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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: Oct 16, 2018

    October 17th -The World Day for Eradicating Poverty

    The 2018 theme - Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violation

  • Budget Cuts
    Article: Oct 12, 2018

    SCC predicts financial shortfall with further cuts to come

    Far from an end to austerity as our Prime Minister claims, local authorities are facing yet more stringent cuts to funding putting vital services at real risk

    Suffolk County Council admitted that it is not managing to control spending against the budget agreed by councillors in February 2018. Projections show the council will overspend by £8.6 million this financial year unless it is successful in reducing costs and making savings between now and 31 March 2019. This would mean that the council would have to dip into its reserves to balance the books.

  • Peoples vote 2018 (Lib Dems)
    Article: Oct 9, 2018


    On Saturday 20th October, the Liberal Democrats are marching for our future in the EU, and the East Suffolk local party will be there.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only political party that backs a vote for the British public to have the final say on Theresa May's Brexit deal - with an option to Remain in the EU.

  • sexual health (wickipedia)
    Article: Oct 8, 2018


    Record demand for sexual health services in England has seen visits to clinics reach 3.3 million a year, putting the system under huge pressure and leaving people facing longer waits for appointments, council leaders warn.

    Article: Oct 5, 2018

    This year World Mental Health Day takes place on Wednesday 10 October and focuses on the pressures young people face in a changing world.

    This year's World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is one of the most common diseases in teenagers and suicide is the leading cause of death for people between 5-19 years old

  • 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

    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.

  • Andrew Turner (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Sep 21, 2018

    LIB DEMS retain second place with 40% of the vote in the WENHASTON & WESTLETON BY-election

    ANDREW TURNER misses out by 91

    Congratulations to Andrew Turner and his team of supporters for achieving a fine result in what was a very short election campaign conveniently timed to take place during the Lib Dem Party Conference at Brighton.

  • David Beavan speaks to Brighton Conference (East Suffolk Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Sep 20, 2018


    It was a busy week for new Lib Dem Councillor David Beavan. On Monday he summated an amendment to the Party's debate at the Brighton Conference on Affordable Homes and raised the issue for which he has campaigned long and hard -the closure of the tax loophole on second homes. On Tuesday he was back in the Waveney Council Chamber to speak up against the plans for the St Felix School site in Reydon, near Southwold and add his support to the Campaign Group RAGE who are attempting to stop the sale of school land to allow 69 houses to be built.

  • Tom Brake, Lib Dem spokesperson for Europe, addresses the crowd
    Article: Sep 11, 2018

    The Emergency Motion on Europe be debated on Monday 15th September at 10am which we were unable to preview earlier has now been published.

    In view of its significance and wide scale interest we are publishing it in full as follows:

    F24 Europe Motion: Stopping Brexit

    Proposer: Summation: Submitted by: Rt Hon Tom Brake MP (Spokesperson on Brexit and International Trade) Wera Hobhouse MP (Spokesperson on Communities and Local Government) 14 Party Members

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Sep 11, 2018

    Annual Conference - Brighton 15-18 September 2018 Liberal Democrats - DEMAND BETTER

    In the final part of the Federal Conference preview, we take a look at the programme and agenda for the events at Brighton on Tuesday.

    DAY FOUR - TUESday 18th September

    Last day at Conference, bags are packed, hotels and B&Bs are vacated and everyone prepares for a short agenda culminating in Vince's speech before setting off for home.

  • HGV lorries are banned from driving through Yalding
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Councils need tougher powers to deal with heavy haulage road rogues.

    Tough new powers are needed for town halls to tackle lorry drivers who ignore weight restrictions, bringing chaos to the nation's villages and roads, local Liberal Democrats are saying.

    Lorries of a certain weight, height or width are banned from many minor roads but the police, whilst doing all they can, do not always have the resources to enforce the restrictions.

  • portable toilets (Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
    Article: Sep 7, 2018

    Brexit - one that you may have missed...

    East Suffolk Lib Dems recognise that our discerning readers have access to a wide range of political news and comment including blogs from those at the very centre of our Party including our own County Councillor Caroline Page who is keeping up the pressure over the Melton Hill development in Woodbridge. Many will be subscribers to Lib Dem Blogger Mark Pack's highly recommended Newswire and will be receiving his regular updates.

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Sep 6, 2018

    Annual Conference - Brighton 15-18 September 2018 Liberal Democrats - DEMAND BETTER

    In the fourth and penultimate part of the Federal Conference preview, we take a look at the programme and agenda for the events at Brighton on Monday.

    DAY Three - monday 17th September

    Conference hits the ground running at the start of Day 3 with a motion on affordable housing.

  • EU Remainer's Diary
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES - the harsh reality of the labcon Brexit

    by Jon James

    The 'blustering Brexiteers' were cavalier with their promises to the public. As the reality dawned and the wheels of the bus started to fall off, one or two* started to secure their own escape routes, future homes and investments in other European countries and the blame game began.

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    Annual Conference - Brighton 15-18 September 2018 Liberal Democrats - DEMAND BETTER

    In the third part of the review of the programme and agenda for the forthcoming Brighton Conference, we are looking at the Sunday events.

    DAY TWO - SuNday 16th September

    Far from being a rest day, Sunday is probably the busiest at Conference especially for those with a just weekend pass, packing in as much as they can.

  • School Places
    Article: Aug 29, 2018

    More than 123,000 children and their families have spent their school holiday homeless, an increase of around 53,000 since the summer holidays of 2011, councils reveal today.

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is today warning that the numbers of homeless children that councils are housing in temporary accommodation has increased by 76 per cent in the last seven years

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Aug 28, 2018

    Annual Conference - Brighton 15-18 September 2018 Liberal Democrats - DEMAND BETTER

    In the second part of the review of the programme and agenda for the forthcoming Brighton Conference, we are looking at the Saturday afternoon and evening events.

    DAY ONE - Saturday 15th September, Part 2

    Saturday afternoon Conference epitomises what the Liberal Democrats are all about as it opens with three consultative sessions organised by Party Working Groups providing a less formal platform for party reps and members to participate in policy making. The conclusions from these sessions will be taken into account when drawing up the following working group's final recommendations.

  • 2018 Conference cover
    Article: Aug 23, 2018

    Annual Conference - Brighton 15-18 September 2018 Liberal Democrats - DEMAND BETTER

    Over the next three weeks we will be reviewing the programme and agenda for the forthcoming Brighton Conference, highlighting the policy motions to be debated, keynote speeches and the fringe and training events.

    DAY ONE - Saturday 15th September, Part 1

  • Andrew Turner (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Aug 21, 2018

    Andrew Turner

    Lib Dem Candidate for Wenhaston & Westleton By-Election

    Thursday 20th September 2018

    Andrew Turner has been nominated as the Lib Dems candidate in the forthcoming Suffolk Coastal District Council By-Election.

    Andrew is supporting recently elected District Councillor for Southwold & Reydon, David Beavan's high profile campaign to secure a fairer rating and taxation system for second homes and for more affordable housing for local people. He is opposed to the District Council's plans to replace the current Wehaston and Westleton Ward with one covering 19 communities and a loss in accountability. He was the runner up to the Conservative in the contest for a District Council seat in May 2015 and is campaigning hard to win the seat in advance of the planned merger of the two Councils in 2019.

    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.