Tim Farron unveils Lib Dem campaigning priorities

Posted On: 
7th August 2015

Tim Farron has set out seven priorities for the Liberal Democrats to focus their campaigns on. 

Tim Farron

Mr Farron, who became Lib Dem leader last month, has identified rural affairs, the EU referendum, mental health, immigration, civil liberties, the green economy, and housing as the main concerns of the parliamentary party.

“These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on,” he said.

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“Sensible, liberal and evidence-based views are already being woefully ignored by the Tory government - so it’s up to Liberal Democrats to make this case.

“Whether it’s helping young people in rural areas find work, or ensuring those with mental health difficulties have effective support, our liberal voice is needed now more than ever.

“Whether it’s investing in green energy, building the homes we need; understanding the plight of refugees, or ensuring the state can’t snoop on our emails, my party will offer that liberal alternative.

“And with David Cameron’s hokey-cokey diplomacy on Europe, the Liberal Democrats will  stand up for our country and make the passionate case for Britain to lead, not leave the EU.

Overseen by campaigns chair Greg Mulholland, Mr Farron has also appointed spokespeople to lead on each of the seven areas.

Norman Lamb, the only other contender for the leadership, will lead on mental health, while Mr Farron himself will be in charge of housing campaigns.

Mark Williams, the only one of the party’s eight MPs not to have been handed a spokesperson portfolio on Mr Farron’s frontbench, will lead on rural affairs and be vice chair of the campaigns team. 

Full campaign team line-up: 

Rural Communities and Vice Chair - Mark Williams MP

EU referendum - Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim Wallace (Deputy)

Mental Health - Norman Lamb MP

Immigration - Shas Sheehan

Civil Liberties - Alistair Carmichael MP

Green Economy - Baroness Susan Kramer

Housing - Tim Farron MP