alone will keep him in Number 10.

This is unacceptable. And it doesn’t have to be this way.

Vote Liberal Democrat. Together, we can build a brighter future.

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Business Backs the Liberal Democrats

by Sam Gyimah on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

The economy usually features heavily in election discourse.

But this time the two main parties have opted for silly economics instead. It’s either pursuing a Brexit that we know will damage the economy or a reckless spending plan we can’t afford.

But you can’t fool business. Over 60 business leaders have named us as the ‘only party who have set out a credible plan for future prosperity’.

Among those leaders is Charlie Bigham, founder of the same-named ready-meal brand. He said:

“I’m joining dozens of entrepreneurs and businessmen, as well as the Economist, in supporting the Liberal Democrats. Their plans for business and the economy are the best on offer.

And former President of the CBI, Sir Michael Rake, said:

“The Liberal Democrats have ploughed a lonely furrow in being the only party truly reflecting the interests and importance of the business community to a successful, inclusive economy.”

We’re the only party that’s offering a credible plan. We will create an environment to help businesses build prosperity and create jobs. This will be underpinned by a stronger economy within the EU.

This general election, there is only one party that will create a strong and fair economy.

Vote Liberal Democrat. Together, we can build a brighter future.

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Brexit Already Damaging Public Services

by Sir Ed Davey MP on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

"Johnson's Brexit lies have caused huge damage to our public services already."

Boris’s lie on the side of a bus was an even bigger whopper than we thought. Not only does Brexit not mean an extra £350 million a week for the NHS...

In reality, it means £350 million a week less.

And that’s before we’ve even left.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that our GDP is £55–66 billion lower this year. Why?

You guessed it - Brexit.

Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017. And for those not affected by Brexit? The other G7 countries have seen it grow.

Based on the IFS figures, we have calculated that public sector spend is £20.3 – £24.3 billion lower this year than it would have been.

This equates to £380 – £470 million a week. All of that money could actually have been spent on the NHS. Johnson’s Brexit lies have caused huge damage to our public services already.

If he wins a majority on Thursday, his disastrous hard Brexit will suck even more money out of our economy and our public services.

We are the only party who can win seats from the Tories and deny Boris a majority.

That’s why every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris, stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus from higher economic growth to build a brighter future.

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Our plan to stop Brexit immediately after election

by Jo Swinson on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

"We are the only party standing up for Remainers."

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris and stop Brexit.

The more Liberal Democrat MPs we have in Parliament, the stronger our hand will be in stopping Johnson’s catastrophic Brexit plans. We have legislation ready to go to secure a People’s Vote with the option to stay in the EU

As soon as Parliament returns, we would introduce two bills. The first would be a “Paving Bill” to begin the referendum process with the Electoral Commission. The second would be on the referendum itself.

The greatest political decision in decades cannot be allowed to happen on Johnson’s terms. Polls consistently show that there is now more support to remain in the EU than to leave. 

"We will continue to fight tooth and nail to keep the UK in the EU."

Our vision for a fairer, brighter future is as a part of the EU. More people are agreeing with us than ever before.

But we need as many MPs as possible to support these bills. The more Lib Dems there are, the stronger the chance of securing a People’s Vote becomes. 

We are the only party standing up for Remainers. 

We have laid amendments to secure a People's Vote 17 times. We have voted in favour of a People’s Vote at every opportunity. We have been leading the fight to stop Brexit for over three years.

And we will continue to fight tooth and nail to keep the UK in the EU. With enough MPs, we can pass this legislation and put Brexit back to the people.

For the future of our country – vote Liberal Democrat to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

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Seven Reasons to Vote Liberal Democrat on Thursday

by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

This Thursday marks one of the most important elections in a generation. If Boris Johnson wins a majority, he will push through his disastrous Brexit plan. He will also plunge us headfirst into some of the most extreme economic policies in decades.

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This won’t just ruin Christmas, like forgetting the stuffing or not taking your stockings down before lighting the fire. It will be disastrous for our country for decades to come.

A Johnson government is for life, not just for Christmas.

We plan to stop him, and you can help us do it. All it takes is your vote - a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Johnson.

But it’s also so much more than that.

A vote for the Liberal Democrats is also a vote to:

 

1. Stop Brexit

We are the only party that is committed to stopping this disastrous Brexit. The Tories will push through Johnson’s awful plan, and the Labour Party is not a Remain party.

But we are.

We have fought tirelessly for a People’s Vote for the last three years. We will continue to push for a second referendum on the biggest democratic decision in our lifetimes.

A vote for us is a vote to truly end Brexit, once and for all.

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2. Build an economy that works and is for everyone

When we stop Brexit, we will receive a Remain Bonus of £50bn. This is how we have created our brilliant, fully-costed manifesto.

But the numbers don’t work for everyone...

The Institute for Financial Studies (IFS) reported that neither Labour nor the Tories manifestos are “credible.”

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The Tories plans for financial responsibility would have to be torn up so they can fulfil their pledges. This means more taxes or more borrowing.

Labour’s manifesto would try to drag Britain back to the 1970s.

No thanks. To both.

The Liberal Democrats are now the only party with credible, sensible and fair plans for our society.

 

3. Build a brighter future for our children

We are the only party that is truly committed to our younger generations. How?

By investing an extra £10bn in schools and recruiting 20,000 new teachers.

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We will fight to give every child the very best start in life.

 

4. Build a fairer society that works for everyone

We are the only party that truly understands the needs of families across the country. We will help to fight against inequalities by giving free childcare after 9 months to all.

Not only that, but we understand the needs of individuals, too. We will give every adult £10,000 to spend on skills training over their lives.

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Sounds like Christmas come early!

 

5. Build a brighter future for the NHS

The NHS is under real threat. Johnson is Trump’s poodle - when commanded, he will obey. Trump has said that the NHS is on the table for a trade deal.

He might have denied saying this during his recent visit. But if there’s one thing we know about Johnson and Trump it’s that they lie like it’s going out of fashion.

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If Johnson wins a majority, we could lose our NHS. This is unthinkable.

The Liberal Democrats will protect and reinvest in our NHS. We will make mental health issues as urgent as physical ones and ensure that our vulnerable are looked after.

We will fight to save our incredible NHS and to transform its mental health services.

 

6. Build a brighter future for our planet

We are at a crossroads for our world. We can fight to save it now, and fight hard. Or, we can let things continue and create an unmitigated disaster for future generations.

Guess which one we’d rather do?

We will generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030. Not just that, we will insulate all low-income homes by 2025, too.

We will also ban single-use plastics within three years. The Lib Dem-created 5p tax on plastic bags was the warning shot. Now we have declared full war on plastic.

Plastic, you’re done.

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Without our planet, there is nothing. We must fight to save it now, and that’s just what we’re going to do.

 

7. We will fix our broken politics

The last three years have been a waking nightmare. May and Johnson’s tinpot Tories and Corbyn’s cronies have plumbed new depths. Rather than fighting for a fair, open society, they have pushed their own extremist agendas.

The sense of duty is non-existent. The rhetoric is offensive. The politics is abysmal.

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We demand better. We will push for a proportional representation voting system and an elected House of Lords. Not only this, we will fight back against Johnson’s appalling attempts to take votes away from the vulnerable.

Politics is for everyone and should work for everyone. We will fight to make that happen.

 

So if you care about building a fair, open society that works for everyone, rather than being dragged back into the past, there’s only one choice this Thursday.

Vote Liberal Democrat. Help us build a brighter future.

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Even The Tories Don’t Trust Boris Johnson

by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Our plan for tackling the climate emergency

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 09 Dec 2019

The Tories have banned on-shore wind, slashed support for solar power and cancelled the Green Deal. They are persistently hindering and delaying climate action.

The Liberal Democrats will make real change happen. We will build a world with clean air, clean waters, and where wildlife can flourish. 

We have a clear, ambitious and realistic plan to cut most emissions by 2030 and get to net zero by 2045.

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Generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030

We will generate 80% of our all our electricity from renewables by 2030. That means onshore and offshore wind, solar and marine power. 

This includes the extra demand for electricity in the future as we transition out of fossil fuels. We will also reinstate the Green Investment Bank and support community energy.

 

Retrofit 26 million homes by 2030

We will bring in an ambitious program to retrofit existing homes to the highest energy efficiency standard feasible.

Not only will this tackle the climate emergency, but it will save money for families everywhere, cutting £550 off the average energy bill.

 We will prioritise all fuel poor homes, retrofitting all of them by 2025. All landlords will be required to reach minimum levels of energy efficiency as a requirement for renting out.

We will create incentives for all homeowners to convert their homes through a new Green Deal. 


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Ensure all new cars sold are electric by 2030

In 2030, there will be no sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles. We will replace petrol and diesel cars with electric vehicles, reducing air pollution and improving standards of health.

Instead, we will encourage the rapid take-up of electric vehicles by legislating to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and small vans, including hybrids, by 2030, and accelerate the installation of charging points.

 

Plant 60 billion trees a year 

Planting trees is one of the most viable ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere and is vital for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Only 1,420 hectares of trees were planted in England in the year to March 2019, 71% short of the Conservative government’s target of 5,000 hectares for the same period.

The Liberal Democrats will undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history.

 

 

Ban all single-use plastic within three years

We will ban non-recyclable single-use plastics and replace them with affordable alternatives, aiming for their complete elimination within three years.

This is a first step towards ending the ‘throwaway society’ culture and part of our ambition to end plastic waste exports by 2030. 

Under the Liberal Democrats, no plastic put into a bin in the UK will end up in our oceans. By declaring war on plastic, the Liberal Democrats will ensure a brighter future for our planet.

 

 

Spend £100 billion tackling the climate emergency

We will spend £100 billion tackling the climate emergency and cut greenhouse gases in every sector of the economy to achieve net-zero emissions. 

We have a fully-costed, bold plan to protect our planet now and for generations to come.

A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a government that will take the climate emergency seriously and build a brighter, greener future.

Read our full plan for tackling the climate emergency here.  

 

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Each of them are driving populist, nationalist and authoritarian values. It’s no surprise that Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump have such a special relationship.

Their unholy alliance has the potential to risk Britain's future. With the three of them working together to stitch up our democracy, it’s important that we stop Boris in his attempt to creep back into No. 10.

At the start of the election campaign, Trump not only endorsed Johnson for Prime Minister but also openly urged Farage's Brexit Party to work with Boris' Conservatives in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

Labelling them an ‘unstoppable force’, it’s clear why Trump wants this pact to work; by getting Boris to crash the UK out of the EU, he’ll finally be able to get his hands on our NHS and Boris will become his poodle.

Shortly after receiving Trump's advice, Farage announced that the Brexit Party would be standing down in 317 seats across the country for the Conservatives. In a press conference, Nigel admitted that it was to save the Tories from large-scale losses to the Liberal Democrats.  

The best way to defeat this unholy alliance is to vote Liberal Democrat so we can stop Boris and stop Brexit.

Now, with the news that four Brexit Party MEPs have quit the party and urged voters to support the Tories, it’s clearer than ever: the Conservative Party and the Brexit Party are one and the same.

Britain deserves better than this right-ring stitch up.

By conspiring together like this, Johnson, Farage and Trump are pushing our country towards a far-right movement that is closed off and stuck in the past.

But we can stop them.

It's not too late to prove Farage wrong and take seats off the Tories up and down the country. The best way to defeat this unholy alliance is to vote Liberal Democrat so we can stop Boris and stop Brexit.

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Our Campaign Video

by Liberal Democrats on Fri, 06 Dec 2019

What a year we've had!

2019 has been a record year for membership. People from all parties and none have joined our campaign to stop Brexit.

We deserve better than two old parties who take our country for granted.

We won the Brecon and Radnorshire Parliamentary by-election in the summer, cutting Boris Johnson's majority.

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Plan for Business

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 05 Dec 2019

Our country and our businesses deserve better than a choice between a hard Brexit under Johnson or the hard left under Corbyn.

Both parties would damage businesses through their plans to end free movement and deprive our fast-growing businesses of the talent they need to compete globally.

The Liberal Democrats are the natural party of business, with a clear plan to stop Brexit, save free movement and focus on addressing the real issues facing our economy.
 
We will build a brighter future by securing the UK’s place as a global research powerhouse, supporting our entrepreneurs, and creating good jobs in new and growing industries.

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What Boris Johnson would do to Britain

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 05 Dec 2019

There are just days to go until the UK goes to the polls in the 2019 general election. Now, more than ever, it's crucial that we stop Boris Johnson in his pursuit of a hard Brexit and a far-right Conservative government.

If you weren't already convinced, here are just a few things Johnson would do to Britain if he manages to stay in No. 10 and why we must stop him. 

1. Crash us out of the EU

We know that any form of Brexit would be damaging to our country, and so does Boris Johnson. But because he only cares about himself, he's continuing to push for a hard Brexit at any cost. 

In fact, it's been confirmed that the Conservatives would not extend the EU transition period beyond 2020, meaning that a catastrophic No Deal Brexit is still on the table and could happen in just over a year's time. 

The Liberal Democrats are clear: we want to stop Brexit, stay in the EU and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

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2. Risk a border across the Irish Sea 

Despite saying that no Conservative Prime Minister would ever put a border down the Irish Sea, Boris has (unsurprisingly) gone back on his word. 

By even considering this border, he is compromising the Good Friday Agreement and risking our country's security - all for his bad Brexit deal. 

3. Increase child poverty

In a report released by the Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, it was revealed that child poverty risks reaching a record high under Johnson's Conservative plans - rising from 29.6% in 2017-18 to 34.4% in 2023-4. It's a damning indictment of the Tories’ heartless welfare policy.

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrats policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023-24, making it the most progressive of the three main parties.

In stark contrast to the Boris Johnson's plans, Lib Dem policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in povery by 2023-2024.

We would scrap the cruel two-child limit, benefit cap and bedroom tax, and invest in free school meals and childcare for millions of families.

4. Damage our NHS

If Boris Johnson wins a majority, he'll be desperate for a trade deal with Donald Trump, and Trump has repeatedly made clear in the past that everything, including the NHS, will be on the table in future negotiations.

We need to protect our NHS, and that starts with stopping Brexit and protecting free movement for the thousands of people who come to work in our services from across the EU.

But instead of battling this staffing crisis, Boris Johnson wants to make it worse. His Nurse Tax will seriously affect the NHS’s ability to recruit the nurses from the EU that we desperately need to address current shortfalls.

Liberal Democrats would stop Brexit and save free movement for the 65,000 EU citizens working in our health service.

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5. Ruin our economy with Brexit

The Conservatives' spending plans have been blasted as not credible by the Institute for Financial Studies, and it's clear that no party's economic plan is even remotely plausible while it includes pursuing Brexit. 

By failing to come clean with the electorate and ignoring the Brexit black hole his policies would leave in the public finances, Boris Johnson is once again misleading the country on the damage that Brexit could do. 

Liberal Democrats will work to build fairer economy by stopping Brexit and providing free childcare from 9 months and giving every adult £10,000 to spend on skills & training throughout their lives.

6. Stop the UK from leading on climate action 

The UK should be leading the world on tackling the climate crisis. Our planet is on the brink of being irreparably damaged and we are responsible for that damage.

Young people have taken to the streets because they’re so worried that the Conservatives are failing to act, yet with Boris skipping the recent Channel 4 climate debate, it's clear that he doesn't take the topic seriously. 

Only the Liberal Democrats can build a brighter future for our planet, with our bold plans to achieve net-zero by 2045, generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030, insulate every home, plant 60 million trees a year and more

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7. Ignore the needs of working families 

Parents struggle to find childcare to look after their kids until they get home from work, both in term-time and in the school holidays. But Boris Johnson’s childcare offer through the Conservative manifesto is an insult to these families.

Boris Johnson's additional childcare provisions work out to just £1 a week for every primary school child in England.

Despite promising £250 million a year on expanding childcare provisions for primary school children after school and in the school holidays, this works out to just £1 a week for every primary school child in England. This is equivalent to just 16 minutes additional childcare a week.

Liberal Democrats have a plan to build a brighter future for every child. We will give parents 35 hours a week of high-quality free childcare from the day they go back to work to the day their child starts school, including the school holidays.

We will also give every child the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

But we can stop him. 

Britain deserves a brighter future than the one on offer by Boris Johnson. We can take seats off the Tories up and down the country. So on 12 December, vote Liberal Democrat to stop Boris and stop Brexit.  

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