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  • Article: Dec 2, 2021
    By Jeremy Hargreaves

    The Federal Policy Committee has had a busy autumn, kicking off our next programme of policy development work.

    We have spent some time over the last few months trying to understand the party's key political priorities to win over the voters we need, and the right messages and supporting policies needed to achieve that (recognising that detailed policy is not usually the thing that swings most voters). This has been the starting point for our latest programme of work.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats have today called for urgent measures to support the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), including a formal return and improvement of the shielding programme.

    The Government has so far failed to announce any specific measures for those who were classed as CEV in spite of their increased risk of serious illness from Covid. It comes after two cases of the newly discovered 'Omicron' variant of Covid were reported in the UK.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2021

    Today is Carers Rights Day, and the Liberal Democrats are continuing to stand up for carers.

    The Covid pandemic has shown that we are a nation of carers. But it's also shown how, for this Conservative Government carers are nothing more than an afterthought.

    From Ministers' abject failure to protect people in care homes, to their refusal to raise Carer's Allowance when they put up Universal Credit, carers have been forgotten and ignored again and again.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    Let's Make Lib Dems BME Friendly - It's Not What We Do, But How We Do It That Counts

    Below is an outline of why I am standing for Vice President.

    I am an established Race Equality and Diversity campaigner with a Business Management background and an established record of striving for Race Equity across the Party. In the course of my 25 years as Party member I have served on the Federal Policy Committee, International Relations Committee, been Secretary of the PCA, vice chair of EMLD and served as a Regional Diversity Champion. I am also Secretary of Lib Dem Friends of India. It is this personal history that accounts for my reputation as a Community Champion within the Party and my high profile amongst BME communities nationally.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    Time and time again, we hear that the reality of what ethnic minorities face in our party and in our politics does not match up to the principles we hold, and, as a party committed to equality, it is vital that we apply our values and make a change. I will provide the positive vision and leadership we need to move forward and make that happen.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021

    A campaigning Vice President, for a campaigning Party

    I was a 100/200m Sprinter. Catastrophe struck in my early 20's when my achilles tendon ruptured. For 20 months I was in a wheelchair. I needed wheelchair-friendly public transport to hospital and the inadequacy of it shocked me. It made me realise that everyone has a choice. When you see something that's wrong, do you leave it for someone else, or do you fight for change?

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Tahir Maher

    Vision

    My goals for this role are:

    • I want to help provide a platform for better training and promote a programme that supports ethnic minority members to develop their potential, so they are competently able to stand for external and internal elections of office
    • I want to see established an attractive and resilient message that helps to build a strong foundation for the Liberal Democrats to engage and campaign with in Ethnic Minority communities
    • Within the party, I want to establish a better understanding of Ethnic minority issues on housing, education, LGBT+, heath, crime, etc. This will allow us to better serve the ethnic minority communities at a national and local level
  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Marisha Ray

    You, as Liberal Democrat members, have asked me for a diverse, inclusive party that represents all sections of all our communities well.

    I am standing to be your Vice President for minority communities to promote inclusion and to eliminate racism and other discrimination from inside our party, to inspire more and more candidates from under-represented groups to stand and to inspire all of us to engage on a sustained and substantive basis with all of the UK's communities so that we eliminate exclusion and disadvantage.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2021
    By Julliet Makhapila

    Your vote matters and is a Vote for Hope, Action and Transformation.

    From when I arrived in London as a teenager, Sir John Major was Prime Minister and I felt a connection with the city. Firstly at university, and later whilst living in Islington, my political views formed and I joined the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2021

    How the Party is run, by, and on behalf of, every member is fundamental to how successful we are at delivering our liberal vision of Britain.

    The 2019 General Election Review (the Thornhill Review) set out how we must change in order to succeed at future elections. Since its publication, in many areas we have made strides, but there is still much to do.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2021

    Our campaign has already got off to a flying start in the by-election caused by Owen Paterson's disgrace.

    The local party had already made impressive progress in this May's local elections. They secured a clear second place and created many marginal Conservative-Liberal Democrat wards.

    Now we have a brilliant opportunity to turbo-charge that growth in our support and to see just how angry voters are about sleaze and sewage. Ed Davey is already on his third visit there.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2021

    How the Party is run, by, and on behalf of, every member is fundamental to how successful we are at delivering our liberal vision of Britain.

    The 2019 General Election Review (the Thornhill Review) set out how we must change in order to succeed at future elections. Since its publication, in many areas we have made strides, but there is still much to do.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have always understood that thriving businesses and motivated entrepreneurs are central to our communities, innovation, quality of life and international standing we all want.

    It was the Liberal Democrats who pioneered wind power generation, foresaw the banking crisis, and are today prepared to work to rebuild the trading environment damaged by Brexit and the pandemic.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2021
    By Philip Barron

    As Liberal Democrat councillors on Newark and Sherwood District Council, we wish to express our great relief that agreement appears to have been reached today between the Council and Datch Properties, which avoids the felling of several mature trees and the tarmacking of green space next to Newark library and allows the area to continue to be enjoyed and used by local people. Being timed at the end of the CoP 26 conference, it is good to know that environmental considerations have won out over short-term financial difficulties. Many people from various political persuasions and many local people without political affiliation have contributed to the groundswell of opinion, which made this last-minute reprieve possible and everyone who has lobbied, commented and protested peacefully should be congratulated. Needless to say, we will both be voting to approve this deal at the forthcoming extraordinary full council meeting.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2021

    Voting opened today in the election for our first ever Vice President responsible for working with ethnic minority communities. Over the next few days, members will receive an email or letter advising them of how to vote for the candidate of their choice and members have until 1200 on Friday December 10th.