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  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. What a concerning and worrying time we are in.

    My mind boggles with the logistical challenge facing our education system

    Today millions of students are leaving the schools gates for an indefinite period to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    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: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 16th March

    It has been a strange week in Parliament, as I am sure it has been in all workplaces. The week was broken up by the announcement that employees should be working from home unless they have an explicit reason not to. Most Parliamentary staff are now rightly working from home. Business in the House continues, and we expect it to continue into next week when both Houses will debate the emergency legislation.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    People who have every right to live in the UK were wrongly denied access to NHS treatment, housing and other services simply because they don't have the right documents to prove it. Many were wrongfully detained and even deported.

    We need urgent action from the Home Secretary to dismantle the Hostile Environment altogether

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Lib Dems: Govt must act to prevent people falling into destitution

    Responding to the Prime Minister's most recent update on the coronavirus, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:


    "People cannot wait any longer for news about what they will have to live on if they lose their jobs. Few businesses are in a position to "stand by their workers" when their income stream has collapsed. This is about putting food on the table."

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Elections for Scottish Executive and Policy Committee are going ahead - and here's your chance to hear from the candidates. We've put together the submitted manifestos so you can make an informed decision on who to choose.

    The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management and conduct of the party, including staff accountability while Policy Committee is responsible for researching and developing policy, as well as putting together election manifestos.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2020

    I'm so proud of our movement.

    On Monday, I emailed asking members to pause their normal campaigning and prioritise community action to help those affected by coronavirus. Since then I've been overwhelmed by the response.

    Day in, day out, Liberal Democrats all over the country do all they can for their communities. But now, when it counts more than ever, you're stepping up to protect the most vulnerable in our society. I couldn't be prouder to be a Liberal Democrat today.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2020

    Lib Dems set up Coronavirus Community Taskforce

    Yesterday Acting Leader Ed Davey set up a Coronavirus Community Taskforce to coordinate Liberal Democrat councillors' members, activists and supporters in their response to the Coronavirus crisis in their communities.

    The Coronavirus crisis is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk. People across the country are rightly worried about their loved ones, with many more keen to do something to help.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    As the coronavirus crisis continues, people are understandably becoming increasingly worried.

    This is likely to be a tough and frightening time for many people. It is vital we all take this incredibly seriously, follow the advice being given, and pull together as a country during this difficult period.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2020

    Being told to stay home is all well and good. But what about those who don't have a roof over their heads to self-isolate under?

    These are vulnerable people. Many homeless people struggle with mental health or addiction issues

    There's no doubt that this is a deeply concerning time. I support all evidence-led efforts to minimise the impact of COVID-19. The models released this week make clear that self-isolation is a key intervention, but not everyone can self-isolate. There are reports that the police might get the power to arrest anyone with the virus found outside. I'm really worried as to what this would mean to people who have nowhere else to go - Britain's homeless.

  • Fay Howison
    Article: Mar 13, 2020

    With great sadness, yet many happy memories, the Rutland and Melton Liberal Democrats need to announce that our president Fay Howison died peacefully at home on February 24th. She had been unwell for some time, but was cheerful right to the end.

    Fay worked tirelessly for the local Liberal Democrats for decades and in 2016 was presented with the Harriet Smith Liberal Democrat Distinguished Service Award for a party member who has never been elected to public office but who has demonstrated excellence and commitment.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2020

    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: @LibWhips

    Week commencing the 9 March

    Following International Women's Day on Sunday, this week, we continued to present fantastic Bills to Parliament. Each of them aimed at improving women's lives and our society for the better. To read a rundown of all our IWD Bills, head to this write up from Cosmopolitan:

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Following careful consideration of the latest health advice and risks, the Federal Board has tonight decided to cancel our federal conference this weekend.

    It's not a decision that was taken lightly as conference plays a key role in our democratic party as well as being an important training and information exchange event. However, the health of our members and supporters, the staff who work on conference and the wider public is far more important.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

    Over the last week, Liberal Democrat MPs have been introducing seven Bills that tackle challenges facing women and girls in the UK and beyond.

    Today I'm tabling my Bill, which would prohibit anti-abortion protests within 150 metres of abortion clinics:

    My Bill will protect all women, all over the country, from harassment and intimidation.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

    The Federal Conference Committee met on Sunday, 8th March to review the amendments, emergency motions and topical issues submitted for Spring Conference. We also discussed the most recent guidance with regards to COVID-19, and a few other reports back from the Federal Board.

    On COVID-19; we're keeping under close review the plans for the York conference in the light of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on health advice from Public Health England and government, along with that from York Council, at present, conference will go ahead as planned.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

    Want to find more (and more diverse) candidates in your area? Watch this quick webinar with Daisy Cooper for tips, tricks and strategies to recruit the right people!

    You can also use Lighthouse to help you find more candidates. Learn more here: www.libdems.org.uk/lighthouse