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  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    One of my own proudest political moments as a Liberal Democrat was moving the amendment in a parliamentary committee that abolished section 28 - that shocking discriminatory law which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality by local authorities and schools. And with 2018 marking 30 years since the original passing of Section 28 we need to recall the damage that odious law did: it not only led to the LGBT+ community being shunned by some but it also gave rise to homophobic bullying in many communities.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 26, 2018

    "At the centre of the last budget was a pledge to build 300,000 UK houses a year to address the 'housing crisis'.

    We were taken back to the days when a post-war Conservative Government, under Churchill, was elected with this level of ambition, and more than succeeded.

    Or to the interwar National Government when, under the much-maligned Neville Chamberlain, when there was a similar level of ambition and achievement in the aftermath of, and as an antidote to, the Great Crash.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2018

    The poll for the Oakham South West by-election will take place on 12th July 2018 between 7am and 10pm and the Liberal Democrat candidate is Joanna Burrows who has lived in Oakham for many years.

    The deadline for receiving new applications to register to vote for this election is midnight on 26 June 2018. Applications can be made online through the national GOV.UK website.

  • Focus Election 2017
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    What are the Government's Priorities over School Funding?

    Good news that Newark's schools are beginning to improve. After years of decline in the performance of all secondary schools in Newark a complete turnaround was urgently needed.

    A key part of the problem was the "Lincolnshire Drift" where pupils who passed the 11+ were selected for Grammar Schools in Lincolnshire.

  • Southwell Hockerton Road litter picking
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Fly-tipping is increasing. Dumped waste has been reported on local roads. Unlicensed waste carriers are a growing problem, but part of it is casual dumping instead of making a trip to the re-cycling centre.
    A year ago the Conservatives made a County Council election promise to investigate the re-opening of Fiskerton tip. At the Town Council meeting in May, Liberal Democrat Cllr Peter Scorer asked our County Councillor how the investigation was progressing. The answer was "no progress".

  • Potholes Southwell
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Chris Wood

    At last pothole s are being filled. Many potholes have been reported to NCC by the Focus Team and other residents - with temporary repairs now being undertaken/completed. The yellow rings confirm that even sides roads will be treated. There are plenty of potholes to fill. One small cul-de-sac has sixteen holes.

  • Green Lib Dem Logo
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Peter Scorer in Focus 253

    You may have seen on the local BBC news about the recent Green Liberal Democrat conference in Nottingham.

    With growing concerns about carbon emissions, waste and re-cycling, Liberal Democrats held a conference to further develop their Green Manifesto for the future.

    The event was well attended, with keynote speeches from several MPs and the Party Leader, Vince Cable.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    The Liberal Democrats have many strengths as a party.

    But right now we failing in one key area - diversity. We have too few women, too few people without a university education - and far too few BAME members in our party.

    This is not the kind of party we want to be.

    Together we are going to do something about it but I need you to be bold.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    We were so close.

    Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse has been fighting to make 'upskirting' (taking photographs up a woman's skirt without their consent) a specific criminal offence.

    This morning it looked likely that this vile practice would be outlawed after it received backing from the Ministry of Justice, Number 10 and numerous MPs across the house.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    This month has been the most successful yet frustrating one we've had for our Brexit campaign.

    At the end of May we won a series of victories against the government in the House of Lords.

    We defeated the government on the EU Withdrawal Bill a staggering 15 times - thanks to the thousands of supporters who wrote to Peers we identified who would consider supporting us on this.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    When I was little, my grandfather got involved in amateur dramatics. He wasn't very good, but I mention it because the role that I best remember him playing was that of a judge in a play called "Breaking the Code", about the life and trial of Alan Turing. It was important to grandpa because he had always thought of Alan Turing as a national hero. He felt that his intelligence work at Bletchley had turned the tide of the war in the north Atlantic, where my grandfather was an officer on a destroyer. Grandpa felt that, despite his heroism, Alan Turing had been terribly ill used by the British establishment and the judiciary and that what happened to him ultimately brought about his destruction.

  • A pile of leaflets to be delivered in a Liberal Democrat Office
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Elections weren't just being held for Parliament last night - there were also two Council by-elections, a delayed election in Southwark (with three seats up for grabs!) and a by-election in Doncaster.

    In London Bridge & West Bermondsey, we pulled off a stunning win - winning all three seats that were up for grabs.

  • Wera Hobouse.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, the Government has announced that they will be backing my Bill to make 'upskirting' a specific sexual offence.

    I've been working closely with the tenacious campaigner Gina Martin and her lawyer Ryan Whelan on the details of law reform with the Ministry of Justice - supported by hundreds of activists who have lobbied the relevant ministers for a change in the law on upskirting.