Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Farron denies Lib Dems are being squeezed in election campaign

Farron denies Lib Dems are being squeezed in election campaign

The Lib Dems also say they will end the "anomaly" which sees Police Scotland charged Value-Added Tax despite regional forces in England and Wales escaping the charge.

Priorities for the party's nine MPs will be to protect rights of EU and United Kingdom citizens, including simplifying the citizenship process, and to campaign for continued membership of single market and customs union.

Tim Farron's Liberal Democrats have launched their election plans with a commitment to a second vote on Brexit and a budget led by the legalisation of cannabis.

"I worked with residents locally to oppose plans to scrap the direct train from Seaford to London and handed over 3,000 signatures to the Prime Minister in December calling for Southern Rail to be sacked".

May has vowed to press ahead with Brexit, saying she was prepared to take Britain out of the European Union even if no deal with the bloc could be struck, while Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the issue has been settled.

The Liberal Democrat leader said he is "pro-choice now and I was pro-choice then" when asked about an interview with a Salvation Army publication in 2007 in which he reportedly condemned the method of terminating a pregnancy.

In addition to repeating pledges made in the party's 2015 manifesto to establish a statutory 70% recycling target in England and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90% of homes, the Lib Dems now also want to introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups.

The main opposition Labour party has 31 percent while the Lib Dems lag behind on nine percent, according to the survey of 1,630 people.

Fighting Brexit, banning diesel cars and helping young people buy their first home through rent payments are among the key policies in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

Legalising cannabis, restricting junk food advertising to children, and suspending the use of bee-harming insecticides called neonicotinoids are also featured in the party's manifesto. We must now support the Liberal Democrats to continue that wider campaign; a Tory Brexit undermines the existence of the Britain we believe in, not to mention the very existence of the UK.

He also later told Nursing Times that the decrease in the number of mental health nurses since 2010 would be reversed in part by the increase in pay the party had pledged for public sector workers, as it would help to recuirt and retain more staff.

The manifesto's spending plans would mean borrowing £5bn more than the government plans to in 2018-19 and £14bn more in 2019-20 for day-to-day spending.

She said: "We've always been a party that has looked beyond just Britain's shores".

'We want to give all our children a brighter future in a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

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