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Liberal Democrats (UK): Liberal political party in the United Kingdom
The Liberal Democrats are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. The party has 11 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, 89 members of the House of Lords, five Members of the Scottish Parliament and one member in each of the Welsh Parliament and the London Assembly. It formed a coalition government of the United Kingdom with the Conservative Party from 2010–2015. It is also currently in coalition with the Labour Party in the devolved Welsh government, and has also formed coalitions with Labour in Scotland.

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'Winning is everything', former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron says as he endorses Ed Davey

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Ed Davey secures key backing to boost his chances in Liberal Democrat leadership contest

Exclusive: Munira Wilson becomes third party MP to back acting leader for job
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Call for Boris Johnson to renew Britain's commitment to reunite stranded child refugees in Europe

Exclusive: Liberal Democrats call on prime minister to resettle 10,000 unaccompanied children over the next decade
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Layla Moran: Frontrunner to be next Liberal Democrat leader suggests she can free party from shackles of its coalition past

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Exclusive: Ed Davey kicks off leadership campaign with call for PM to stand up for 'fundamental democratic values'
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Lib Dem peer accused of sexual harassment dropped from fundraiser in U-turn

A Liberal Democrat peer accused of sexual harassment will not speak at a party fundraiser after a U-turn.
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Ed Davey pledges citizen's basic income for carers as he launches Lib Dem leadership campaign

Acting leader faces challenge from two rivals in race to claim job permanently in August
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Lib Dem peer apologies for furloughing himself and promises to pay money back

Lord Fox was accused of 'milking the taxpayer at both ends' by claiming both the furlough subsidy and daily Lords' allowance
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Scathing report blasts 'high-speed car crash' of Lib Dem general election campaign

Party review finds 'wishful thinking' behind decision to present Jo Swinson as PM-in-waiting
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UK should hold inquiry into COVID-19 response, Liberal Democrats say

The United Kingdom should hold an independent inquiry into Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the novel coronavirus crisis, the opposition Liberal Democrat party said.
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Coronavirus: Frontline NHS staff deserve £29-per-day bonus, say Lib Dems

Party also calls on government to pay funeral fees for those who die while fighting Covid-19
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Coronavirus: Government increases ventilator capacity by 200 in one week - despite health secretary's claim 1,500 more would be available

'This sort of behaviour will not hide the government's failure to properly prepare for the coronavirus crisis,' say Lib Dems
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Coronavirus: 50 cross-party MPs demand compensation for families of frontline staff who die battling virus

'They are putting their lives on the line and they should know that, should the worst happen, the state will help their families,' says Liberal Democrat MP
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UK politician chides PM Johnson for spurning EU ventilator program

The leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday for refusing to participate in a European Union ventilator procurement program.
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Boris Johnson accused of 'putting his head in the sand' over coronavirus threat to Brexit deal

Prime minister 'reckless' to stick to end-of-year deadline for EU trade deal, says Lib Dem acting leader
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Coronavirus: 'Safe spaces' needed for homeless to self-isolate

Lib Dem Layla Moran warns rough sleepers could be held in detention centres under new emergency powers.
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Sexual violence and abuse survivors offered legal right to specialist support under new bill

Exclusive: Victims left vulnerable due to 'completely inadequate' funding for crisis centres and refuges, warns Lib Dem MP
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Layla Moran to stand for Liberal Democrat leadership

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has announced she will stand in the upcoming contest to choose the party's new leader.
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Rebecca Long-Bailey says she doesn't regret working on hospital PFIs

Defence comes as leadership contender warns Labour will be turned into centrist party 'akin to the Liberal Democrats' if she loses
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Lib Dem peer David Steel resigns over Westminster child abuse inquiry criticism

David Steel has resigned from the Liberal Democrats after being named in an inquiry attacking the political establishment for turning "a blind eye" to allegations of child sexual abuse.
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Brexit: Ministers brace for no-deal disruption with £60m plans for motorway barrier

'Kent deserves better than being turned into a car park because of Boris Johnson's reckless unwillingness to take a no-deal off the table,' say Lib Dems
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Lib Dem leadership election: Party set to wait until summer to name Jo Swinson's successor

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Sadiq Khan to 'lovebomb' Lib Dem voters in bid to win 2020 London mayoral election

Exclusive: Mayor says Labour activists should not attack third party supporters, but show they 'share their values'
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Brexit: EU citizens face paying £4,345 'teachers' tax' to work in UK for five years

Extra 'red tape' before teaching qualifications are recognised will also add to existing recruitment crisis, Liberal Democrats warn
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Layla Moran: Potential Lib Dem leadership candidate becomes first MP to come out as pansexual

Oxford MP said she was 'surprised' to find herself in a same-sex relationship, but added: 'Sometimes when you meet the right person, it just kind of happens'.
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Brexit: MPs attempt to force Boris Johnson to protect child refugees after EU departure

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Japan lawmaker arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes over casino: NHK

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Jo Swinson insists she has 'no regrets' despite losing her seat on disappointing night for Lib Dems

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'Clear message' on Scottish independence vote

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General Election 2019: Lib Dems take St Albans and David Gauke loses seat

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Election results: Failure of tactical voting brutally exposed by Tory gain in Kensington

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General election 2019: Theresa May re-elected with reduced majority

The former prime minister saw her lead reduced by a swing to the Liberal Democrats.
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UK Liberal Democrats to elect new leader after Swinson loses seat

Britain's Liberal Democrats said they would elect a new leader next year after Jo Swinson lost her seat in parliament at Thursday's general election.
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General election: Every centrist MP who defected from Labour and Tories loses seat

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