Tim Farron to host urgent summit on unaccompanied refugee children

An urgent summit to discuss unaccompanied asylum seeking children who have fled conflict, poverty and persecution will be chaired by leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron.

Liberal Democrats have been pressing the Government to take 3000 orphaned child refugees who have reached European shores.

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Tim Farron’s message for Chinese New Year

Here is Tim Farron’s message to welcome the Year of the Monkey:

It is with great pleasure that I wish UK’s Chinese diaspora communities a very Happy Lunar New Year on the advent of the Year of the Monkey!

I am delighted that ties between UK and China have strengthened and deepened over the years and am deeply appreciative of the many contributions the Chinese living in the UK have made to our economy, enriching our local communities.

I am particularly proud that we have a British Chinese candidate from my party standing in the Mayoral and London Assembly elections this May. I therefore ask for your support and vote for the Liberal Democrats to elect the first British Chinese London Assembly candidate this May.

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Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #449

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 449th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere (including for this week only a little glimpse of blogging beyond the LibDem universe)… Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (31st January – 7th February, 2016), together with a hand-picked quintet, you might otherwise have missed.

Don’t forget: you can sign up to receive the Golden Dozen direct to your email inbox — just click here — ensuring you never miss out on the best of Lib Dem blogging.

As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

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

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

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EURef: Remind friends and relatives abroad to register to vote

Many of us have family members or friends abroad.  British citizens who emigrate, whether permanently or temporarily, retain their right to vote for 15 years.  They need to register like all voters.

There is a lot at stake for British people abroad in the EU referendum.

For the 2.2m British citizens living, working or studying in other EU states there is the obvious point that if we leave the EU they lose their rights to be there.  They would be exposed to risks such as having to leave, not being able to work, having to apply for a visa, having to pay …

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Tim Farron’s speech to Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference

Tim had already been in Cardiff once last week, campaigning with AM Eluned Parrott in Cardiff, and he was back yesterday. After he left, he went to East Dunbartonshire before returning home to Cumbria. You can’t accuse him of not putting the work in. He’s certainly setting a good example.

Here is his speech in full. He encompassed many of the themes around community and public services that had been much mentioned, but also spoke about flooding, climate change and Europe.

He also had a big plea to activists – get out on the doors again, because “where we work we win” is working again.


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Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference open thread #4: The sex education motion

Welcome to the final open thread of this year’s Welsh Conference. The motion is printed in full at the end of this article.

Cadan ab Tomos proposes the motion, telling the story of why the 18 references to sex caused the Assembly’s porn filters to have a hissy fit.

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