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Tim Farron said the he was “perfectly open” to shifting the burden of green levies from consumer bills to general taxation. “I’m very comfortable with the fact that we’re protecting where the money is going, and I’m perfectly open to whe... Continue to article
Universities minister David Willetts has announced the sale of outstanding student loans The High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill receives its first reading in the House of Commons Shadow business minister Stella Creasy MP, Li... Continue to article
Tim Farron said giving tax breaks to people on lower and middle-incomes was "trickle-up" economics "Raising the threshold of income tax has been one of the most important things this Government has done, and it's right for Nick Clegg and... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Education questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Offender Rehabilitation Bill: Second reading and motion to decline second reading Debate on a reasoned opinion relating to EU regulations on new psych... Continue to article
The Prime Minister has been accused of "making up policy on the hoof" by Labour's shadow energy secretary. Caroline Flint hit out at Mr Cameron's sudden announcement to "roll back" green taxes during Wednesday's Prime Minister's Qu... Continue to article
Tim Farron welcomed the scrapping of the 'go home' vans. "I think the introduction of the vans in the first place was divisive, wasteful and pointless; you drive around diverse commuities in London where there's a record of peaceful co-e... Continue to article
Tim Farron's letter to Liberal Democrats Dear xxxx What would you do with £600million? That's the question both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have been wrestling with over recent weeks. As you know, Nick Clegg decided to spend £600mi... Continue to article
Tim Farron denied he had changed his mind on the universal free school meals policy but defended his colleagues who had once opposed it. “I’ve not changed my mind at all, I think there are situations around the country when an individua... Continue to article
Tim Farron dismissed suggestions that the coalition could split early. "If you look at how a coalition government works here in Scotland - we have two parliaments here where there was a coalition government, and a coalition government in... Continue to article
Europe! Not long ago I was at a coffee morning in the village hall just around the corner from where I live. I was sitting at a little table with the vicar and an elderly lady from the village. Suddenly she put down her cup and gave me... Continue to article
Tim Farron on lines to take debacle: 'I've no doubt it was leaked deliberately but we should have fact checked it first.'
The Liberal Democrat conference has overwhelmingly supported a motion from the leadership retaining the Government’s deficit reduction target. Nick Clegg successfully urged delegates not to accept amendment calling for the party to shif... Continue to article
Tim Farron has announced his intention to make the Liberal Democrats the “gold standard” among political parties for dealing with accusations of harassment. Liberal Democrat members passed an amendment to the party’s constitution, the p... Continue to article
While it is always dangerous to extrapolate heavily from national polling, the outlook for the Lib Dems is far from rosy. Support (or lack of it) has been consistently hovering around the 11% mark for the past two years. Bearing in min... Continue to article
I really like Tim Farron so don’t want to diss him. I don’t want join in with the public who compare him to a sanctimonious little plotter.
07/04/2012 in Liberal Democrats
Working in the Coalition requires "daily counselling", Tim Farron has joked. In an Independent on Sunday interview, the Liberal Democrat president also explained he is "sympathetic to people in the public sector" on pension reform, and thinks Labour should apologise for "behaving like a bunch of Tories" in power.
The Coalition will "end in divorce" before the next election, Lib Dem President Tim Farron has said. Speaking to the party's conference in Birmingham, he critisised Conservative policy on the riots and said that any fall in the 50p tax rate would be "morally repugnant" if a wealth tax was not introduced as well.
The Government's plans to reform the NHS have taken a blow this morning, as it lost an appeal against the Information Commissioner’s ruling that it should publish the risk register on the NHS reforms.
John Healey, the former Shadow Health Secretary who first called on the Government to publish the register, has argued ministers should not appeal the ruling from the Information Tribunal and instead release the information “immediately”.
The Labour MP said: “Ministers must now respect the law, release the risk register in full and let people make up their own minds on the NHS changes.
“Today’s legal judgement must put an end to the Government’s efforts to keep this information secret. They have dragged out this process for 15 months, while Parliament has been legislating for their NHS plans. It’s near the end of the eleventh hour for the NHS bill and Parliament rightly expects this information before it takes the final irrevocable step to pass the legislation.”
Andy Burnham described the decision as a "crushing defeat" for the Government, and called on David Cameron to "accept the decision with good grace and order the immediate release of the risk register".
The Shadow Health Secretary earlier urged Liberal Democrats to "stand out against" the controversial NHS reforms and vote against the bill at their Spring Conference this weekend.
In a letter posted on the LibDemVoice website, Mr Burnham also told party members that there would be enough votes between Labour and the Liberal Democrats to "stop a Bill that will cause it great damage".
A ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday claims over half of people who voted for the Liberal Democrats in May's general election think the party "sold out" by forming a government with the Conservatives. The result of the poll was revealed on the night leader Nick Clegg addressed the "Yes! to Fairer Votes" rally at the Liberal Democrat party conference, telling members that campaigning for the alternative vote was "about real democracy" and "putting people back in charge". Also speaking at the rally were MPs Jo Swinson and Tim Farron as well as former Independent MP Martin Bell.
Tim Farron has denied claims that he has been positioning himself to take control of the Liberal Democrats, saying he had "no such ambition" and that Nick Clegg was "doing a brilliant job". The president of the party also said that he believes the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will "go their separate ways" after the next general election, but refused to rule out forming a Coalition in the future.
Earlier Nick Clegg hit back at comments by Mr Farron that a "divorce" from the Conservatives may be sought leading up to the next election. He told Daybreak: "I'm going to see this Coalition through and do what I’m doing through to the next General Elections and beyond."
The Lib Dem leader described Mr Farron as "an incredibly charismatic performer" and added: "You know, politicians in the Liberal Democrats at least, we are flesh and blood after all."
05/12/2013 on BBC News
01/12/2013 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
18/11/2013 on PM, BBC Radio 4
24/10/2013 on Question Time, BBC One
22/10/2013 on BBC News
17/09/2013 on Sky News
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