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The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) is the association for UK Liberal Democrats interested in European politics.
Membership of LDEG is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of allied European political parties.

  • EM - Britain in the EU after the General Election 17 March 2015 (www.euromove.org.uk)
    Event: March 17, 2015 6:00 PM
    Lecture Theatre G.02, Leeds University Business School, Moorland Road, Leeds LS6 1AN

    With only a few weeks to go before a general election that might define Britain's future in the EU, the European Movement UK and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung are holding a series of panel discussions around the UK to discuss what EU membership means at the local level and how local stakeholders view the debate around Britain's future in the EU.

    The Leeds panel will feature:

  • Nations outline map of UK
    Article: Mar 1, 2015
    By Nick Hopkinson

    Doctors are warning about the outbreak of a spreading disease called Euroscepticism which surveys show affect 39% of the UK population. Although the symptoms are initially relatively innocuous, such as a proclivity to make regular false statements about Europe, there is growing concern about those seriously afflicted. Recently a speaker in a London conference claimed he did not have horns, became overly emotional, shouted about the loss of UK sovereignty, and started foaming at the mouth. In a press release yesterday, the British Medical Society added its weight noting "We are increasingly concerned about the growing incidence of the Eurosceptic disease, and its contagious potential". Elsewhere many fear its possible side effects such as the loss of jobs, foreign investment, UK political influence, and access to the Single Market and EU-wide health care and social benefits.

    The growing incidence of Euroscepticism has led researchers to investigate the origins of the disease. The first major recorded incident was in the House of Commons in 1990 when the then Prime Minister appeared unable to extend her vocabulary beyond the word 'No'. However, some trace the onset of the disease to a speech in Bruges in 1988. Since then Euroscepticism has spread rapidly throughout the UK. It is prevalent amongst tabloid newspaper readers who readily believe misleading and untrue stories about Europe, those sentimental about an idealised British past which never existed, men who want the other half of the population to protect their virtue by cleaning under fridges, and men in pin-stripped suits who want to end gun control and like being filmed smoking cigarettes with a pint in pubs.

    Medical professionals have repeatedly warned about the dangers of smoking and drinking, and the prognosis for the uncontrolled use of guns could prove immediately fatal. However, for many the unquestioning consumption of tabloid rubbish might be the final nail in the coffin. Fred Smith, Chairman of the British Undertakers Association, notes "Most of those afflicted by terminal Euroscepticism are over 60 - their current high states of unfounded emotion on top of pre-existing symptoms could mean we are temporarily unable to keep up with demand. We rely on a regular flow of business, but cannot cope with high levels of new business, especially at a time of widespread flooding. The problem is not gay, but grave."

    Opthamologists have identified a particularly virulent strain of the Eurosceptic virus amongst 95 'swivel-eyed' Members of Parliament in Westminster. This strain presents particular medical challenges, which some experts believe can only be remedied by a painful surgical splitting procedure. They are however at odds with the Prime Minister who has argued a referendum on the UK's EU membership is the best cure. Independent observers though doubt an unlikely referendum can remedy this terminal strain.

    Some fear those seriously afflicted by Euroscepticism might even start climbing to the tops of buildings in order to avoid the floods and in so doing drape themselves in the Union Flag, potentially leading to a loss of balance and altitude. Mental health professionals are therefore urgently recommending the public to take a reality check, and spend 30 minutes a week exercising their eyes over facts, rather than fiction, about the European Union. Campaigners are also urging political leaders to start telling the truth about Europe.
    So what more can be done to stop this dangerous disease from spreading? Those still unaffected in the private sector, unions and NGOs should design, fund and promote a national disease prevention strategy and information campaign. The Labour Party has yet to identify Euroscepticism as a major threat, citing its containment in the North. Many though fear major outbreaks, such as in Westminster, could yet contaminate the rest of country thereby preventing, at least English, citizens from realising a healthy and prosperous future.

  • in europe
    Article: Feb 25, 2015
    In YouGov

    You'd be forgiven for thinking that it's only a matter of time before the UK upsticks and leaves the European Union based on the negative press and the prominence given to groups such as UKIP (the UK Independence Party).

    However independent polls tell a very different story.

    The YouGov monthly poll, started in September 2010, has shown that:

  • Nick Harvey MP in Ilfracombe
    Article: Feb 19, 2015
    By Nick Harvey MP in Liberal Democrat Voice
    • Is the UK an integral part of the United Nations Security Council?
    • Is the UK an important part of NATO?
    • Is the UK stronger in the European Union?

    Being part of all three increases the opportunties to work with other countries and contributes towards the Anglo-French Lancaster House Treaty, a programme for defence cooperation signed by the PM and President back in 2010.