Tim Farron’s mission: To get Lib Dems ‘back in power’
23 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
Tim Farron’s “mission” as Liberal Democrat leader is to get them “back in power at every level throughout Britain”, he has told activists.
In his first big conference speech, Mr Farron said the Lib Dems were now the only “credible” opposition to the Conservatives.
And he invited liberals from across the political spectrum to join the party.
He also mounted his strongest attack yet on David Cameron’s “pitiful” response to the refugee crisis.
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Mr Farron, who was elected leader in July following the party’s general election rout, which saw them lose all but eight of their MPs, warned activists against retreating into the comfort zone of opposition.
He refused to distance the party from its coalition with the Conservatives, telling activists: “I am proud of what we did in government.”
But he mounted an angry attack on David Cameron’s handling of the refugee crisis and called on the government to opt in to the EU plan to” take our share of the refugees”, although he did not specify a number.
In an impassioned account of a visit he had made to a refugee camp in Calais, which earned a standing ovation from activists, he accused Mr Cameron of making “the minimum effort for the maximum headlines”.
Source:: BBC UK