Cllr Robert Vint, who was the sole Green Party Councillor on Devon County Council, as well as being a member of South Hams District Council and Totnes Town Council, has joined the Liberal Democrats. As a result, the LibDem county council group now has 10 members, and the LibDem group on South Hams District Council has four members and becomes the second biggest group on the council.
At the end of last week, two leading financial forecasting organisations predicted that the UK economy is at the beginning of a turndown that looks worse than that which followed the banking crisis in 2008. This time of course, whilst there will be some effect throughout the EU and wider, the epicentre of the crisis will be the UK. In 2008 the Government was able to put in place measures to keep the UK economy competitive when compared to our main economic rivals. This time the cause of the crisis is centred in the UK suggesting this downturn will be worse and more far reaching than 2008.
Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement that George Osborne is to abandon his fiscal rule and called on the Government to move Government spending to a 'war footing' to combat the impact of a Brexit Recession.
The Liberal Democrat shave long said the fiscal rule would restrict growth, but it's impacts would be even more severe given the impact of a Brexit vote. They said that now is the time to dramatically increase spending on infrastructure to boost the economy.
Tim Farron and Caroline Pidgeon visited the Polish centre in London today to show solidarity with the Polish community and to make clear that xenophobic attacks it suffered recently will not be tolerated.
The attack on the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith was just one of numerous racist and xenophobic incidents reported in the week since the Brexit vote. The Liberal Democrat leader and London Assembly member were given a tour and met numerous people from the London Polish community, as well as staff from the Polish embassy.
Tim Farron said: "We must send the message that racist thugs cannot get away with intimidating any of the diverse communities of the UK. One of Britain's great strengths is its mix of cultures, and despite the referendum result we must ensure that all citizens are made to feel safe.
"Some of the racist campaign posters and disgusting claims by Nigel Farage and co in the referendum campaign have unleashed something very dangerous, as I warned at the time. This has led to some thinking that racist behaviour is acceptable. It isn't, and Nigel Farage shares the blame for making our streets less safe."
The Polish centre has been inundated with flowers, cards and messages of goodwill since the attack.
"The excellent people who staff this centre have taken great comfort from the support they have received from Britons up and down the country. The centre is a hugely impressive space and welcomes other communities into its heart. On my visit a local primary school was using its theatre to practice for a play. It is multi-cultural Britain at its best and must be protected."
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has today demanded that EU nationals residing in the UK are given complete assurances that they will have the right to stay in the UK indefinitely.
The Prime Minister has said that whilst negotiations are ongoing the status of EU nationals in the UK will not change, something repeated by the Home Secretary in her leadership launch yesterday. But the future status of these people is not clear beyond any renegotiation period, leading to uncertainty.
Someone has joined the Lib Dems every single minute since the referendum result including many in Exeter. Our assumptions about institutionalised British values of equality, freedom, liberty and justice have been rocked as the refendum represented a tipping point to the instincts of fear, insularity and division.
Commenting on the surge in Lib Dem party membership in recent days, local party chair Hugh Janes said, "An impromptu coffee morning was held on Saturday 2nd July to welcome new members to the Plymouth Liberal Democrats. In just one week since the EU referendum result there has been a rise over a quarter in the number of people in the party locally. People have joined from different parts of the city, are of various ages and backgrounds and, significantly, several have left the Labour and Conservative parties to join us.
"Far from being Bush's passenger, Blair was his co-pilot in taking this catastrophic decision which has destabilised Iraq, provided the hotbed for Daesh and tarnished Britain's reputation around the word."
"Daesh has arisen from the complete absence of any post conflict planning by the government.
"Charles Kennedy's judgement has been vindicated in every respect. I hope those in the Labour and Conservative parties who were so forceful in their criticism of him and the Liberal Democrats at the time are equally forceful in their acknowledgements today that he was right. An absence of scrutiny by the Conservative party opened the door for Blair and the Labour Government to pursue a counter-strategic, ill-resourced campaign.