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  • Article: Jan 1, 2019

    Hello Everyone

    Welcome to 2019 - It's been lovely to speak with some of you over the last few weeks. Great to see a mix of new and old faces at the helms of our local parties.

    I thought I would write this to introduce myself as your new Regional Chair and to wish you a happy, prosperous and successful New Year. It is going to be an interesting one, it's true. Over the Christmas period, I found myself thinking about how much has happened in such a relatively short time, across Europe, in Westminster and across the Region. That in 50 years time, people may well be studying this period that we are living through right now. What we do now, locally and nationally, really matters.

  • Article: Dec 31, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

    The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.
    It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

    After two long years of negotiation, the Prime Minister has brought back a Brexit deal that satisfies no-one. Her reaction is to try to scare people with the prospect of a 'No Deal' Brexit. In reality, that can't happen unless she decides it should.

    So the only way forward - now - for the country and the Prime Minister is for the public to have the final say, and the option to Remain.

    It's a campaign we Liberal Democrats started more than two years ago. Now millions of people have joined us in demanding a better future than Brexit Britain has to offer.

    And the power of the millions who have signed petitions, lobbied their MP, or marched on Parliament - 700,000 of them just this year - is beginning to bear fruit. A People's Vote has moved from being a possibility to being a probability.

    But only if we keep the pressure up. If we succeed, 2019 will be a year remembered not because we harmed our country with Brexit, but because we - the people - stood up and stopped it.

    And if we do that, our Parliament and Government can once again deal with big issues like climate change, rising crime, the social care crisis, homelessness and housing supply, all of which have been neglected because of Brexit.

    Enjoy your New Year celebrations and then let's get out there in 2019 and win the fight for a People's Vote and a brighter future for Britain.

  • Article: Dec 28, 2018

    Tory Plan to Scrap Councils

    Faced with a £54 million shortfall by 2020, Conservatives at County Hall want to scrap all Borough and District Councils in Nottinghamshire to create one "Super-Council" run from West Bridgford. Savings of £20-£30 million are promised to answer the County Council's financial woes. However County Durham, which went Unitary in 2009 and cut 2700 jobs, still has to make £39 million of cuts. It is a similar story for Cornwall and Wiltshire Unitary Councils.

  • Southwell Hockerton Road litter picking
    Article: Dec 28, 2018

    The District Council has re-issued useful advice on waste that is suitable for recycling, but options are still limited.
    Contamination in silver bins reduces recycling rates and adds recovery and disposal costs.

    Lib Dem Councillors Peter Harris and Peter Scorer

    clear plastinc litter.

    Falling Behind

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    Article: Dec 27, 2018

    The 2018 edition of Ad Lib Magazine is out now. Read it here:

    Read the latest edition

    Starting next year, Ad Lib will now be an online-only publication, released quarterly. We'll also be sending some of the editions to our members who aren't on email as well.

    If you'd like anything included in future editions, please email membership@libdems.org.uk.

  • Article: Dec 27, 2018

    We've passed an amendment in the Lords so that people in care are only deprived of their liberty when it is necessary to prevent them from harm.

    People in care deserve their freedom too. That's why we've ensured that their freedom is only restricted when they're at risk to themselves.

    Vulnerable people deserve protection - and the government has a duty to protect them.

  • Article: Dec 27, 2018

    This Christmas, I have worked with St Giles Trust to learn more about the gang culture which is fuelling knife crime and tragically costing young people their lives. St Giles works directly with those affected, providing education, mentoring and support to fill the void into which gangs otherwise slip.

    In the film, I discuss the causes of knife crime with Liam, a St Giles Project Co-ordinator. And we hear the incredibly brave voice of Sophie Kafeero whose own son, Derick, was killed last year - now she is campaigning with her local MP, Ed Davey, to take knives off the street.

    As we sit down to our Christmas festivities, I hope the film helps to remind us of those who have lost someone; who have an empty chair at their Christmas table. And helping charities like St Giles is one way we can make a difference.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Since learning of Paddy Ashdown's death last night people have been taking to social media to share their memories of this incredible man.

    We've collected a few of those memories of Paddy from members, supporters and the public at large here. You can also share your memories of Paddy and add your name to the book of condolence here: www.libdems.org.uk/book-of-condolence-paddy-ashdown

  • Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Earlier this evening, Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats passed away following a short illness.

    Our thoughts are with Jane and Paddy's family this evening.

    This is a hugely sad day for the Liberal Democrats and for the very many people across political and public life who had immense affection and respect for Paddy.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2018

    Throughout 2018, Jeremy Corbyn has refused to fight this chaotic, disastrous Brexit.

    He has pulled his punches on this Brexit mess. He has let Theresa May off the hook in key votes. He has resisted calls within his own party for a People's Vote. His weak opposition has helped the Conservatives get this far.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    With the end of year fast approaching I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know of some of the achievements of the Brexit campaign.

    A year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say

    For more than two years, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight on Brexit - and this year we've been running our largest ever campaign outside of an election. And it's working - a year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The NHS can't recruit the doctors and nurses it needs. Families are separated by complex visa requirements. People without documents are denied access to healthcare and housing. Decades of incompetence and cruelty by Labour and Tory Home Secretaries has shattered confidence in the system.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand a more effective and compassionate immigration system. A system that works for our economy and treats migrants and asylum seekers with dignity.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Robin Rea

    Last night the Liberal Democrats tabled a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Conservative Government.

    The Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit for two years.

    Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has helped the Conservatives deliver Brexit. The motion of no confidence could remove one of Corbyn's last excuses not to back a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Government has challenged the Labour Party to table a real 'no confidence' motion. We have now done that for them.

    Jeremy Corbyn need only add his name, and the debate and vote would happen before Christmas.

    If he fails, it will be yet more evidence that his recalcitrance is really a rouse to avoid supporting a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    It means that we have now secured a number of important changes to the Bill, including:

    • Creating exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals.
    • Protecting journalism and academic research from the new offence of accessing terrorism-related material online.
    • Requiring the Government to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.
    • Limiting new powers to detain people at ports and airports to cases involving national security.