• Article: Mar 15, 2019

    Last year, party conference in Southport agreed a strategy to transform the party into a movement.

    In September, Vince laid out his suggestions for how our party could change toward that goal. At the heart of his proposals was the concept of creating a new supporter scheme.

    However, all our policies are decided by our members not our leader - and therefore this weekend at our party's spring conference, our members will be voting on the Lib Dem Supporter Scheme, and deciding what rights supporters will have.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    On Saturday afternoon, conference will be voting on a package of reforms first announced by Vince Cable back in September. These reforms propose creating an official supporters' scheme to the party - and giving these new supporters new rights. This motion has a complex collection of votes attached to it - and here to marshal us through them is frequent conference goer and constitutional nerd, Will Dyer.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    This has been a dramatic week in Parliament with Theresa May's Brexit proposals heavily defeated, and a very clear statement that a 'no deal' Brexit must be avoided. It is now clear that Brexit will be postponed, and very possibly stopped.

    The future is very uncertain but despite Labour's continued prevarication, there is still a real chance of securing a People's Vote and, indeed, of stopping Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    I am fuming.

    After Parliament has made clear that they are incapable of agreeing on Brexit, the Labour leadership whipped their MPs to abstain on giving the people the final say.

    Every Labour MP who did not vote for a People's Vote tonight have betrayed their members, betrayed their voters and betrayed remainers.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2019

    Brexit latest

    This has been a big week for Brexit. But, then, every week is big.

    With 14 days to go before Brexit Day, the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement was massively defeated for a second time on this occasion by 149 votes rather than 230. I don't think even the Prime Minister saw that as progress.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2019

    Is anyone getting deja vu?

    It's like January all over again. Theresa May's been beaten again, her botched Brexit deal failing by 391 votes to 242. Parliament's verdict on the PM's deal is abundantly clear, and has been for months - the deal is a flop.

    We can't let Theresa May kick the can down the road again. Parliament must not be bullied into voting for a deal that leaves people worse off.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    On the 8th March, it's international women's day.

    To celebrate this, we want to introduce you to some amazing Lib Dem Women. Women who are a vital part of our Lib Dem campaigns across the country and women who are making a difference in their communities.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    On Friday, we will proudly celebrate International Women's Day. A day to honour the trailblazers, disruptors and advocates boldly challenging misogyny and oppression in all its forms.

    Over the last few years, there has been a palpable cultural shift in our approach to gender inequality. As a society, we are making significant strides in the battle against gender oppression.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    This week, I presented my Bill to Parliament to require all school uniforms to be gender neutral.

    From the day a child starts primary school, boys are put in shorts and trousers, and girls in skirts and dresses.

    Gendered uniform policies send a message that boys, in their more practical clothes, should be running around and playing sport, and girls should not.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019

    Yesterday in Parliament, I put forward a bill to improve mental health care for new mothers.

    NHS health check-ups 6 weeks after birth are already routine. But it's about time they included mental health. Currently, almost half of new mothers who experience mental health problems don't receive any help or treatment. Many don't even have their issues identified by a professional. It's extremely worrying.