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Mental health will be core Lib Dem policy issue, says Farron


Improving mental health care is among seven priority policy areas earmarked by the new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Mr Farron announced today that was focusing on seven campaigning priorities for parliament, of which one will be mental health, and that cut across traditional department boundaries.

The others are rural communities, the EU referendum, immigration, civil liberties, the green economy, and housing.

Mental health was also one of key health policy areas that the party campaigned on in the run-up to the general election earlier this year.

Mr Farron said: “These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on.

“Whether it’s helping young people in rural areas find work, or ensuring those with mental health difficulties have effective support, our liberal voice is needed now more than ever,” he added.

Mr Farron also announced a “parliamentary campaigns team” to ensure the party’s concerns were echoed on the ground.

His recent leadership rival and long-standing party health spokesman, Norman Lamb, will have responsibility for mental health brief in the new team.

“This team will work alongside Lib Dems in all chambers, parliaments and offices to drive forward strong and signature campaigns,” said Mr Farron.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Food for thought on Public Mental Health in this month's Community Practitioner:
    Community Practitioner, August 2015: pp.44-45.
    The Lib Dem think tank CentreForum were very helpful with this neglected topic, before the 2015 Election.

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  • Oh really?

    The Lib Dems, the ones who were part of a government that cut MH services, whose former leader stood by and let that happen without a peep, whose care minister did the same, whose MPs (including mine) did what to stop that happening? Those Lib Dems?

    I love the stench of hypocrisy in the evening!

    Must try harder Tim.

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  • And he's going to give Norman Lamb who was part of the DoH team which cut MH services a MH brief?

    This bunch are becoming beyond a joke. Or is it some form of bizarre performance art?

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