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  • Climate Change press release 18th September 2019 ()
    Article: Sep 20, 2019
    By Carole Mulroney, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, Liberal Democrat Group Leader & Councillor for Leigh Ward
  • Article: Sep 18, 2019
    By Nina Stimson in Leigh Times


    The old Chinese saying "may you live in interesting times" could have been written for now.

    Whether you really, really want Brexit, even without a deal, or (like me) would much prefer to remain, the drama of the past few weeks has exceeded anyone's imagination. And writing this column several days before publication is fraught with danger - the situation may have changed completely by the time you read it.

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    Article: Sep 17, 2019
    Find out more about the motion we just passed at Autumn Conference on tackling the climate crisis together

    There is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

    This is something that we can only tackle if we all work together, collaborating with every single nation across the globe. No one will be unaffected, but, just like with Brexit, the poorest in society will suffer first and suffer most deeply.

    We need to take action now. The government needs to move much faster and be much more ambitious in the steps it is taking to prevent the largest global crisis the world has ever faced. And as President Trump unpicks environmental protections one by one, harming the whole world in the process, we need to take centre stage as a global leader on tackling man-made climate change.

    That's why, at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, our members have just backed radical action to cut carbon emissions by 75% in the next 10 years.

    The government needs to move much faster and be much more ambitious

    The motion we have just passed commits us to:

    1. Ensuring that the net-zero objective is built into decision-making by national and local government, businesses, investors, communities and households. We'll reward rapid progress towards net zero and encourage behavioural change in patterns of living, working, travelling and eating.
    2. Creating a Just Transition Commission to advise on how to deliver a net-zero economy that works for everyone. We'll support development in those regions and communities most affected by the transition.
    3. Stopping Brexit and working closely with the UK's European and global partners to raise global ambition, develop zero-carbon technologies and increase aid funding to help developing countries reach net zero.
    4. Cutting UK greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy costs. We can do this by reducing the demand for energy through measures such as home insulation and greater energy efficiency.
    5. Ending the use of fossil fuels in the UK economy. This includes banning fracking and the opening of new coal mines and pits, and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.
    6. Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, including a massive programme of tree planting and the deployment of technological solutions.

    We owe it to future generations to leave them a habitable planet.

    If we don't take action immediately, the effects of climate change will destroy society as we know it in our own and our children's lifetimes.

    With this motion, we're putting plans in place to stop this at all costs. Only a Liberal Democrat government will lead us far enough and quick enough to fight man-made climate change.

    Click here to demand better for the environment

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    A Liberal Democrat government will stop Brexit

    Conference has just voted for a Liberal Democrat majority government to revoke Article 50

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke article 50 and withdraw us from the Brexit process.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit.

    The last few months with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister have been like living in a dystopian nightmare.

    The Tory government's own research has shown that a no-deal Brexit would cause immeasurable damage to our NHS, jobs, the environment, and would put people's lives at risk.

    EU citizens were told that they could lose their right to healthcare, to rent property, or to have a job in the UK after October 31st.

    And this Conservative government has chosen to shut down democracy rather than accept any scrutiny of their decisions.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better than Brexit, and we have a plan to stop it.

    First and foremost, the Liberal Democrats are calling for a people's vote to stop Brexit.

    But if a general election comes first, we will take on the tired old parties with an unambiguous stop Brexit message.

    And we do so with the full-throated support of our members.

    Liberal Democrats members at our autumn conference have just passed a motion committing us to campaign to revoke article 50 in a general election.

    And I'm so proud to be able to say: A Liberal Democrat government will stop Brexit.

    Will you help us win by backing our campaign to Stop Brexit?

    Click here to add your name

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    SPEEDING in built-up areas is a killer.

    So, it's no wonder that residents are concerned about it.

    Hadleigh Road, Leigh is a particular worry as Beth Hooper discovered when she was campaigning to be a Lib Dem councillor this year.

    To curb this daily threat, the Council came up with the idea of laying speed 'cushions' along the road. Of course action could only be taken only after consulting residents, but unfortunately just 12 residents submitted responses to the Council. This small sample meant the speed cushion proposal was likely to be thrown out by the Traffic Regulations Working Party.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, introduced Sam at Conference yesterday saying

    "This evening, I have the pleasure of welcoming Sam Gyimah onto stage at Lib Dem conference, as our eighteenth member of Parliament.

    Sam Gyimah is a fantastic Remain campaigner. He was one of the 21 Conservative MPs that had the whip removed for helping us to stop no deal.

    He is a man of principle, and I'm so glad he's joined the Liberal Democrats this evening.

    Sam joins Chuka Umunna, Sarah Wollaston, Jane Dodds, Phillip Lee, Luciana Berger and Angela Smith in joining us in recent weeks.

    And it's not just MPs.

    We've been seeing the biggest and most sustained membership surge in our party's history in recent months. We've had 40,000 new members join us, 20,000 more register as supporters, and we're surging in the polls.

    There is something special happening in the Liberal Democrats.

    Labour and the Conservatives are led by ineffective leaders and have been taken over by the extreme wings of their parties.

    It is clear that people are rallying around the Liberal Democrats as the strongest party to stop Brexit, fix our broken politics and build a fairer society. "

  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Autumn 2019 ()
    Article: Sep 15, 2019

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  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    One of the crowning achievements of our time in the coalition was legalising same-sex marriage.

    This was a key part of our manifesto in 2010, and despite it not being in either the Labour or Tory manifestos, we negotiated for it to be in the coalition agreement - and under the incredible work of Lynne Featherstone in the Home Office, we passed the legislation in 2013.

  • Event: Sep 28, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    The Oakwood, 564 Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 5HX

    Every fourth Saturday morning (except August) Councilor Paul Collins will be here to meet you. Come and share a coffee.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019
    By Greg Foster in
    The Government gave into pressure from the Liberal Democrats and other opposition parties last night and released its no deal preparation documents - and they will shock you.

    Cranes at a port.

    To summarise:

    Last night, the Government posted its assessment papers of the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on our country. And it makes for pretty grim reading.