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  • Menzies Campbell
    Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Responding to news that President Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran in a speech later today, newly appointed Liberal Democrat Defence spokesperson Menzies Campbell, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem said:

    "This is yet another example of Trump's boneheaded belligerence.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Oct 6, 2017

    Commenting on reports that the MoD are considering cost-cutting plans to the Royal Navy which could see HMS Albion and Bulwark taken out of service, Paddy Ashdown, former Lib Dem Leader and Royal Marine, said:

    "This is not yet a decision but it soon could be, if the government is allowed to get away with cuts which would betray the best traditions of our past and damage our ability to defend ourselves in the future.

  • Baroness Judith Jolly
    Article: Sep 17, 2017
    By Baroness Judith Jolly

    At our Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, the Liberal Democrats have voted to give our Armed Forces a pay rise - and to improve career prospects for Veterans.

    Today at our Autumn Conference the Liberal Democrats have called on the government to immediately lift the pay cap on the armed forces to address a growing recruitment crisis.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 22, 2017
    By Jo Swinson MP

    For once, sense seems to have prevailed in the White House.

    But to succeed in Afghanistan will require winning the hearts and minds of its people and working closely with neighbouring countries.

    On that front, Donald Trump has already done untold damage through his proposed refugee ban, Islamophobic comments and cack-handed approach to foreign affairs.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 29, 2017

    The Schengen Information System (SIS II) is an EU-wide database on organised criminal and terrorist suspects across 28 countries, including 35,000 people wanted under a European Arrest Warrant. It includes alerts on suspected 'foreign fighters' - people who have travelled to Syria and elsewhere to fight for ISIS.

  • Anita Day
    Article: May 14, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded an inquiry into why the Conservatives cut cyber-security support a year ago when it axed a £5.5m deal with Microsoft.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:

    "We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and dangerous threat to our cyber-security.

    "It is worrying that in Amber Rudd we have a Home Secretary in the digital age more suited to the era of analogue. This is not the first time she has looked lost in cyber-space. The government likes to look tough but this is an example of where it has left Britain defenceless. We demand to be told why."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Lib Dem Leader Tim Farronhas raised serious concerns following comments made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about the willingness of the Conservative party to back further action in Syria by the USA.

    Responding to the idea that the UK military could be deployed against Assad, Farron said:

    "Johnson's claims that Theresa May would back further intervention against Assad in Syria by the USA raise serious concerns about the Conservatives' willingness to pander to Donald Trump.

    "Assad is a brutal dictator, and the use of chemical weapons is indefensible.

    "The action taken by Donald Trump earlier this month was a necessary and proportionate response to the horrific use of chemical weapons. However, we were absolutely clear that we disagreed with the way in which he conducted it- unilaterally, without allies, outside of a wider strategy.

    "That is why the UK must not rush headlong into supporting further unilateral military action in Syria by Trump. Undermining international law and rejecting international cooperation has the potential to create instability on a global scale - seen all too clearly by the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.

  • Sharon Bowles MEP
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Sharon Bowles outlined all the uncertainty in the Government's White Paper and said that they had no mandate to drive us off a cliff if the negotiations don't turn out as people would want.

    She also talked about uncertainty around our status within the European Atomic Energy Community and said that this needed to be clarified. This was of particular interest to her as her father was an atomic engineer.

  • Policy
    Article: Feb 22, 2017
    By Neil Stockley in Liberal Democrat Voice

    At Spring Conference in York, Liberal Democrats will debate a new policy paper, Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.

    This is an important debate for Liberal Democrats, because we understand all too well the catastrophic consequences of detonating nuclear weapons. The ethical questions they raise go to the heart of our party's values: we believe that any nuclear war is morally unacceptable and must never be fought. We appreciate that as a founding signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation on Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the UK has a legal responsibility to reinvigorate international nuclear disarmament initiatives. And we have always recognised the Government's duty to protect the British people from attack and to play a full part in protecting the UK's NATO allies.