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Campaigning for Southend and district, all year round.

Meet your Lib Dem Councillors on the second Saturday of the month at Leigh Community Centre between 9 and 10.45 am.

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  • West Leigh intro March 2019 ()
    Article: Mar 12, 2019

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  • Leigh intro March 2019 ()
    Article: Mar 12, 2019

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  • Article: Mar 11, 2019
    By Layla Moran

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran led a debate on climate change in the House of Commons last week calling for the Government to take action now. Hear her thoughts about the discussion and the minister's response.

    "We are staring down the barrel of an emergency, and the striking students inspired me to secure the debate and get the Government's attention.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2019
    By Layla Moran

    Gendered uniform policies send a message that boys, in their more practical clothes, should be running around and playing sport, and girls should not.

    By Layla Moran MP, Mar 08, 2019 5:03

    Layla Moran speaking at Lib Dem conference.

    This week, I presented my Bill to Parliament to require all school uniforms to be gender neutral.

    From the day a child starts primary school, boys are put in shorts and trousers, and girls in skirts and dresses.

    Gendered uniform policies send a message that boys, in their more practical clothes, should be running around and playing sport, and girls should not.

    This is something that many women recognise from their school days - whether it was doing handstands in the playground or running around playing 'it', we were held back and self-conscious because of our clothes for no good reason at all.

    In hindsight, it's outrageous that we put our daughters into somewhat sexualised outfits to attend school every day.

    My Bill will change this for the next generation, and make sure that any child can choose to wear trousers, skirts, shorts or dresses.

    To mark International Women's Day, I was delighted to present a Bill in Parliament that calls for gender neutral school uniforms.

    Students must have the freedom to choose what they wear, so they can feel as comfortable as possible at school. https://m.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gender-neutral-school-uniforms_uk_5c7fa811e4b0e62f69e82e99?ncid=tweetlnkukhpmg00000001

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    But this goes further than stopping girls being held back at school.

    This will also make school uniform policies more inclusive for trans and non-binary students.

    In 2019, we've long accepted that gender is not binary. There's a big and beautiful spectrum, and it's not society's place to force people to conform to male or female 'norms'. And schools should not either.

    I am grateful that 50 schools in the UK have already adopted this practice.

    And in Wales, my colleague Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has published new guidelines that schools should not dictate what uniform is for 'girls' and 'boys', and in Scotland, the government have agreed that boys and girls should be treated equally when it comes to the uniform they wear.

    It is time for England to follow this lead.

    Our schools should be a place where students have the freedom to explore their own individuality. Schools should make sure that students feel safe and feel that they have control over their bodies. It is an important step in understanding that no one should tell you what you can and can't do with your body.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019

    Brexit has taken up endless news headlines and parliamentary debates - and yet has not progressed at all.

    That's because, deal or no deal, Brexit will leave Britain poorer, with fewer well-paid jobs, less money for the NHS, and fewer opportunities for our children.

    So we have to continue to fight for a People's Vote - and give Britian the chance to step back from this mess.

  • St Laurence Focus Spring 2019 ()
    Article: Mar 1, 2019

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  • Eastwood Park Focus Spring 2019 ()
    Article: Mar 1, 2019

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  • Article: Feb 28, 2019
    By Carole Mulroney

    "Southend 2050 it all starts here! Attending with many others at Holiday Inn today getting feedback on the road map going forward for the next 5 years. So many groups could and should get involved.

    There is a lot of aspirational stuff in the programme and we need to make sure Leigh is a participator not a bystander.

  • Central Southend Focus February 2019 ()
    Article: Feb 25, 2019

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  • Article: Feb 24, 2019

    Liberal Democrat MPs are supporting a Private Members' bill to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

    As it stands, people seeking asylum who make it to Britain are only allowed to work after twelve months following submitting their claim for asylum and then only if they can fill a job on the government's very narrow shortage occupation list (like ballet dancer or nuclear waste decomissioner).

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