This summer, Liberal Democrat members will have an historic opportunity to decide who they want to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats. At this point, there are two contenders for the leadership position: Tim Farron MP and Norman Lamb MP.
Former Liberal Democrat MP and member of LDCF, Simon Hughes, speaks to Premier Christian Radio about the experience of losing his seat as MP and how his faith has been key in helping him through this difficult time.
Following the result last Friday, LDCF Director, Claire Mathys, offered these thoughts to LDCF members and supporters:
"Last week’s election results were a very disappointing day for us as a party, and I know many of you are still feeling shocked and upset about what has happened. There are a few things I’d like to say as we rest, reflect, and gather ourselves.
There are 8 remaining Liberal Democrat MPs in Parliament following the General Election which saw a tidal wave moving against the party, these are listed below.
The first four of these (Mark Williams, Greg Mulholland, Tim Farron and John Pugh) are co-authors of the book, Liberal Democrats Do God, in which each talks about how their faith and their politics are connected. Alistair Carmichael is a member of the Church of Scotland and has previously spoken at Greenbelt. With over 60% of remaining Lib Dem MPs professing a Christian faith, we may find that the secular image of the party in the minds of some is profoundly challenged over the next few years.
This week the Liberal Democrats launched our 2015 manifesto.
In the run up to the publication, LDCF have been calling for the manifesto to include the appointment of an Ambassador for Freedom of Religion or Belief.
This is in recognition of the fact that almost 75% of the world’s population live in countries with high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief - in many of these countries people are killed or tortured because of their faith.
We are delighted to report that this call has been heard. The manifesto states:
'We will appoint an Ambassador-level Champion for Freedom of Belief to drive British diplomatic efforts in this field, and we will campaign for the abolition of blasphemy, sedition, apostasy and criminal libel laws worldwide, having already been responsible for ending them in this country.'
LDCF Director, Claire Mathys shares why she will be voting for the Liberal Democrats on 7th May 2015.