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  • Article: May 14, 2015
    By Nick Pittarello

    Since the General Election last week, I am delighted to announce there has been a significant surge in new members joining the Party - in Warwick and Leamington we have exceeded even the stellar national performance, and have seen our membership leap by 30% in just a few days!

    To welcome our new local members, we would like to invite you to an informal gathering at the Cricketers Arms, 19 Archery Road (opposite the Victoria Park bowling greens), Leamington CV31 3PT this coming Friday 15th May at 19:30. This will be a good opportunity to drown our political sorrows, discuss the forthcoming leadership contest and plot the comeback.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Warwick & Leamington Liberal Democrats would like to extend a warm thank you to our enthusiastic local campaigner, Haseeb Arif for all the hard work he put in to this year's general election campaign. Haseeb was a very impressive and capable candidate for us, working hard with limited resources, in a difficult climate for the party. His performances at the hustings meetings were superb, where even the other candidates commented on his excellent performance! We are proud that he retained his deposit, attracting 2512 votes (5%) and beating the Green Party candidate.

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    Article: May 14, 2015

    Since polls closed on Thursday, more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    The surge continues as Liberal Democrats across the country have been fighting back and making the case for liberal values of freedom, liberty and change.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Commenting on the Conservatives' plans to introduce banning orders, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said:

    "Liberal Democrats blocked Theresa May's plans for banning orders on three different occasions.

    "If she has just re-heated her original proposals, they are ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposedly designed to solve.

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    Article: May 14, 2015

    Nick Clegg has written to Liberal Democrat members following the General Election. His letter is below:

    Dear Friends,

    I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats, given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

    But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared.

    For that, of course, I must take responsibility and therefore I announce that I will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    A leadership election will now take place according to the party's rules. Our President, Sal Brinton, will be in touch with you later on today with details of that process.

    For the last seven years it has been a privilege and an honour to lead a party of the most resilient, courageous and remarkable people.

    The Liberal Democrats are a family and I will always be extremely proud of the warmth, good grace and good humour which our political family has shown through the ups and downs of recent years.

    I want to thank every member, every campaigner, every councillor and every parliamentarian for the commitment you have shown to our country and to our party.

    It is simply heart-breaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently over so many years abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control.

    In 2011, after a night of disappointing election results for our party, one of our candidates in Edinburgh, Alex Cole-Hamilton said that if his defeat was part-payment for the ending of child detention then he accepted it with all his heart.

    Those words revealed a selfless dignity which is rare in politics but common amongst Liberal Democrats.

    We will never know how many lives we changed for the better because we had the courage to step up at a time of crisis.

    But we have done something that cannot be undone.

    Because there can be no doubt that we leave Government with Britain a far stronger, fairer, greener and more liberal country than it was five years ago.

    However unforgiving the judgement has been of the Liberal Democrats in the ballot box, I believe the history books will judge our party kindly for the service we sought to provide to the nation at a time of great economic difficultly and for the policies and values which we brought to bear on government - opportunity, fairness and liberty - which I believe will stand the test of time.

    It is no exaggeration to say that in the absence of strong and statesmanlike leadership, Britain's place in Europe and the world, and the continued existence of our United Kingdom itself, is now in grave jeopardy.

    And the cruellest irony of all is that it is exactly at this time that British liberalism - that fine, noble tradition that believes that we are stronger together and weaker apart - is more needed than ever before.

    We must keep fighting for it.

    That is both the great challenge and the great cause that my successor will have to face.

    I will always give my unstinting support to all those who continue to keep the flame of British liberalism alive.

    On the morning after the most crushing blow to the Liberal Democrats since our party was founded it is easy to imagine that there is no road back.

    But there is because there is no path to a fairer, greener, freer Britain without British liberalism showing the way.

    This is a very dark hour for our party but we cannot and will not allow decent liberal values to be extinguished overnight.

    Our party will come back. Our party will win again.

    It will take patience, resilience and grit. But that is what has built our party before - and will rebuild it again.

    Thank you, so much, for everything you have done.

    Nick Clegg

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    Article: May 14, 2015

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 54,240.

    Since polls closed on Thursday, 7296 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Newspapers from across the political divide are united in their belief Liberal Democrats have been a force for good in government.

    In their editorials, national titles recognise the Liberal Democrats achievements in government and the stability the party has brought to the country in the last five years.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg told voters, "you face the biggest political decision of your life".

    With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country unless they vote Liberal Democrat to anchor Britain to the centre ground.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Here are 12 unique policies that you will only find in the Lib Dem manifesto, none of which feature in the Labour or Conservatives' manifestos.

    You can read our full manifesto here.

    Hover over the images to find out more:

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    Article: May 14, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have outlined the six red lines that must be agreed to as part of any coalition negotiations in the next government.

    The red lines cover education, the economy, tax, health, public sector pay and the environment:

    1. Protecting education funding

    Liberal Democrats want to protect per pupil funding from nursery to 19, in real terms, by the end of the parliament.

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