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  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2018

    April: 1st B Dobbie 2nd S Thomstone

    May: 1st D Bonsell 2nd B Prentice

    June: 1st S Thompstone 2nd V Scorer

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    The Government have refused to guarantee that MPs will see the full impact analysis of a no-deal Brexit before the final vote on departure from the EU.

    The Government are clearly losing the plot.

    Refusing to show MPs the full damage a no-deal Brexit would inflict on our country makes a mockery of the discredited mantra 'Taking Back Control'.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2018

    Our Exit from Brexit Summer Campaign is in full swing. Across the country, Liberal Democrats have been speaking to voters in their area about how disastrous Brexit is going to be.

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  • Dominc Raab, MRA and Brexit Secretary. Image: Policy Exchange
    Article: Aug 24, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    In a speech today the Brexit Secretary set out the no-deal Brexit papers.

    No one will be surprised that the Brexit Secretary was hot and flustered today. What he set out means a disaster for British families and British jobs.

    We also have yet further confirmation that there is no prospect that a plan will be delivered in the next six months, not least on the Northern Ireland border and post-Brexit customs arrangements.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Aug 23, 2018

    Yesterday, I sent you a video of Corbyn refusing to answer a question about whether we would be better off after Brexit five times.

    Already this has been seen fifty thousand times on Facebook thanks to you all sharing it online - and with no sign of it slowing down.

    You can watch it yourself here:

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    More than 7 in 10 Labour voters want to have a vote on the final deal that Theresa May has put together - with an option to stay in the EU.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    1. You might have read about the vacancy in Cottesmore. So far there is no election date but we shall keep you informed.

    2. At the moment, despite rumours, we are not aware of any other immediate by-elections.

    3. We are happy to keep anyone interested in being a future counsellor in their area on a list in case of future by-elections.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2018

    We are currently planning an event with the Leicestershire European Movement which will be held in Oakham and delivered by Dr Carol Weaver, a former university lecturer on European politics.

    Meanwhile you might like to see an example of the slides she will use.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt1T_qS2RLc

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

    What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

    This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    At the moment there are still huge question marks and nothing is certain but the seed of an idea from Lib Dem Councillor Phil Knowles is generating interest and discussion at EMAS.

    Some weeks ago Cllr Knowles contacted EMAS, encouraging them to consider the potential of a trial a mobile stroke unit here in the East Midlands. The vehicles are proven in Germany and we understand in Australia and there is one such Unit involved in a trial in the South East of England where results are rumoured to be very encouraging indeed.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    After the 2015 election disaster, a comprehensive post-mortem led by James Gurling analysed what had gone wrong and made a huge number of detailed recommendations of what should be done differently next time.

    However, the snap election of 2017, coming just two years later and out of left field, meant that we were still recovering from 2015 and had not had much chance to implement many of those changes.

  • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    I say no - conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path. The future of our great United Kingdom and our future generations is far more important than anything else in my view and worth fighting for every step of the way.

    Politics surely should be about policies and not personal attacks - what a shame it hasn't remained that way? What I did not realise is that this was just the beginning of a long and rocky ride over the coming months where I saw a real lurch to the right, in the words of the former Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC the party has started to mould itself into 'UKIp-Lite'.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Theresa May once called modern slavery "the great human rights issue of our time", and she was right. The very idea that human beings are held in bondage in the UK today - forced to pick fruit and wash cars, to work on construction sites and in nail bars - is sickening.

    In 2015, the Coalition Government passed a Modern Slavery Act to make it easier to identify victims and bring traffickers to justice, and prosecutions have increased as a result. But now, many of Theresa May's own policies are undermining efforts to tackle it.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2018
    By Sophie Tyrrill

    I first became involved with party politics when I was 18. I was studying an undergraduate degree in Politics and Religious Studies (later refined to straight Politics) at Cardiff University. Like most first years, I had planned to join at least one society and throw myself into student life at the University. I knew I wanted to join a political society, and for me what was then Cardiff Conservative Future seemed like the perfect option.