EAST MIDLANDS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS Autumn Conference
Sir Francis Hill Primary School, Bristol Drive, Lincoln LN6 7UE
Saturday 15th October 2016
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We welcome you to the historic city of Lincoln with its many places of interest. You'll note that we have our new great venue above, while below you'll find sessions included in our busy conference program this Autumn:
Tim Farron has accused Liam Fox of being a "second class Cabinet Minister enjoying First Class travel around the world," after the International Trade Secretary was forced into an embarassing climbdown during a speech today at the WTO.
It had been reported earlier this week that the International Trade Secretary would use his speech to come out in support of leaving the EU's Customs Union and seek a fully independent place on the WTO.
The use of physical restraint against mental health patients has surged by almost 17% over the last three years, with an average of 183 restraints every single day, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The findings were uncovered in an audit of mental health trusts across the country conducted by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb.
Liz Leffman was selected overwhelmingly last night at a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.
Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate the Charlbury councillor on her selection. Tim and Liz met shoppers and stallholders at Chipping Norton market.
Reforms to probation services are far from complete and there is no clear picture of how the new system is performing in important areas, the Committee of Public Accounts says. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Jonathan Marks QC said:
"With no Liberal Democrats in the Ministry of Justice driving forward reform and making cutting the cost of reoffending a priority we have seen progress grind to a halt.
Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Lorely Burt has called on Theresa May to clamp down on tax havens by setting them a deadline to open up their books, in the wake of revelations showing Amber Rudd was the director of two companies in the Bahamas.
The Lib Dems have demanded that secretive tax jurisdictions like the Bahamas be given a fixed deadline of April 2017 to end shady arrangements that allow companies to avoid paying billions of pounds of tax. This is exactly four years on since then Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crack down on offshore tax havens at a G8 Summit.
Two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU's Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.
The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there's no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.
Time & Date: 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Ticket Cost: £25.00
Broxtowe Liberal Democrats would like to invite you to dinner with Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland Islands. Alistair Carmichael will make a speech and will also conduct a Q&A session. There will be a two course dinner menu and a well stocked bar. An auction of some "seriously good prizes" will finish of the night; don't forget your wallet!
This would be a great chance to probe on one of our leading lights, and one of the few Scottish MPs not to lose his seat to the SNP. Hear his views on Scottish Independence, EU/Brexit and Grammar Schools etc.
All proceeds will be used to help Broxtowe Liberal Democrats fund our Notts County Council campaign
Any Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will give a speech today to members on the final day of the party's Autumn Conference.
She will say
Good morning, Conference. Here we are, constitutional amendments concluded - how will we all manage next week without the excitement?
But seriously, I want to thank you for your involvement and responses to the challenge I put to you over a year ago to think how we could improve our Federal structures, and how we can work more effectively as a party. The thousands of suggestions and comment that you made to the Federal Executive have truly helped shape what came to Conference, and your contributions to the debates over the last four days has been genuinely helpful.