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Colour rosette Vince Cable Liberal democrats Norman Lamb at LD Conference 2017 Exit from Brexit

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  • Affordable Housing
    Article: Oct 3, 2018

    Just two weeks after the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton called for the removal of the cap on local authority borrowing the Prime Minister announced that the housing revenue account borrowing cap will be scrapped.


    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable
    said

    We are pleased to see the Prime Minister finally lift the borrowing cap on councils so they can build houses, a policy I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues pushed for in coalition.

  • Anti Brexit bus Anne and Merlene
    Article: Oct 1, 2018

    Deal or No Deal - time to end this madness and return to the people

    by Jon James

    Without a deal with the European Union, the UK would move from seamless trade with our biggest trading partner to customs arrangements set by the World Trade Organisation with no preferential deals.

    Its not just UK business that will be affected. Forty years of treaties, agreements and partnership arrangements will come to an end covering almost every aspect of our daily life. Replicating regulatory frameworks, relabelling virtually everything that moves and renegotiating access with EU states will take months and possibly years. The International Monetary Fund said Britain's economy would suffer "substantial costs" should it leave the EU without a deal.

  • 2018 sodem postcards from 48%
    Article: Sep 29, 2018

    The madness that is Brexit:

    Brexiteers still claim its Operation Fear, nothing has changed ...

    EU27 ministers choose Paris as the new location for the European Banking Authority (EBA) and Amsterdam for the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

    As Brexit hurtles towards an end game which is unlikely to satisfy anyone, it is important to acknowledge that decisions have already been taken which will impact the UK economy, jobs and services. The scale of the changes about to hit the UK are of such a magnitude that many are still choosing to ignore, challenge or face the consequences of the 2016 referendum. Operation Fear? - well many Brexit decisions have already been taken by UK business unwillingly to wait any longer for these shambolic negotiations to be concluded. Some have already been actioned. Old news maybe, but EU ministers have voted on where to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which currently employs over 900 people in London. Amsterdam will be the new host of the agency, which will move after Britain leaves the EU. The EMA is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of all medicines marketed in the EU's single market. It's not just the jobs that will move but the agency attracts an estimated 36,000 scientists, pharmaceutical representatives bringing high spending visitors to conferences and events in London each year. Britain not only loses the Agency but must pay for moving it from London after Brexit and the bill has soared to a staggering £520m.

  • Libraries Week (ALDC)
    Article: Sep 28, 2018

    Libraries Week takes place between the 8th and 13th October to celebrate our country's libraries.

    Libraries mean a lot to the communities we serve as Liberal Democrats. That's why we want to highlight Libraries Week to you.

    This year Libraries Week takes place between Monday 8 to Sunday 13 October and focuses on how libraries improve well-being. Libraries are very important to our area, helping to bring our community together. That's why Libraries Week is focusing on how our libraries help with personal well-being. Libraries don't just give us free access to our favourite author's and magazine subscriptions they do much much more - bringing communities together, fighting loneliness, and supporting people with their mental health by providing a safe space.

  • William Rennie
    Article: Sep 28, 2018

    Southwold & Reydon Liberal Democrats were awarded the runners up prize in the Best By-Election category in the Association of Liberal Councillors (ALDC) Annual Awards.

    The awards, sponsored by Election Workshop and presented by Willie Rennie MSP, were revealed during the ALDC AGM at Autumn Conference in Brighton.

You are invited...

Want to discuss a political topic? Interested in the Liberal Democrats? Or would you just like to have a pleasant get-together with a drink and a chat (politics optional)? Please come along to an informal meet-up with members of our local groups & branches. All welcome - the more, the merrier. The Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint is held on the third Wednesday of the month, at The Old Mariner in Woodbridge.

Southwold & Reydon meet for a Lib Dem Pint at the Southwold Sailing Club starting in May 2018

If you need help with Suffolk Services, or if you are concerned about local issues, do come along and talk to Caroline Page, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woodbridge, who holds a regular monthly surgery on the third Saturday of the month, at Woodbridge Library. (Please note that Caroline does not hold a surgery in August.) You can also contact Caroline by email on caroline.page@suffolk.gov.uk or by telephone on 07545 423837.


Caroline Page

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Saturday 20th October, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

Woodbridge & District

Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint

Wednesday 17th October, 7 p.m. onwards The Old Mariner, 26 New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DX

AGM

East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

Annual General Meeting 2018 - Please note rearranged date

Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 Members see events for details


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