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  • Tim Farron on 2017 Snap Election

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    Exclusive interview with Tim Farron discussing the Snap election, Brexit and Metro Mayors all on the Berkeley Squares Bite.

    Today I had the pleasure of meeting the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron. In this exclusive Snap Election Special on the Berkeley Squares Bite we ask Farron about the consequences of Brexit and why he thinks Theresa May called the snap election for 8 June. He reveals that his family holiday was out of the window as he embarks on putting the Liberal Democrats back on the electoral map.

    In 2015, the Liberal Democrats were badly weakened by their coalition government with the Conservatives combined with backtracking on key issues, most prominently tuition fees. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats had 57 seats; however, in 2015 they lost 49 of those, leaving them with just eight seats in the Commons. Farron discusses how the snap election called on 19 April by Theresa May will, indeed, allow the Liberal Democrats to come back fighting with their "softer version of Brexit".

    The leader of the Liberal Democrats tells me that the country faces two options, citing that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party "is not a plausible" opportunity for the future of the UK. He stresses that it's either the coronation of Theresa May or a revival of Liberal Democrat support in places like the West of England to stop "hard Brexit".

    When challenged on his anti-Brexit stance, what he calls "soft Brexit", he told me that he wanted to accept the result but carry on campaigning for the future, explaining that he did not want his children to clean up the legacy of the current government with their hard Brexit agenda. Farron divulges that his main aim is to allow the British public to choose a different direction over Brexit.

    Is this election, in essence, the Brexit election?"The electorate will decide that" replies Farron, pointing to the fact that there will likely be other issues involved in influencing the way people vote during June's election. However, one might add that the clear emphasis Farron puts on the issue of Brexit throughout the interview shows that at this election voting behaviour might not be as black and white as previous ones. Brexit could well be the biggest and most influential recency factor in determining voting behaviour in UK political history.

    I end my interview with talking about the Metro Mayor elections on 4 May, to which Farron wholeheartedly endorses Stephen Williams saying that he will be "respected and feared in government". He also highlights that voting either Green or Labour would likely result, in his opinion, in a conservative Metro Mayor: Tim Bowles.

    Over the next few days we will be talking to the Metro Mayor candidates ahead of the election on 4 May—so stay tuned!

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    In this series political editor James Patrick Wearmouth interviews people relevant to the UK's political landscape—MPs, party leaders, scientists and mayors.
    • Berkeley Squares Bite: Thangam Debbonaire MP - Duration: 9 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
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      Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, exclusively reveals her stance on the election of Donald Trump and delves into a diverse range of issues including transport, housing and the monarchy.

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    • Berkeley Squares Bite: Marvin Rees - Duration: 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
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      In this instalment I talk with Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, at an event announcing that the Mayor's Fund will be supporting charities tackling homelessness in Bristol. We discuss important is...
    • Berkeley Squares Bite: The Politics of Smoking - Duration: 4 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
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      We speak to Dr Olivia Maynard, whose research was instrumental in the government’s decision to adopt standardised tobacco packaging. Read more at https://bsqr.es/Othag

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    • Tim Farron on 2017 Snap Election - Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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      Exclusive interview with Tim Farron discussing the Snap election, Brexit and Metro Mayors all on the Berkeley Squares Bite.

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    • Green Party Election launch with co-leader Jonathan Bartley - Duration: 5 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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      In this Berkeley Squares Bite, we talk to co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley on Brexit, Trump and the snap election.

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    • Metro Mayor Election: Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 380 views
      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be su...
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    • Metro Mayor Election: Tim Bowles, Conservative - Duration: 5 minutes, 1 second.

      • 7 months ago
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      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to Tim Bowles, Conservative candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be sure to vote...
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    • Metro Mayor Election: Darren Hall, Green Party - Duration: 5 minutes, 44 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to Darren Hall, Green Party candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be sure to vote...
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    • Metro Mayor Election: Aaron Foot, UKIP - Duration: 5 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 158 views
      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to Aaron Foot, UKIP candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be sure to vote—and don...
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    • Metro Mayor Election: John Savage, independent - Duration: 4 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 307 views
      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to John Savage, independent candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be sure to vote...
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    • Metro Mayor Election: Lesley Mansell, Labour - Duration: 5 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
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      In this episode of the Berkeley Squares Bite, James Patrick Wearmouth talks to Lesley Mansell, Labour candidate for Metro Mayor ahead of the election on 4 May. If you're eligible, be sure to vote—a...
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    The Metro Mayor election on 4 May will give new devolved powers in the region to one person. Political editor James Patrick Wearmouth interviews the candidates in this spinoff Berkeley Squares Bite series.
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