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The Liberal Democrats have reported the Prime Minister to the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests for using the government crest at his party political speech yesterday. In his speech at Policy Exchange, the Prime Minister gave an overtly party political speech in which he framed from the start as being about the choice voters will […]

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Responding to the latest labour market figures showing a rise in unemployment, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said: After years of economic chaos, these are concerning figures. The Conservative government has played economic whack-a-mole for too long, unable to grow the economy, and now too many face the prospect of losing their job. The public […]

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MPs have voted by 170 votes to 169 to back an amendment tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain that ensures MPs accused of serious offences are excluded from the Parliamentary estate at the point of arrest, rather than only when charged. Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain said: This is an important step towards making Parliament […]

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Responding to the IFS report showing that NHS spending will rise less quickly than the Conservative party planned in their 2019 General Election manifesto, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: The Conservative party has left patients and staff to bear the brunt of rising demand, endless waiting lists, and deadly A&E delays. […]

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Both the Conservatives and Labour appear to have turned their backs on a perfectly reasonable offer which would put today’s young people on the same footing as previous generations of young people, simply because the idea came from the EU. Read on….. 21 Apr 2024 Both Liberal Democrat leader, Ed Davey, and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, […]

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Keeping your home safe

by Ian Shires on 2 May, 2024

I received the following today from Walsall Police, thought I’d share it with you… As you look forward to some warmer weather and lighter nights, let’s not forget about keeping your homes safe. There are simple steps that you can take to make your home safer.  Burglars look for homes that appear to be empty […]

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The Liberal Democrats have called for swimming pools and leisure centres to be designated as “critical health infrastructure” to protect them from closure. It comes as new analysis by the party shows 266 local authority swimming pools and 261 leisure facilities have been closed since 2015. Once new openings are taken into account, there has […]

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Why we need a Fair Deal for Housing and Communities

by Ian Shires on 23 April, 2024

People’s lives are shaped by the communities they live in – if communities thrive, individuals will too. But local government has been left underfunded, underpowered, and unable to tackle many of the problems communities face today. One of these problems is housing. Many people struggle to buy or rent a good quality home and homelessness […]

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Responding to the Government’s childcare announcement, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said: This latest Conservative chaos is hitting families hard. Parents are seriously worried about what the Government’s botched childcare expansion will mean for them. Free hours are no good if parents can’t find a good nursery or childminder for their child – and […]

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The case for a radical, liberal left

by Ian Shires on 1 April, 2024

I saw this on Social Europe this morning and thought I would share it with you. Published on Social Europe by ROBERT MISIK 1st April 2024 We should counter the radical right, Robert Misik writes, not with left-wing populism but the power of reason. The liberal left seeks to engage diverse individual citizens in dialogue in […]

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