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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:

  • 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.

  • Intercity and Commuter Trains at Bedford Station
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    lib dems brighter future campaign - 10 days to polling day

    2.7% rail fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for commuters in central and east Suffolk say Lib Dems .

    The Liberal Democrats have said the news that rail fares will rise by an average of 2.7% in 2020 is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers in Suffolk. The increase will leave commuters travelling from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street paying an estimated £182.41 more for their annual season ticket to London from next January.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 2.7% increase in 2020 would be cancelled and commuter rail fares would be frozen for the next five years. This would save season ticket holders from Ipswich Station to London (Liverpool Street) an estimated £2963*based upon predicted RPI increases over the next five years .

    The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, creating season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply delay repay compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more.

  • General election 2019
    Article: Dec 1, 2019

    CAMPAIGN 2019 - 11 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Dozens of UK business leaders have backed the Liberal Democrats in an open letter, insisting Jo Swinson's party is the only one with a "credible plan for future prosperity".

    Senior figures from 60 companies as the New Covent Garden Soup Company, Superdry, Zoopla & Cazoo and Lovefilm are among business leaders who have endorsed the Liberal Democrats in a letter published in the I newspaper.

    The support comes as a Poll from YouGov found the Lib Dems are currently second place to the Tories in at least 80 seats. The party is aiming to win over Conservative voters by arguing that the traditional Tory reputation for good economic management is no longer accurate.

    In the letter of support it says:

    'Business is at the heart of our economy, providing the jobs that millions depend on, the prosperity that pays for public services, and the means by which we bring together our enterprise, ambition and creativity to find new solutions and opportunities....

    'Success will require government and business working together in partnership.This means commitment to investing in the education, skills, innovation, infrastructure and regional development critical to building an inclusive, world-class digital and green economy. We need support for small and growing businesses; and commitment to fostering responsibility and sustainability.

    Crucially, we need commitment to maintaining close and open relationships with our European partners and globally, upon which all of this depends.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have set out a credible plan for future prosperity that addresses these strengths and challenges, and we strongly welcome their commitment to working in partnership with business to achieve this vision'.

    The Open Letter in full

  • hero_schoolie.jpg
    Article: Nov 30, 2019

    child

    CAMPAIGN 2019 - 12 DAYS TO POLLING DAy

    Five reasons why Jo Swinson & the Lib Dems will tackle inequality

    For too many people, things aren't working in the UK as they should be.

    The UK has the fifth largest economy in the world, but one in five of us lives in poverty.

    Yet instead of addressing inequality, the Tories' heartless welfare policy has led to soaring levels of poverty across the country

  • World on fire climate change 1
    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    LIB Dems brighter future campaign - 13 days to polling day

    Climate Change Leader's debate on C4 Tory and Brexit leaders fail to appear so C4 licence is threatened by Tories

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

    "Tonight Jo Swinson showed what it means to lead on tackling the climate emergency. Boris Johnson's failure to even turn up shows his arrogant disregard for the climate crisis facing our planet".

  • Homeless man sleeping rough.
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    LIB Dems brighter future campaign - 14 days to polling day

    Lib Dems plan to end rough sleeping within five years
    Today the Liberal Democrats set out a bold plan to end rough sleeping within five years, spanning social housing, welfare, local authority funding and legal changes

    • The Lib Dems today announced a package of measures to prevent rough sleeping, including:

      • Scrapping the Vagrancy Act

      • Introducing a "somewhere safe to stay" duty on local authorities to provide immediate emergency accommodation

      • Abolishing Section 21 "no fault" evictions

      • Increasing Local Housing Allowance payments

      • Providing accommodation and support for survivors of domestic abuse

      • Extending the "move on" period for refugees from 28 days to 56

    • The latest government figures show that, under the Conservatives, the number of rough sleepers in England on a single night has risen by 31% since 2015, to 4,677. In 2018, 1,320 people were prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act, according to the homelessness charity Crisis.

    • The Conservatives are sitting on their hands, failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society. They haven't built enough social housing, their benefit cuts have made poverty worse, and they blocked Liberal Democrat efforts to repeal the cruel, Dickensian law that criminalises people just for sleeping rough.

  • chuka
    Article: Nov 28, 2019

    A fresh start, a brighter future CAMPAIGN 2019 - 14 DAYS TO POLLING DAy

    Protecting and Defending our Nation

    Our commitment to NATO and international aid

    Under a Lib Dem government, defence spending would be £1bn higher than the Tories.

    Chuka Ummuna Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson said:

    ' Boris Johnson is desperate to secure a US trade deal to make up for the damage done to our global standing if Brexit happens. Close alignment with US rules and regulations will be demanded. We risk becoming a vassal state of the US if Boris Johnson gets a majority.

  • plastics
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    A fresh start, a brighter future CAMPAIGN 2019 - 15 DAYS TO POLLING DAy

    The Lib Dems announce war on plastics and a commitment to protecting marine life

    Under the Liberal Democrats, no plastic put into a bin in the UK will end up in our oceans and the vital 'Blue Belt' network of Marine Protected areas will be expanded. By protecting our marine environment and declaring war on plastic, the Liberal Democrats will ensure a brighter future for our planet.

  • Helen Korfanty and James Sandbach 2019 GE
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    A fresh start, a brighter future CAMPAIGN 2019 - 15 DAYS TO POLLING DAy

    Interview with:

    James Sandbach

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich

    What brought you to Suffolk?

    I bought a house here when my wife was offered a GP partnership in the County. Living here enables us to feel closer to nature and engage in the local community.

    How do you like to spend your free time?

    I enjoy the Suffolk countryside, coast and heritage; there is a great local arts scene in Suffolk and six years on I am still finding churches and villages off the beaten track that tell East Anglia's story.

    What matters to you most, and what upsets you most?
    Injustice - there is just so much injustice in society, and a 'blame game' when things go wrong for individuals, families and communities. I've always been motivated by tackling injustice. Take housing for example - it's a scandal that young people or families on low incomes can end up homeless, when decent housing is a human right. And why are women who have worked all their lives ending up with lower pensions?

    I recognise that I've been lucky and I think its beholden to give something back - all of the community and campaigning work I've done in Suffolk has been voluntary.

    What's most urgent on your agenda?

    Tackling the issues of climate change, rural poverty, and some of the wider challenges in the rural economy. If we're serious about leaving a cleaner planet for our children, let's start making our Towns in Suffolk more sustainable and attractive to young people, reduce transport need and offer more opportunities in green business. We should aim to make them "Green Towns"; that means tackling planning reform to ensure that development is appropriate, and encouraging the renewables sector to invest here.

    Tell us about your aspiration to be an MP here?

    If I win I will focus on being a really good constituency MP holding surgeries in every single community. I'm aware from my work that there's a massive shortage of advice and legal aid services in Suffolk (not helped by the Tories on the County Council trying to withdraw all of their funding from our local Citizens Advice). MPs can help through their casework taking up constituents' problems with public bodies or companies behaving badly. I would also work across party lines, and talk to all local stakeholders - there's often common ground between parties, and where we disagree we should do so civily. The abuse that goes on in politics today is totally unacceptable; I'd like to be a model of how an MP can work collaboratively to achieve things.

    What is your view on the proposed northern Ipswich bypass?

    I'm against it (as are our County Councillors), but we do need a solution to the overcrowded roads coming into Ipswich. Much of the pressure comes from freight, so I think we should look again at the case for a second Orwell river crossing alongside acceptable solutions to traffic management issues around Ipswich, such as improving the junctions and roundabouts, and introducing Park and Ride facilities. But we don't need a huge dual carriage bypass ripping up the countryside and extending the northern boundary of Ipswich. In the longer term we need to be getting people out of their cars, onto public transport and encouraging cycling for shorter distances. I would like, for example, to see a direct train link between the Eastern Main Line and the East Suffolk line.

    Who is your political hero?

    Paddy Ashdown; he was incredibly brave and persistent, got outside the Westminster bubble and articulated what a decent society looks like.

    READ THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CSNI TIMES HERE

    Published by Gary Kitching on behalf of James Sandbach (Liberal Democrats) all at Harvest Barn, Church Farm, Clay Hills, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9JJ

    END

  • 4. Education
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    BRIGHTER FUTURE CAMPAIGN - 15 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Liberal Democrats will invest £7 billion to save our schools

    We will invest £7 billion from our infrastructure budget for new school buildings and repairs to keep up with rising pupil numbers.

    Our schools should be world class, but years of under-investment and funding cuts have left many schools crumbling with repairs being unaffordable. It is completely unacceptable that in the 21st century, too many of our children are being taught in Victorian conditions.

  • Tories and Labour. in denial about NHS crisis
    Article: Nov 26, 2019

    16 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Dishonest to promise more nurses under Boris Johnson

    Lib Dems reveal that 3,250 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service so far this year alone including 1,116 nurses.

    • It is dishonest to promise there will be more nurses under Boris Johnson's Conservatives. Our NHS has been consistently hit by the Conservatives' NHS and social care cuts, putting the lives of loved ones right across the country at risk.
    • It is insulting to the public and all those who work in the NHS for Boris Johnson to celebrate the return of nurse bursaries. It was the Tories who scrapped them in the first place.
    • What the Tories have actually promised at this election is to tax our nurses. By extending the Immigration health surcharge and immigration visa fee to EU health professionals, more and more of EU nurses will see little reason to stay here in the UK.
    • Our NHS currently relies on 20,000 EU nurses, 10,000 EU doctors, and we've already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last 2 years
    • Over 11,600 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service in the three years since the Brexit vote, including 4,783 nurses.
    • The Conservatives' treatment of NHS nurses and doctors from the EU has been utterly shameful. People looking after our sick and elderly relatives have been left living in unbearable uncertainty, and now the Tories want to clobber them with a nurse tax worth thousands of pounds to come and work in the NHS. This will make the severe staff shortages faced by the NHS even worse and patient care will suffer as a result.
    • Labour's long running ambivalence over the EU and its willingness to embrace Brexit means more uncertainty for the UK and the NHS and just like the Tories, inevitably lower economic growth. Labour's plans to embark upon a huge spending programme (some now uncosted) including large scale nationalisation will inevitably mean the NHS having to fight alongside many other public services for a smaller share of the economic cake.
    • A Liberal Democrat government will introduce a national NHS recruitment strategy and ring-fence £7 billion a year through putting a penny on the pound on income tax. Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future for our NHS and those who work in it.
  • Postal Votes
    Article: Nov 25, 2019

    17 days to polling day

    Your postal vote With less than three weeks to go until the election, there is one very important thing that you can do to help us stop Brexit and build a brighter future: send in your postal vote and vote Lib Dem. Councils have started sending out postal votes this week - so yours should be with you any day now.

  • Boris Johnson Broke the Law (Chatham House London)
    Article: Nov 25, 2019

    17 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    The 'man with form' leads a party intending to win by any means and at any cost

    Tory messaging needs a Government health warning.

    Not just content with using an edited video to misrepresent their opponents and trying to hide behind a misleading Twitter account, Johnson's Tories have now fully embraced the Trump bedtime story book complete with fake social media.

  • Make Votes Matter
    Article: Nov 24, 2019

    18 days to Polling Day

    Electoral reform omission from Labour manifesto a 'bitter disappointment,' says Make Votes Matter Co-Chief Executive Joe Sousek

    Statement released following publication of the Labour Party manifesto:

    Joe Sousek, Co-Chief Executive of Make Votes Matter, said: "Labour's failure to even mention electoral reform in its manifesto is a bitter disappointment to the many members and voters who understand First Past the Post is hopelessly unfit for the 21st century. The UK desperately needs Proportional Representation for the House of Commons - so all votes count equally and seats match votes.

  • Jo Swinson new Lib Dem leader
    Article: Nov 23, 2019

    19 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    BBC confirms: party leaders Question Time audience contained almost no Lib Dems

    It's fair to say that the Question Time audience last night for the party leader slots last night didn't seem to show much warmth to the Liberal Democrats and leader Jo Swinson.

    And that's because the BBC choose to make it that way. More specifically, the BBC 'balanced' the audience based on the number of MPs each party has in the House of Commons, rather than - say - the party's current levels of political support.

    That meant only about 3% of the audience was meant to be Lib Dem. So it looks like there were just 2 or 3 Lib Dems supporting members in the BBC's 'balanced' audience.

    While all the leaders took some tough questioning, at least Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn had somewhere in the vicinity of a third of the audience backing them.

    It was a especially hostile night for Jo Swinson as the Party's record in coalition took centre stage as the Corbynistas piled in laying blame after blame at the Lib Dems door whilst Boris Johnson only took responsibility for his last 100 or so days in office deflecting any criticism for the Tory government with his 'record' as London mayor. Meanwhie Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reinforced his long standing Brexit credentials by confirming that even after negotiating a new Deal with the EU he would neither back it nor vote for Remain. The behaviour of a true statesman!

    The BBC and ITV have already declared for this binary election (other parties are available). The pro Brexit Tory press continue with their relentless push to severe the UK's partnership with the EU and the Guardian have virtually abandoned any attempt at a left of centre neutrality and have now virtually reproduced Labour's Manifesto free of charge from selected supermarkets. What a choice the nation faces according to the UK media.

    Jo Swinson however faced a hostile set of questions in a cool, calm and dignified manner. Whilst BBC compere Fiona Bruce interrupted her relentlessly, barely allowing her to properly develop her answers, Jo stuck to her guns. Labour may not like having opposition prepared to stand its ground and fight to Remain in the EU but it has only itself to blame. Only the Lib Dems can stop Johnson, Labour can't.

    Source: Lib Dem Voice

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  • Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) trains on platforms at Kings Cross station, north London.
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    20 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Lib Dems will freeze rail fares and fix broken ticketing system

    The Liberal Democrats have announced bold plans to freeze rail fares for commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.This policy is expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion

  • GOV REG VOTE
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    21 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    ARE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE?

    A UK General Election is taking place on Thursday 12 December 2019.

    Significant numbers of UK residents have still to register to vote.

    If you haven't registered to vote yet don't forget deadline 26th November.... www.gov.uk/register-to-vote link here.

    Never been more important this is not just the next 5 years this is the Future of the UK for foreseeable future.

    Still need to register to vote in the General Election?

    All you need is your:

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    name

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    date of birth

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    National Insurance Number

    It only takes 5 minutes so why not do it now?

    REMEMBER

    To vote in a general election you need to

    • Be 18 or over on the day of the election

    • Be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

    • Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)

    • Not be legally excluded from voting

    You also need to be on the electorial register. If you've moved recently or changed your name, you may need to re-register.

    This needs to be done by November 26th. You can register here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    GOING TO BE AWAY ON POLLING DAY?

    Can I vote by post?
    Many people already vote by post in every election. If this is you, then your postal votes will arrive as normal about 12 days before the election.

    If you would like to vote by post - many people are saying this because 12th December is in the middle of winter - then you need to register. Again the deadline is 26 November 2019.

    You can download a form here (this needs to be printed out).

    MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

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  • manifesto
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    STOPPING BREXIT AND SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to spend £10 billion more a year on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament. In the Liberal Democrat Manifesto launched yesterday the Party said that using part of the £50 billion 'Remain Bonus' would be just one if the benefits of remaining in the European Union.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    LIB DEMS BRIGHTER FUTURE CAMPAIGN - 22 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Speaking to the CBI, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson announced that the Liberal Democrats would scrap business rates entirely to breathe new life into our high streets

    The Liberal Democrats would abolish business rates and replace them with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only. This would take the cost off businesses and help support our high streets.

  • Luciana Berger
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    LIB DEMS BRIGHTER FUTURE CAMPAIGN - 22 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    The Liberal Democrats have set out their plans to protect the NHS, by stopping Brexit and investing an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. On top of this, the party has announced a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st Century.