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This general election 2019, we want to see if we can get your questions to the leaders of all the main political parties in the UK and get you the answers you want. We are contacting all the main political parties, and asking them to respond to your questions. Check out our hub thread here for all the links to all the Q&A threads we have.

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If you could ask Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, a question this general election - what would you ask? Maybe your interested in finding out more about the election manifesto, what the Lib Dems plan to do for the NHS and education, or a question about the election campaign itself.

We will then be posing these questions to the Lib Dems and Jo Swinson, and ask them to answer the questions you feel are important. If they respond, we will then post these answers so you can see what they said!


If there are a lot of questions, a shortlist will be sent over to the parties. We have extended this offer to all the parties listed in the main hub thread linked above, and will put up answers (when/if we receive them) from the leaders in our General Election forum. If we do not get a response from the party by Wednesday 11th December, we will update the hub thread to let you know.
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When 52% of the country chose to leave the European Union, how can you justify trying to get rid of what the country democratically voted to do?
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In 2010, the Lib Dems traded the central policy of their election campaign for a handful of seats at the Cabinet. The policy, to oppose any increase in tuition fees, was something which all of the party's candidates had signed written pledges committing to. It was abandoned for no good reason, since their strong negotiating position in the coalition talks meant they could have kept it a red line and still entered government (or refused to enter government at the expense of that principle). They chose instead to treble tuition fees and saddle a generation of graduates with fifty thousand pounds of debt apiece.

Perhaps this betrayal may have been forgiven had they distinguished themselves in government. Yet in the five years that followed, they enabled the Conservative Party to pass legislation which was offensively at odds with the fundamental values the Lib Dems claim to stand for. Public investment was slashed immediately after the economic crisis, when it was needed most. Public services received 20% cuts across the board, far outdoing Thatcher and wrecking performance in the areas of policing, health, social care and education, to the vociferous complaint of workers and leaders in these industries. Meanwhile, swingeing cuts to benefits have precipitated record numbers of disabled and vulnerable persons committing suicide.

The Lib Dems spent seventy-five million pounds on an unwanted referendum on the electoral system, in which they were near-unanimously defeated. They achieved little else. They seemed at every stage to command almost no influence over their coalition partners, and instead to have sold themselves out for the fleeting thrill of sitting with the big boys.

My question is this: is it possible to vote for the Lib Dems and remain a self-respecting person?
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Why do you persist with a party name that is a complete misnomer? You are not liberal (you have told people who think men can never become women that they are not welcome as members) and you seek to overturn the Brexit referendum so are not democratic.
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My question is this: is it possible to vote for the Lib Dems and remain a self-respecting person?
That made me laugh:rofl:
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Nothing.
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Is it accurate to describe the Liberal Democrats as "yellow Tories"?
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Would you consider changing your party name, particularly the 'Democrats' part given your official rejection of a major U.K. referendum result?
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When you are tackled about how undemocratic and foolish your 'cancel brexit' policy is, you always have the same answer - 'it's democratic because if you vote for the LibDems you're clearly voting for this policy in a general election'. The question is why would you create such a foolish and divisive policy in the first place and offer that as an electoral choice?

Plenty of remain supporters, such as I, would love to stay in the EU - but as a result of parties like you actually getting their fingers out this time and campaigning for remain by spelling out the positive aspects of our EU membership. In other words, change people's minds by making a persuasive argument, rather than high-handedly 'cancelling brexit' and sticking two fingers up to the 52% of the electorate which voted to leave.

How could you be so foolish as to throw away such a golden opportunity like this through some pigheaded scheme which makes even this autocratic Tory government seem reasonable.
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Why does she think that a complete lack of hesitation at the idea of nuking millions of people, makes her fit to be PM?
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What's it like being the leader of the new Illiberal Undemocrats?
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Going well for her so far, isn't it :laugh: And this should be a friendly gig!
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Going well for her so far, isn't it :laugh: And this should be a friendly gig!
I know, lol:rofl:
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How can we trust the Liberal Democrats when the last time they were given any power they royally screwed over the students by voting for raising tuition fees and ending EMA payments?

These were voted for by Jo Swinson.

Example:

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Is it accurate to describe the Liberal Democrats as "yellow Tories"?
I think so, I think it's very accurate
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Why do you pretend to be left wing, when you consistently side with the centre right?
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1. How can you justify the reckless and destructive policy of dismissing a democratic vote?

2. Why have you not apologised to the thousands of young people and students that you lied to and increased their fees?

3. Will it be possible for you to work with a Corbyn Government?

4. What is your view on the description that your Party is regarded as the poor man’s Tory Party?

5. If Lib Dems never existed, would you have felt happy and at home in the Conservative Party?

6. Do you think that private schools should be disbanded?
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What are you going to do to tackle the effects of England’s ageing population?
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Why did you use the results of a Police Commissioner election to mislead voters into believing that the Lib Dems were the only party that could beat the Tories, despite that election only having a 15% turnout as opposed to the 70%+ turnout expected for the GE election in that seat?

You're not going to win a majority and you're not going to join a coalition, so why exactly should anyone vote for you?

How do you sleep at night knowing that the Tories are hoping that the Lib Dems do well to keep Labour at bay (and thus prevent a second referendum)?
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(Original post by laurawatt)
What are you going to do to tackle England’s ageing population?
This sounds like you want them to tackle the fact that people live longer rather than tackle the effects of people living longer!
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