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  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    What European Country should you study in? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Tom Brake MP campaigning for a plastic bag charge in 2012
    Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • prince Consort after
    Article: Aug 8, 2016

    The Victorian shelter in Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare has been fully restored thanks to a joint venture involving several local organisations.

    Work started last year on completely refurbishing the shelter which had deteriorated over the years and was in a poor state of repair.

    The project involved 25 volunteers from Somerset Wood Recycling and included repairs to the roof, the replacement of windows and the front supports, and re-painting. The new front supports and window frames were produced in Somerset Wood Recycling's workshop in Weston.

  • Art Deco
    Article: Aug 8, 2016

    Shop owners, residents and landlords celebrate town centre art deco make-over.North Somerset Chairman Cllr John Crockford-hawley coordinated the project to give the centre its new look.

    Watch the make-over unfold:


  • Winter Warmth
    Article: Aug 8, 2016
    By WsM Town Council

    During his term as Mayor, Councillor Ray Armstrong chose Winter Warmth as his Mayor's charity. For nearly 30 years Winter Warmth has provided free food and fellowship for people in need in Weston-super-Mare. It is held at various Church Halls in the Town Centre every evening of the week during the five months of Greenwich Mean Time. Councillor Armstrong and the past Mayoress, Mrs Joan Dunne, presented a cheque for £1244.47 to the Winter Warmth Chairman, Salvation Army Major Gordon Fozzard.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.