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Liberal Democrats (UK): Political party in the United Kingdom
The Liberal Democrats are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. Currently led by Jo Swinson, the party has 19 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, 96 members of the House of Lords, 16 members of the European Parliament, five Members of the Scottish Parliament and one member in each of the Welsh Assembly and the London Assembly. It was in a coalition government with the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2015. Policy decisions are made on a one-member, one-vote basis of party members attending the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference, which is held twice per year.

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Liverpool's rats should be shot in the streets, a city councillor says

Rats are damaging city walls by "burrowing underneath them", Lib Dem councillor Simon Radford claims.
BBC News - Published

Brexit: Lib Dems table second referendum amendment to force Boris Johnson to allow new vote

If amendment is selected, MPs will vote on the bid next week
Independent - Published

Videos for Liberal Democrats (UK)

The state of the parties as Heidi Allen joins the Lib Dems [Video]The state of the parties as Heidi Allen joins the Lib Dems

A look at how the Government and opposition benches stand as Heidi Allen joins the Liberal Democrats. The former Tory MP is the sixth person to defect to Jo Swinson's party in recent weeks, bringing..

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Ex-Tory Heidi Allen joins Liberal Democrats [Video]Ex-Tory Heidi Allen joins Liberal Democrats

Former Conservative MP Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats, the party has said. The South Cambridgeshire MP, who has been sitting as an independent since quitting the Change UK group in June,..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Jo Swinson: Boris Johnson is not fit to be PM [Video]Jo Swinson: Boris Johnson is not fit to be PM

Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said the judges’ decision proved Boris Johnson was “not fit to be Prime Minister”. She said: “The court have found what we all knew all along, Boris..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

Lib Dems' Jo Swinson: Being a woman will not stop me toppling Boris Johnson [Video]Lib Dems' Jo Swinson: Being a woman will not stop me toppling Boris Johnson

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has warned Boris Johnson that being a woman will not stop her from toppling him as Prime Minister. In hard-hitting comments, the East Dunbartonshire MP told a..

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Sir Ed Davey: Lib Dems are our country's last hope to stop Brexit [Video]Sir Ed Davey: Lib Dems are our country's last hope to stop Brexit

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Ed Davey said his party is the only option to stop Brexit and lead the world on climate change action. The former energy secretary was speaking at the Lib Dem's party conference..

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Jo Swinson: I’m a Liberal Democrat, I’m about stopping Brexit [Video]Jo Swinson: I’m a Liberal Democrat, I’m about stopping Brexit

Liberal Democrat party leader Jo Swinson gets into a battery powered green energy car built and designed by Technology students by as she visits Bournemouth College, during the Liberal Democrats autumn..

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Chuka Umunna attacks Corbyn and Johnson in Liberal Democrat speech [Video]Chuka Umunna attacks Corbyn and Johnson in Liberal Democrat speech

Chuka Umunna has launched an attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth. Umunna accused Jeremy Corbyn for..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:35Published

Brexit: The state of the parties as Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems [Video]Brexit: The state of the parties as Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems

A look at how the Government and opposition benches stand after former Tory minister Sam Gyimah joined the Liberal Democrats. It brings the total number of Lib Dem MPs up to 18, as leader Jo Swinson..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Jo Swinson: David Cameron cannot be forgiven for calling Brexit referendum [Video]Jo Swinson: David Cameron cannot be forgiven for calling Brexit referendum

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson says David Cameron cannot be forgiven for his "shocking misjudgment" over the decision to call a Brexit referendum. Ms Swinson was speaking during a public Q&A at her..

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Jo Swinson: I'll cancel Brexit if I'm PM [Video]Jo Swinson: I'll cancel Brexit if I'm PM

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson has promised to cancel Brexit altogether if her party wins a majority at the next election. The pro-EU party is enjoying a revival under Ms Swinson's watch, having..

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Former Tory minister Sam Gyimah becomes sixth MP to defect to Liberal Democrats [Video]Former Tory minister Sam Gyimah becomes sixth MP to defect to Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson unveils the latest MP to join her party at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth - the former Conservative minister Sam Gyimah. Mr Gyimah is sixth MP the..

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PM targeted over climate change stance at Lib Dem conference [Video]PM targeted over climate change stance at Lib Dem conference

Boris Johnson has been accused of acting like a “climate change denier” in a scathing speech by Liberal Democrats environment spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse. The Bath MP said the Prime Minister was..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:29Published

Liberal Democrats: Autumn party conference preview [Video]Liberal Democrats: Autumn party conference preview

A look at the Liberal Democrats' Party conference in Bournemouth, which will be Jo Swinson's first as leader. She has committed the party to a firm no Brexit stance, wanting to revoke Article 50.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Paddy Ashdown praised as man of ideals at Westminster Abbey service [Video]Paddy Ashdown praised as man of ideals at Westminster Abbey service

Lord Paddy Ashdown was a man for "ideals, not shabby deals", a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in honour of the former Liberal Democrat leader has heard. Tory ex-prime minister Sir John..

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Brexit: The state of the parties as Parliament is suspended [Video]Brexit: The state of the parties as Parliament is suspended

A look at how the Government and opposition benches stand after the prorogation of Parliament. It comes after Amber Rudd handed in her Conservative whip and Angela Smith joined the Liberal Democrats.

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What happens next in Parliament? [Video]What happens next in Parliament?

On September 9, the Government tabled another motion under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act which seeks to trigger an early general election. Boris Johnson failed in his bid to do the same last week. But..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:11Published

State of the parties: Berger joins Lib Dems and Jo Johnson quits [Video]State of the parties: Berger joins Lib Dems and Jo Johnson quits

A look at how the Government and Opposition benches stand after the PM's brother resigns as an MP. Former Labour MP Luciana Berger has joined the Lib Dems, bringing their total of MPs up to 16.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

A 'big girl's blouse' - UK PM Johnson taunts Corbyn on election [Video]A 'big girl's blouse' - UK PM Johnson taunts Corbyn on election

A "chlorinated chicken" and a "big girl's blouse" - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off his first questions in parliament by goading opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not backing a..

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Boris Johnson loses parliamentary majority after MP Phillip Lee defects to Lib Dems [Video]Boris Johnson loses parliamentary majority after MP Phillip Lee defects to Lib Dems

Boris Johnson loses parliamentary majority

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Ed Davey delighted Lib Dems have taken away Conservative working majority [Video]Ed Davey delighted Lib Dems have taken away Conservative working majority

Ed Davey speaks at College Green where he says he is delighted his party have claimed Phillip Lee MP from the Conservatives. The former Tory MP Dr Lee quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:32Published

Boris Johnson loses majority ahead of key vote [Video]Boris Johnson loses majority ahead of key vote

The Conservative party no longer has a majority in UK parliament after an MP defected, hours before a major Brexit vote in the House of Commons. Sam Holder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

MP Phillip Lee quits Tories to join Liberal Democrats [Video]MP Phillip Lee quits Tories to join Liberal Democrats

Conservative MP Phillip Lee has quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats. In a moment of high-drama in the Commons, Dr Lee crossed the floor while Prime Minister Boris Johnson was delivering a..

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Lib Dems: 'Boris Johnson is setting a trap, running down the clock to crash us out without a deal' [Video]Lib Dems: 'Boris Johnson is setting a trap, running down the clock to crash us out without a deal'

It's make or break week for the UK, as the country's parliament sits for the first time after the summer break. Stakes are running high as the date set for Brexit looms close. Prime Minister Boris..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 08:23Published

 

UK Liberal Democrats rule out backing opposition Labour Party

Britain' Liberal Democrat party leader Jo Swinson said on Sunday she would not back a government led by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Reuters - Published

The European Parliament gave us a glimpse of the UK's future: just good, honest, old fashioned loathing

The Lib Dems and the Brexit Party yelling at each other for hours on end is the debate Britain should have been having for the last three years
Independent - Published

Former UK Conservative lawmaker joins pro-EU liberal democrats

Britain's pro-EU Liberal Democrats said on Monday that Heidi Allen, a former lawmaker for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives, had joined their party.
Reuters - Published

Heidi Allen: Ex-Conservative MP joins Lib Dems and suggests at least 20 more 'one-nation' Tories would like to follow suit

South Cambridgeshire MP is the latest in a string of high-profile defections to Jo Swinson's party
Independent - Published

Luciana Berger: Ex-Labour MP to fight London seat for Lib Dems

Ex-Labour MP Luciana Berger will contest Finchley and Golders Green, not her current Liverpool seat.
BBC News - Published

UK Liberal Democrats to try to remove no-deal Brexit threat more quickly

Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats will seek to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit before Oct. 19 because they do not trust Prime Minister Boris Johnson to obey a law that instructs him to ask..
Reuters - Published

Brexit: Opposition MPs may need 'extra law' to prevent no-deal exit

Lib Dem deputy leader says anti no-deal bill was 'not watertight'
Independent - Published

Emily Thornberry compares Liberal Democrats to Taliban over new Brexit policy

Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna calls on shadow foreign secretary to withdraw 'inappropriate' comments over the party's Revoke policy
Independent - Published

Jo Swinson: 'We must stop Brexit'

Jo Swinson sets out the Lib Dems' stall as the "Stop Brexit" party in her first conference speech as leader.
BBC News - Published

UK Liberal Democrats face huge fight to stop Brexit: leader Swinson

Britain's Liberal Democrats face the fight of their lives to rescue the country from the negative effects of leaving the EU, party leader Jo Swinson said on Tuesday, outlining the battle for hearts and..
Reuters - Published

Liberal Democrat government would put happiness at the heart of its agenda, says Jo Swinson

In her first conference speech as leader, Jo Swinson confirms a Lib Dem administration would cancel Brexit 'on day one'
Independent - Published

Liberal Democrats will halt Brexit 'on day one' if they win parliamentary majority in snap election

Jo Swinson says she is standing as 'candidate for prime minister' in election which may come within the next few months
Independent - Published

Brexit: London could keep freedom of movement for EU citizens if Lib Dems seize control of City Hall, party's mayoral candidate says

Siobhan Benita says she will ensure the capital remains a European and global city after Brexit
Independent - Published

Lib Dems could win up to 200 seats at next election, Chuka Umunna claims

'If there is a five per cent swing towards the Liberal Democrats through the course of the campaign, 200 seats are in contention'
Independent - Published

Lib Dems will apply to rejoin EU if Brexit goes ahead, says Chuka Umunna

Boris Johnson is a peddler of hate, says Lib Dem MP
Independent - Published

Lib Dems should support UK rejoining EU if Brexit happens, Chuka Umunna says

Umunna adds he would be 'flabbergasted' if an election did not take place before Christmas
Independent - Published

Britain's Liberal Democrats formally adopt 'Stop Brexit' policy

Britain's Liberal Democrats party on Sunday toughened its anti-Brexit stance, formally adopting a policy to cancel leaving the European Union if it wins power at a national election.
Reuters - Published

Lib Dems vote to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit as official policy

Liberal Democrat members have officially endorsed revoking Article 50 without a referendum if leader Jo Swinson wins power at the next general election.
Independent - Published

UK Liberal Democrat leader says her party will not support any Brexit deal

Britain's Liberal Democrats party leader Jo Swinson said on Sunday there was no Brexit deal that her party would vote for in parliament, saying her priority was to stop Britain leaving the European..
Reuters - Published

Jo Swinson rejects accusations of allowing 'illiberal' Tory MPs to join Lib Dems as they flee over Brexit

The Liberal Democrat leader says Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are not fit to be prime minister
Independent - Published

Former Conservative minister Gyimah joins Liberal Democrats over Brexit

Former Conservative minister Sam Gyimah has joined the pro-European Union Liberal Democrat party, barely a week after being expelled from the Conservative grouping in parliament over his opposition to..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Sam Gyimah: Former Conservative minister launches blistering attack on Boris Johnson as he joins Lib Dems

A former Conservative minister has laucched a blistering attack on Boris Johnson as he left the party to join the Liberal Democrats
Independent - Published

Brexit: New Liberal Democrat MP says she expects other MPs to join Remain-backing party as deadline looms

Luciana Berger says two-party politics is 'dead' and her old party Labour will never recover its former strength
Independent - Published

Brexit: Labour MP says she would prefer to go into coalition with Farage's Brexit Party than the Lib Dems

Emma Lewell-Buck says she 'despises' Brexit Party but cannot go into league with anyone who would block EU withdrawal
Independent - Published

Colleges that refuse to become academies in England denied more than £100m a year, analysis finds

Exclusive: 'They have been left underfunded and unloved by government,' Lib Dems say
Independent - Published

Anglea Smith: Former Change UK and Labour MP joins Liberal Democrats

'At a time of national crisis, people deserve a better choice than the two old parties,' says MP
Independent - Published

Former UK Labour MP Angela Smith to join Liberal Democrats party: The Times

Angela Smith, the former UK Labour MP, will join the Liberal Democratic party, the Times newspaper reported in its Sunday edition.
Reuters - Published

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger announces she's joining the Lib Dems

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger has joined the Liberal Democrats in a boost to the pro-European party's ranks.
Independent - Published

Brexit: Cross-party group of 40 MEPs sign pledge to work together to keep EU membership on the table

The MEP delegations of Labour, Greens, Liberal Democrats, Alliance, Plaid Cymru, and the SNP will formally cooperate
Independent - Published

Lib Dem LGBT chair quits party after it lets Tory MP with poor gay rights record join

Phillip Lee ran a campaign to bar people with HIV from being able to move to the UK
Independent - Published

UK PM Johnson loses majority in parliament after lawmaker defects to Liberal Democrats

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his working majority in parliament on Tuesday when one of his Conservative lawmakers defected to the pro-European Union Liberal Democrats.
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson loses majority as Tory MP Phillip Lee crosses floor to join Lib Dems

Rebel Tory MP Philip Lee has dramatically defected to the Liberal Democrats – depriving Boris Johnson of his Commons majority.
Independent - Published

No-deal Brexit: Secret government report warning of food and medicine shortages must not be 'watered down', Liberal Democrats demand

Exclusive: Whitehall officials who compiled Operation Yellowhammer report should give evidence to MPs, say Lib Dems
Independent - Published

Lib Dems hold off SNP surge to win Shetland by-election

Beatrice Wishart becomes first ever woman to represent the island constituency
Independent - Published

Sir Vince Cable: Former Lib Dem leader to stand down at next general election

Ex-leader's announcement will spark scramble for his seat, with Chuka Umunna thought likely to be among applicants
Independent - Published

Swinson urges Corbyn to give up hopes of leading unity government if Johnson is ousted

Liberal Democrat leader demands clarity on where Labour stands on halting Brexit altogether
Independent - Published

Conservatives and Lib Dems ordered to make changes after being punished by watchdog for breaching election spending rules

Parties agree to reforms to avoid paying fine after being found to have broken rules during 2017 general election campaign
Independent - Published

Veteran UK politicians asked to lead potential anti-Brexit government

Veteran British lawmakers from the ruling Conservative and opposition Labour parties have both said they would be willing to lead an emergency government to halt a no-deal Brexit, the leader of the..
Reuters - Published

Anti-Brexit party reveals candidates for emergency UK government

The leader of the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats party said on Friday two senior lawmakers from the ruling party and opposition have indicated willingness to lead an emergency government to prevent a..
Reuters - Published

Lib Dems 'don't have objection in principle' to Corbyn as interim PM to stop no-deal Brexit

Lib Dem MP says she would support Labour leader if he could assemble Commons majority, as sources say opposition to him entering No10 is purely 'pragmatic'
Independent - Published

Brexit: Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman should be caretaker prime minister to block no-deal, say Liberal Democrats

Jo Swinson says there is 'no way' Labour leader can take on role - but some rebel Tories will meet him to discuss 'emergency government'
Independent - Published

Labour's Corbyn cannot lead a caretaker UK government: Liberal Democrat leader

Jeremy Corbyn, the veteran socialist leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, cannot run an emergency government to stop a no-deal Brexit, the head of the Liberal Democrat Party Jo Swinson said on..
Reuters - Published

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