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  • Article: Apr 29, 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 27th April

    The Hybrid Parliament proceedings are (almost) in full swing. If this is your first time to the weekly whip, firstly, welcome, and secondly it would be a good idea to take a look at last week's Weekly Whip for background on how the hybrid parliament works.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020

    Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for Health that bereaved families of NHS staff will receive compensation, Layla Moran MP, who first called for the measure last month, said:

    "This is a win for my cross-party campaign to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, backed by The Express and The Times newspapers.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Thank you

    Over 20,000 party members have given feedback to our independent elections review. Thank you to everyone who has done so. Thank you also to the review team members for not only working through so much feedback but also, despite coronavirus, keeping on track for finishing their report for May.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2020

    A lot of members have contacted me to say that the Chancellor isn't helping small limited companies and freelancers. They're right - those in the creative industries in particular are struggling to get by.

    That's why I have tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to close the loophole in the job retention schemes by allowing small limited company directors to claim for 80 per cent of filed average earnings, including dividends.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020

    University students, particularly undergraduates but also postgraduate researchers, are among some of the most economically vulnerable in society during this coronavirus crisis.

    Many don't have their parents to fall back on or have found themselves suddenly with low incomes and no way of making ends meet.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020

    Yesterday Liberal Democrat Peer and former Deputy First Minister for Wales, Lord German, led a debate in the Houses of Parliament to question the Government over their inaction in stopping the spread of coronavirus across prisons in England and Wales.

    Mike German, who is our Spokesperson for Prison Reform in the House of Lords, raised the issue of overcrowding in prisons and overstretched prisons staff across England and Wales, making them "a perfect crucible" for coronavirus to spread.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it many challenges, including the question about how Muslims can still join together, observe Ramadan, and break the fast (Iftar) whilst still exercising social distancing.

    Being apart at this time - especially from family and loved ones - seems alien to our values, but it gives us the opportunity to celebrate together in a different way.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2020

    Today, Muslim communities in the UK and across the world welcome Ramadan.

    Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time of self-discipline requiring worship, reflection and self-sacrifice through charity, fasting and prayer. It is also a time of profound compassion and an opportunity to share in the suffering of others.

  • Article: Apr 22, 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 20th April

    With Parliament back from recess, many procedural changes have been made to the House of Commons. COVID 19 has led to a rapid use of technology in the chamber in what is a fast-evolving situation.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Want to know more about our frontline support package and how it'd work? Read this article to learn more:

    Today, we've launched a plan for a comprehensive package of support for the 2.2 million NHS and social care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis

    The package includes: ensuring workers have the personal protective equipment they need, now; practical help to make day-to-day life a little easier; extra pay to reflect the extra dangers they face; additional support for those who die in service; and a new medal to recognise their service during this perilous time.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Day after day, our NHS and care staff are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe and care for the critically ill, suffering from coronavirus.

    Working long shifts, often isolated from their families, the sacrifices they are making for us all during this pandemic are incredible.

    Yet alarmingly, many aren't getting the support they need. That's why Liberal Democrats are calling for a comprehensive support package for frontline workers - to give them the support and recognition they deserve.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Government still failing to provide essential protection for carers

    Responding to Health Secretary's press conference, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Promoting the use of the Care Badge, initially announced in March 2019, is welcome. Carers throughout the country are making enormous sacrifices to care for people during the Coronavirus crisis and must be recognised alongside NHS workers.

    Yet however welcome the badge, Ministers have still not managed to provide all carers with the protection they desperately need.

    It is regrettably becoming clear that the Government is failing to deliver on key promises to care workers, especially over supplies of protective equipment."

  • Article: Apr 15, 2020

    Our capacity for traditional campaigning is perhaps a little lower right now. We're taking the opportunity to review the tools that we use to get this done, and we want your input!

    Liberal Democrats use a wide variety of tools to campaign. From voter ID to data storage to communicating with the public, we have a number of software tools designed to help you win. We're constantly reviewing how well these are working - which is why it's important you let us know what works well for you and what doesn't!

  • Article: Apr 15, 2020

    Last month, the Federal Board decided to postpone the party leadership election, due to kick off in May, until May 2021, so that the party can focus on dealing with the coronavirus crisis instead.

    Following this decision, an appeal against it was made to the Federal Appeals Panel (our internal Liberal Democrat equivalent of the Supreme Court). The Appeals Panel has agreed that the Federal Board can suspend the leadership election while exceptional circumstances exist, but not delay to a fixed date next year. It has asked the Board to keep the timetable for the leadership election under review, as circumstances continue to develop.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2020

    Two weeks ago, I joined forces with a cross-party group of MPs representing University Towns. We wrote to the Chancellor to ask him to do more to support University Students during this crisis.

    The letter, signed by 18 MPs, asked him to "make sure that students are not the group to be forgotten as the nation is grappling with economic fall-out from the Covid19 crisis".