With nominations now closed for the May elections, many thanks to everyone who has put in so much work to getting candidates approved, selected and safely nominated. From a first look at the numbers, we've seen a good increase in our candidate totals in Scotland and Wales, with the numbers broadly the same in England compared with last time.
We now have a criminal Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.
While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.
Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.
Life's been tough for lots of people over the past few years. And it's still tough. But with their trademark decency and strength, the British people are rising to the challenge. Raising families. Caring for others. And playing by the rules.
Now more than ever, it's time for a fair deal.
Yet with the rising cost of living, this Conservative Government is letting you down badly and taking you for granted.
Our focus this year has been squarely on understanding the party's overall political direction, our target voters, and the role our policies can play in helping us to persuade people and win votes. This was the main focus of our in-person awayday at LDHQ at the end of February, and has underlain all our other discussions, with the aim of informing both our current policy development work, and its direction for the future.
The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.
Rishi Sunak is following Boris Johnson's lead by not being up front and honest with the country.
Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.
Tim Farron and I are currently conducting a review into the Party's candidate selection processes.
The review has been commissioned by the The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC), following conversations with the State Parties. Candidate approval and selection is a State Party function within our governance.
Over the past month, as more than 3.5 million innocent Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country to escape Putin's war, people across the UK have responded with enormous compassion and generosity.
More than 150,000 have offered to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.
The Anti-Refugee Bill is an awful piece of legislation that flies in the face of the incredible spirit of the British people.
On Wednesday, I returned from the Ukraine-Poland border. When I was there, I met refugees who have been forced to flee Putin's assault on their homes, including people who are desperate to come to the UK - often to join family members. I was proud to see many British aid workers and volunteers providing support and the generosity of the British public who are offering their homes.
Over the weekend, we unveiled a new Liberal Democrat Website.
It's the Technology Blog, which you can see here: https://tech.libdems.org.uk
This blog is hugely exciting - because it's been built on our brand new website platform, Fleet.
Fleet is intended to replace both Nationbuilder and Prater Raines FOCI for the party.
My trip to Eastern Poland, where I spent time meeting refugees fleeing Ukraine and the charities supporting them, was harrowing.
I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war.
Although I've watched the scenes of Ukrainians fleeing their homes from my television screen, it was a completely different experience speaking to these families in person. I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war. Families with their belongings stuffed in plastic bags. Children clutching their teddy bears as they arrived at the train station. Exhausted cats and dogs being held by their families who couldn't bear to leave them behind in Ukraine.