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  • Coronovirus Update Spelthorne Liberal Democrats (Image by Vektor Kunst from Pixabay)
    Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Protect our NHS and Social Care staff and back the self employed Now..

    Since the end of December 2019 we have seen the Coronavirus spread from the far east to Europe and the US with devastating speed. World news and social media has tracked the virus, country by country as this disease defies borders, barriers and lock-downs and leaves families bereaved and in fear. This virus, for which we have no immediate solution barring isolation and medical care has brought large sections of the world to a standstill within the short space of 10-12 weeks. For the most part, nations have correctly turned to their scientists, researchers and clinicians to not only expedite a vaccine but to model effective responses to protect the lives of their citizens from what is a now the greatest health challenge we have faced for a century.

  • CC BY-SA 3.0-carnation.JPG * Created: 10 May 2009 (* CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Article: Mar 21, 2020

    "Not all of us can do Great Things

    But we can do small things with Great Love"

    Mother Teresa

    Happy Mother's Day 2020

    From East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

    END

  • Empty Supermarket shelves Australia Christopher Corneschi (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en Kjerish)
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Vulnerable people and key workers struggle to do their shopping and local Foodbanks call for more donations as supermarkets say there is sufficient food but shelves continue to empty as the 'have-nots' find that we are 'not all in this together'.

    Repeated claims on QT by the Health Minister, Matt Hancock that he was negotiating with the supermarkets weeks ago, a claim denied by some supermarkets is beginning to look decidedly hollow as reports come in that health workers finishing their shifts find empty shelves and Foodbanks including our local ones in East Suffolk are under pressure to source food.

    The Government claims to be following the science and the letter from food policy academics and addressed to the PM today underlines the need to protect the vulnerable and people on low incomes and initiate a health based food rationing programme.

    The letter is reproduced below and includes the five recommendations.

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    From:School of Health Sciences

    Tim Lang, PhD, FFPH, FRSA, Hon DSc Professor of Food Policy Centre for Food Policy Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB, UK Direct tel: + 44-(0)20-7040-8798 Mb: 07812-570579 e-mail: t.lang@city.ac.uk

    Rt Hon Boris Johnson, MP Prime Minister
    10 Downing Street London SW1 2AA

    March 20 2020

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Re food planning in crisis

    We write as academics with experience in food policy matters, and out of immediate concern about the emerging food crisis unfolding in response to the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak. Our concerns include:

    Public messaging about food supply is weak and unconvincing. The supermarkets are already subject to unprecedented purchasing stress. Yet people have been stocking up, not least out of concern that, if someone in their household falls ill, they will be unable to obtain more supplies. The supermarkets have responded by rationing some foodstuffs and grocery products. That problem could have been avoided by more consumer-friendly messaging. There is already a dangerous tendency to blame consumer behaviour not shape it. Nudge thinking is no longer sufficient. Consumers have repeatedly been told to look after themselves, so cannot be blamed for acting within their viable realm of influence. It might be regrettable, but stockpiling or uncivil behaviour in stores are signs that appeals to restraint or repetition of the 'We are in it together' message are wearing thin when it comes to food supply.

    Official thinking and consultation on food has so far been dominated by an industry focus. The civil society and local authority roles also urgently demand clearer public focus. The Coronavirus Bill has just four pages out of 329 on food, and empowers authorities to obtain information about potential disruptions to food supply, but no powers to resolve those disruptions. We note that last night food work was included under key worker status. Schools needed that guidance,but food crises also require leadership and action from local authorities and the Resilience Forums. Those local bodies have been weakened and dangerously under-resourced. We appreciate (and welcomed) that Defra has at last broadened consultation with the food industry itself beyond the 4 large organisations (NFU, FDF, BRC and UK Hospitality), but it has just focussed on supplies, but has not included consumer or public health representatives.

    Prioritising people on low incomes. People on low incomes are particularly anxious about how they will feed themselves during this crisis. Food banks are closing, and those remaining open have supply shortages yet rocketing demands. Some very hungry people are being 'gate-kept' out of food banks because systems for allocating vouchers are failing. Food banks do not and cannot resolve structural inequalities, income deficits, or lack of access. The current crisis is in danger of aggravating existing problems. More than 8.4 million people in the UK are food-insecure, by the UN'scriterion. Diet is a key factor in lowering life-expectancy for the poorest people and weakening their immune systems. The current crisis risks exacerbating diet-related inequalities, which could have long-term adverse consequences. This is a time when market mechanisms are insufficient. Supermarkets cannot be expected to ration for health or filter food purchasing according to need, yet need and equity ought to be paramount. If the 'we are all in it together' principle reigns, then now is the time for health to shape access to food.

    We therefore call on the Government to:

    (1) initiate a health-based food rationing scheme to see the country through this crisis. This should start from Public Health England's Eatwell Plate, our official nutrition guidelines, and draw on expertise from the devolved administrations, and relevant disciplines.

    (2) Rapidly review options for ensuring people on low incomes have sufficient money to buy a decent diet. Maintenance of incomes is already being discussed by the Chancellor for those being laid off, but cash injections for people in receipt of welfare benefit (including Universal Credit) is also needed. Only a cash injection will enable people on low income to purchase food for their health and well-being and to avert hunger. Another possibility is to have a national voucher scheme redeemable for nutritionally sound purchases such as fruit and vegetables.

    (3) Ensure that nutritionally appropriate food can and will be delivered to all those who self-isolate or are quarantined.

    (4) Announce immediately that this new Food Rationing Scheme will be open, equitable and based on health needs, taking account of age, income, and vulnerability, and that this will be applied UK-wide.

    (5) Amend the Agriculture Bill, currently before Parliament, to include a new clause to ensure that the people of the United Kingdom will be fed well, healthily, equitably and sustainably.

    Yours faithfully,TIM LANG
    Prof of Food Policy Centre for Food Policy City, University of London

    pp Erik Millstone & Emeritus Prof of Science PolicySPRU
    University of Sussex
    Terry Marsden
    Professor and Director Sustainable Places Research Inst Cardiff University

    DONATIONS OF FOOD URGENTLY REQUIRED

    Our local foodbanks are experiencing a shortage of food.

    This includes the Lowestoft Trussell Trust Foodbank which extends down from Lowestoft to the Saxmundham/Leiston/Aldeburgh/Wickham Mkt areas.

    Donate at your local East Suffolk supermarkets at Waitrose/Coops and Tesco.

    The Salvation Army scheme covers Woodbridge

    The Waveney Foodbank covers Framlingham, Halesworth, Bungay and Beccles

    END

  • NHS Coronavirus information
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    Stay at home advice- Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    How long to stay at home if you have symptoms?

    Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

    If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

    After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

    But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days.

    Information:

    If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

    If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

    If you still have symptoms after 7 days

    After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

    If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

    If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

    Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

    • your condition gets worse

    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

    Tips for staying at home

    It's important to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading.

    Do

    • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions

    • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside

    • sleep alone, if possible

    • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

    • drink plenty of water and take paracetamol to help with your symptoms

    Don't

    • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)

    • do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places


    Ibuprofen

    There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

    But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

    If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.



    END

  • Coronovirus Update Spelthorne Liberal Democrats (Image by Vektor Kunst from Pixabay)
    Article: Mar 17, 2020

    Workers will get statutory sick pay from the first day off work, not the fourth, to help contain coronavirus, says PM but the UK's SSP is lagging "well behind" other European countries.

    Today the Chancellor announced significant levels of financial support to businesses to get them through the Coronavirus outbreak. Business rate relief and small grants are welcome, as are loans which will need to be paid back with interest.

  • UK Government coronavirus poster
    Article: Mar 15, 2020

    Whilst the number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Suffolk is currently small, the situation is rapidly evolving and changing by the day.

    The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are prepared to deal with new infectious diseases and the NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public. In Suffolk a number of GP surgeries are now closed and are operating a triage service where the GP will call patients back.

  • Cross on ballot
    Article: Mar 13, 2020

    UK local elections should be delayed says Electoral Commission

    Police & Crime Commissioner only poll in East Suffolk.

    LATEST: Police & Crime Commissioner elections postponed until May 2021 -

    Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said the move to delay the polls was the "right decision".

    But he added it was "not clear" why the government had opted for a year-long delay, rather than postpone until the autumn as the Electoral Commission recommended.

  • Lib Dems Spring Conference Your 12th 15th March 2020 (Lib Dems Spring Conference)
    Article: Mar 12, 2020

    Lib Dems cancel York Spring Conference

    Following careful consideration of the latest health advice and risks, the Liberal Democrats have decided last evening to cancel their Spring Conference planned for this coming weekend.

    In a joint statement, Party President Mark Pack, Chief Executive Mike Dixon and Federal Conference Committee Chair Geoff Payne said:

  • Brexit
    Article: Mar 6, 2020

    Tory government spent at least £4.4 billion on Brexit planning says Audit Office

    22,000 civil servants worked on Brexit, £92m wasted in NO Deal "losses" paid to ferry companies & Eurotunnel, all before the actual leaving costs kick in.

    In the first detailed estimate of the cost of Brexit, the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Britain's government spent at least 4.4 billion pounds of taxpayers' money on preparations to leave the European Union. The NAO said that most of the money was spent on staff costs, building new infrastructure and paying for external advice.

  • New ES Wards (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: Mar 3, 2020

    East Suffolk Planning Policy Open Data Portal Published

    The East Suffolk Planning Policy Open Data portal now provides downloadable spreadsheets and GIS map files for a range of datasets reported in the Authority Monitoring Report monitoring report and key statistics. Also the new open data portal includes housing statistics, retail surveys and more including:

  • Gary Kitching (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Feb 29, 2020

    BRITAIN TO WITHDRAW FROM EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

    'Criminals do not have borders' says Gary Kitching, Lib Dem Police & Crime spokesperson

    Britain will not be participating in a European scheme to fast-track the extradition of criminals following its departure from the European Union, the government said in its mandate for negotiations published by the government on Thursday. Senior law enforcement officials have warned Boris Johnson's government against leaving the European Arrest Warrant.

  • UK passport Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvart twitter (Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvarttwitter UK passport)
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    UK passport maker De La Rue left at risk and laying people off, as twice as many UK companies set up operations in the Netherlands in 2019 compared to a year earlier and the UK Brexit job and brain drain continues.

    Past comments by our Prime Minister have underlined what he thinks about British business and we have highlighted on numerous occasions through this website the continuing post Brexit trend for UK firms to move their base or some operations away from the UK to Europe. The soon to arrive new UK Blue Passports from Poland underlines just how 'taking back control' is going to pan out in reality for British businesses.'

  • Boris Johnson wiping brow 2
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    PM's special adviser quits after over contraception, the benefits of genetic selection and IQ comments

    Just days after helping to rid PM Johnson of his Chancellor neighbour, his right hand man Cominic Cummings has seen one of his recently recruited special advisers out of the door at No 10 after he had discussed the benefits of genetic selection, forced contraception on his old online posts.

  • JRF 2019/20 POVERTY RPT (JRF TWITTER PAGE)
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the scale of poverty*** across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip.

    The widely respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation have released their 2019/20 report UK Poverty.

    The report says "For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives - secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standards. It's time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this report we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.

  • Johnson and Cummings by twitter
    Article: Feb 14, 2020

    IT'S ALL ABOUT ME, AS JOHNSON SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH 'YES' PEOPLE

    By Jon James -14th February 2020

    Having been urged by his Guru, Dominic Cummings to ditch the Chancellor and capture the Treasury, Boris couldn't see his way to getting rid of his uncooperative neighbour and his hands on the county's purse strings. Difficult to be seen sacking a recently appointed Chancellor days before a Budget; he gave his own precious Gollum* the green light and sanctioned the cursory dismissal of his neighbour's staff, thus undermining the Chancellor's Treasury power base and the future credibility of the financial Department of State.

  • Suffolk County Council logo
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?

    WANT TO IMPROVE OUR SOCIAL SERVICES, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES?

    FED UP WITH THE STATE OF OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS IN SUFFOLK?

    FEEL THAT THE RULING PARTY'S PRIORITIES ARE WRONG?

    Suffolk Liberal Democrats are now looking ahead to next year's county council elections and are keen to get candidates in place so we can start to campaign. Suffolk County Council are responsible for delivering a large range of vital local services, such as roads and transport, education and social services, making being a county councillor a really important role; making a real difference to the local and wider community.

  • Ipswich Northern Route
    Article: Feb 4, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes

    Suffolk County Council have published the result of the Ipswich Northern Route Consultation.

    Suffolk County Council has been gathering feedback from district and borough councils ahead of a decision at its meeting on February 25 but has recommended that further work on pursuing a northern bypass cease altogether.

    The Suffolk County Council leader said - a lack of support is cited for the planned axing of the scheme.

  • Brexit
    Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Johnson government sends EU a message before trade talks begin: stating that Brexit means sovereignty and trumps the economy.

    This will be a blow to UK businesses in the East where the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) modelling had pointed to East Anglia being one of the areas most affected by Brexit, suffering a decrease in GDP in 2030 relative to remaining in the EU," the report says. Evidence* suggests that some local businesses had already voted with their feet, relocating - either partially or fully - to the EU.

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    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    THANK YOU EU FOR 47 YEARS OF PEACE, PROSPERITY AND COOPERATION

    JANUARY 1973-JANUARY 2020

    For 47 years we have sat in a room with our most important political and economic partners, and occupied one of the prized seats; now all we can do is wait outside and beg to be heard.

    '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….

  • 50p brexit coin mock EOwxrr0WsAMaK8L.jpg
    Article: Jan 27, 2020

    The Brexit coin to mark leaving our friends, herald in a less secure world, isolation and economic instability

    10 million new 50 pence coins will be minted to mark the country's departure from the European Union, which bears the inscription "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" and the Brexit date of 31 January 2020.

  • Holocaust Mem Day
    Article: Jan 26, 2020

    THE WORLD MUST NEVER FORGET

    Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD, 27 January) is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

    Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here you can find different ways to get involved in this landmark anniversary and explore the theme for HMD 2020: Stand Together.

  • Brexit graphic
    Article: Jan 23, 2020

    Lib Dems child refugee lobbying campaign fails as Tories push through the EU Withdrawal Bill

    The Brexit divorce agreement renegotiated by Johnson's government with Brussels, and approved by EU national leaders, finally passed its 3rd Reading in the Commons and now needs Royal assent and ratification by the European Parliament before it becomes law and a EU Treaty. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the deal next week (January 29) and are expected to pass it.

  • Lib Dem Leadership ()
    Article: Jan 22, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Liberal Democrats have agreed the timetable to elect the next leader of the Liberal Democrats

    At a meeting of the party's Federal Board in London last weekend, the Party agreed to open nominations for candidates on the 11th of May and close them on the 28th of May.

    The ballot will then open to members on the 18th of June and close on the 15th of July, after which the party will announce the next leader.

    In the meantime, Ed Davey MP and new Party President Mark Pack will continue as joint acting leaders of the Liberal Democrats.

    Speaking after the meeting, Liberal Democrat Party President Mark Pack said:

    "I want first to thank Jo Swinson for her determined leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the home for everyone who shares our vision of an outward-looking, caring country that celebrates diversity and benefits from high-quality public services.

    "With our party membership at record levels, I urge everyone else who shares our values to join us in the coming days and vote in the leadership election."

  • Article: Jan 17, 2020

    Moraene Roberts (1953-2020)

    In the last week, a women who few in the East of England will have known died. Moraene Roberts was a poet and campaigner for human rights and her lived experience of poverty and disability informed her unique voice which made an indelible impression on people of all walks of life.

  • students travelling
    Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Lib Dems MPs recently tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill to save Erasmus, so that students can live, study & work across the EU.

    Last week, the Tories voted it down.

    We will keep fighting to stop Boris Johnson limiting the horizons for young people.

    The Liberal Democrat amendment would have inserted a clause in the withdrawal agreement bill requiring the government to seek continued participation in Erasmus+ on existing terms after Brexit, and to report on the progress of negotiations to parliament. But on Wednesday MPs voted down a second reading of the amendment, by 344 to 254.

  • police tape
    Article: Jan 12, 2020

    An estimated 5,300 reports of crime in Suffolk go unrecorded each year.

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has said that issues that they had identified five years ago in 2014 with Suffolk Constabluary's understanding of crime recording rules had still not been fully addressed.

    Inspectors said the Suffolk force required improvement overall and said that a 91% rate for recording reported crime was 'inadequate'. - equating to 5,300 total crimes and 3,600 violent crime going unrecorded. Of 1,203 audited crime reports, 373 were domestic abuse related - 74 of which went unrecorded, including 66 violent crimes.

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Jan 7, 2020

    The Lib Dems have announced their new parliamentary team and the results of the party's internal elections

    New President - Mark Pack

    Taking over from Baroness Sal Brinton is the newly elected President Mark Pack. Mark will be sharing the Acting Party Leadership role with Ed Davey MP until a new Leader is elected.

  • Caroline Page
    Article: Jan 2, 2020

    Suffolk County Council Divisions to get new boundaries in time for 2021 elections

    In May, 2021 electors in Suffolk will choose a new County Council but the current Divisional boundaries are likely to change

    The Boundary Commission for England who have the responsibility for reviewing and consulting on electoral boundaries are minded to recommend that Suffolk County Council should have 70 councillors, instead of the current 75 and they also want to redraw the councillor boundaries to have more equal numbers of residents per division, and potentially get rid of 2-member divisions.

  • {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks (static)}} (New Year - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org)
    Article: Dec 31, 2019

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE EAST SUFFOLK LIB DEMS WEBSITE

    Its been our busiest year for the East Suffolk Lib Dems website.

    With 17,000 unique visitors and 400,000 hits we have clearly proven to have been a valuable source of news, information and comment about the Liberal Democrats, locally and nationally. Getting our stories and news into the mainstream media continues to be difficult as the 2019 election campaigns have proved yet again. We must therefore continue to create and develop our own channels of communication and sources of information. We are still a comparatively new website, making steady progress within the limitations of our platform. This year we have published 177 articles (almost 15 each month) and numerous supporting pages, events and downloaded documents.

  • Nurses
    Article: Dec 18, 2019

    TORY WATCH

    Tory minister admits extra nurses won't be in place for 10 years and cannot explain how government will stop 18,500 leaving - funny how this comes out now eh

    Boris Johnson's promise to employ an extra 50,000 NHS nurses has unravelled further after a cabinet minister suggested that the pledge would not be met for 10 years. Nicky Morgan, the Culture Minister now tucked away in the Lords. She will sit as Secretary of State in the unelected chamber barely a year after claiming "I would not serve in a Boris Johnson cabinet" in September 2018.

  • make Votes Mater votes no seats (make Votes matter)
    Article: Dec 13, 2019

    GENERAL ELECTION DECEMBER 2019

    DID YOUR VOTE COUNT?

    With a majority government elected on less than 44% of the vote, we need Proportional Representation more than ever.

    The Liberal Democrats got 1.2 million more votes than in the last general election. Our vote share was up 4% across the country yet we ended up with one fewer seat. The tories share increased by 1% - result 80 more seats.

  • ALDC ARTWORK (ALDC)
    Article: Dec 13, 2019

    GENERAL ELECTION 2019 - EAST SUFFOLK PARTY RESULTS

    Suffolk Coastal

    Therese Coffey Conservative Party 32,958 (55.11 %) Elected

    Jules Ewart Liberal Democrats 8,719 (14.58 %)

    Tony Love Independent Brexit 1,493( 2.5%)

    Rachel Smith-Lyte Green Party 2,713 ( 4.54%)

    Cameron Matthews Labour Party 12,425 (20.77 %)

    TURNOUT = 71.4%

  • CAMPAIGN FOR PR - FAIR VOTES MATTER (FAIR VOTES MATTER CAMPAIGN)
    Article: Dec 12, 2019

    Make Votes Matter polling prior to the election showed that 35% of people were likely to vote tactically

    This is a symptom of our out-of-date, 'one-party-takes-all' system.

    We need real change to make sure all votes count equally.

    In 2017* it took over 197,000 votes to elect ONE Lib Dem MP, compared to just under 28,000 for an SNP MP, 49,000 for a Labour and 43,000 for a Conservative MP and over 500,000 for a Green MP and even more for UKIP. with none.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2019

    TODAY YOU CHOOSE THE DIRECTION THE COUNTRY WILL GO OVER NOT JUST THE NEXT FIVE YEARS BUT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME.

    BREXIT WILL MAKE BRITAIN POORER, MORE ISOLATED AND LESS SAFE.

    IT WILL SLAM THE DOOR ON OUR CHILDREN'S LIFE CHANCES TO LIVE, WORK STUDY AND LOVE WHEREVER THEY WISH IN AN OPEN EUROPE (EU)

  • brexit sausages (libdems.org)
    Article: Dec 11, 2019

    THE FUTURE IS YOURS

    DON'T THROW IT AWAY

    USE YOUR VOTE

    SAY NO TO LIES, FALSE PROMISES AND FANTASY ECONOMICS

    VOTE

    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT

    PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING

    IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD THEN IT PROBABLY ISN'T

    END

  • Jules Ewart Candidate 2019, cropped.
    Article: Dec 11, 2019

    IN SUFFOLK COASTAL, CENTRAL SUFFOLK & N IPSWICH & WAVENEY

    VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCrAT


    ON THURSDAY

    FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

    In Suffolk Coastal Vote: JULES EWART Liberal Democrat X

    In Central Suffolk & North Ipswich Vote: JAMES SANDBACH Liberal Democrat X

  • Climate Changes
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    thursday is polling day and your chance to vote Lib dem

    Lib Dems ambitious spending plans to tackle the climate emergency

    The UK must play its part in addressing climate change and cut greenhouse gases in every sector of the economy to achieve net-zero.

    Remaining in the EU will help to ensure that the international community works together to tackle the climate emergency. We cannot lead the world on climate change action if we are outside the EU.

  • Stop Boris Stop Brexit
    Article: Dec 10, 2019

    If Boris Johnson wins on Thursday, you lose.

    His destructive Brexit plan will damage our country and must be stopped. This Thursday is your chance to stop Brexit and stop Boris Johnson - don't lose it.

    Boris Johnson cares more about himself than the future of our country and he cannot be trusted. He has lied to parliament, lied to the Queen and he is lying to you.

  • Boris Johnson demeans the office he holds
    Article: Dec 9, 2019

    10 things Boris Johnson has done that are naughtier than cycling on pavements

    Following Boris Johnson's interview with Sky's Sophy Ridge, the Liberal Democrats have compiled ten things Boris Johnson has done that are naughtier than cycling on pavements:

    THIS MAN WANTS TO BE PRIME MINISTER AND LEAD A GREAT COUNTRY, YET HE:

  • police officers
    Article: Dec 9, 2019

    The Government's approach to policing is increased crime, increased vulnerability and an increasing fear of crime. They are not the party of law and order.

    Tory Brexit plans would make us less safe and their manifesto seeks to undermine the rule of law.

    Priti Patel has claimed that the Conservatives are "the Party of Law and Order" however they simply cannot claim to be the party of law and order.

  • UCA GE Debate 1
    Article: Dec 8, 2019

    JUST 4 DAYS LEFT TO POLLING DAY AND A chance to vote for a BRIGHTER FUTURE

    The choice according to the BBC, ITV, the Tory and Labour press

    If voters were expecting some sudden enlightenment from the BBC's version of a political Leaders Debate between a Pro Brexit and an Undecided Brexit candidate then they must still be scratching their heads or looking up a contact for the Beebs 'Watchdog' programme to expose a political con trick. It was hardly riveting and Presidential it most definitely was not.

  • Small Business Saturday
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    5 DAYS TO STOP BREXIT AND SECURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE

    Liberal Democrats have unveiled a series of measures to reverse a decline in high streets and boost small businesses

    Figures from the ONS show that 978,285 businesses closed their doors between 2016-2018.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed Brexit uncertainty under the Conservatives is hitting our high streets as almost one million businesses in the UK have closed in the past three years.This increase in business closures is almost a third (28%) compared to the 765,000 businesses that closed in the three previous years.

  • Jules Green Lib Dems
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    5 DAYS TO POLLING DAY & A BRIGHTER FUTURE

    "Green Hero - Jules Ewart"

    Jules Ewart, Lib Dem candidate for Suffolk Coastal receives her 'Green Accreditation',

    Keith Melton and Laura Sykes interviewed Suffolk Coastal candidate Jules for the Green Lib Dems website as part of their 'Green Hero' series, featuring some of the LibDem's Greenest candidates.

  • Education_health_opportunities.png
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    A FRESH START AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE - 6 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Brexit threat to NHS - Lib Dems respond to Health Foundation survey

    A survey by the Health Foundation has found two-thirds of people want an increase in taxes to improve health and social care.

    • This is in line with the Liberal Democrats' policy of putting a penny on income tax to raise an additional £7 billion of funding a year for the NHS and social care.

    • The survey also found widespread public concern about the threat posed by Brexit, including staffing shortfalls caused by EU doctors and nurses leaving the UK.

    • The NHS and social care are already being stretched to breaking point, but Brexit would make this crisis worse by driving away the EU nurses and doctors we need.

    • Yet neither the Tories or Labour are being honest with the public about the challenges posed by Brexit or how they would raise the money needed to sustain our health service.

    • This survey shows that the majority of the pubic agree with the Liberal Democrats that we should all chip in a little more to secure the future of the NHS and social care. We are being upfront about putting a penny on income tax to raise an extra £7 billion for health and social care a year, while stopping Brexit to protect the NHS.

  • Jo Swinson Layla Moran School visit GE2019
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    6 DAYS TO POLLING DAY AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE

    Now six, five things the Liberal Democrats will do to build a brighter future for young people

    What the Liberal Democrats are offering families, children and young people in our manifesto. Plus one.. Read on to see the latest.

    Every child deserves the best start in life. That's why children's charities have asked every party leader how their policies will help children and generations to come.

  • Proportional Representation
    Article: Dec 5, 2019

    7 Days to Polling day and a brighter future: vote Lib Dems

    Suffolk Tories say no to Fairer Votes and Labour sits on the fence AGAIN!

    The Make Votes Matter campaign has now published the results of their survey of local candidate responses on PR and Fairer Voting in central and east Suffolk. Unsurprising the Tories want to keep the FPTP system for elections although the CSNI tory agrees that the current system is not representative. The Labour Party candidates however continue to live up to their Party's growing reputation for dithering and indecision. When it comes to the core issues; Brexit and Fair Voting it just cannot make a decision and get off the fence.

  • Sam Gymiah MP
    Article: Dec 5, 2019

    7 Days to Polling day and a brighter future: vote Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats launch Plan for Business including £17bn research fund

    We have a plan to boost innovation and stop the economic damage caused by Brexit say Lib Dems

    • Liberal Democrat Shadow Business Secretary Sam Gyimah gave a major speech to business leaders in London to launch the party's plan for businesses.

    • He set out why the Liberal Democrats are now the "natural party of business," with a clear plan to boost innovation and stop the economic damage caused by Brexit.

    • Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have yet published their specific plans for business during this campaign. The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has criticised both main parties for pursuing policies that are "not credible", concluding that economic growth would be fastest under the Liberal Democrats due to their commitment to stop Brexit.

  • Voting LD to Stop Brexit
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Traditional political allegiances are fragmenting and new alliances are forming - The main reason is Brexit

    The UK faces years of ongoing negotiations over our future trade and relationship with Europe and he rest of the world

    STOP BREXIT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

    So who is supporting the Lib Dems this time?

  • stopbrexit
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    Tory no deal Brexit would increase national debt by £220 billion say Lib Dems

    Certainty of a Free Trade Deal with EU by December 2020 is Zero, say The Institute for Government

    Crashing out of the EU would cause the national debt to rise by over £220 billion over the next five years, analysis of figures published by the IFS (Institute for Fiscal Studies) have revealed.

    The Brexit black hole would be equivalent to an extra £8,000 of debt per household and would be equivalent to this year's government budget for Health, Social Care, Schools and Local Government combined. It would be also larger than the entire annual GDP of Finland.

    Despite claiming on Andrew Marr that a Conservative Government wouldn't rack up national debt, the analysis shows that that if Boris Johnson goes through with his Brexit plan and ends up crashing the UK out of the EU in December 2020, the resulting economic hit would make national debt £221 billion larger than under Liberal Democrat economic plans. Managing the extra burden would risk yet more public services being cut to get debt under control.

    Boris Johnson has said that if he wins a majority, he will seek a Free Trade Agreement with the EU but will not extend the deadline for securing a deal past December 2020. The Institute for Government has described the certainty around securing a deal within this time-frame as "zero".

    The Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, would stop Brexit and keep debt falling. The IFS has said of the Liberal Democrats that "they are now the only major party committed to reducing the national debt as a fraction of national income, a goal now abandoned by both Labour and the Conservatives."

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

    "If Boris Johnson gets his way and crashes us out of the EU without a deal at the end of 2020, he will create a tidal wave of debt that would jeopardise funding for our schools, hospitals and vital public services. The £221 billion Brexit black hole in the budget would be equivalent to £8,000 of debt for every household in the UK.

    "It was already clear that Boris Johnson's Brexit deal was yet another con, but these figures show what is ultimately at stake. Only a vote for the Liberal Democrats can stop Boris Johnson, stop Brexit and allow us to invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in our public services."

    ENDS

  • Boris Johnson wiping brow 2
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    10 days to Polling Day

    The problem with Boris Johnson


    Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson has called out Boris Johnson and made a plea for both gender equality but for tackling the systemic issues faced by women in politics and the workplace.

    In a recent speech, Jo Swinson has outlined the reasons why Boris Johnson cannot be trusted by voters, referencing his lies about the Irish Sea border, about protecting the rights of EU citizens, and lying to the Queen to unlawfully shut down democracy.