The Liberal Democrats want legalised cannabis and another Brexit vote

Henrietta Brewer
May 23, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have made a second EU referendum on the Brexit deal the centre piece of their election campaign, which will include the option to remain in the European Union.

And in the face of polls suggesting the Lib Dems are failing to make a breakthrough, Mr Farron urged Britons to follow the example of French voters who rejected the "two exhausted old parties" to elect Emmanuel Macron as their new president. Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Mrs Le Pen.

The Lib Dem manifesto set out plans to fight hard Brexit, ban diesel cars and help young people buy their first home.

But the SNP argued that the Lib Dems "can't be trusted to stand against Tory cuts", pointing to their "record of betrayal" by forming a coalition government with the Conservatives between 2010 and 2015.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell dismissed the claims as "rubbish" but Mrs May said ordinary people would "pay the price of Labour" in higher taxes, mortgage rates and unemployment at a time when the country was going through Brexit negotiations.

Liberal Democrats say their proposal to extend the "pupil premium", extra funding that goes to schools which teach pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, would mean Birmingham schools receive an extra £4.1 million.

The party said increasing life expectancy is bringing challenges to long-term savings and future pensioners may need an income that can last up to 40 years.

Speaking ahead of the launch, leader Tim Farron said: "Imagine a brighter future".

He added: "Nigel Farage's vision for Britain is now Theresa May's".

The party's 2017 manifesto, launched this week, also includes a "national food strategy to promote the production and consumption of healthy sustainable and affordable food".

5 Sanctuary for 50,000 Syrian refugees over the lifetime of the next parliament and reopening scheme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. "After all, who needs Ukip if the Government is doing what they want anyway?"

Mr Farron was again forced off message over his religious views and had to confirm he supports a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy after a 2007 interview resurfaced in which he reportedly said abortion was "wrong".

"Not Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain". But we lost - and I accept that. The Britain I love is open, tolerant and united.

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The Liberal Democrat Party has called for a review of pension tax relief.

This week's opinion poll by YouGov and The Times put the Lib Dems in third place behind the Conservatives and the Labour party with 8 percent of prospective votes.

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