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Liberal Democrat membership tops 80,000

Sal Brinton, the Lib Dem President, has announced that party membership has topped 80,000, with 1000 people joining the Liberal Democrats since Theresa May’s speech announcing that the Tories are going for the most extreme, hard Brexit that they can. 500 people have joined in the last 24 hours since Jeremy Corbyn signalled a 3-line whip for Labour MPs to vote for the triggering of Article 50.

Sal said:

The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government and it is great to welcome so many new members.

For those who oppose Theresa May’s plans to rip Britain out of

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Rod Cantrill is the Lib Dem candidate for Cambridgeshire Mayor

Cambridge City Councillor Rod Cantrill has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire.

From the Ely Standard:

Cllr Cantrill, who has lived in Cambridgeshire for over 30 years, has a background in finance. He has run his own financial consulting business since 2003 and was first elected as a city councillor in 2004.

In June’s EU referendum he was a key figure in a leading local cross-party Remain campaign working with Labour, Conservative and Green campaigners to fight for what he believed was best for our county and our country.

He said: “Our area has many opportunities for growth

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Victory for Liberal Democrats in fight to strengthen Victims’ Code

The Government has agreed to back Sal Brinton’s calls for a strengthened Victims’ Code following a hard fought campaign by our Party President.

During ping-pong of the Policing and Crime Bill the Government made concessions on the principles of Sal Brinton’s amendments which put the discretionary Victims’ Code on to a statutory footing. The current situation sees thousands of victims let down every day because of inconsistent and unenforced practice by those in the criminal justice system.

The Government has now agreed to a review of support for victims reporting back within six months, including consultation with victims groups and others. It also agreed to strengthen, through legislation, anything necessary for the agencies dealing with victims to ensure they fulfil their duties, are appropriately trained and monitored in the delivery of their support for victims.

Sal Brinton said:

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Farron: There is no democratic mandate for a hard brexit

Tim Farron confirmed that Liberal Democrat MPs will vote against the triggering of Article 50 unless the Government agrees to a referendum on the final deal.

He added that Liberal Democrat peers would submit amendments calling for a referendum.

He was speaking to Andrew Neil on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

Here are ac couple of clips:

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Tim Farron doing LBC phone in at 6pm tonight

Tim Farron will be taking calls from listeners on Iain Dale’s LBC show this evening. As the Tories and Labour seem to linking arms and heading off to Hard Brexit land together, Tim will know doubt be showing off what a proper opposition leader does.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 bestMany thanks to the 16,400  visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

This is how to respect the referendum result (89 comments) by Rob Parsons

Vince Cable calls for an end to EU free movement (145 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Farage’s legacy and continental populist laws put EU expats in UK in impossible quandary (28 comments) by Bernard Aris

Why we need UKIP in the fight for electoral reform (44 comments) by Ben Andrew

Tim Farron’s New Year Message – Don’t shrug your shoulders, get involved (21 comments) by Tim Farron

Willie Rennie’s New Year Message – Lib Dems THE pro UK, pro EU progressive party (20 comments) by Willie Rennie

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The first Lib Dem GAIN of 2017

Good news from Ilkley where, last night, we gained a Parish Council seat in the Ilkley South ward from the Greens. Congratulations to Mark Stidworthy. The result was:

Liberal Democrats 429

Labour                       171

Very well done to the campaign team who kept the momentum going through the festive period, which is particularly difficult to do. 

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