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Your chance to vote for a full set of Lib Dem Councillors in the Southend-on-Sea Borough Elections on the 2nd of May

Belfairs - Mike Grimwade. Blenheim Park - Charlie Grosvenor. Chalkwell - Jill Allen-King. Eastwood Park - Paul Collins. Kursaal - Howard Gibeon. Leigh - Ashley Thompson. Milton - Carol White. Prittlewell - Bob Howes. Shoeburyness - Granville Stride. Southchurch - John Batch. St Laurence - Karl Lansley. St Luke's - Jessie Skinner. Thorpe - James Clinkscales. Victoria - Pamela Austin. West Leigh - Beth Hooper. West Shoebury - David Barrett. Westborough - Billy Boulton.


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Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 25, 2019

    Many of these private members' bills simply fell off the parliamentary order paper this week - the Tory government failed to give us to debate these vital issues. Others were outright blocked. We must demand better than this broken government, distracted by their Brexit mess.

    Here are our 14 progressive private members' bills the government doesn't want you to know about.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2019

    Save the date! On the 23 March we'll be marching for a final say on the Brexit deal with the option to remain in the EU.

    We want you to be there!

    Sign up now and we'll keep you up to date with the plans.

    March 23, 2019 at 11am
    Lib Dem Meeting Point
    The Dorchester
    Park Lane
    London W1K 1PN
    United Kingdom
  • Article: Mar 21, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, talks about his meetings with the Prime Minister and meetings in Brussels - and why the Lib Dems will campaign to revoke article 50 if we get to close to crashing out of the EU without a deal

    By Vince Cable

    Vince Cable in Twickenham

    I'm on the train returning home from Brussels after a day speaking to European liberal leaders, ahead of the European Council, and then briefing the gathered media on the Liberal Democrat campaign for a People's Vote, to stop Brexit.

    Given that the United Kingdom has caused such huge difficulties and tumult in the European Union, the warm reception given to us by our sister parties - patient, rather sad - is always impressive. I emphasised to the danger the Prime Minister is placing both the UK and Europe in, by arguing for a short extension which simply postpones the cliff edge we have been facing. What is needed now is a long extension to Article 50, to permit a real rethink and a final public say on the deal.

    It is very important on these occasions that we get the chance to remind liberals in Europe that the Brexit story is far from over domestically: government ministers will always say they are 'delivering the will of the people'. In truth, the 'no deal' exit Theresa May is threatening us with would be a total distortion of that result, abandoning many Leave voters as well as the 16.1 million who voted Remain. Now, around 60% say they would vote for Remain rather than the deal or 'no deal', so the will of the people is changing.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise for my European counterparts was when I articulated our own position - agreed at conference just last weekend. If there is no extension, and we are approaching the 'No Deal' cliff edge, Liberal Democrats are clear: we should revoke Article 50 rather than crash out.There was a ripple of applause in the room when I said as much. Revocation would be a major step, causing huge unrest, but it is preferable to leaving without a deal.

    The biggest non-event of the week was my meeting yesterday (Wednesday) with the Prime Minister. No 10 called my office mid-morning, asking to meet in the evening. There was a frisson of excitement around the place: might she have something really significant to say? In the event, the only thing that really happened was that Jeremy Corbyn stalked out before anyone had sat down: a childish display of pique when he discovered Chuka Umunna would also be in the room.

    Once the discussion got going, it became embarrassingly clear that the PM just wanted to repeat to us all the things she has already said a hundred times in public. She doesn't seem to appreciate that finding a way through will involve some change in position on her part, and she is needlessly dismissive of the proposition that attaching a referendum to the deal might be the best (and the only) way to get it through Parliament.

    These circumstances create a dizzying rollercoaster. Some days it's clear the PM is on the backfoot, and the People's Vote is in the ascendant. Other days she seems to regain initiative. It's our responsibility to make sure this weekend puts fresh wind in the sails of the People's Vote campaign - one I am determined we should win. I will be leading our troops on the march on Saturday and speaking to the crowd at the end. I hope to see you there too.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2019

    In 1919, the Lloyd George government's Ministry of Reconstruction published the Report on Adult Education. The report set out the fundamental importance of educational opportunities throughout life:

    "Adult education is a permanent national necessity, an inseparable aspect of citizenship, and therefore should be both universal and lifelong."

  • Carole Mulroney writes in the Leigh Times 19 March 2019 (Carole Mulroney)
    Article: Mar 19, 2019
    By Carole Mulroney in Leigh Times
  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    Here's why you need to become a supporter of the Liberal Democrats

    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    The Liberal Democrats are changing.

    Politics is utterly broken right now. Labour and the Conservatives are being dragged to the ideological extremes, leaving millions feeling powerless and frustrated with the direction our country is taking.

    That needs to change. Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

    For all those who feel frustrated with our political system, who feel that we're not making the progress we desperately need on climate change, housing, NHS funding, and improving our schools, the Liberal Democrats are their home.

    Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

    At Spring Conference our membership approved steps to create a new Supporter Scheme.

    We are opening our doors to new people to get behind our liberal campaigns, work with us to deliver real results for people across the country, and shake up the system.

    What does that mean? As a Supporter you can:

    • Help shape party policy
    • Take part in our bold campaigns for a liberal Britain
    • Get involved with Conference
    • Work with the party to help shape the direction of the Liberal Democrats

    If you are sick and tired of this outdated, dysfunctional politics, and believe Britain deserves better, now is the time to act.

    Sign up as a Supporter and help us change the course of Britain's Future.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    The fight against populism, Brexit and our wins in local government - catch up on Jo's speech now.

    By Liberal Democrats, Mar 15, 2019 11:03

    Jo started out with a heartfelt tribute to those killed in the Christchurch mosque shooting this morning. "The forces that sow hate and division and seek to turn fellow citizens against each other must not and cannot win"

    She then paid tribute to outgoing leader Vince Cable - "a powerful champion for liberalism"

    She carried onto Brexit "the word omnishambles doesn't do it justice."

    "At every stage the Conservatives have put the interests of their party ahead of the country"

    "Brexit's distracting us from the other issues that we need to tackle - all of which will be made worse by Brexit"

    She spoke about our fight for a People's Vote: "Together, we've been fighting since 2016 and still are."

    She paid tribute to our councillors delivering local wins up and down the UK - "millions for geothermal energy in Cornwall."

    "Liberal Democrat councillors are working hard every day delivering liberal policies for liberal Britain"

    She rallied party members for a last push before the local elections in May: "Let's get out there and knock on doors. Let's deliver letters and Focus leaflets, let's reach out on social media.

    "Together, we can demand better for our environment.

    "We can demand better for our children.

    "Together, we can build a better future"

    Jo handed over to two council candidates Ali and Christina - both originally European citizens. Their message to us was simple but powerful: "Don't be stopped by your gender. Don't be stopped by your accent. Don't be stopped by your age."

  • Labour refusing to vote for a People's Vote
    Article: Mar 15, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey

    I am fuming.

    After Parliament has made clear that they are incapable of agreeing on Brexit, the Labour leadership whipped their MPs to abstain on giving the people the final say.

    Every Labour MP who did not vote for a People's Vote have betrayed their members, betrayed their voters and betrayed remainers.

    When it was time to stand up and be counted, Labour refused. They're helping the Conservatives continue their Brexit chaos.

    But this isn't over.

    This Conservative Brexit mess has not gone away.

    Parliament will soon realise that there is only one way to break the Brexit deadlock.

    We need to hold a People's Vote to find out what the people want - now it is clear what Brexit will actually mean.

    The Liberal Democrats have been fighting to give people the final say for nearly three years.

    We're proud to be the party of remainers.

    And we sure aren't giving up now.

    If you're with us in this fight, join our campaign today.

  • Milton by-election address March 2019 ()
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

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