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Lib Dem president: Clegg backs 'bedroom tax' change

The Liberal Democrats wants to see the so-called 'bedroom tax' changed so that people do not face moving out of their home with nowhere to go, the party's president has told ITV News.

Current policy means social housing tenants who have a spare room face having their housing benefit reduced.

Speaking to Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship, Tim Farron said Nick Clegg shared "the view that this is something that we want to see changed".

Read: 'Bedroom tax' causing disabled 'severe hardship and distress'

Lib Dem president: Clegg acted 'totally appropriately'

Lib Dem president Tim Farron said he thinks leader Nick Clegg has acted "totally appropriately" regarding the claims make against Lord Rennard.

Mr Farron told Sky News: "We are a democratic party ... we must follow the due processes.

Lib Dem president Tim Farron pictured with leader Nick Clegg.
Lib Dem president Tim Farron pictured with leader Nick Clegg. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"The lesson we must learn ... is that you do not let things fester - there is nothing kind about putting a complaint to one side".

He added, "If we can't learn from this process it will be an appalling waste".

Lord Rennard suspended by Liberal Democrats: Latest updates

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Lib Dems: Home Office listened to us on 'go home' vans

The Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship that the Home Office 'listened to us' over not proceeding with rolling out controversial 'go home' vans nationwide:

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@gregjudge @chrisshipitv Agreed! It was weird to be in agreement with Nigel Farage but that's politics I guess!

Tory housing plan 'could re-inflate' property bubble

The Liberal Democrats have criticised their Conservative coalition partners for being inconsistent and warned their flagship housing policy could do more harm than good.

Speaking at the party's conference in Glasgow, Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron said:

Lib Dems called it right in May 2010 - we see the evidence slowly emerging of a stronger economy, with higher growth and lower unemployment.

But only the complacent would think that we're out of the woods. And there's some who seem content to steer us straight back into those woods. We still face the danger of a re-inflating housing market, unsustainable growth fed by cheap credit and real growth thwarted for want of skills.

– Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron

Social duty to employ UK workers a 'daft suggestion'

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron told ITV News it was "daft" to suggest that companies have a "social duty" to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants.

Earlier Conservative Business Minister Matthew Hancock said firms have a responsibility to ensure young people in the communities where they are based are given the opportunity to get a job and get on in life.

Mr Farron added: "If the Tories really believe that they wouldn't have employed the Australian Lynton Crosby to run their election campaign."

Tim Farron: We must all be careful with our language

Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron appeared to lecture the Deputy Prime Minister today when he said that we all "say things we perhaps wish we didn't".

Asked about Nick Clegg's comments on Charles Saatchi accepting a caution for assault, Mr Farron told BBC News:

All of us have got to be careful with our language haven't we, all of us?

Political correctness was not the "dreadful thing" critics suggested. Using language which is appropriate and which values people is very, very, very important. I know that, all of us know that.

– Tim Farron, president, Liberal Democrat party

Clegg: Saatchi assault 'could be a fleeting thing'

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Lib Dem MP: NHS watchdog 'cover-up' is not surprising

Regulators at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) deleted a review of its failure to act on concerns about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, a report will say today.

Tim Farron, MP for the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale. Credit: Daybreak

One of the local MPs, the Lib Dem president Tim Farron, told Daybreak that the alleged cover-up "is absolutely appalling."

He said: "I'm afraid it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already suspect.

"We knew that after the tragic death of Joshua Titcombe (who died nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in 2008) that the CQC conducted a review in 2010 and declared the maternity provision safe and sound.

"Decisions were made in that period of time based upon the apparent soundness of maternity in Morecambe Bay. Clearly it wasn't safe and it wasn't sound.

"There is every chance that people lost their lives in the years that followed because of, at least at best, a shockingly incompetent review by CQC."

Lib Dem president: South Shields result is 'shocking'

Liberal Democrat party president has described the result in South Shields as "shocking" for his party
Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron pictured at the 2011 party conference Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has described the result in South Shields as "shocking" for his party, but insisted the outcome did not represent the whole picture.

Mr Farron told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:"The Westminster battlegrounds are where it is at and for the Lib Dems, South Shields is one extreme where we have got little strength on the ground and have been obliterated.

"Then you look at other places like Cheltenham, Taunton, Eastbourne, hopefully west London, places like West Dorset where we have got to win at the next election where we are doing extremely well.

"Most of our battles are against the Tories and against the Tories we are doing very well."

Lib Dem president: Party is 'in a critical state'

Lib Dem president Tim Farron described his MPs as "cockroaches" Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Liberal Democrats are in a "critical state" and should not assume their survival is guaranteed, the party's president has warned.

Tim Farron told parliamentary magazine The House: "We are a bit like cockroaches after a nuclear war, just a bit less smelly, we are made of sterner stuff.

"The party is in a critical state. We may well be cockroach-ish, but we shouldn't take that for granted.

"One day someone will stand on us if we are not careful. We shouldn't assume our survival is guaranteed."

Mr Farron also claimed "99% of the people out there just don't care" about the recent sexual impropriety allegations involving former party chief executive Lord Rennard.

Tim Farron: 'Outstanding result' in by-election

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has called the Eastleigh election the most "important by-election since the war."

His party's candidate Mike Thornton won the by-election with a majority of 1,771.

Speaking to Daybreak he said the win was an "outstanding" result, that speaks volumes about the Lib Dems' place in the next general election.

Read: Thornton 'It feels amazing and astonishing'

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