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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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  • A pen marking an X in a box.
    Article: Jan 19, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    In this year's local elections, EU Citizens can vote. For many of them, it'll be their one and only chance to make their voice heard on Brexit at the ballot box.

    And in many places, winning the EU citizen's vote could be a big boost to a Liberal Democrat campaign.

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  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Jan 18, 2018

    More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

    Those figures are absolutely shocking.

    They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

    The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

    The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    If Brexit wasn't happening, taxpayers wouldn't be paying yet another huge bill.

    The French President is able to demand £45 million because he also has the option of withdrawing co-operation over the special border control in Calais, as the UK withdraws from the EU.

    Parliament needs to be told when this money was budgeted for, and what guarantees the UK has secured in return, if any, for future co-operation on our border security.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Judith Jolly

    Figures released today show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining.

    Nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The vital service and quality of care they provide cannot continue to be undervalued.

    It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2018

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    Christmas and the New Year are already dim and distant memories. Parliament is back in full swing and Brexit Bills again dominate the parliamentary timetable.

    The customs and trade bills this week will be followed by the report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) bill next week.

    The Liberal Democrats opposed both these Bills.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2018

    North Somerset Council (NSC) is currently running a consultation on their recent "Review of Housing Conditions in the private rented sector". The council has a statutory requirement to improve private rented properties in poor condition.
    One in two people in Central Ward live in private rented properties and one third of those properties are considered "non-decent". Parts of Central ward are in the 2% most deprived in the country.
    In June 2016 North Somerset's Executive Member for Housing, Elfan Ap Rees, issued an executive decision to introduce selective licensing of landlords in Central ward, and part of Hillside ward, to improve the private rented stock. This followed a consultation with 62% of respondents in favour of licensing - 78% of tenants were in favour.
    Some landlords threatened a judicial review of the consultation/decision and consequently Elfan Ap Rees revoked the decision in order to look at other options but licensing remained an option on the table.
    The review currently under consultation is the result of the officers' piece of work - a 50 page document which is slanted away from licensing and gives a preferred option of an "Action Area" underwritten by a landlord self-accreditation scheme.
    Liberal Democrats believe that mandatory licensing of landlords is the best route to securing significant improvement in properties as witnessed in Bristol's Stapleton Road area and the London Borough of Newham, where over 2,000 improvement notices were issued in four years and 1,225 landlords were prosecuted.
    The one example in the review of a scheme solely supported by a self-accreditation scheme, Southend-on-Sea, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Southend-on-Sea Council voted only in November to look at abandoning the self-accreditation scheme, SEAL, and introducing mandatory licensing.
    If you care about the state of private housing in Weston, please give your support by completing the consultation supporting mandatory licensing.