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  • Theresa May.
    Article: Apr 17, 2018

    The Windrush scandal has exposed the brutality of the Home Office and the Conservatives more clearly than a multitude of other immigration and asylum scandals.

    The reason?

    The Windrush Generation are British citizens. People who've lived here for decades - working, raising families, part of Britain.

    Even the Daily Mail has been forced to back their case.

  • hospitle photo
    Article: Apr 16, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    EMAS has confirmed that the Ambulance Station in Market Harborough is to close, the site is to be sold and the Ambulances moved and from later this year housed at the current Market Harborough Police Station as a joint use by Blue Light Services. What EMAS say is the first of its kind in Leicestershire.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    For almost 30 years Phil Knowles was at the head of the campaign for the New Harborough Hospital, indeed for much of the time, he was the single voice fighting for what he constantly labelled as a much-needed community facility.

    Now one year on from the opening he says the sheer volume of those using the facility underlined just how much the facility is needed and just how important the campaign was.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Apr 14, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Riding the coattails of an erratic US President is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons.

    The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding.

    Liberal Democrats stood ready to assess the evidence and objectives for any action and if it were properly planned and justified, to support a military response.

    At this moment our thoughts are with British and allied troops. But the Government's decision fatally undermines the integrity of this mission.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    Next month more than 100 local parties are facing council elections. If yours isn't one of them, you can still make a huge difference to the party's overall local election effort - and help us elect more Liberal Democrats in May.

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  • Article: Apr 13, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset. Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    I am certain that many Britons are as appalled as I am about the horrific scenes coming out of Syria.

    The use of chemical weapons is barbaric. It is a crime against humanity and it is a clear violation of international law.

    The Liberal Democrats are an internationalist, outward-looking party - and part of that is being willing to play our part in upholding international law.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2018
    The final recommendations say that Rutland should have one more councillor and that the boundaries should change in order to produce greater equality.
    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England writes:
    "Today, we have published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements for Rutland County Council.
  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 6, 2018

    1. Working to end homelessness being criminalised.

    Vagrancy isn't a word we often use in the 21st Century. That's why the law that makes homelessness a crime dates back to the 19th century. Layla Moran MP, our excellent MP for Oxford West and Abingdon has brought forward a bill to repeal this draconian law and stop people being arrested just for not having a roof over their head.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset.

    Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

    These real votes in real ballot boxes show Liberal Democrat support at double our national opinion poll rating.

  • EdDavey
    Article: Mar 31, 2018

    From Ed Davey:

    I've written to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper, calling on her to investigate the alleged illegal activity of Vote Leave.

    I believe that the Home Affairs Select Committee should immediately launch an enquiry into the serious accusations against the Vote Leave campaign, including deliberate overspending, illegal coordination and a significant cover-up of their relationship with the smaller campaign group BeLeave.

    The allegations against Cambridge Analytica, and the legal opinions of Helen Mountfield QC and Clare Montgomery, only strengthen the case for an urgent investigation.

    If true, these allegations call into question the very foundations of our democracy, and I have no doubt Yvette will agree with me that full disclosure must be given to Parliament and the British public on this extremely serious matter.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Millions of Jewish families and friends across the world will come together tonight to celebrate Passover.

    They will reflect on the struggle of the Jewish people to be free.

    For people of all faiths and none, the story told at Passover is a reminder of the importance of freedom, and standing up for the oppressed.

  • Plastic Bags
    Article: Mar 30, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    The Liberal Party and later the Lib Dems, have always championed the environment, unlike the other major parties, who lay claim to be recent converts but whose policies do not reflect their words. Join us in our campaign to stop the planet from drowning in plastic!
    The amount of plastic we use and then dump has been in the news lately. It has been revealed that many types of plastic and other materials that are laminated, cannot be re-cycled and end up in landfill, or worse, in the oceans.
    Supermarket packaging is a major source but many everyday products have changed over to plastic in recent years. Newspaper supplements and magazines through the post are usually wrapped in plastic (even the National Trust's, which should know better!). Pet food now comes in sachets rather than recyclable cans. Cereals come in plastic inside the cardboard box instead of paper. Notably, Weetabix has returned to paper after a spell using plastic. Tetra Packs (which orange juice comes in) aren't recyclable locally. The list goes on.
    The imposition of a 5p charge on plastic "one use" shopping bags has led to a brilliant 80% reduction in their use. However even buying loose vegetables and fruit in a supermarket leads to putting it in plastic bags to weigh them.
    Shopping locally can certainly reduce the amount of plastic we use. Use the local milkman - you can still get milk in glass bottles which are washed and re-used rather than in throw away plastic bottles. We need to apply pressure to local and national retailers to reduce the plastic in our packaging. Or at least use plastic we can re-cycle .

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Swinson's report, which outlines the use of plastics by all major Easter egg manufacturers, highlights the need for companies to cut down the use of plastics to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic waste ending up in landfills.

    Key findings of the report:

    • According to recent figures, 147.7 million hollow Easter Eggs are sold each year.
    An average Easter Egg box as found in this report contains 22 grams of plastic packaging, so this could mean over 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year from hollow Easter Eggs alone.

  • Diamond posters with text 'Liberal Democrats: Open, Tolerant and United
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    We're launching the BIGGEST most AMBITIOUS campaign the Liberal Democrats have ever run outside an election.

    Why?

    Quite simply, we want to stop Brexit.

    And why now?

    Well, it's a year since Theresa May's calamitous government triggered 'Article 50', formally starting the process for the UK to leave the EU.

    A UK torn apart from its closest friends and neighbours is not a future we want and not a future we are going to stand by and let happen.