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  • Article: Mar 8, 2021

    This year we honour the women who are paving the way for future generations.

    We celebrate Kamala Harris: the first female, first Black and first Asian-American Vice President of the USA. We celebrate Zara Mohammed who just became the first woman to be Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. We celebrate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African person to head the World Trade Organisation, and we celebrate Prof Sarah Gilbert, the lead professor behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.

  • Article: Mar 5, 2021

    Campaigning steps up...

    I've just been in touch with one of the Liberal Democrat councillors for the ward up the road from me to line up a Focus delivery round on Monday, 8 March. That's the date from which the latest change in guidelines in England comes in. It gives the go-ahead to a much wider range of leafleting and also to doorstep canvassing.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Daisy Cooper elected Deputy Leader by Lib Dem MPs

    Daisy Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, reacted to the Budget:

    "It's simply astonishing that the Budget has nothing to tackle child poverty, nothing for children or young people or their early years education or schools.

    "Tens of thousands of childcare providers are at risk of closure, whilst school finances are at breaking point.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2021
  • Article: Mar 2, 2021

    At a time when millions of small businesses are struggling to survive, to offer them just £5 billion would be an insult.

    We need to see a budget with a bold and ambitious compensation package

    From beauticians to builders, florists to café owners - the small businesses in our communities are on the brink and the Chancellor must do more.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2021

    'What's It Like to be Disabled in Britain in 2021?'
    Thursday 11th March at 7:00 pm - free to attend

    Join us for the third in our series of SharePlanAct online events, with Vice President of the Liberal Democrats, Isabelle Parasram and her team. Introduced by Party Leader Sir Ed Davey MP, our speakers are Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian) and Dan White (Broadcaster).

    Our wide-ranging discussion will cover issues such as how society perceives disabled people and the provision and accessibility of housing, transport, education, employment and other services. It is now 21 years since the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) 1995 - has life improved for disabled people or has it got worse?

    Register for your free tickets by clicking HERE.

    Look forward to seeing you

    Anita Prabhakar
    Diversity Officer
    East Midlands Liberal Democrats

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  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    For more up to date information from the Lib Dem Lords, follow us on twitter: @LibDemLords

    Here's what our peers got up to this week.

    Monday 22nd February

    Each day in the Lords begins with four oral questions to the Government on different topics. Dee Doocey took the Government to task for often taking many weeks, or even months, to answer Written Questions submitted by peers. They are a critical tool for parliamentarians, she said, and government departments are working in a way that is detrimental for others trying to hold ministers to account.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 22nd February

    Monday 22nd February

    All eyes were on the Prime Minister on Monday as he delivered an address to Parliament, setting out a roadmap of rolling back restrictions as the pandemic heads into a new phase.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    Newark & Sherwood District Council Area

    School Funding Shortfalls

    School Total Shortfall in 2020 Followed by shortfall per Pupil

    Minster School, Southwell £500,525 £348

    Holy Trinity Primary School, Southwell £45,885 £866

    Lowes Wong Infant School, Southwell £28,629 £171

    Newark Academy £466,395 £621

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    For years, the Liberal Democrats have been campaigning to scrap the archaic Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough.

    And yesterday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick conceded that we were right, and that it's time to get rid of this cruel and outdated law.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    25 years ago our former leader Paddy Ashdown laid out the stakes for Britain's position in the world:

    Britain's role as the bulwark against tyranny in two wars this century was not a product of isolationism. It was the natural response of a nation used to engaging in the world and certain about its role as a European power.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2021

    The January draw for the 50-50 Club produced 1st prize - 26, Second Prize 61

  • Article: Feb 22, 2021

    Millions of people across the country have made untold sacrifices in the past year.

    Boris Johnson must not squander the months of sacrifice by millions of people and businesses across the country

    People have been isolated from their families, hundreds of thousands of businesses have been shuttered and our precious freedoms have been curtailed.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    During this pandemic, carers have stepped up in very difficult circumstances to look after elderly, disabled and vulnerable people.

    Carer's Allowance is just £67 a week. It's just not nearly enough.

    Unpaid carers in particular are doing a remarkable and important job looking after our loved ones.

    But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2021
    By LGBT+ Liberal Democrats

    Just like with Black History Month (October) or Disability History Month (which runs from November into December), it's typically filled with events (check ours out here) and discussion. LGBT+ History Month reminds us of the progress we've made, but also warns us about the injustices that we have only recently escaped - and injustices that are still with us.