'Barista visas' proposal shows May must wake up and smell the coffee

baristaCommenting on reports the Government is looking at proposals to introduce 'barista visas' for european citizens after Brexit, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said, "Barista visas sounds like a piece of political satire, but tragically this is actually being taken seriously by our Brexit government.

Govt fiddling figures to try to make case for grammar schools

tim Farron school croppedCommenting ahead of Justine Greening's speech on working families and the education system, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron, said: "The government are fiddling the figures, pure and simple to make their case for a discredited grammar schools plan."

Biggest rise in food prices in three years from Brexit squeeze

susan kramer croppedFood prices saw the biggest increase for three years in the year to March, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

Food and drink prices rose by 1.2% and overall consumer inflation remained at 2.3%. Meanwhile wage growth is expected to slow, leaving people worse off in real terms.

Adult social care crisis reveals appalling failure of government

norman lamb croppedCommenting on reports that more than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, said: "This is an appalling failure by the government. The NHS and the care system is lurching from crisis to crisis.

Increasing homophobic brutality in Russia horrifying

lib dems at pride 16Commenting on reports that Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesman for East Surrey Cllr David Lee said:

“These reports from Chechnya are truly horrifying, and represent an extreme manifestation of increasing homophobic brutality and intolerance in Putin’s Russia.