Lib Dem FightBack

18% at Local Elections - Voter Fightback but seats count

May 6, 2017
Lib Dems have topped 18% across the UK in the 2017 Local Elections, yet instead of the projected 100 gains made by some pundits, we lost seats. However this 7% swing from 2015 represents a steady fightback which will pick up key seats in Remain areas but faces a tough time from the Conservative/UKIP combination in traditional leave areas. The Tories have adopted a programme which bears striking similarity to the BNP Manifesto of 2005.


We face the most important General Election in our history and there is everything to gain for the party as the voice of the 48% and of the moderate centre left.The 1p NHS tax is a vote winner with 70% of the public.


Theresa May has shown her fragile campaigning style and her election machine might yet serve up a pyhrric victory.. The Labour Party is heading for a protracted civil war - split between a Corbyn Faction and mainstream Labour and is duplicating the fate of the Liberal Party of the 1920's.


If Liberal Democrats can reach near to 20% and make a cluster of net gains, the Party will be a long way to a springboard position in 2022 when Brexit Truth will hit both Labour and the Conservatives hard. Anti-HS2 Lib Dems have enjoyed  substantial wins such as in Aylesbury 


We will need to ensure that we target winnable seats as in 2005 to breakthrough instead of seeing voter gains wasted.


 

The Turning of the Tide

March 16, 2017
Yesterday's general election in the Netherlands shows that Liberalism is slowly turning the tide in the battle with the dark sinister global forces behind the right wing xenophobic populist surge which culminated with Brexit and the near fascist Donald Trump. Today Liberals like Justin Trudeau set an example in Canada which has now been joined by Holland. Meanwhile in Britain, Conservative plans are in disarray, with a huge u-turn on the White Van Man tax broken pledge (NIC) creating an open ...
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Why HS2's current plans are rubbish :Yorkshire needs its own HS3

March 9, 2017

Last week saw Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire attending a conference organised by Liberal Democrats which showcased ideas from Yorkshire Liberal Democrat members to challenge the proposed route and scheme for the HS2 Eastern Leg from Birmingham to Leeds.

While our party has been the first to push a viable High Speed scheme linking Scotland and England, the North and London and extending the existing High Speed link to Europe namely High Speed One, the current plans do none of these things. In ...


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Nick Clegg is partly right to back a Sheffield City HS2 Station

September 6, 2016
Nick Clegg MP has written in support of the July 7 Recommendation of the Higgins Report to move the HS2 Station in Sheffield from Meadowhall to Sheffield City Centre. Clearly train connections work better linking City Centres together with existing rail connections. Sheffield residents have seen Sheffield council spent £190,000 to lobby for a move from Meadowhall. This new recommendation delivers a substandard HS2 service to Sheffield. Only 2 trains an hour to London, make this a branch line...
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£90 Billion High Speed Disaster Looms for Yorkshire & UK

August 15, 2016


One of the Principal failings of Liberal Democrat involvement in the Coalition Government of 2010-2015 was the the failure of community minded Liberal Democrats to stand up for the 500,000 people in Rural,Suburban and Urban communities who had been our key supporters in the proposals for a High Speed Rail System. Instead of listening to Rail Industry voices like Rail Engineers HSUK & many others including our own HS1A who had taken a systemic,ecological and community minded approach to how to...
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Why Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire should oppose current HS2 plans

July 24, 2016
Fellow Liberal Democrats ! 

We have made considerable progress in reconnecting with our historic voters & especially those who voted for the Party in 2010 and rightly abandoned us after. But not enough. We have a special connection with the 48% of voters who voted to stay in the EU.But there is still an invisible barrier of trust which is holding the party making the kind of breakthrough we saw in 2005 and in 1983. One word Trust. 

There is a feeling amongst the wider electorate that Liberals w...
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How Liberal Democrats can win for the 48%

July 24, 2016




We lost a vote on June 23, but we won the argument. The Leave campaign won by lying and the Remain Campaign was dominated by half-hearted Remainers like David Cameron & Jeremy Corbyn was set up for failure from the start. Add to that an electoral roll which deliberately excluded 16 & 17 Year olds, Long Term Expats and EU Citizens in a shameful betrayal of 3 groups most affected by Brexit and most in favour of Remaining. The Liberal Democrats are the party of the 48% and must work with Remaine...
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Immigration Good but not for all. What Business can do to stay in EU

June 12, 2016


We stand on the brink of a Brexit and the real possibility of Right Wing Coup. Ultra Conservatives like Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove , Liam Fox and others are preparing to strike down the Prime Minister and form the kind of Blukip Coalition we were warning about in May 2015. Those seeking to Leave the European Union have failed to put forward the kind of 650 page prospectus offered by the SNP in 2014. They have lost the economic arguments in a tidal wave of economist, banker...
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#Libdemfightback in Newcastle University

January 28, 2016

Tim talks to a room of students – and energises the #LibDemFightback in Newcastle

Students at NUSU Tim Talks

Of all the drops in the Liberal Democrat vote in May, the drop in the 18-24 vote was harshest. From 30% of the total vote of this age group in 2010, our vote collapsed to just 5% in May. Hope springs eternal in Newcastle, though – and we were delighted to welcome our leader, Tim Farron, in hosting a ‘Talk to Tim’ event at the New...


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Defeating ISIS, standing by France

November 14, 2015
In the aftermath of the shocking ISIS attacks that have killed 127 people in Paris, it is now time for Britain to show a strong signal to the world, our allies France, NATO and the USA and fellow combatants against ISIS , Russia and Iran that Britain will oppose and defeat this vile mass murder and the ideology which under pins it.



Up to now we Liberal Democrats at Libdemfightback have while supporting legal Airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq , since September have  questioned the legality, utili...
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