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  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have officially launched our 2019 General Election Manifesto!

    In it, we have outlined a clear plan to build a brighter future, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

    Don't have time to read the full manifesto right now? Here, we explain our top 5 steps:

    1. Stop Brexit

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    The exit of so many moderate
    Tory MPs at the end of this
    parliament is clear proof of
    the rightward lurch of the
    Conservative Party.
    Some moderates like Ken
    Clarke are retiring, others
    including Amber Rudd have
    been thrown out, joining
    Anna Soubry and others who
    have already left the Party.
    Most are household names
    like Justine Greening, Philip
    Hammond and Oliver
    Letwin. Local MPs Nicky
    Morgan and Sir Patrick
    McCloughlin are quitting as
    well.
    Holding Ministerial
    positions, they have all given
    years of service to this
    country representing "One
    Nation" Conservatism.
    Despite often challenging
    political differences, they
    could still hold the respect of
    MPs from all political
    parties. Moderate MPs are
    no longer welcome in today's
    Conservative Party, leaving
    Boris Johnson and his
    bullying Brexit Boys to
    pursue his hard right Brexit
    deal while promising to
    "Unite the Nation".

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Newark Liberal Democrats
    have expressed their
    extreme disappointment
    after research by the
    Guardian newspaper
    showed that Newark MP
    Robert Jenrick has one of
    the worst voting records on
    climate issues of any MP,
    desppite lobbying from
    concerned constituents. In
    the research the Guardian
    ranked each MP by the
    percentage of positive votes
    that they have cast to tackle
    climate change and Mr
    Jenrick scored zero percent.
    Lib Dem parliamentary
    spokesperson David Watts
    said: "There have been 8
    major votes on issues to do
    with climate change since
    Robert was first elected as
    an MP. In every single one
    he has voted in the way that
    is most harmful to the
    environment. Representing
    a largely rural constituency
    he should recognise the
    importance of tackling
    climate change, and yet his
    voting record shows that he
    either doesn't understand or
    doesn't care. Liberal
    Democrats demand better
    from their local MP.
    Tackling climate change is
    our number one priority.
    We are in a climate
    emergency and cannot
    afford not to act, but Robert
    has failed to protect the
    future for his constituents.
    To be the joint worst rated
    MP in terms of climate votes

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    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Climate change can no
    longer be ignored or
    considered as a fringe issue.
    It impacts on every single
    person and every community.
    A recent report indicates that a
    quarter of Britain's wildlife
    could be at risk of extinction
    from climate change. We simply
    cannot permit that to happen.
    The Liberal Democrats have
    always been Britain's greenest
    major party and the coalition
    was the greenest government
    ever, thanks to our input and
    our success. We have now
    proposed a raft of new
    environmental protections. The
    most significant of these is to
    impose an environmental duty
    of care on UK firms. The aim of
    this would be to prevent UK
    firms selling goods from
    deforested areas and also to
    require them to inspect their
    supply chains.
    Parliamentary candidate David
    Watts said: "We can't go on with
    a situation where firms are able
    to turn a blind eye to what is
    being done in their name and on
    their behalf elsewhere in the
    world. Climate change doesn't
    recognise national boundaries
    and we need to ensure that
    British companies ensure their
    supply chains meet our
    standards.
    Other plans by the Liberal
    Democrats include making it
    much easier for people to switch
    to green energy, and to require
    that all new homes are built in
    the most sustainable way
    possible. The coalition was
    moving towards this but the
    Conservative government that
    followed scrapped all of this. We
    also want to ensure that the
    infrastructure is put in place to
    make it easy for people to switch
    to electric vehicles when they
    next come to change their
    existing cars.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Just because Boris Johnson has agreed a deal
    with the EU does not mean that it is a good
    deal. The Johnson Brexit deal is in reality no
    deal in disguise, just postponed until the end of
    2020. It includes none of the things that the
    Leave side promised to voters in the run up to
    the 2016 referendum.
    Parliamentary candidate David Watts said: "Boris
    Johnson has no mandate for the deal that he tried to
    ram through parliament. It does not respect the will
    of those who voted to leave any more than it does
    those who voted to remain. If Johnson thinks that
    the public support this deal then why won't he hold
    a Peoples Vote on it?"
    David added: "The Governments own figures say
    that the East Midlands will be hard hit by leaving
    the EU, with our economy shrinking by 5.5%. I
    don't want people here to be poorer so I want to
    remain.
    No MP should ever knowingly vote to make
    their constituents worse off."

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    BREXIT NUMBERS:
    £70 BILLION a year worse off
    out of the EU on Boris' Deal:
    National Institute of Economic and Social Research

    It's clear that a No-deal Brexit is
    just not worth the risk as the
    effects are already being felt.
    Urgent problems, such as the NHS
    crisis and climate emergency, are
    being neglected because of the sheer
    scale of the challenge posed by Brexit.
    It is the wrong choice for the country.
    The Lib Dems will fight to stop Brexit.
    Boris Johnson wants a No-deal Brexit
    while Jeremy Corbyn sits on the
    fence with his Labour Brexit.
    A No-deal Brexit could see:
    • The costs of the weekly shop rise
    because almost 30% of our food comes
    from the EU.
    • The millions of people from the UK
    who travel abroad each year to
    Europe will have to take extra
    measures and check they have the
    right paperwork.
    • The cover provided by the European
    Health Insurance Card would end.
    • Using a UK bank card in Europe to
    pay for goods and services may also
    become more expensive.
    • There are also fears there will not be
    enough medicines in the event of
    delays to imports and farmers are
    already struggling to find
    agricultural workers to pick crops.
    David Watts, Lib Dem parliamentary
    candidate for Newark, said: "The Lib
    Dems are crystal clear: if we win the
    next election, we will stop Brexit by
    revoking Article 50.
    "People deserve better than Boris
    Johnson's No Deal Brexit and Jeremy
    Corbyn's Labour Brexit.
    "Voters can instead choose the Lib
    Dems, and our clear and unequivocal
    policy to Stop Brexit."

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Last night, we held our Liberal Democrat manifesto launch event in Camden, North London, where Jo Swinson laid out our ambitious government plans for both people and the planet.

    In her speech, Jo emphasised that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can take votes away from the Conservatives, the only party that will stop Brexit and the only party that can build a brighter future for our country.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

    Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    There are over 640 long term empty homes in Newark. This figure has been fairly consistent since 2004 at least. It is vital that we take urgent action to bring these back into use. Adding these houses to the housing stock would go a long way towards ending homelessness in the area. We can never settle for a situation where we have even one person forced to sleep rough, and bringing empty homes back into use is a key part of solving this problem.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Trussell Trust have emailed David Watts today to say that they have distributed 1,018 three day food parcels between April and September this year in Newark, a 21% increase on last year. This is shocking. What sort of society are we creating where people can't afford to even feed themselves. For too long we have bought the lie that people on benefits are somehow scroungers when the reality is laid very clear by these figures. Poverty in the UK is real and desperate, and it is a disgrace.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    For too many people, things aren't working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

    Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

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    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    "Inexplicable and shameful."

    "Inexplicable and shameful." - Hillary Clinton on the UK government's refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

    Yeesh. It's almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

    Hillary Clinton knows first-hand what it feels like to go up against Russian interference into elections. While investigations are still ongoing, many close to Trump are already in jail - for collusion with Russian politicians during the 2016 Election.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

    We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

    The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

    Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.