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  • Article: Aug 17, 2019
    By Alex Marshall in
    Donald Trump and Boris Johnson share an awful lot of similarities... down to their proclivity to say some pretty awful things. Can you tell who said what?

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  • Article: Aug 15, 2019
    By Sarah Wollaston, MP in
    Meet our fourteenth Liberal Democrat MP - Dr Sarah Wollaston - and hear why she's joined the party.

    After very careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I can best serve the interests of my constituents by joining the Liberal Democrats.

    Brexit has not only sucked all the political oxygen from government over the past three years, but it has also consumed the funding and energy that should have been invested in local communities, tackling climate change and supporting the workforce and infrastructure of our NHS, schools and transport.

    Just as we could and should have been benefiting from economic recovery after years of austerity, that has been put into reverse because of the march to No Deal.

    There is still no agreement either in Parliament, or across the country, about what Brexit should look like.

    As many of you know, after the referendum I committed myself to delivering the political result of that vote although I had personally voted Remain. I did so, because I respect the majority of those who voted that wanted us to take a different path.

    However, what most of us did not know at the time was the extent of the economic fall out of that decision, or the form Brexit would take.

    There is still no agreement either in Parliament, or across the country, about what Brexit should look like, and we now know far more about the trade-offs and compromises that will be necessary if we are to reduce the harms.

    As a doctor for over twenty-four years, I try to base my decisions on evidence, and as that emerges, to be open to changing course. As the economic facts unfolded, I found myself unable to support a version of Brexit with consequences that I know would hurt so many individuals, businesses, families and communities. Brexit does not just affect the 17 million who voted to Leave but all the 67 million people living in the UK.

    I cannot remember a more turbulent or divisive time in our politics. There is a deep and growing sense of unease about our country's future, our place in the world and the kind of environment and society we are leaving for the next generation.

    People want something better and fairer for our communities. They care deeply about rising homelessness, climate change, crime and the widening gulf in health between rich and poor. Many are asking the obvious question about why, if hard Brexit is such a great policy, are we having to spend billions preparing to mitigate the negative consequences?

    Good ideas rarely require planning for mass bailouts of collapsing businesses including farming or the emergency air-freighting of vital medicines and food supplies. This is money that could, and should have been spent tackling poverty, improving life chances and genuinely providing new resources for priorities like education, policing, social care and the NHS.

    Britain deserves better, and my fellow MPs need to read the evidence and act in the national interest rather than Party interest, and they need to act now before it is too late.

    Earlier this year I left the Conservative Party because I felt that the government had abandoned its promise to tackle the burning injustices across our society. It had moved to the right and become obsessed with a damaging form of Brexit.

    Several MPs from both main parties felt we could not passively watch our country slide towards economic ruin and the potential breakup of the United Kingdom, so we moved to set up a new grouping in the centre ground.

    We sought to maximise the total Remain vote in the EU election. The clear evidence following the result was this risked a serious fragmentation of the Remain vote in any future general election fought under our system of First Past The Post.

    I will be more effective in campaigning for positive change as part of an established team of MPs committed to working together in the national interest. That is why I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats who are speaking out on social justice, health and the environment and making the unequivocal case for the United Kingdom's place at the heart of the European Union where we can help shape it for all our futures.

    I will be more effective in campaigning for positive change as part of an established team of MPs committed to working together in the national interest.

    We are now entering the final weeks to prevent the dire consequences of the PM's 'do or die' approach to Brexit. Preventing that harm will take unprecedented cross-party working and my in-box has been full of messages urging me to be part of a Remain Alliance which I will be doing through joining the Liberal Democrats.

    My in-box also has messages from some who ask if I am calling a by-election in Totnes.

    The answer is straightforward; I will be backing an election in Totnes by voting no confidence in the government at the earliest opportunity.

    99.86% of the population had no choice whatsoever about our current Prime Minister and I believe the whole electorate deserves a say.

    It is a general election that is needed, not just a by-election, and it needs to take place before we leave the EU.

    The Liberal Democrats under the new leadership of Jo Swinson are outward looking and unequivocally committed to remaining at the heart of an evolving Europe.

    In this new political landscape, I feel this is the best political party from which to stand up for the communities I am privileged to represent.

    I hope that you will join me.

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    Article: Aug 15, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey, MP in
    Plans to charge EU citizens for use of the NHS have been circulated to hospital staff. It's a flagrant breach of the PM's pledge to protect their rights and the Liberal Democrats demand better.

    I can think of about 350 million reasons why a promise from Boris Johnson isn't worth the paper (or bus) it's written on.

    The Government promised that the rights of EU citizens wouldn't change after Brexit. So did Vote Leave - many of whose senior figures are now Government officials.

    But now we're hearing that if Brexit happens, the Government plans to make EU citizens pay to use the NHS.

    Yet another Johnson promise broken. I'm angry and disappointed, but I can't say I'm surprised.

    EU citizens are vital to our NHS - both via their contributions via tax and as doctors, nurses and support staff.

    The Government says that EU citizens have until the end of next year to register for settled status. But now we discover Boris Johnson wants to subject them to the Tory hostile environment policy from November.

    It's a disgrace. EU citizens are vital to our NHS - both via their contributions via tax and as doctors, nurses and support staff. Brexit would be a disaster for our NHS.

    Liberal Democrats demand better. We're already leading the fight to stop Brexit and save free movement. But while the threat of Brexit still looms, we've tabled a bill. If passed, it'll grant full rights to all EU citizens in the UK.

    If Boris Johnson is actually serious about keeping this promise, he'll pass it as a matter of urgency. Over three million people from other EU countries call the UK their home. They contribute to our economy and to our communities. They deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats will not stop fighting for them.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    A 'mackerel war' with Iceland threatens the future of Scottish fishermen, a Liberal Democrat MEP has warned on a visit to Shetland.

    The chair of the European Parliament's fisheries committee, Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, was in Shetland to discuss the situation following Iceland and Greenland announced unilateral increases in the amount of the fish they intend to catch.

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    Article: Jul 30, 2019
    In Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    On 29 July, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council announced the suspension of "non-emergency" tree removals and said:

    "Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, has ordered the immediate suspension in response to the large volume of correspondence she has received - both online and via social media - since coming into office last month from residents concerned about street trees being removed in the Borough.

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    Article: Jul 28, 2019
    By Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West & Abingdon

    The appointment of Dominic Cummings should send shivers down the spines of UK citizens.

    This is a man who has peddled lies and flouted the truth for sheer, cynical political gain.

    The dark arts that he proffers should have no place in Government, and no place in Downing Street.

    That is why I have written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill calling on him to block the appointment of Dominic Cummings as an Advisor to Boris Johnson on grounds of suitability.

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    Article: Jul 26, 2019

    Norah, a mother of four and grandmother of eight, served as Liberal Democrat Mayor of Southend in 1998/99 and she hosted a visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, which culminated in a stroll along the Golden Mile in Southend.

    Norah was made an MBE by the Prince of Wales in 2010 for services to the community in Southend.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2019

    Chelmsford City Council is determined to go green and deliver on its pledge of 16 July 2019 to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Lib Dem led Council has just rolled out battery powered hedge trimmers and electric parks vehicles.

    Cllr. Jude Deakin and parks staff launched the new, electric equipment for our parks this week. See this video:

  • Article: Jul 23, 2019
    When Theresa May became Prime Minister, she stood on the steps of Downing Street and told us all of the injustices she would overturn.
    Click here to see how she did...