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The Liberal Democrats believe in a country that's open, tolerant and united. Here in the Weston-super-Mare constituency we are fighting against the disastrous Hard Brexit being forced through by the Conservatives; for a £6 billion investment in our NHS - helping to save Weston's Accident and Emergency Department; and we're opposing Tory Government plans to cut £10 million from our local schools and academies.

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  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

    Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    For too many people, things aren't working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

    Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Weston and the Villages will have seen their budgets cut by £4,006,278 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

    This is equivalent to a cut of £258 per pupil. Across the constituency, 23% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.

    Patrick Keating, Liberal Democrat candidate for Weston-super-Mare said:

    "Young people across Weston and the Villages deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life.

    "But instead, the Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Across the country, hundreds of schools rely on handouts from local parents or cut staff numbers to make ends meet. Some schools are even shortening the school day because they can't afford to keep children at school for a five-day week.

    "As the next MP for Weston-super-Mare, I will fight to reverse school cuts so that our children can get the resources they need to learn.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in Weston, Worle and the Villages. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion a year more on schools and recruit 20,000 more teachers to give every child the skills they need to succeed in life."

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy, to "breathe new life" into high streets in AREA.

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

    The proposals would cut taxes for businesses by 19% in North Somerset, including Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding villages.

    By taxing landowners rather than businesses, half a million small businesses across the country would be spared the burden of property taxation.

    Liberal Democrat candidate Patrick Keating said:

    "Many retailers and small businesses in Weston and the surrounding area are under pressure from
    economic uncertainty, the rise of online retail and the burden of business rates.

    "Yet this Conservative government is failing to get to grips with the crisis facing our high streets. Time and again they have promised reviews of business rates but have failed to take action.

    "The Liberal Democrats will shift the tax burden from tenants to landlords, so we can breathe new life back into our high streets. We will stop Brexit and build a brighter future, giving local businesses the certainty and support they need to thrive."

    ENDS


    Notes to Editors

    The Liberal Democrats have proposed that:

    Business rates should be abolished and replaced by a Commercial Landowner Levy based on the value of commercial land only

    The levy should be paid by owners rather than tenants

    Commercial land should be taxed regardless of whether the buildings above it are occupied; the tax should also apply to unused and derelict commercial land

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    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    "Inexplicable and shameful."

    "Inexplicable and shameful." - Hillary Clinton on the UK government's refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

    Yeesh. It's almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

    Hillary Clinton knows first-hand what it feels like to go up against Russian interference into elections. While investigations are still ongoing, many close to Trump are already in jail - for collusion with Russian politicians during the 2016 Election.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

    We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

    The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

    Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Ed Davey

    Today - Tuesday 19th November - is International Men's Day.

    While women bear the brunt of continuing sexism and discrimination, men can also struggle unfairly because of gender stereotyping. Societal expectations of what a man should be - stoic, emotionally distant, wholly independent - can bring their own pressures for some. Such expectations can contribute to poor mental health and isolation.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019

    "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change."

    "The Liberal Democrats' position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

    "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

    "That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019

    1. To Stop Brexit

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

    A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we'll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.