Article: Apr 11, 2017
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has renewed his call for Theresa May to return from holiday to take charge of the worsening international crisis surrounding Syria, rather than leaving the accident-prone Boris Johnson to negotiate with allies he has previously insulted.
Tim Farron said:
"Boris Johnson is reportedly struggling to persuade countries such as Germany, France and Italy to agree to sanctions on Russia. The arguments are complex. But the difficulties the Foreign Secretary is experiencing should underline to this Conservative Brexit government the importance of working with our European partners rather than lecturing and insulting them.
"It is time Theresa May returned to Downing Street to take charge, rather than allowing the court jester to become the crown prince.
"Sanctions are an important way of putting pressure on Russia, but they should not distract us from the urgent humanitarian need to protect large numbers of innocent people threatened with death in this barbarous, brutal civil war. For this we must continue to work for a united response, from the G7 and regional powers."
Article: Feb 14, 2017
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.
This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."
Article: Feb 10, 2017
Tim Farron writes to Theresa May to secure renewed commitment to taking 3000 unaccompanied child refugees
Yesterday during your statement on the Informal European Council I asked you if you would guarantee that your Government would continue to take unaccompanied child refugees from Europe under the Dubs scheme (section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016). Your failure to give this reassurance in your response yesterday was concerning and I hope that in your response to this letter you can clarify the Government's position on the Dubs scheme.
Article: Jan 30, 2017
Theresa May has been urged not to "roll out the red carpet" for Donald Trump after he was invited to Britain on a State visit.
As the government indicated it would ignore a huge petition calling for Mrs May to withdraw her invitation to Mr Trump, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "The government is ignoring millions of ordinary British people and their revulsion that Donald Trump will receive the red carpet treatment.
Article: Jan 26, 2017
Theresa May has been urged to "look Trump in the eye" and stand up to some of the US President's most controversial stances.
The Prime Minister is preparing to meet Mr Trump for the first time.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "The Prime Minister has said strong words about the American President from the safety of Westminster with a cheering mob of Tory MPs behind her, so my message is this: will you look Trump in the eye and say the same thing you've said here?
Article: Nov 25, 2016
Today MEPs have voted for tough measures to combat the growing trade in illegal wildlife products which is destroying the planet's ecosystem.
The report by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder makes the following recommendations to tackle wildlife trafficking:
- Minimum prison sentences for wildlife traffickers across the EU by listing wildlife crime as a "serious crime" in accordance with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
Article: Nov 8, 2016
Paddy Ashdown today slammed Theresa May's hardline stance on immigration and her "shambolic" trip to India, as he accompanied the party's Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election candidate Sarah Olney to a curry restaurant in the constituency.
The pair spoke with the owner and head chef of the Roz Ana restaurant in Kingston about its problems recruiting chefs from abroad and the impact of Brexit on rising food prices.