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  • James Sandbach outside Police Station
    Article: Apr 15, 2021

    A key message from my campaign in the PCC election is that the police need to be visible and accessible to the public.

    Following the Police Commissioner's reorganisation of the Suffolk Constabulary's estate over 2013-17, only 3 police stations in Suffolk have a public access point (Ipswich, Bury and Lowestfoft).

  • Daisy Cooper MP Deputy Leader of Lib Dems
    Article: Mar 22, 2021

    Lib Dems Manifesto for Suffolk Launch

    'Getting Suffolk back on its Feet - Reconnecting, Reviving & Regenerating Communities'

    Lib Dem Deputy Party Leader, Daisy Cooper MP* will join Suffolk Liberal Democrats on Monday March 22nd to speak to members and supporters before the virtual launch of their Manifesto for the County Council and Police & Crime Commissioner Elections on 6th May.

    Chair of Suffolk Liberal Democrats, Jon James said: "Since 2005 the Conservatives have run the County Council and in those 16 years there has been a lack of investment in critical public services and innovation and now the pandemic has added further damage to our local economy. We need to urgently repair and redress the imbalance in the support available to families who have disproportionately suffered economically, physically and mentally. Our care system is in crisis through a lack of funding and a joined-up approach between health and social care. The pandemic has shown up the paucity of the mental health provision and our children's education and young people's training has been disrupted. There are poor levels of connectivity and transport especially in rural areas and an ageing infrastructure needs rebuilding. We also need a fairer funding for our police service to achieve a safer Suffolk.

    The Suffolk Liberal Democrat Manifesto focuses on the need to reconnect with our communities boost our economy, respond to climate change and lead the recovery from Covid reversing years of failure to invest in Suffolk's public and police services.

    Despite the Government's decision to hold these elections during the lockdown with significant restrictions on campaigning and added costs the Party is looking to add to its seats at the elections on May 6th.

  • James Sandbach outside Suffolk Police HQ
    Article: Mar 15, 2021
    By James Sandbach

    James Sandbach's statement on protecting women's safety and the right of peaceful assembly.

    '"The weekend's events on Clapham Common, and what led to them have been disturbing on many levels' said James. "The Capital is if of course a different policing area, but many people I've spoken to in Suffolk share my grave concerns about the unacceptable and heavy-handed policing of the Sarah Everard vigil, its impact on confidence in the police, and the message it conveyed about society's response issues of gender violence, women's safety and the right to express public grief".

  • Article: Mar 14, 2021


    MVM meets Prof. John Curtice

    Make Votes Matter are delighted to announce that renowned pollster and election expert Prof. John Curtice will be joining us to discuss the 2019 General Election and what it means for electoral reform.

    Every General Election, many of us wait with baited breath for 10pm and the release of the exit poll forecast from Prof. Curtice and his team. If you'd like to hear first-hand what he thinks about General Election 2019 and to ask him your questions, then join us on Thursday, 25 March at 6.30pm. Register here.

    This is open to anyone with an interest in electoral reform - so please share with anyone you think might be interested.

    Register for Prof. Curtice's talk


  • Adam Robertson &Walberswick Baily Bridge (Chris Thomas Waveney LDs)
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Adam Robertson and Southwold District Councillor David Beavan are supporting alternatives to any proposed plans by Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Highways to shut down the Bailey Bridge between Southwold and Walberswick for essential maintenance during the Summer.

    'Clearly the Bailey Bridge needs to be refurbished due to severe corrosion', said Adam Robertson, 'but this needs to be done after the summer holidays when it is least disruptive to the tourist trade which both serve Southwold and Walberswick. This should not in July and August when restrictions are lifted on social distancing, and when tourists will come to visit both places and could be faced a very long drive around".

  • Article: Mar 7, 2021

    International Womens Day


    IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge

    A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

    We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

  • Brexit
    Article: Mar 5, 2021

    It my not be the topic that people wish to hear about but if the realities of Brexit weren't apparent to the Brexiteers before embarking upon their project to downsize the UK economy, they must be thanking the pandemic for hiding the economic impact and what it means to business of becoming a 'third country'.

  • PPE
    Article: Feb 23, 2021

    Government broke the law by failing to disclose PPE contracts, court rules

    West Suffolk MP and Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, failed to comply with a public procurement law that requires the government to publish contract awards within 30 days. said High Court judge, Martin Chamberlain.

  • Oil Spillage North Lowestoft Gunton Beach (John Ellerby)
    Article: Feb 22, 2021

    East Suffolk Lib Dems have been appraised of the growing disquiet locally about the large crude oil deposit on North Lowestoft/Gunton Beach featured recently in the Lowestoft Journal and the apparent lack of action by the responsible authorities.

    It is reported that the recent storm has apparently exacerbated the problem and added to concerns that more oil buried may be exposed as a result of coastal erosion and increase the risk of the contamination of other local beaches and be a potential threats to people, animals and wildlife in the area.

  • Suffolk County Council (SCCNAME PLATE)
    Article: Feb 12, 2021

    Suffolk County Council agree on 4% council tax rate for 2021/22

    Another piece of the annual Budget jigsaw was put into place yesterday as the Conservative led County authority set the budget for the coming year and agreed a rise of 4%. This will be added to respective precepts from Districts, Borough and local town and parish Councils and the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner to form the final bill to taxpayers. The Council had the option to go for a maximum of 5% which would have provided more funds for the crisis ravaged social care sector. The decision will result in a budget of £597.9m an increase of £41m and an extra £53.55 for a Band D property on this year's bill.

  • Orwell Bridge Suffolk Lib Dems (Suffolk Liberal Democrats Trevor Powell)
    Article: Feb 7, 2021

    Suffolk Liberal Democrats

    Suffolk Liberal Democrats County Coordinating Committee are launching a new website this week bringing together news, views and features on Liberal Democrats people and campaigns across the County.

    With local elections for the County, Ipswich Borough and numerous outstanding by-elections scheduled for May 6th the new website will aim to present visitors with a front row seat and a social media link to the five local Suffolk parties, the work of our Lib Dem Councillors, local election candidates, the Lib Dems Manifesto for Suffolk and election results.

  • Holocaust Mem Day
    Article: Jan 27, 2021

    HMD 2021: Be the light in the darkness

    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.

    Millions of people were stripped of their humanity and murdered during the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution. Each person was unique, with their own interests, friends and family.

  • James Sandbach Lib Dems PPC CSNI (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Jan 26, 2021


    Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore writing in the Bury Free Press has asked for the views of the members of the public on a proposed £15 per year increase in the policing precept of our Council tax.

    Citing demands on the much overstretched Suffolk constabulary, the current crisis and longer-term impacts of Covid (e.g., on mental health), James Sandbach responded saying, "Mr Passmore is making a statement of the blindingly obvious that policing in our County needs greater resources. He also cites that we have the fourth worst funded police force per capita in the country, and has talked of his disappointment that the Government has chosen not to look at a fairer funding formula for Suffolk".

  • Article: Jan 20, 2021

    The inauguration of the 46th US President

    As fellow democrats we congratulate you and send our best wishes in your desire for unity, equality and peace, your wish to rejoin the international community and in the global fight to save the planet.

    'Historically important day for humanity, decency and democracy'

  • Get a postal vote
    Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Voting safely in this year's elections

    East Suffolk residents will go to the polls to have their say on who they want to represent them at Suffolk County Council and as the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 6 May 2021. In some Wards voters will also have a chance to vote in outstanding by-elections for vacant seats on the East Duffolk District Council. East Suffolk currently has a total of 26 of the available 75 Suffolk County Council seats.

    East Suffolk Council is preparing to help residents stay safe when casting their votes in next year's local elections. Registered voters have the option to vote by post or by proxy and electors who are not registered as postal voters can apply now if they would like to vote in this way.

    Anyone can apply to vote by post. You don't need to give a reason.

    To download a form for a postal vote

    Postal vote application form (England, Scotland and Wales)

    Electoral Registration Officer for East Suffolk Council said: "The elections next year are very important and an opportunity for residents to have a say on who represents them on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in East Suffolk.

    "Regardless of how you choose to cast your vote in May, you will be able to do so safely. We are already preparing for this in line with the current guidelines, which means that you can expect many of the same measures you've become used to in the shops over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. However, should the guidelines change prior to the elections, we are prepared to take the necessary steps to meet these.

    "There is also an option to vote by post or by proxy and we are currently contacting some members in our communities to highlight the option to vote by post. Any electors who are not registered as postal voters can also apply now if they would like to vote in this way."

    Further information on elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy can be found here.

    Local Electoral Registration Officer contact addresses for completed postal vote applications

    Electoral Services

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    Electoral Services- East Suffolk

    East Suffolk District Council

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    IP12 1RT

    Electoral Services East Suffolk

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    Electoral Services Ipswich BC

    Ipswich Borough Council,
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    East Suffolk Communications Team - December 2020

  • John Mercer LD East Suffolk (John Mercer East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Jan 14, 2021

    All change for the Liberal Democrats in the east for 2021

    Liberal Democrats internal elections have now been concluded and the results have produced a number of changes in the leadership of the party in Suffolk and the East.

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats, embracing the former Suffolk Coastal and Waveney parties have elected John Mercer as their new Chair for 2021. John was former local party Secretary.

    Article: Jan 6, 2021

    Suffolk Lib Dems select James Sandbach to contest Police & Crime Commissioner election in May

    Justice campaigner and former Parliamentary Candidate James Sandbach has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election in Suffolk.

    James is well known in East Suffolk having has been involved in Suffolk politics for several years having been the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate in Suffolk Coastal (2015 and 2017) and Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (2019). James lives in Saxmundham where he is Town Councillor.

  • 72% of the British public say no to nuclear power and yes to wind. Greenpeace projects poll result onto Sizewell nuclear plant in Suffolk, UK ©Greenpeace
    Article: Dec 16, 2020

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats response to the Consultation on changes to the Sizewell C project

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrat's (ESLD) have now submitted their response to EDF plans for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell and the party remains firmly opposed to the construction and operation of Sizewell C

  • Reckless no-deal Brexit ()
    Article: Dec 11, 2020

    What we knew all along - Emperor wears no clothes in the final days of Brexit

    Mythical Sovereignty to trump Jobs and Food supplies as an 'Aussie Rules Deal' beckons

    As the end game in the four year Brexit saga approaches its final days; true to form, Blustering Boris has apparently unsucessfully attempted to divide the EU 27 with a final, rebuffed and desperate phone call to the French and German leaders to circuit the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2020

    Fabian Society focusses on the double whammy of mass unemployment and temporary 'pandemic benefit' cuts

    In its report 'Double Trouble", the Fabian Society looks at the rising unemployment and the Government's plans to implement a huge cut in social security by reversing the temporary benefit policies they introduced at the start of the pandemic.

  • UN.ORG Int Day for People with Disabilities
    Article: Dec 3, 2020

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Many disabled people have seen their finances hit as a result of the pandemic

    As we celebrate, we should also remember the economic and social barriers faced by so many people with disabilities.

    Recent figures for example suggest a significant number of disabled people have seen their finances hit as a result of the pandemic. And far too many have had services and support reduced or even withdrawn and feel isolated and overlooked.

  • File:SARS-CoV-2 without background.png* Public Domain * (* Public Domain * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #23312)
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    New Covid restrictions for Suffolk as County is put into Tier 2.

    Tier 2: High alert

    This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

    In tier 2:

    • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

    • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space - this is called the 'rule of 6'

    • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Securemanner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

    • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

    • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

      • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol

      • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)

      • stop taking orders after 10pm

    • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

    • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm

    • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

    • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

    • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

    • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

    • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

    • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

    • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

    • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list


  • Andrew T at Sizewell beach (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Nov 24, 2020

    Sizewell C More proposed changes out for consultation but will they be enough?

    The applicant for Sizewell C (NNB Generating Company(SZC Ltd) have now submitted further proposed changes to their application to the Planning Inspectorate accepted for examination on 24th June.

    With the latest Government announcements about a series of UK mini nuclear plants and suggestions of home based investment of Sizewell C the applicant will be hoping that these changes will be sufficient to appease the opposition and the Suffolk Coastal project may be given a reprieve. Clearly significant continuing opposition from the communities impacted by the development added to opposition from within local Councils will have undoubtedly played a part in these latest changes being brought forward.

  • Stop the Tory Power Grab in planning
    Article: Nov 13, 2020

    Defend local planning and ensure your community's voice is heard

    An open letter hosted by CPRE, the countryside charity, and Friends of the Earth to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has already been signed by over 1500 elected representatives.

    The open letter is about the government's proposed changes to the planning system, as announced in August 2020 in the White Paper - Planning for the Future.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's victory isn't just democratic, it may have saved US democracy.

    In 70 days we will be looking forward to the inauguration of a new US President. In President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamela Harris we must hope for an end to chaos and a return to sanity in US governance and foreign policy and a return to international cooperation and renewed support for international humanitarian agencies and global agreements.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Ed Davey and East Suffolk Lib Dems say: During Covid-19, this support for our veterans and members of the armed forces is more important than ever.

    With coronavirus restrictions in place across the country, this is a difficult year for the Poppy Appeal.

    Ordinarily around 40,000 volunteers help make the appeal happen. Through their dedication the Royal British Legion can continue to provide support to members and veterans of our armed forces, as well as their families.

  • Make votes matter - proportional representation
    Article: Oct 30, 2020

    Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission

    Your chance to tell the Select Committee you want electoral reform!

    The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised to set up a "Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission" to review aspects of the UK's political system.

    The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has launched a survey to invite views on what issues the Government prioritises when it forms its new Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Oct 28, 2020

    Families deserve a Christmas that is as normal as possible says Sir Ed

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey is working with the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland and calling for a four nations summit to make a plan for Christmas that works for families across the UK.

    Speaking at PMQs, Ed Davey said,'the Govt has been badly prepared and slow to act at every stage throughout this Covid-19 crisis. That can't happen again, especially for Christmas. 2020 has been terribly hard on people - 'Many families across the UK have had an extremely difficult year being separated from their loved ones. They deserve a Christmas as normal as possible.

  • Free School Meals
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Tory MPs help to vote down proposal to extend Free School Meals

    Peter Aldous (Waveney) and Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal) voted against a motion to extend free school meals in England over the school holiday periods until Easter 2021 and whilst the pandemic continues to impact deprived areas especially and hit poorer families.

  • Mark Pack (Mark Pack)
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    PODCAST : Duncan Brack & Mark Pack

    Lib Dem Party President, Mark Pack: "Why did the Liberal Party become so pro-European and how did that carry over into the Liberal Democrats? That was the topic when I welcomed back Duncan Brack to Never Mind The Bar Charts. We roamed over everything from the creation of the Anti-Corn Law League through to the future for pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems."

  • Planning Permission Granted
    Article: Oct 9, 2020

    Lib Dems in East Suffolk challenge Govt's "power grab" on planning

    Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government's planning proposals will "disempower" local authorities like East Suffolk District Council and allow developers to "run roughshod" over local communities' wishes.

    A motion accepted at the Party's Autumn Conference, making it official party policy, lays bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government "power grab" that will reduce investment in affordable housing urgently needed in East Suffolk and elsewhere.

  • Help for health and care staff
    Article: Oct 5, 2020

    'Older people in care homes abandoned to die amid government failures during pandemic', says Amnesty Report

    A series of "shockingly irresponsible" Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people's lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents' human rights, said Amnesty International yesterday, following an investigation by the human rights group's Crisis Response team.

  • Nuclear Power (Creative Commons Hendrik Tammen (Enricopedia))
    Article: Oct 1, 2020

    Sizewell C

    East Suffolk Lib Dems response to Planning Inspectorate. September 2020

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Councillor Group on Suffolk County Council have made their position abundantly clear that they consider the plans for Sizewell C to be economically unviable and damaging to the environment. Local East Suffolk District Council, however said in their 90 page submission that they will maintain a "neutral" stance on the proposed Sizewell C development.

  • Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader
    Article: Sep 23, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day four, MONday 28th September

    The first session on the final day of Conference commences at 2pm and is taken up with Party Business

    Followed by:

    A SpeEch by Lib Dems party Leader, ED DAVEY MP commencING at 2.50pm

    Following a one hour break there follows a Consultative session at 5pm:

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Three, Sunday 27th September

    Federal Conference commences at 10am on Sunday with an Emergency Motion or topical discussion to be determined from motions or items submitted for debate or discussion.

    The first motion Racial Justice Cannot Wait is currently scheduled to be moved by Christine Jardine (Note:The newly appointed Spokesperson for Women & Equalities is Wera Hobhouse)

  • Baroness Ludford
    Article: Sep 19, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Two, Saturday 26th September

    Federal Conference commences at 10am on Saturday with a Q & A session on Foreign Affairs and post Brexit transition period. Final line up of the Panel awaited but include two Lib Dem Peers, Baronesses Northover and Ludford*

  • Register for Conference
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day One, 25th September




  • make Votes Mater votes no seats (make Votes matter)
    Article: Sep 10, 2020

    If anyone had any doubts about the need for PR for Westminster Elections then Johnson's flagrant disregard for the rule of law must tip the balance.

    Having been proven to have illegally suspended Parliament, Johnson and his supine cabinet of incompetents are now set course on the ultimate No Deal Brexit blame game. Bring forth a Bill to drive a coach and horses through the UK/ EU Withdrawal Agreement, threaten to breach international law, cause maximum chaos and hope that the EU will unilaterally disengage from trade talks.

  • Autumn Conference 2020 will be 100% virtual
    Article: Sep 4, 2020

    Federal Party Autumn Conference - online

    Friday 25th September - Monday 28th September 2020

    The continuing Covid-19 pandemic means that the Party will not be convening its Autumn Federal Conference in Brighton as planned but will convene online on 25th September and be held over the following four days.

  • File:SARS-CoV-2 without background.png* Public Domain * (* Public Domain * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #23312)
    Article: Aug 31, 2020

    Pandemic has made young people's mental health worse

    Young Minds research exposes the pressure Covid-19 is having on the young.

    Survey of 2,036 young people in June and July investigated the mental health impact of Covid-19 and showed that many are under increasing pressure and struggling to get the right support.

  • Children yellow block
    Article: Aug 29, 2020

    Woodbridge Children's Centre to close as Tory cuts and closure plans are approved

    The Woodbridge Caterpillar Children's Centre and Chatterbox in Ipswich will shut as part of the Suffolk County Council's cabinet plans to revamp the 38 children's centres. Suffolk County Council closed nine centres in 2015 and under the currently approved plans, two more centres would be close and nine would become nurseries, leaving 27 full or part-time "family hubs".

  • Article: Aug 27, 2020

    Ed Davey elected as new Lib Dem Leader

    East Suffolk Liberal Democrats congratulate Ed Davey on his election as Party Leader

    Ed Davey has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. In an short announcement at 11.30am today Party President Mark Pack declared that Ed Davey had been elected with 42,756 votes to Layla Moran with 24,564. (57.6% of the party membership voted).

  • Article: Aug 25, 2020
    By Bryan Lewis

    Johnson stuffs Lords with appointments in Brexit payback

    Britain's ability to speak up for democracy abroad has just taken a major self-inflicted hit. wrote Darren Hughes for

    "Corruption in England deepens: Johnson has promoted his brother...and the son of a KGB agent to aristocratic status," one Czech newspaper story ran, on the news of 36 new peers being packed in to the Lords.

  • EU Protecting Nature
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    They said a Trade Deal with the EU was going to be Easy!

    "To me, Brexit's easy", Nigel Farage

    "There is no plan for no deal, because we're going to get a great deal". Boris Johnson.

    "We hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want."We can easily conclude a new settlement with EU in that period", Michael Gove

  • Postal votes
    Article: Aug 14, 2020


    We are fortunate to live in a country where voting fraud is rare and we are not only able to register for a postal vote but be fairly certain that our ballot paper will arrive in time and subsequent cast vote will be efficiently processed by our postal service.

  • Key LD Covid update
    Article: Aug 12, 2020

    COVID-19 TEST AND TRACE SYSTEM - East Suffolk Local Mobile Testing Sites & Dates for August

    The test and trace system is to "go local" as the Government appears to acknowledge that the national system, described as "world beating", is not fit for purpose. The Suffolk mobile testing sites and dates in August for the East Suffolk area are listed below.

  • Baroness Jenny Randerson
    Article: Aug 6, 2020

    Lib Dems say 'we don't need rhetoric' as thousands of planning applications are sitting there without a brick being laid

    "Build, Build Build" says Johnson who dismisses opposition to planning reforms as "nimbyism"

    "Developers to be permitted to build on top of existing blocks of flats up to 5 storeys" says Baroness Jenny Randerson

    The Government have announced a planning 'revolution' that will force local authorities to allocate land for developments that will then not have to go through the full planning process. Under the new process, land will be designated in one of three zoning categories: 'for growth, for renewal or for protection'.

    In the first two categories there will be a new legal 'permission in principle' approach for new buildings, it is understood. Areas of outstanding natural beauty and the green belt will come under the protection category where most new buildings will be automatically banned.

    The reforms will be published in a paper entitled Planning for the Future and follow an extension of permitted development rights announced earlier this summer.

    Critics including the RIBA, the Local Government Association and the charity Shelter have already said that the move would lead to poor-quality new houses being built in areas without adequate public services and would lessen democratic accountability.

    Reported in the Architects Journal, RIBA President Alan Jones said. 'deregulation would not deliver new homes and called for the government to 'urgently reconsider'.

    Baroness Jenny Randerson said: "I have spoken out in the Lords against Conservative Government regulations which will allow developers to build on top of existing blocks of flats up to 5 storeys. We had 5 Lib Dem speakers all fiercely opposed to this. This is going to be a major issue for local planning authorities".

    LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Howard Sykes said: "The prime minister has promised 'the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the Second World War'. Not again please. Will the Government wake up to the FACT that councils aren't the problem with getting homes built nor is the planning system?

    He added: "How many times do we have to say that councils approve nine in 10 applications? The Government conveniently forgets the thousands of planning applications that are sitting there without a brick being laid. Hundreds of thousands of homes lay unbuilt. We need powers to force developers to build these out. Don't demonise us and point the finger again at local government blaming us. We don't need rhetoric - we need partnership".

    Liberal Democrat MHCLG Spokesperson Tim Farron MP added:

    "The announcement to reform England's planning laws today reveals that once again Ministers are not serious about solving the housing crisis. It is not the lack of planning permission that prevents new, genuinely affordable, homes being built, but this Government's refusal to properly invest in social housing.
    "Rather than tinkering with planning laws, what Robert Jenrick should be doing is unveiling a huge housebuilding program of social homes for rent. We have already lost thousands of social rented homes as a result of the Government's permitted developed changes to date.

    "The Liberal Democrats want to see 100,000 new social homes to be built every year, as well as giving local authorities the ability to suspend the right to buy in their own areas, so that we can finally start tackling the crisis that's crippling the UK's housing market."


    Lib Dem Lords speak out against planning changes Baroness Jenny Randerson ". A link to the speech can be found here:

    Architects Journal: Sweeping reforms will give new schemes 'automatic' planning permission 3 AUGUST, 2020 BY WILL HURST

    A major planning overhaul in England will allow 'automatic' planning permission for new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices

  • Lowestoft High Street Trevor King -Share Alike 2.0 Generic (Trevor King / Lowestoft High Street / CC BY-SA 2.0)
    Article: Aug 5, 2020

    North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone Design Guide Published

    In May 2019, Historic England launched a multi-million pound fund to revive historic English high streets through a High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme. Working with partners, 69 high streets across England were selected to receive a share of the £95 million fund to find new ways to unleash the potential of the historic environment, create economic growth, improve quality of life and champion and revive high streets. Lowestoft is one of seven towns in the east of England to benefit. Other towns include, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, North Walsham & Swaffham.

    Article: Jul 31, 2020

    Focus on Poverty in Britain

    The lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government are well documented. Boris' own dossier of lies over many years continues to grow by the the day. Death, hunger, poverty the subject of his lies are endless - nothing phases Boris Johnson.

    Whether it is his claims about protecting care homes during the early days of the pandemic, feigning ignorance about a footballer's campaign about the free school meal voucher scheme or claiming that child poverty levels have come down under his government, Boris Johnson simply cannot help telling lies. There is a medical term for the condition of pathological lying; it is known as mythomania. The trouble is that the public perception of politicians and a largely friendly Press means he keeps telling lies and getting away with them

    Asked to comment by the BBC, Downing Street pointed to a previous statement made by the PM, in which he said that "as of December" there were "740,000 fewer children living in a household where no one works".

    The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) however said some of the figures he has quoted to back this claim up are incorrect. The OSR, which is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority watchdog, was responding to a complaint from the End Child Poverty Coalition.

    The Coalition highlighted three instances when the prime minister made what it described as "misleading" statements.

    These were:

    • Mr Johnson's claim on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on 1 December 2019 that there "are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010"

    • His statement at PMQs on 17 June that "absolute poverty and relative poverty have both declined under this government" and "there are hundreds of thousands, I think 400,000, fewer families living in poverty now than there were in 2010"

    • Mr Johnson's claim at PMQs on 24 June, in which he said that "there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty and 500,000 fewer children falling below thresholds of low income and material deprivation".

      In a letter to the OSR, the End Child Poverty Coalition chairwoman Anna Feuchtwang said: "It cannot be right that official figures on something as fundamental as how many children are in poverty continue to be used selectively, inaccurately and, ultimately, misleadingly." She added, "It is deeply insulting to the children and families swept into poverty when data about them is used selectively and misleadingly at the whim of politicians". 'The simple fact is that by any measures child poverty is rising but instead of tackling the problem the government risks obscuring the issue and misinforming the public. "The lives of real people are at stake and we need consistent use of information and urgent action."

      Responding to the complaints set out in the letter, Ed Humpherson, director-general for regulation at the statistics authority, said: "Our team has investigated the statements which you highlight (and has reached the same conclusion that these statements are incorrect)."

  • Article: Jul 28, 2020

    One year ago Boris Johnson pledged to fix the social care crisis

    A year later and with over 22,000 Covid-19 deaths* in the community and care homes we still await his 'oven ready' detailed plan

    Including social care among a string of domestic pledges, Johnson said at the time "My job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the cost of care. And so I am announcing on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve."