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Farron slams 'catastrophic' Iraq war invasion

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has strongly condemned the decision to invade Iraq, following the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says he hopes the findings can "in some way provide comfort" to families of servicemen and women who lost their lives.

Blair was fixated in joining Bush in going to war in Iraq regardless of the evidence, the legality or the serious potential consequences.

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.

I hope Sir John Chilcot’s findings can in some way provide comfort to the families of the British servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives, and to the people of Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives and a generation has been shaped by this illegal war.

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 world.

– Tim Farron MP

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Tim Farron joins march against Brexit

Tim Farron at the march in London. Credit: Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader and local MP Tim Farron has been taking part in an anti-Brexit march in London.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP has pledged to fight against plans for Britain to leave the European Union.

Farron slams '£40 million floods shortfall'

Flooding in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has slammed a "£40 million shortfall" in cash needed to help the county recover from the floods of December's storms.

Six months ago Storm Desmond left thousands of homes and businesses in his Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency underwater.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats says there is still plenty of work needed.

Although in many ways Cumbria is back to normal – the A591 is fixed and most businesses have now reopened – we must not forget about those still affected.

There are still many residents out of their homes, and many more who are affected by road and bridge closures. It is unjustifiable that the government has still not committed to providing all of the funding needed to repair the flood damage – across the county there is a £40million shortfall.

The government also failed to provide additional funds to support businesses affected by flooding after the initial pot ran out.

– Tim Farron MP

Westmorland MP Tim Farron pays tribute to Ronnie Corbett

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has paid tribute to comedian Ronnie Corbett who has died, aged 85.

Writing on Twitter, the Liberal Democrat leader said the comedian was responsible for people saying "language, Timothy" to him for the last 30 years.

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