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Northampton Liberal Democrats currently have 2 Councillors on Northampton Borough Council and 6 on Northamptonshire County Council.

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Tim Farron M.P. Leader of The Liberal Democrats

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  • Thorplands Lake August 2015
    Article: Aug 17, 2015

    Thorplands Lake

    Reduced flow of water to the Eastern District lake system is on course to cause a serious health hazard for people living near by, according to a report commissioned by Southfields Residents Association. The reduced flow means pollution entering the area from industrial activity is no longer being diluted and washed away.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2015
    By national liberal democrats

    Key Fight BackNew Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today launched his seven campaigning priorities for Parliament.

    These priorities cross traditional department boundaries and Tim will be able to draw on the talents and expertise of multiple spokespeople to push this agenda.

    To ensure the party's concerns are echoed on the ground, he has appointed a Parliamentary Campaigns Team.

  • Obama & Cameron
    Article: Aug 5, 2015
    By national liberal democrats

    As President Obama's announcement of a clean power plan was hailed as the strongest action on climate change by a US president, Tim Farron has found the Conservatives' plans regressive.

    Commenting on President Obama's clean energy plan, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "We have seen today how President Obama is committed to bringing in measures to tackle climate change, yet David Cameron is insistent on setting about dismantling the Coalition's green legacy.

    "Our own Prime Minister seems intent on rolling back the green agenda championed by Liberal Democrats in Coalition and it reflects his arrogant and lackadaisical attitude to climate change.

    "In America they are seeking to boost investment in wind and solar technology, but in the UK the Government is slashing support for these very same renewable energy sources.

    "Liberal Democrats will fight tooth and nail against these short sighted, ideological cuts to the programmes that we fought for in Government."

  • Energy Saving
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    By national liberal democrats

    In a huge blow to Britain's Green industry, the Conservatives have announced they will end all Government funding to the Green Deal - a programme set up by the Liberal Democrats in Coalition that helps people make their homes more energy efficient.

    Tim Farron has condemned the new policy, saying:

    "Today's news is yet another blow for green industry and British jobs. The Conservatives claim they want to tackle climate change, but this is further evidence they don't care about the environment.

  • You are a Liberal
    Article: Jul 20, 2015
    By national liberal democrats
  • Article: Jul 16, 2015
    By national liberal democrats
    Liberal Democrats could pave the way for 16-year-olds to vote in local council elections as David Cameron is expected to face a further defeat in the House of Lords on Wednesday.

    Lib Dem peers have tabled an amendment to the Government's 'Cities' Bill to give under-18s the right to choose their local councillors.

    Labour is expected to support the amendment, which would mean yet another defeat for the Government in the second chamber.

    The move is part of the party's wider campaign to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the EU Referendum and General Elections.


    Liberal Democrat Constitutional Spokesperson Lord Tyler said:

    "There is no reason to deny 16 and 17-year olds the right to vote. They are subject to all the laws of the land and pay taxes as the rest of us.

    "They can become company directors, get married and join the army. They are full members of society and should be treated as such when it comes to voting.

    "The Scottish Referendum showed that 16 and 17-year-olds are more than capable of taking part in the democratic process, this right should now
    be extended to those young people in England and Wales.

    "This is an important first step in the Liberal Democrat fight to make sure 16-year-olds have the vote in the EU Referendum and General Elections.

    "Conservative cuts will hit young people the hardest - it is only fair they get the chance to have their say on these measures."

  • Votes @ 16
    Article: Jun 24, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    The EU Referendum Bill will pave the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and yet the Government has not proposed any extension in the election franchise to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote.

    16 year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote.

    16 and 17 year-olds were able to vote in last years Scottish Referendum and this helped add life to the campaign. When it comes to a referendum on our future in Europe and the World then Liberal Democrats believe that those who will build that future should also have their say.

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    Article: Jun 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

    "The need for us to secure the greatest amount of renewable electricity as part of our energy mix is more important now than ever before.

    "This Conservative commitment was wrong to make it in the first place, it is being delivered in the wrong way and the result will be the wrong one for the renewable energy sector and for the future of our planet."

  • Article: Jun 10, 2015

    The Referendum - who can and can't vote?

    June 9, 2015 11:02 AM
    By Jon Danzig in British Influence

    EU Franchise

    Citizens from over 70 nations will be able to vote in the UK referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. But most European Union nationalities will be excluded.

    A spokesman for the British Prime Minster said:

  • key_Charles_Kennedy.jpg
    Article: Jun 3, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.

    He led the Liberal Democrats to our party's greatest electoral successes and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country against the invasion of Iraq.

    Commenting on his death, Nick Clegg has said: "He always remained modest about his huge achievements. Whenever I asked him for advice, he was unfailingly kind and wise. Most of all, I will never forget the pride and love with which he would talk about his own family, most especially his devotion to his son Donald. My heart goes out to his sister and brother and to Sarah and Donald at this tragic time."

    The Liberal Democrats, and many more outside the party, will never forget him.

    A book of condolence for Charles can be signed here.

    Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy:

    "With that cheeky smile, highland voice and a few simple words Charles Kennedy captured the political hearts of the nation. Charles had a unique combination of political talent and public affection. He had a healthy disdain for policy detail but had highly tuned political instincts.

    "He was in his element on the campaign trail - stealing the show in a TV debate on independence, a joust with opponents in a public meeting in Portree or greeting people on streets of Dunfermline. His wise counsel and gentle encouragement is something I especially valued. I will miss him so much."

    Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy.

    "We are all immensely sad to hear of this devastating news. You would struggle to meet a kinder man than Charles. He was a man who had time for everybody; a real people person and that made him stand out from all the rest. He will always be remembered for his warm personality and brilliant quick wit.

    "Charles was a giant in our party. He was robust, sincere and passionate. Never will I be more proud of our party than when Charles us led from the front in our opposition to the Iraq war. This wasn't a decision taken lightly, yet Charles was a man of principle and did what he knew was right. The party owes him a great gratitude for the position he took and the bravery he showed.

    "Above all else, our thoughts go out to Charles' family at this very difficult time."