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  • Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it.

    Like the rest of our wonderful NHS and care staff, hundreds of thousands of people from other countries are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, putting themselves in harm's way to make sure we get the care we need.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Party Reform

    This month we received a report on progress against the Thornhill Report and we felt that the party was making good progress on some of the key points raised.

    Whilst there is still much to do, there is a feeling that what we are setting in place will be good for the future. The Party is improving its ability to work across different parts of itself (HQ, ALDC, the States and Regions) and, despite the challenge of Coronavirus, is ploughing on with the reforms necessary to elect more Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020
    By Flo Clucas

    Our Party is going through a period of change. The General Election Review was one of the reviews commissioned by the Party, to look at how we organise ourselves for elections and how we can do things better.

    The Party has also asked for a review of Party organisations - known as AOs, Associated Organisations and SAOs, Specified Associated Organisations. These are organisations in the Party that cover everything, from Green Liberal Democrats to Liberal Democrat Women and everything in between. If you are a member of one of the Party's organisations, then this survey is for you. We want your views both on the support the Party gives to your organisation and what changes can and should be made.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Aug 27, 2020

    Ed Davey has today been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, won the leadership election Thursday morning, receiving 42,756 votes.

    In his acceptance speech he announced his plans to begin rebuilding the party to national relevance and launched a national listening project, stating that for the Party "it is time to start listening".


    The full speech is as follows:

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

    To members of the Liberal Democrats, thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the honour of leading a party I joined 30 years ago.

    And I want also to thank a whole host of people who've run this campaign - whether in party headquarters alongside the Returning Officer, or in my own amazing campaign team.

    The thousands of people who've volunteered time to campaign with me. Who've donated to my campaign. Who've championed our vision of a greener, fairer, more caring society.

    I'd particularly like to thank Claire Halliwell, my Campaign Manager. Claire, you've been fantastic.

    And of course Emily, my wife and our two beautiful children, John and Ellie. Thank you Emily for your amazing support, patience and love.

    I am sure I am speaking for many people when I say that - for all the stress and uncertainty of the last few months - one positive has been the chance to spend more time with our families. And so I'd like to thank Ellie in particular, for appearing as a surprise cameo in so many of my zoom calls and online hustings.

    I want to talk now about the future of the Liberal Democrats.
    I joined this party 30 years ago. I met Emily here. I have made so many good friends here.

    And with those friends, I have campaigned across our country, knocking on tens of thousands of doors, delivering hundreds of thousands of leaflets.
    The reason I have done all this is simple.

    I love our party.
    I believe in it.

    I stand for all the things the Liberal Democrats stand for:
    Social justice, political reform, equality and protecting our environment.
    I stand for fairness and for fighting to protect the rights of ordinary people.

    I'm determined our Party backs a Britain that works with other countries across the world for peace and prosperity.

    BUT - it is my love of our party that makes me recognise that we have to change.

    We have to wake up and smell the coffee.

    Nationally, our party has lost touch with too many voters.

    Yes, we are powerful advocates locally.

    Our campaigners listen to local people, work hard for communities and deliver results.

    But at the national level, we have to face the facts of three disappointing general election results.

    The truth is...
    Voters don't believe that the Liberal Democrats want to help ordinary people get on in life.
    Voters don't believe we share their values.
    And voters don't believe we are on the side of people like them.

    Nationally, voters have been sending us a message.

    But we have not been listening. It is time for us to start listening.
    As leader I am telling you: I have got that message. I am listening now.


    Whether you're from the North, South, or somewhere in between
    Whether you voted for Brexit or Remain, or just wanted the whole thing settled
    Whether you voted Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, SNP or Plaid
    My message for you is this:
    I will travel up and down our country to meet you.
    To hear about the things that matter most to you.
    Your problems and fears, your hopes and dreams.
    I will face up to uncomfortable truths.
    And I will make your concerns my own.

    Our country is going through one of the most extraordinary and difficult periods for generations.

    The challenge of Covid will affect our country and the world for decades to come.

    Millions of people are suffering.

    As Leader of the Liberal Democrats, I want to reach out to help you and your community get through this.

    Whether your concerns are your families' health, your children's education or your livelihood.

    I want to understand the new future you want after all this - and help to deliver it.

    So my job from today is to rebuild the Liberal Democrats to national relevance so we can deliver this future for you, for your family and for the people who need it the most.

    None of this is going to be easy.

    None of this is going to be straightforward.

    And none of it is going to be quick or simple to achieve.

    But I want the Liberal Democrats to represent the whole country, not just some people, and to stand for fairness and opportunity for all.

    That is my commitment to you as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The hard work starts today.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2020

    The booklet of party reports for our autumn conference has now been published. It has been an unprecedented year and your help in keeping the party going through those challenges is greatly appreciated.

    These reports give you updates on everything from how conference is run to the latest on our policy-making process, the state of our finances, the working of our complaints system and the Federal Board's work on your behalf.

  • The LGBT Lib Dems
    Article: Aug 25, 2020

    This weekend would have been Manchester Pride and Pride Cymru. While we're not able to get together in person this year, LGBT+LD, Manchester Lib Dems and Welsh Lib Dems would love you to join us for our own Pride Inside - open to Lib Dem members across the country.

    We will be hosting a panel discussion at 2PM on the topic of winning back trust amongst LGBT+ voters. Our panel will include a series of LGBT+ candidates, representatives and experts. We would love to hear your questions and thoughts.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2020

    His death rocked the world. It sparked overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter protests. It demanded of all of us that we look at what we can do to tackle racial injustice.

    And the Liberal Democrats are no exception.

    Over the past three months, we have stepped up our efforts to combat racism - whether conscious or unconscious, individual or institutional - wherever we find it.

  • Leadership Contenders Layla Moran MP & Ed Davey MP
    Article: Aug 25, 2020

    On Thursday our new Liberal Democrat leader will be announced.

    If you have still not voted then you have only hours left as the ballots close at 1pm on Wednesday.

    To help you make your mind up, local LibDems, including former Rutland & Melton PPC, Carol Weaver discuss the candidates on BBC Radio Leicester (approx 2hrs 14 mins from start):

  • Article: Aug 24, 2020

    The LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team are running a rolling programme of bulk-buy deals on literature and Royal Mail door-to-door delivery.

    Here's info below about the new phase we're offering.

    Why opt in to the bulk-buy deal?

    • It's a process that you're hand-held throughout - meaning you do not have to deal directly with Royal Mail or the Printers
    • It's often (though not always) cheaper as we're ordering in bulk
    • As we offer door-to-door postage, it allows a greater degree of flexibility for seats without deliverers in the current climate
  • Article: Aug 21, 2020

    When I ran to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for North East Fife, I knew what I was getting into. In the 2017 election, my party had missed out on winning the seat by just two votes, making this quiet, rural, coastal constituency the most marginal in the country. While I wasn't necessarily expecting another election to come along as soon as 2019, I was expecting a very competitive race.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2020

    In a bid to raise awareness of those excluded, we asked members of the public to share their stories with us.

    These individuals have lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis and are entirely excluded from the Government's financial support measures.

    Here's what they had to say:

  • Tory Misrule A - derelict shops in the heart of Rugby
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    Responding to ONS figures that show retail sales rose above pre-pandemic levels in July, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "This will be welcome news for so many people working on our high streets who would have spent several months worried about their job.

    "However, we are not out of the woods yet. The Government is yet to bring forward a proper plan for high streets in locally locked down areas, so people are likely to go through more tough times.

    "The Government also continues to threaten our economic recovery with its damaging Brexit policy. The fact that we could still leave negotiations with the EU with a bad or no deal means that many high street businesses will still be very concerned about what the future holds."

  • NHS
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have warned it is "shameful" that bereaved families of NHS and care workers who die of coronavirus risk losing access to welfare benefits if they receive payments under the government's Covid-19 compensation scheme and called on Ministers to "scrap this senseless rule immediately."

    The Government has confirmed that families who receive the £60,000 payout under the scheme will no longer be able to claim for universal credit, housing benefit or pension credit, as they would be in breach of capital limits.

    Layla Moran led the cross-party campaign calling for the introduction of the Covid-19 compensation scheme for families of NHS and care workers who lose their lives to coronavirus.

    Figures she uncovered in July revealed only 19 families had benefited so far from the scheme, despite there being over 540 Covid-19 related deaths of health and social care workers in the UK.

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    "It is utterly shameful that bereaved families of NHS and care workers face losing access to benefits if they receive a payment from the Covid-19 compensation scheme.

    "This scheme was set up to provide financial security and comfort to the loveed ones of those who tragically died on the frontline against coronavirus.

    "This exercise in penny pinching is completely tone deaf and risks rubbing salt in the wounds of grieving families. The Government must scrap this senseless rule immediately."

    ENDS.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    As Liberal Democrats, we've always looked to the future with hope to build a better world. When looking past the direct impact of the Coronavirus crisis, we should welcome the unprecedented opportunity to change society radically for the future.

    That's exactly what PolicyLab users have done since the launch of our new member engagement forum.