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Powering a New Economy: How a clean energy revolution means Britain can lead the world
Click here for the transcript of this speech by Tim Farron April 2017

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  • Article: May 5, 2017

    Brentford and Isleworth Liberal Democrat spokesman, Joe Bourke has responded to news that the government has suffered a defeat in the High Court over its attempt to block publication of its strategy to tackle air pollution.

    Joe Bourke, the local Liberal Democrat candidate, said:

    "This is a dramatic defeat for the Conservative government. Ministers have used tax-payer money to try to hide proof of their environmental failures. And they have even failed there, too.

  • Cllr. Clive English at Wat Tyler Way accident hotspot
    Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Clive English

    We previously reported that following sustained pressure from Liberal Democrat Councillors the Borough Council finally set up a working group to bring forward measures to improve Maidstone's dire air quality. This group, under the Chairmanship of High Street Liberal Democrat Councillor Clive English ,will deliver its full report in June, but action based on the group's work has already begun to be taken.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Sale of Green Investment Bank "politically dubious" - Ed Davey

    Ed Davey, former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has accused the government of engaging in a "politically dubious" act announcing the controversial sale of the Green Investment Bank to an Australian bank in a cut price deal.

  • Sarah Olney and Caroline Lucas
    Article: Apr 18, 2017
    By George Miles in GLD Challenge Magazine (December 2016)

    Book review of "The Alternative (towards a progressive politics), edited by Lisa Nandy (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green), and Chris Bowers (LibDem). With contributions from members of SNP, Plaid and others.

    In Brighton at the 2016 LibDem Conference Caroline spoke not of a centrally controlled Progressive Alliance but of many alliances of progressives at many levels - local, regional, national, global. Not the old tribal politics where politicians claim their party is perfect and has all the answers and that all politicians of other parties are wrong about everything all the time. I agree with Nick.

    I tried to speed read this book to review it but couldn't; it has dozens of chapters by dozens of authors on so many subjects, including Andrew George, Andrew Simms, Carys Afoko, Chris Law, David Boyle, Duncan Brack, Frances O'Grady, Indra Adnan, John Curtice, Johnathan Edwards, Johnathan Rowson, Katie Ghose, Mhairi Black, Neal Lawson, Norman Lamb, Peter Hain, Ruth Lister, Siân Berry, Stephen Joseph, Steve Reed, Tim Farron, Uffe Elbaek, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson.

    Maybe I'll read one chapter a night.

    The Conservative Party are changing electoral boundaries to their advantage and could win the next UK parliamentary elections again with a minority of the vote if the oppositions remain squabbling and fighting: with every party standing in every seat under the unfair First Past the post system. Unless, as is happening this week in the 2016 Richmond By election some parties don't field candidates, for the greater good.

    They are against the small green progress made by LibDems Ministers in coalition, raising house insulation building regulations, encouraging sustainable green power generation etc, they're trashing our planet faster and faster for short term profits.

    Maybe by 2020 many of the disasters of Brexit (whatever that means) will have become apparent and voters will rebel against the propaganda of the cotrollers of the Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail. But billionaires will again invest millions to get their people elected.

    Would the LibDem (and Labour) constitution have to be amended to allow formal and informal pacts? If in Herefordshire we have a Libdem standing in South Herefordshire and a Green in North Herefordshire (opposing 2 Tories - Bill Wiggin and Jesse Norman) would I in the north be able to got on my bike and deliver leaflets for the green half of our alliance or would that be against party rules, would I have to drive to south Herefordshire or be expelled as a traitor?

    The 'leader' or 'chair' of a Parliamentary Progressive Alliance need not be the one with the most loyal MPs (Diane Abbott / Jeremy Corbyn / Hilary Benn / Dan Jarvis ) but could be a respected mediator like Caroline, Mhairi or even Anna Soubry!

    George Miles dicegeorge@hotmail.com

  • Article: Apr 3, 2017
    By Tim Farron MP

    In this talk, Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, gave his assessment of the UK clean energy sector and put forward the steps the Liberal Democrats will take to work towards a zero-carbon Britain.

    Powering A New Economy: How a Clean Energy Revolution Means Britain Can Lead the World

    It's a privilege to be here at Policy Exchange, following in the footsteps of the great and the good - indeed it was from this very podium that Michael Gove launched his leadership bid.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Mar 31, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Last weekend the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference voted to support Guy Verhofstadt's proposed initiative to allow Brits to keep their EU citizenship (if they want to!). Lib Dems believe that with our country split nearly 50/50 on our EU membership, it would be unfair to allow the process of leaving the EU to completely ignore the wishes of the side that narrowly lost and who want to continue with the EU.

  • Document: Mar 29, 2017
    165.89 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    GLD Constitution (March 2017)

    This document contains the Constitution of the GLD (Pages 1 to 4)

    Plus Standing Orders (Page 5) and Election Regulations (Pages 6 to 8)

    The constitution is also available as a web page at:


  • Nicholas Belfitt - Isle of Wight Libdem chair ()
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Isle of Wight County Press reports:

    "ISLE of Wight Lib Dems have taken their concerns about fracking to the party's national conference.

    Fighting fracking will be one of the party's manifesto pledges at May's Isle of Wight Council elections."

    More at: http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/fracking-a-manifesto-issue-for-isle-of-wight-lib-dems-98041.aspx

  • The hydrogen economy (http://www.green-gas.net/k-h/index.html)
    Article: Mar 22, 2017

    http://www.green-gas.net/k-h/index.html is a translation of Karl‐Heinz Tetzlaff's 2014 website

    In a hydrogen economy energy is utilised and traded at all levels only as hydrogen. In practice this means:

    • Conversion of all forms of energy into hydrogen
    • Distribution of Hydrogen to the end user via the gas grid
    • Decentralised conversion of hydrogen into electric power, heat and transport at the end user
  • Gas Flares (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Mar 22, 2017
    By Bill Powell

    Green Gas the Cinderella of energy

    by Bill Powell bill@vts16.fastmail.fm

    17/10/2016 (x) indicates a Note.

    BACKGROUND Former energy minister Ed Davey told the Liberal Democrat 2016 Spring conference that we'd continue to need gas for heating until at least 2030.

    a) I and only two other participants in the LibDem working party on energy policy had a professional engineering background. There we found that the consensus was that all UK premises could be raised to a 'Passivhaus' standard so there would be minimal need for heating. One of us suggested that there were 30 million premises (23 million residential) that would need £35,000 or so spent on each to achieve that. Multiply and the result is £1 trillion. This would not be government but private expenditure. He suggested such expenditure was unrealistic. But we were told that we were contributing to a political not an engineering document.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017
    By S. Bolter

    Green Lib Dem Fringe Event 15:00 to 18:00 17 March 2017 at York.

    INTRODUCTION Steve Bolter, (then) Vice Chair (P) Green Lib Dems

    We aim to find How to build a Pathway to a Carbon Free Britainand then to tell the Nation about it.

    Back in 2013, Lib Dem Policy Paper 109 was entitled Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain

  • Scottish Lib Dem Logo (http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs have used today's debate on the environment to brand the Scottish Government's draft climate change plan "timid and lacking ambition".

    This came after a number of critical Holyrood committee reports. The Scottish Government's draft plan failed to take account of the impact of proposed cuts in Air Passenger Duty and targets for renewable heat and transport are unambitious.

  • Mariam Mahmood - Scots LibDem Environment spokesman (Mariam Mahmood)
    Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has announced Mariam Mahmood as the new environment spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.

    Ms Mahmood, originally from Glasgow, is a student at University of St Andrews studying International Relations and joined the party after the general election in 2015. Since joining the party, Mariam has been heavily involved in campaigning for the party, including campaigning alongside Willie Rennie in the Scottish Parliament Election - taking North East Fife back from the SNP.

  • Scottish Lib Dem Logo (http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Mar 21, 2017

    We are trustees of a world, and a society, and must pass on a sustainable legacy which will benefit future generations.

    The liberal approach demands sustainability. We know there are never quick fixes that can do the job of a long term solution.

    Our belief in the empowerment of individuals is not limited to the current generation. Future generations have the same rights as we do to live their lives in the ways they choose. Climate change, pollution and the degradation of the natural world pose some of the greatest threats to the well-being and freedom of present and future generations that modern society has ever seen. We need to act at home and internationally to promote environmentally sustainable ways of doing things.

    We are internationalists because some goals are too big for nation-states to achieve on their own. Climate change and a healthy environment are two.

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Green Libby on orange flagThe Green Liberal Democrats is an Associated Organisation of the UK Liberal Democrat party

The Green Liberal Democrats (Graham Neale, Chair) Launch Carbon Free by 2050 with Tim Farron and Lynne Featherstone

We exist to:

  • Ensure that the Liberal Democrats' proud record of environmental leadership at all levels of government continues
  • Establish and develop links with the wider green movement.
  • Inform and educate party activists, policymakers, candidates and elected representatives on environmental issues.
  • Support individuals within the party who are advancing the agenda of environmental stewardship and generational justice.

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