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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.
Article: Mar 15, 2021By 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.
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
MONDAY MARCH 8TH 2021
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.