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Liberal Democrats

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Liberal Democrats

Social liberal political party in the United Kingdom, supporting constitutional and electoral reform, progressive taxation, environmentalism, human rights laws, banking reform and civil liberties add

Category: Politics

Founded in 1893.

Countries: United Kingdom (85%), (3%), UK (3%)

Main connections: Vince Cable, Tim Farron, Nick Clegg

Linked to: Conservative Party, Labour Party, European Parliament, Liberal Party

 

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1918

Having declined to third party status after the rise of the Labour Party from 1918 and especially during the 1920s, the Liberals were challenged for this position in the 1980s when a group of Labour MPs broke away and established the Social Democratic Party add something


1920

In the 1920s, the Labour Party permanently replaced the Liberals as the largest opponent of the Conservative Party add something


1958

Brian Paddick - "'Brian Leonard Paddick"' is a British politician, and was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London mayoral election, 2012

 

David Howarth - "'David Ross Howarth"' is a British Liberal Democrat politician who was Member of Parliament for Cambridge from 2005 to 2010


1959

Charles Kennedy - "'Charles Peter Kennedy"' is a British Liberal Democrat politician, who led the Liberal Democrats from 9 August 1999 until 7 January 2006 and is currently a Member of Parliament for the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency


1970

Richard Dawkins - Dawkins has described himself as a Labour voter in the 1970s and voter for the Liberal Democrats since the party's creation

 

Nicholas Parsons - Parsons has long supported Liberal Democrats and was invited to stand as a Liberal candidate for Yeovil in the 1970's, but he turned down the opportunity to remain in the entertainment industry


1972

Danny Alexander - "'Daniel Grian Alexander"' is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been Chief Secretary to the Treasury since 2010


1979

William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire - He was co-author of the 1979 Liberal and 1997 Liberal Democrat election manifestos


1980

Clegg admitted that the party had taken "big knocks" due to a perception that the coalition government had returned to the Thatcherism of the 1980s add something


1983

The two parties had their own policies and emphases, but produced a joint manifesto for the 1983 and 1987 general elections add something

 

Peter Thurnham - He was Member of Parliament for Bolton North East from 1983 to 1997, originally as a Conservative before resigning to become an independent in February 1996 and a Liberal Democrat in October 1996


1984

Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland - Cary succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1984 and sat in the House of Lords with the Social Democratic Party, later joining the Liberal Democrats


1987

Following disappointing results in the 1987 election, Steel proposed to merge the two parties add something

 

The vote percentage for the Alliance in 1987 and the Lib Dems in 2005 is similar, yet the Lib Dems won 62 seats to the Alliance's 22 add something

 

Mark Hunter (politician) - Mark Hunter ran as the Liberal candidate in Ashton under Lyne in the 1987 general election, and as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Stockport in the 2001 general election

 

The new party was initially named "'Social and Liberal Democrats"' with the unofficial short form "The Democrats" being used from September 1987 add something


1988

The party was formed in 1988 by a merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party add something

 

Ian Wrigglesworth - After the merger of SDP and the Liberals, Wrigglesworth was elected the first President of the new Social and Liberal Democrats in 1988 and served a tumultuous two year term as President where he helped to guide the new party through a financial crisis, its disastrous showing in the 1989 European Parliamentary election and its change in name to the Liberal Democrats

 

Ian Wrigglesworth - In 1988 he became the first President of the Liberal Democrats and was Chairman of the Liberal Democrat Trustees until February 2012 when he became National Treasurer

 

Although opposed by Owen, it was supported by a majority of members of both parties, and they formally merged in March 1988, with Steel and Robert Maclennan as joint interim leaders add something

 

The then-serving Liberal MP Paddy Ashdown was elected leader in July 1988 add something


1989

A new party logo, the "Bird of Liberty", was adopted in 1989 add something

 

Sajjad Karim - He later joined the Liberal Democrats in 1989

 

Cyril Smith - In his later years as an MP Smith opposed an alliance with the Social Democratic Party, however he remained a Liberal Democrat after 1989

 

David Penhaligon - Penhaligon's widow wrote his biography in 1989; his son Matthew is an active member of the Liberal Democrats who was the party's candidate for the Mayoralty of Hackney in May 2006


1990

The Lib Dems did not reach the share of national votes in the 1990s that the Alliance had achieved in the 1980s add something

 

Ken Hargreaves - In 1990 Hargreaves founded the Movement for Christian Democracy with Liberal Democrat MP David Alton and served as Vice-Chairman

 

Ann Widdecombe - In 1990, following the assassination of the Conservative politician Ian Gow by the Provisional Irish Republican Army , the Eastbourne by-election for his seat in the House of Commons was won by the Liberal Democrat David Bellotti

 

Archibald Sinclair, 1st Viscount Thurso - In the 1990s, his grandson, John Thurso, entered politics and has sat since 2001 as the Liberal Democrat MP for his grandfather's seat, now called Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross


1991

Ian Wrigglesworth - Wrigglesworth was knighted in 1991 and although he has been active in the business community in the North East since that time he has retained his involvement with the Liberal Democrats


1992

Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath - After inheriting the Marquessate of Bath from his father in 1992 sat in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat

 

Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler - After the SDP's merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats, Brocklebank-Fowler contested the South Norfolk constituency at the 1992 general election, but once again finished second

 

Sharon Bowles - In the 1992 and 1997 general election she was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Aylesbury constituency


1993

Willie Rennie - He went on to work for the Liberal Democrats' campaigns department, and was the successful agent in the 1993 Christchurch by-election in Dorset


1994

In Europe, the party sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe political group, which favours further strengthening the EU. The group's leader for seven and a half years was the South West England MEP Graham Watson, who was the first Liberal Democrat to be elected to the European Parliament when he won the old Somerset and North Devon constituency in 1994 add something

 

In the 1994 European Elections, the party gained its first two Members of European Parliament add something

 

"The Liberal Democrats did not have representation in the European Parliament prior to 1994 add something

 

David Laws - He left in 1994, to take up the role of economic adviser to the Liberal Democrats, on a salary of £15,000 per year

 

Mick Bates (politician) - In 1994 Bates became involved in local politics as a Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Dyffryn Banw, where he started a community regeneration scheme as Chairman of the Llanfair Town Forum, which successfully obtained Market Towns Initiative status

 

Chris Huhne - The previous MP for the constituency, David Chidgey, was a Liberal Democrat who won his seat in what was historically a Conservative area in a by-election in 1994 following the death of Stephen Milligan

 

Following the election of Tony Blair as Labour leader in July 1994 after the death of his predecessor John Smith, Ashdown pursued co-operation between the two parties because he wanted to form a coalition government should the next general election end without any party having an overall majority add something


1997

The increase in their number of seats in 1997, 2001 and 2005 was attributed to the weakness of the Conservatives and the success of their election strategist Lord Rennard add something

 

This Lib-Lab pact failed to form because Labour's massive majority after the 1997 general election made it an irrelevance for Labour, and because Labour were not prepared to consider the introduction of proportional representation and other Lib Dem conditions add something

 

Fiona Jones - After complaints by the Liberal Democrats, the police launched an investigation into her spending at the 1997 election campaign

 

Tim Rathbone - After losing his seat to the Liberal Democrats in the 1997 general election he became chairman of Sponsorship Consultancy Ltd. and in August 1998, was expelled from the Conservative Party by William Hague for his support of the breakaway Pro-Euro Conservative Party

 

Robin Cook - As Joint Chair of the Labour-Liberal Democrat Joint Consultative Committee on Constitutional Reform, Cook brokered the 'Cook-Maclennan Agreement' that laid the basis for the fundamental reshaping of the British constitution outlined in Labour's 1997 General Election manifesto

 

Louise Mensch - By 1997 she had returned to the Conservatives, helped her mother, Daphne, win a seat in East Sussex County Council from the Liberal Democrats. and campaigned in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 general elections

 

Irvine Patnick - He left politics after he lost his seat in the 1997 general election to the Liberal Democrat Richard Allan

 

Terry Marsh (boxer) - However, when Labour announced they would have a female-only short-list for Basildon, he stood for the Liberal Democrats at the 1997 General Election, but was forced to withdraw from the contest, as he was charged with fraud and deception for allegedly having fraudulently claimed two student grants after going back to university at the end of his boxing career


1998

Nick Clegg - Clegg was selected as the lead Liberal Democrat euro-candidate for the East Midlands in 1998, and was first tipped as a politician to watch by Paddy Ashdown in 1999


1999

Elections to the newly created National Assembly for Wales took place for the first time in 1999 and saw the Liberal Democrats take six seats in the inaugural Assembly, with Welsh Labour winning a plurality of seats in the assembly, but not enough to win an outright majority add something

 

From the 17 elected in 1999, they retained this number in 2003 and went down one to 16 in 2007 add something

 

The first elections for the Scottish parliament were held in 1999 and resulted in the Liberal Democrats forming a coalition government with Labour from its establishment until 2007 add something

 

Tim Farron - He was a Liberal Democrat candidate for the North West region in the 1999 European Parliament elections

 

Colin Sharman, Baron Sharman - In 1999 he entered as "'Baron Sharman"', of Redlynch in the County of Wiltshire the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer

 

Chris Rennard, Baron Rennard - Rennard was created a life peer on 21 July 1999 as "'Baron Rennard"', of Wavertree in the County of Merseyside, and was introduced in the House of Lords on 27 July 1999, where he sits on the Liberal Democrat benches


2000

Mark Williams (politician) - In February 2000, after a spell as President of Ceredigion Liberal Democrats, Williams was selected to fight the Ceredigion seat in the by-election caused by the resignation of Cynog Dafis

 

In October 2000, following a series of close votes, the parties formed a coalition that saw the Liberal Democrat leader in the assembly, Michael German, become the Deputy First Minister add something


2001

William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire - In 2001 he became the Liberal Democrats' main frontbench spokesperson in the House of Lords on Foreign Affairs and in November 2004 was elected joint Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Peers

 

Martin Horwood - In 2001 he stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Cities of London & Westminster

 

Mark Williams (politician) - In that by-election the Liberal Democrats rose back into second place, and in the general election of 2001 consolidated that second, and were just 3,944 votes behind Plaid Cymru

 

Ludovic Kennedy - Kennedy resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2001, citing the incompatibility of his pro-voluntary euthanasia views with those of the Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy who is a Roman Catholic


2002

George Monbiot - His uncle, Canon Hereward Cooke, was the Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Norwich City Council between 2002 and 2006

 

Mary Creagh - In 2002 Creagh instigated an investigation into cronyism in the appointment the Islington Council Chief Executive by five Liberal Democrats councillors

 

Nick Griffin - He was invited by the Cambridge Forum to a debate on extremism in December 2002, with Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik


2003

The party won seats from Labour in by-elections in Brent East in 2003 and Leicester South in 2004, and narrowly missed taking others in Birmingham Hodge Hill and Hartlepool add something

 

Timothy Garden, Baron Garden - He was an elected member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Executive from 2003 to 2006 and of the Federal Policy Committee from 2003 to 2005

 

Edward Lord - In November 2003, Michael Howard succeeded Iain Duncan Smith as Conservative Party leader, which provoked his resignation from the Party and his joining the Liberal Democrats


2004

Sajjad Haider Karim - He was elected in 2004 for the Liberal Democrats, but joined the Conservative Party on 26 November 2007, He was the first British Muslim elected to the European Parliament

 

William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire - In 2004 he became the President of the Yorkshire regional Liberal Democrat Party

 

David Alliance, Baron Alliance - Since his elevation to the peerage in 2004, he has given the Liberal Democrats £668,872 in donations, plus an additional £20,996,56 in notional interest on loans he has made to the party

 

Timothy Garden, Baron Garden - He became a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords in June 2004, made a life peer as "'Baron Garden"', of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden

 

"The Spectator" awarded him the 'Parliamentarian of the Year' award in November 2004 for his position on the war add something


2005

The British electoral system makes it hard for the Conservatives to form a government without winning some city seats out of its rural heartlands, such as the Lib Dem Bristol West constituency, where the Conservatives came third in 2005 after holding the seat until 1997 add something

 

David Davis (British politician) - At the 2005 General Election, he was targeted by the Liberal Democrats as part of their "decapitation plan", an attempt to undermine the Conservatives in Parliament by defeating their leading members

 

Charles Kennedy - He is the Liberal Democrat MP for the seat, which replaced it in 2005, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

 

John Roper, Baron Roper - He was the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005

 

Julia Goldsworthy - Her election in 2005 meant that the Liberal Democrats held all the Westminster Parliament seats in Cornwall, for the first time since 1923

 

David Laws - In 2005, he was appointed the Liberal Democrats' Work and Pensions spokesman, a position in which he was critical of the government's handling of the Child Support Agency and flaws in the tax credits system

 

Michael Howard - In the 2005 General Election, the Conservatives gained 33 new seats in Westminster, including five from the Liberal Democrats, but this still only gave them 198 seats to Labour's 355

 

Marina Baker - She has served as the mayoress of Telscombe and during the 2005 General Election she stood for Parliament in the Brighton Kemptown constituency as a Liberal Democrat

 

Mark Williams (politician) - In May 2005, 13 years after Geraint Howells had been defeated, the Liberal Democrats regained Ceredigion with Mark Williams as MP by a very narrow majority of 219 votes

 

Chris Huhne - After winning election to the House of Commons on 5 May 2005, Sharon Bowles the candidate third on the Liberal Democrat list replaced Huhne as representative for the South East of England


2006

Chris Rennard, Baron Rennard - He chaired the Liberal Democrat general election campaign between summer 2006 and summer 2009 when he stood down as Chief Executive of the Party

 

David Howarth - In the Liberal Democrat leadership election following Charles Kennedy's resignation in early 2006, Howarth was active in supporting Chris Huhne's campaign

 

Chris Huhne - Trimingham had worked on Huhne's campaigns for the Liberal Democrat leadership in 2006 and 2007 and was a paid staff member on his 2010 General Election campaign

 

In a statement on 5 January 2006, Charles Kennedy admitted to a long battle with alcoholism and announced a leadership election in which he intended to stand for re-election, while Sir Menzies Campbell took over as acting leader add something

 

Chris Huhne - Huhne stood against Sir Menzies Campbell and Simon Hughes for the Liberal Democrat leadership after Charles Kennedy's resignation, formally launching his campaign on 13 January 2006

 

Despite the negative press over Kennedy's departure, the leaderless party won the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election over Labour in February 2006 add something


2007

Michael Meadowcroft eventually joined the Liberal Democrats in 2007 but some of his former followers continue still as the Liberal Party, most notably in a couple of electoral wards of the City of Liverpool add something

 

Nick Clegg was elected Leader in 2007 add something

 

Chris Huhne - After Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Nick Clegg, announced his intention during the 2007 party conference to stand for the leadership should Sir Menzies Campbell retire, Chris Huhne, when asked about his leadership ambitions said that there was "no vacancy, and it would be premature to even talk about the position of there being a vacancy"

 

David Howarth - After his election, he became a Liberal Democrat spokesperson on local government and energy, before specialising in shadowing the Ministry of Justice, as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Solicitor General between 2007 and 2009

 

Nick Clegg - Clegg caused a degree of controversy when at the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2007 he admitted his leadership ambitions to journalists at a fringe event

 

Tim Farron - Farron was one of four Liberal Democrat MPs who voted against the Equality Act Regulations 2007

 

Tim Farron - In 2007 he was given the responsibility as Liberal Democrat spokesman for Home Affairs

 

Danny Alexander - In 2007, he was appointed as Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Social Exclusion for six months, before becoming Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, holding the post until June 2008

 

Zac Goldsmith - Through an open primary in March 2007, Goldsmith was chosen to contest the constituency of Richmond Park against the incumbent Liberal Democrats

 

Campbell resigned on 15 October 2007, and Vince Cable became acting leader until a leadership election could be held add something

 

Charles Kennedy - After Campbell resigned as Liberal Democrat leader on 15 October 2007, Kennedy said that it was "highly unlikely" that he would try to return as party leader, but he did not rule it out completely

 

Sharon Bowles - On 10 November 2007 she was selected as the first placed prospective candidate on the Liberal Democrat list for the 2009 election in the South-East England European constituency, and was re-elected to the European Parliament on 4 June 2009

 

Brian Paddick - On 13 November 2007 it was announced that Paddick had been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London

 

Brian Paddick - On 13 November 2007 it was announced that Paddick had been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in the mayoral elections to be held on 1 May 2008

 

On 18 December 2007, Nick Clegg won the leadership election, becoming the party's fourth leader add something


2008

Nick Clegg - In the 2008 London Assembly elections the Liberal Democrats were the only one of the three main parties to see a decrease in their share of the vote, and in the mayoral election the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick came third again with a decreased share of the vote

 

Brown, who lived in Majorca, Spain at the time, was charged in June 2008 with fraud and money laundering and subsequently jumped bail and fled the country add something

 

Ian Hislop - Appearing on "Question Time" on 18 September 2008, he praised Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Vince Cable for his analysis of the ongoing economic and financial crisis, and apparently expressed support for the Liberal Democrats, jocularly stating "I'm standing for them


2009

The 2009 elections did however see the party gain one seat from UKIP in the East Midlands region taking the number of representatives in the parliament up to 11 add something

 

David Howarth - Between January 2009 and May 2010, he was the Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

 

In February 2009, many social liberals founded an internal party pressure group, the Social Liberal Forum to pursue social liberal policies within the party add something


2010

The Lib Dems had around 65,000 members at the end of 2010 and in the first quarter of 2008, the party received £1,1 million in donations and have total borrowings and unused credit facilities of £1,1 million add something

 

George Osborne - According to an IFS report before the 2010 election, the Conservatives needed to find more money from cuts beyond what they had outlined than any other major party, although the report was critical of Labour and the Lib Dems

 

Anna Span - Arrowsmith was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham in Kent for the 2010 general election

 

Danny Alexander - As part of his role Alexander became the main author of the 2010 Liberal Democrat General Election manifesto and became a confidant of the leader

 

Colin Firth - During to the 2010 General Election Firth announced his support for the Liberal Democrats, having previously been a Labour supporter, citing asylum and refugees' rights as a key reason for his change in affiliation

 

David Laws - Following the 2010 general election, Laws was one of the main negotiators for the Liberal Democrats, part of the team of four that negotiated a deal to go into a governing coalition with the Conservatives

 

William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire - Following the setting up of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition after the 2010 general election Wallace was appointed a Government Whip acting as government spokesperson in the House of Lords on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education

 

Dan Rogerson - He was Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government until the 2010 election and was the youngest male MP in the House of Commons during the 2005-2010 Parliament

 

Richard Dawkins - In the UK general election of 2010, Dawkins officially endorsed the Liberal Democrats, in support of their campaign for electoral reform and for their "refusal to pander to 'faith'

 

Jane Goldman - In the run-up to the 2010 general election, Goldman declared her support for the Liberal Democrats

 

Billy Bragg - On the eve of the 2010 general election, Bragg announced that he would be voting for the Liberal Democrats because "they've got the best manifesto"

 

Jeremy Hunt (politician) - When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition following the 2010 general election, Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

 

Sarah Brown (wife of Gordon Brown) - The 2010 general election saw no party command an overall majority, but the Conservatives had the most seats, and ultimately formed a government in coalition with the Liberal Democrats on 11 May 2010 after Gordon Brown's attempts to keep Labour in power failed

 

Floella Benjamin - In the 2010 Dissolution Honours List announced on on 28 May 2010 she was appointed a Liberal Democrat Life Peer

 

Dan Rogerson - He was appointed the co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Education, Families and Young People in July 2010

 

Nick Clegg - On 21 July 2010, Clegg became the first Liberal Democrat Leader to answer for Prime Minister's Questions

 

C. T. C. Wall - Terry Wall continued on as treasurer of the newly formed Wirral West Liberal Democrats and, as of August 2010, was still their treasurer

 

Ken Livingstone - In September 2010, Livingstone criticised the public spending cuts announced by the recently elected Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, which he stated amounted to £45 billion a year for London alone, and were "beyond Margaret Thatcher's wildest dreams" as well as threatening to result in widespread division and poverty across the capital

 

Andy Burnham - Until after the Shadow Cabinet election, Burnham continued in his role as Shadow Health Secretary, and at the end of September 2010 he openly criticised new Prime Minister David Cameron for the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Government's public spending cuts and health reforms to the NHS.

 

Nick Clegg - On 12 October 2010, a review by Lord Browne into future university funding set up by the previous Labour government was announced and its findings supported by Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary

 

Colin Firth - In December 2010, Firth publicly dropped his support of the Liberal Democrats, citing their U-turn on tuition fees as one of the key reasons for his disillusionment

 

Martin Horwood - In December 2010, Horwood attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún with fellow Liberal Democrat, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne


2011

In 2011 party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said "But we are not on the left and we are not on the right add something

 

The Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne in 2011 announced plans for halving UK carbon emissions by 2025 as part of the "Green Deal" which was in the 2010 Liberal Democrat manifesto add something

 

The Party has polled consistently in all four elections to the National Assembly, returning six representatives in the first three elections and five in the 2011 Election, thereby establishing itself as the fourth party in Wales behind Labour, the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru add something

 

The current leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats is the MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Willie Rennie, who took up his role in 2011 add something

 

Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland - In 2011 Falkland left the Liberal Democrats and now sits as a Crossbencher

 

In March 2011 Nick Clegg made a speech to his party conference stating that he believed that his party belonged to the radical centre add something

 

In a by-election in the South Yorkshire constituency of Barnsley in March 2011, the Liberal Democrats fell from a 2nd place at the general election to 6th, add something

 

In council elections held on 5 May 2011, the Liberal Democrats suffered heavy defeats in the Midlands, North and Scotland add something

 

The referendum, held on 5 May 2011, resulted in First Past the Post being chosen over Alternative Vote by two-thirds of voters add something


2012

Alexander Armstrong (comedian) - In an interview with "The Independent" in March 2012, he said that his family had traditionally voted for the Liberal Democrats

 

In council elections held on 3 May 2012, the Lib Dems lost more than three hundred councillors, leaving them with fewer than three thousand for the first time in the party's history add something

 

In August 2012, Clegg announced that attempts to reform the House of Lords would be abandoned due to opposition for the proposals by backbench Conservative MPs add something

 

On 20 September 2012 Clegg suffered intense media pressure after personally apologising for reneging on the promise to abolish university tuition fees add something


2013

In the 2013 local elections, they lost more councillors add something

 

On 28 February 2013, the party won a by-election in Eastleigh, a Hampshire constituency that had been held by the disgraced former minister, Chris Huhne add something


2014

In 2014, the party lost ten seats, leaving them with one MEP. add something

 

In the 2014 local elections they lost over 300 councillors and the control of two local governments add something

 

In elections held on 22 May 2014, the Liberal Democrats lost another 307 council seats and ten of their eleven seats in the European Parliament add something


2015

Claiming the coalition agreement had been broken, Clegg stated that Liberal Democrat MPs would no longer support changes to the House of Commons boundaries for the 2015 general election add something

 

On 8 May 2015, Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the May 7 election in which the party lost 47 seats in the House of Commons add something

 

On 8 May 2015, the party turned in its worst performance at a general election since the Liberal Party returned six seats in 1970, with only eight Lib Dem MPs elected, down from 57 in 2010 add something

 

Tim Farron is currently the leader after winning the leadership election in July 2015 add something


2016

In the 2016 local elections, the number of Liberal Democrat councillors increased for the first time since they went in to coalition in 2010 add something

 

In June 2016 following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum Tim Farron stated that if Liberal Democrats were to be elected in the next parliamentary election, they would not follow through with triggering Act 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leaving the EU but would instead keep UK part of the EU. add something

 

On 1 December 2016, the Liberal Democrats won its first by-election gain in ten years when Sarah Olney won a seat in Richmond Park previously held by the Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who had resigned and was contesting the election as an Independent add something