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Articles are posted to this website in the relevant subject area (for example, "News and views" under "Europe", or "A liberal miscellany" under "Liberal Democrat Thinking"). The following list shows the latest articles from all categories:

    Article: Aug 17, 2018


    The Local Government Association, with cross party support, has launched a nationwide consultation to kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse following the Government's failure to act.

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Lib Dems Brighton Conference - Demand Better

    Saturday 15th to Tuesday 18th September 2018 - Brighton Centre

    The Agenda and programme for the Party's Autumn Conference has been published and over the coming days and weeks we will review some of the Agenda for our readers.

    Members can still pre-register for this Conference at

  • Recycling image
    Article: Aug 14, 2018

    Manufacturers must scrap the "smorgasbord" of plastics which are used in packaging for key foods so that councils can reduce waste sent to landfill and increase recycling, Lib Dems are warning.

    Analysis from the Local Government Association suggests that only a third of plastic used by households is able to be recycled. It found 525,000 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays are used by households a year but just 169,145 tonnes of this waste is able to be recycled.

  • Police car (By Oxyman (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 9, 2018

    Lib Dems would put an extra £300m into policing in the UK

    Suffolk Police would be set to gain £2,540.00 per year under the Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the very fabric of community policing.

  • foodbank (wicki images
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    An increase in demand for emergency food for children drove increased foodbank need during the summer holidays last year.

    New data published by anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust shows today.

    Last year the number of supplies given to adults decreased slightly in the summer months, whereas the level of support needed for children was markedly higher: during July and August 2017, The Trussell Trust's network of over 420 foodbanks provided over 204,525 three day emergency supplies, 74,011 of which went to children. In comparison, during May and June 2017 70,510 supplies went to children.*

  • Period of Human Life (L0037375 Title page, A discourse concerning the period of humane life Wellcome Library CC BY 4.0)
    Article: Jul 31, 2018

    The slowdown in life expectancy for the average person in Britain is worse than anything seen since the early 1890s, and no other country in Europe has experienced as rapid a slowdown as the UK - and no one really knows why...

    Article and research by Danny Dorling, University of Oxford and Lucinda Hiam, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for the Conversation Trust UK Ltd and reported in the Independent on 15th MARCH stated that:

  • EU and UK Farming
    Article: Jul 30, 2018

    Councils warn rural communities face a post-Brexit 'perfect storm

    Unaffordable homes, poor connectivity, skills gaps and health inequalities are combining to create a "perfect storm" that is threatening the future success and prosperity of rural areas, council leaders reveal today.

    The Local Government Association (LGA) set up a Post-Brexit England Commission to examine the challenges and opportunities faced by non-metropolitan England. Its interim report, published at the LGA's Annual Conference in Birmingham today, sets out the measures needed to address a deepening divide between rural and urban areas of England.

  • Neighbourhood Plan
    Article: Jul 23, 2018

    Suffolk Coastal Local Plan - Consultation 20th July to 14th September 2018

    Have your say:

    The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan First Draft has been published for consultation.

    The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, which covers the period to 2036, contains planning policies and site allocations which will be used to determine planning applications in the area. It will set out the level of growth which needs to be planned for, identify where that growth should be located and how it should be delivered.

    In 2017, Suffolk Coastal have published the Issues and Options Local Plan document for public consultation. Having considered all the comments received and assessed all of the sites received; a First Draft Local Plan has been prepared for public consultation and you are invited to let them know your thoughts on the policies and site allocations within the document.

  • Winning
    Article: Jul 13, 2018

    LIB DEMS GAIN southwold & reydon seat from the tories and get the FIRST WAVENEY district COUNCILLOR SINCE 2008

    David beavan elected with a majority of 698.

    Congratulations to David Beavan and his fantastic team of supporters for a brilliant campaign and magnificent result.

    David has campaigned locally long and hard against the second homes taxation loophole and lack of affordable housing and this result is well deserved. David, who was the runner up in last years County Council election took the seat from the tories with 71.38% of the vote. With a local electoral agreement in place, the Green Party endorsed David and the voters clearly switched their votes on a massive scale.

  • Vote today
    Article: Jul 12, 2018


    in Southwold & Reydon and in Pakefield


    VOTE David Beavan for Southwold & Reydon

    VOTE Adam Robertson for Pakefield


    Polling Stations open from 7am until 10pm

    Published and promoted by Chris Thomas on behalf of David Beavan and Adam Robertson (Liberal Democrats) all at 3, Oatlands Close, Lowestoft NR33 8LN

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Jul 11, 2018


    Thursday 12th July 2018


    Polling stations open from 7am until 10pm at


    Methodist Church Hall, East Green, Southwold


    Reydon Village Hall, Reydon

    This is a four way contest for Waveney District Council

    The Liberal Democrat Candidate is David Beavan

  • Felixstowe Lib Dem Pint
    Article: Jul 1, 2018

    Party Leader's visit to Felixstowe

    Vince Cable met party members and supporters at Felixstowe on Saturday when he and his wife Rachel joined the local branch's 30th birthday celebrations.

    Vince meets local Liberal Democrats at Felixstowe and cuts the Lib Dems 30th Birthday cake with East Suffolk Party President Harry Dangerfield and Jan Candy

  • Adam Robertson
    Article: Jun 29, 2018

    Former High Kirkley School student and local community campaigner Adam Roberston is the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Waveney District Council by-election in Pakefield.

    Adam has been an active campaigner for the Third Crossing in Lowestoft and has worked to get a resolution to the congestion problems in Carlton Colville. Adam and his team have been highly critical of the recent decison by Waveney District Councillors to increase their expense allowances by over 28%.

  • David Beavan
    Article: Jun 27, 2018

    Green Party agrees to support David Beavan in Southwold and Reydon By-Election

    Statement by Waveney Green Party

    Waveney Green Party have chosen not to stand a candidate in the Southwold & Reydon by-election because we believe David Beavan, the Liberal Democrat candidate, has a good chance of winning and that he will be able to work closely with Green Councillor Graham Elliott if elected to Waveney District Council.

  • Make Votes Matter
    Article: Jun 27, 2018

    This Saturday June 30th is Demand Democracy Day. With more than 60 street stalls across the UK - from Truro to Aberdeen - this is the biggest, broadest mobilisation for Proportional Representation in living memory.
    Whether we win PR after the next general election depends on what we all do at times like this. To make this change soon, we all need to take action now and make fair votes a political issue that cannot be ignored or sidelined.
    We need your help to make Saturday a great milestone on the way to democratising the UK. Here's how:
    Support your local street stall
    Each of our street stalls has been organised by an awesome local volunteer - but we all need a little help and encouragement! Let's make sure everyone has allies on their stall with them. Even if you can only pop by for an hour it will be much appreciated. The closest ones to you are listed below, so get in touch with the organiser to let them know when you can make it.

  • David Beavan
    Article: Jun 21, 2018

    David Beavan -Lib Dem Candidate for Southwold and Reydon By-Election

    Thursday 12th July 2018

    Southwold & Reydon campaigner, David Beavan has been nominated as the Lib Dems candidate in the forthcoming Waveney District Council By-Election.

    David, has been leading the high profile campaign to secure a fairer rating and taxation system for second homes and for more affordable housing for local people. He was the runner up to the Conservative in the contest for a County Council seat in May 2017 and is campaigning hard to win the seat in advance of the planned merger of the two Councils in 2019. He has already secured the formal support of the Green Party who have decided not to stand against David.

  • David Beavan
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    House of Lords June 19th 2019

    Lib dems CAMPAIGN TO CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE ON second homes reaches the House of Lords

    Following a concerted high profile campaign by our Lib Dem team in Southwold to expose the second homes tax loophole, Lib Dem Peer and Housing spokesperson, John Shipley raised the issue in the Lords today and received support from political opponents including former Suffolk Coastal MP, The Lord Deben.

  • Lib Dem Women (Libdemwomen)
    Article: Jun 8, 2018

    March for a People's Vote

    On June 23, Liberal Democrats with join with thousands of others in a march to Parliament Square to demand a vote on the final Brexit deal. Join us, for this historic event!

    Tens of thousands of people from every part of the UK - as well as a contingent from Gibraltar - will fill central London on Saturday 23rd June to demand a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal in what will be the UK's biggest ever pro-European protest march.

  • Carers Week 18
    Article: Jun 7, 2018


    Carers Week 2018 runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 June

    Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open, recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

    This Carers Week attention is drawn to the of brilliant local carers who work tirelessly, often without recognition or support. With 6.5 million carers nationwide providing support for ill, seriously ill or disabled loved ones, there are plenty of fantastic people who deserve support and recognition.

  • Inga Lockington
    Article: Jun 5, 2018

    Longstanding Liberal Democrat Councillor Inga Lockington wins her UK citizenship fight with the Home Office.

    Denied citizenship by the Home Office despite having, lived in the UK since 1979, been granted indefinite leave to remain and been a serving Councillor for 19 years, Inga Lockington's story received the widespread attention of the British and overseas media.

  • Eadt front page second Homes
    Article: Jun 4, 2018

    Sign the Petition: -

    To close the loophole that allows second home owners to avoid council tax and rates -

    As reported in the EADT in April 11th, East Suffolk Liberal Democrats are campaigning against a loophole that allows second home owners to avoid paying council tax by registering as a business.

    In England, second home owners can avoid council tax by claiming to be a business if they say they are available for letting for 140 days a year - they do not have to actually let at all.

  • Orange flag white
    Article: May 18, 2018

    The Conservatives hold the Leiston seat whilst the Lib Dem vote share doubles

    Result of the Leiston Ward By Election (SCDC) held on Thursday 17th May was as follows:



    EWART, JULES (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT) 213 (14.7%) +7%


  • Vote today
    Article: May 17, 2018

    Leiston By-Election - Thursday 17th May 2018




    Polling stations open from 7am -10pm

    Leiston Long Shop Museum ( The Garratt Room)

    Leiston Community Centre

    Middleton Village Hall

    Theberton Jubilee Village Hall

    Published and promoted by Jon James on behalf of Julia Ewart (Liberal Democrats) both at Tree Cottage, Mill Green, Parham IP13 9NH

  • Suffolk Coastal - Vote Lib Dem
    Article: May 16, 2018


    Thursday 17th May 2018

    Polling stations open from 7am until 10pm at

    Leiston Long Shop Museum (The Garratt Room) & Leiston Community Centre

    Middleton Village Hall

    Theberton Jubilee Village Hall

    This is a four way all women contest for Suffolk Coastal District Council

    The Liberal Democrat Candidate is Jules Ewart.

  • MH Awareness week
    Article: May 13, 2018

    Mental Health Awareness Week Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're focusing on stress.

    Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

    By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

  • Europe Day in the EU - a celebration of peace & unity
    Article: May 9, 2018

    Today, the 9th of May, is Europe Day, celebrating peace and unity across Europe.

    • "World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it."
      The Schuman Declaration - 9 May 1950
    • "There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection…."

      Jean Monnet 1888-1979

    • "The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace. John Bruton 1947-

    • Finally on Brexit and UK leaving the EU

  • cpage
    Article: May 4, 2018

    Caroline Page Lib Dem County Councillor for Woodbridge elected as Deputy Leader of the Group

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group on Suffolk County Council have elected a new leadership team. The new Leader is Andrew Stringer (Green) and the Deputy Leader is Caroline Page (Liberal Democrat). Caroline is the Group spokesperson for women and a champion for gender balance in politics.

  • JE Leiston Ward
    Article: May 4, 2018

    WANTing to help Jules with her campaign in leiston?



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    Published and promoted by Jon James on behalf of Jules Ewart (Liberal Democrats) all at Tree Cottage, Mill Green, Parham IP13 9NH

  • ESDCWardingMap
    Article: May 2, 2018

    Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils held simultaneous full Council meetings at High Lodge, Darsham on Monday 30th to progress proposals for the new East Suffolk District Council.

    The meeting follows the decision by the Communities Secretary to approve the plans for the merger which the ruling Conservatives claim will save £200.000 annually. The statutory order to dissolve the existing Councils on 1st April 2019 is expected shortly enabling new elections to take place in May 2019. New Warding proposals will be put to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local government for subsequent consideration by the LG Boundary Commission for England. Under the warding proposals drawn up by the existing two Councils the number of Wards is reduced to 29 and the number of councillors from 90 to 55 (plus or minus 2).

  • Jules Ewart
    Article: Apr 27, 2018

    Jules EWART is the Lib dem Candidate for the forthcoming by-election for the Leiston ward seat on suffolk coastal district council.

    An all women contest gets underway for a Suffolk Coastal District Council seat.

    The By Election which will be held on Thursday 17th May follows the resignation of the sitting District Councillor.

  • MS Week 18
    Article: Apr 22, 2018

    MS Awareness Week 23-29 April

    23-29 April 2018 is MS week, which is a chance for us all to do our bit to raise awareness and money to make sure no one has to fight MS alone.

    MS is a neurological life long condition which affects your brain, spinal chord and central nervous system. As a result MS can create many different symptoms, and is different for every patient

  • Barkerbus (chris sampson creative commons 2.0 generic)
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Flying in the face of widespread concern by parents, teachers and local communities across the county, Conservative Councillors used their overwhelming majority and denied members the chance to debate the final school transport proposals.

    The cross party opposition motion to give all members a chance to express an opinion prior to cabinet decision failed to receive support from the ruling party.

  • House with £ sign and person
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    East Suffolk Lib Dem Campaigners expose second home tax avoidance loophole

    East Anglian Daily Times front page picks up the Lib Dems' campaign

    Local Tory MP says she 'is aware of issue and awaits representation from constituents' having failed to answer Lib Dem's letter.

    In East Suffolk where second home ownership is around a third of properties in coastal communities such as Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walberswick a homes loophole, which is said to be potentially costing councils millions in lost income, Lib Dems have called for a review and a change in the tax and registration arrangements for second homes.

  • one penny
    Article: Apr 6, 2018

    2018 World Health Day is all about Universal Health Coverage.

    Half of the world's people still struggle to get basic medical help, choosing between, food, shelter and life saving drugs. But in the UK we are incredibly lucky to have our NHS.

    That's why the Liberal Democrats are calling for an extra £6 billion a year to protect the NHS, paid for by an extra penny on Income Tax.

  • EU security 2
    Article: Apr 3, 2018

    UK locks up more than any other EU country, according to a report.

    Only non EU member, Turkey had more prison inmates, with 192,627.

    The prison population has come under sharp focus in recent years as jails have been hit by surging levels of violence, self-harm and major disturbances. Penal reform groups have repeatedly highlighted overcrowding as a factor in declining standards behind bars.

  • Lib Dem Women (Libdemwomen)
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    The Economic Impact of Brexit on Women

    The report published this week by the Women's Budget Group and the Fawcett Society warns that the UK's poorest and most vulnerable women are likely to be the hardest hit by Brexit.

    Because of the avalance of news stories about Brexit from all sides, it's becoming all too easy to zone out however this report is very clear that a post-Brexit economic slump could have a very real impact on women's everyday lives and on the poorest households.. Workplace rights, parental leave, and rights for part-time workers (on which more women than men rely) could all be threatened. If the government opts for a 'hard' Brexit and we leave the Single Market and Customs Union, the situation for women is likely to become even worse.
    A significant economic downturn could also cause government cuts to public services, a sector of employment where women are more likely to work. Other sectors with a largely female workforce such as clothing and textiles could be harmed by increased trade barriers.
    A further drop in the value of the pound coupled with increased trade tariffs would probably drive up food prices, affecting the women who tend to manage budgets in the UK's poorest households.

    Article: Mar 25, 2018

    Resounding support for Staying Together as Ipswich Exit from Brexit Rally attracts hundreds to March for Europe

    On a day when Labour Shadow spokesperson Owen Smith MP was sacked for speaking out and demanding that the British public get a voice through a referendum on the Brexit deal and Channel 4 and the Guardian made explosive claims about the Leave campaign's conduct during the EU referendum hundreds of supporters for Staying Together gathered at University Campus Ipswich for a March for Europe.

  • school meals (
    Article: Mar 24, 2018

    Government loses vote on plans to restrict entitlement to free school meals.

    New government rules to restrict entitlement to free school meals for new recipients appear to have been delayed by six months after a defeat in the Lords.

    Under government plans, families receiving Universal Credit and earning more than £7,400 a year will no longer be eligible for free school meals. The proposals which were due to take effect from 1st April will affect free school meals for children in year three and above. Transitional protections are proposed, so that no child currently receiving free school meals will have them taken away.

  • EU march and rally
    Article: Mar 23, 2018

    Come and join Suffolk Liberal Democrats at University Campus Ipswich on Saturday 24th March from 12noon

    Suffolk Lib Dems will be hosting their own stand inside the Uni Campus Foyer to recruit new members and discuss the party policy on Brexit.

    Come and join us on the March and listen to the many speakers including Lib Dems Baroness Ros Scott , Daisy Cooper and Regional Chair Jo Hayes in the Speakers Lounge* and outside stage.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Government suffers a double defeat over plans to put in place a domestic nuclear safeguards regime after leaving the European Union.

    Tory administration accused of "playing Russian roulette" with the UK's energy security by quitting Euratom.

    During report stage of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill in the House of Lords, peers backed by 265 votes to 194, majority 71, a call to delay Britain leaving Euratom if no alternative agreements were in place in the run-up to Brexit day.
    The government was dealt a second blow over the reporting of future arrangements with the watchdog on nuclear research and development, as well as the import and export of qualifying nuclear material.
    The opposition amendment, which had Liberal Democrat and crossbench support, was approved by 244 votes to 194, majority 50.
    A series of peers raised concerns over leaving Euratom without having other arrangements in place.
    Energy minister Lord Henley said the triggering of the formal proceedings for quitting the EU also started the process for leaving Euratom and insisted it was a "done deal".
    He insisted the government was "on track" to secure agreements with Britain's nuclear partners post-Brexit.
    But independent crossbencher Lord Broers, former vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge and president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, argued the need "to give us the confidence that these agreements are complete and appropriate and will maintain the highest standards in safeguarding our nuclear power". He said: "Of all the world's complex technologies, nuclear power is surely one where we must maintain collaboration with our partners, especially those in Europe."
    Lord Warner, who sits as an independent crossbencher, said: "The issue is the way that the government has been playing Russian roulette with our energy security by the ill-considered and ideological rush to leave Euratom without being sure an equivalent regime is properly in place."

  • Lib Dem celebration
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
  • Schools older
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    EDUCATION POLICY - Working Party reports to Spring Conference

    "Empowering each individual child to be the best they can and want to be."

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans that would abolish Ofsted and create widespread reform in how school and pupil performance is judged.
    Under proposals developed by the Party's Education Working party and debated at the Spring Conference at Southport, Regional Schools Commissioners would be abolished and local authorities with responsibility for education, would be given the task of promoting high standards across the state sector. Councils would also be able to open new community schools where there was a need.

    Article: Mar 8, 2018

    International Women's Day

    Each year, women celebrate the 8th March as a chance to remember the advancement of women's rights and the women who led the way, whilst remembering our continued action to maintain and advance women's rights globally, in all aspects of life.
    Thousands of events will be held across the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. They will range from rallies, conferences and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical and musical performances.
    For International Women's Day 2018, we're asking you to #PressforProgress. Its aim is to motivate whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

  • opinion
    Article: Mar 7, 2018

    With a merger of the two District Councils pending, the Waveney District Councillors accept a back dated increase in allowances of 28.6%

    On Wednesday, 24 January 2018 Waveney District councillors met to consider a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) containing recommendations for a revised Waveney Members' Allowances Scheme back dated to 1 April 2017. 

  • By-election celebration
    Article: Mar 3, 2018



    On March 3rd1988 the Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party merged to create the Social and Liberal Democrats, renamed the Liberal Democrats in October 1989.

  • All our yesterdays
    Article: Mar 1, 2018

    MARCH 1918 - Breaking News - Breaking News




    March 13th

    In the second reading of the Education Bill, MPs voted to raise the school leaving age for all children to 14 years.

    The Fisher Act; which raised the age previously set in 1899, to 14 paved the way for increased tertiary education and would remain in place for a further 26 years when the 1944 Education Act increased it to 15 years.

  • House with £ sign and person
    Article: Feb 22, 2018

    + More than 423,000 homes have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built according to new research published by the Local Government Association (LGA).

    + Rate of homeownership among young, middle-income adults in Britain has more than halved over the last 20 years, says the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS Feb 2018)

  • children crossing
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Proposals to reduce eligibility for free school transport in Suffolk will adversely affect students 5-18 - and their families. Have your say!

    +++++The proposed changes have the potential to bring hardship - especially in rural areas: loss of choice; a postcode lottery for places and courses; potentially the splitting of siblings between schools. It will also put a lot more cars on the roads round our schools - with predictable effects on speed, safety, air-quality, and quality of life." says Lib Dem County Councillor for Woodbridge, Caroline Page.

  • VinceC
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Vince Cable responds to P.M.s answer to his question on protecting the NHS...

    'Pathetic non-committal response to my question at #PMQs stands in stark contrast to guarantees given by EU trade negotiator with US that #NHS would be protected. Brexit Britain in a far weaker negotiating position'.

    7th February 2018

  • lib dem peersmps100years
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    - The Party celebrates 100 years of 'partial' women suffrage

    President Baroness Sal Brinton and Liberal Democrat Peers and MPs at Westminster joined in to celebrate 100 years since the partial extension of the franchise to women. It was to take another ten years before all women over 21 years gained the vote in 1928.