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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: Aug 22, 2017

    British officials have admitted it will become harder to recover children abducted and taken out of the country by a parent if no Brexit deal is struck with the EU.

    The comments come as the Government publishes its latest Brexit negotiating paper on judicial cooperation after Brexit, including proposals to end the direct jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

  • Norman Lamb speaking
    Article: Aug 22, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that the government's promise to recruit 5,000 more GPs "lies in tatters," after figures showed the number of GPs remains below that in September 2015.

    The pitiful increase we have seen in recent months is nowhere near enough to cope with rising patient demand.

    The number of full-time equivalent GPs reached 34,242 in June this year, provisional figures from NHS Digital have shown.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    Donald Trump has committed to send more troops to Afghanistan, in a move that was rapidly welcomed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. The Government's rapid praise for Trump contrasted with its failure to condemn him in the past.

    For once, sense seems to have prevailed in the White House.

    But to succeed in Afghanistan will require winning the hearts and minds of its people and working closely with neighbouring countries.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    I'm backing George Osborne in the row with Theresa May over HS3. He's accused her advisers of trying to bury the Northern Powerhouse.

    Cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Hull need to grow and become stronger.

    George Osborne

    George Osborne is absolutely right to call out the prime minister for starving the North of investment in its railways. It is a priority for the economy of the North of England that it has a good trans-Pennine rail route.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017

    Each Brexit paper the government releases leaves us with more questions than answers. Even Brussels must have had enough of this waffle by now.

    Why are ministers hell-bent on ripping up this system and plunging British citizens abroad and EU citizens here into uncertainty?

    The government have released their latest Brexit position paper on civil judicial cooperation.

  • The Week in Politics - Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 21, 2017

    Your round up of all the latest news, views and updates from the Liberal Democrats.

    It's been another busy week for Lib Dem MPs and campaigners. Here's what we've been up to, in case you missed it...

    Saturday 12th August

    Government release figures claiming that exports of sunglasses, swimwear, flip-flops, card games and ice cream means Brexit will be a success.

    Read the article I want an exit from Brexit

    Sunday 13th August

    Vince Cable on Westminster Hour - if you oppose an extreme, hard Brexit, work with us to stop it.

    I want an exit from Brexit

    Join the Liberal Democrats

    Monday 14th August

    Lib Dem Justice Spokesperson Jonathan Marks backs calls for urgent action to address the backlog of people serving prison sentences with no fixed release date.

    Read the article

    Tuesday 15th August

    Vince Cable calls on the Government to withdraw Donald Trump's invitation for an official state visit.

    Read the article

    Wednesday 16th August

    Vince tells us about very good cake.

    While Brexit Secretary David Davis has some questions to answer on future customs arrangements.

    Read the article I want an exit from Brexit

    Thursday 17th August

    Layla Moran wishes students receiving their A Level results all the best.

    Norman Lamb calls on the Government to recommit to closing mixed-sex wards, instead of turning a blind eye.

    Read the article

    Lib Dem Sally-Anne Jarvis wins a by-election in Southcourt ward, Aylesbury Vale. Lib Dem vote is up in Peterborough and Aylesbury Riverside.

    Friday 18th August

    Vince Cable hits out at the Government's environmental irresponsibility in selling off the Green Investment Bank

    Read the article I want action on Climate Change

    Vince pays tribute to Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017

    David Davis is sowing the seeds of more chaos with these short-sighted and short-termist plans.

    British businesses are being hung out to dry, with no long-term certainty they'll be able to carry on selling goods freely to the EU. Meanwhile the trade in services that provides the bedrock of the UK economy is being overlooked.

    Nothing would provide businesses and consumers with more certainty than staying in the Single Market and Customs Union. That is the option this government should be pursuing if it was serious about protecting jobs and free trade.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2017

    Sir Paul Jenkins has called Theresa May's Brexit strategy 'foolish' for hoping to distance the UK from the European Court of Justice whilst maintaining the benefits of the single market.

    If the UK is to be part of something close enough to a customs union or the single market to remove the need for hard borders, it will only work if the rules are identical to the EU's own internal rules.

    Sir Paul Jenkins
  • Article: Aug 20, 2017

    David Davis promised us 'the row of the summer' over the Brexit timetable, only to capitulate weeks later to the EU's preferred timetable after a disastrous general election for his party which vastly undermined their negotiating position.

    To be now, a couple of months down the line, trying to reopen the issue reeks of desperation at an approaching economic storm and a cabinet who don't have a clue.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2017

    A renowned scientist such as Stephen Hawking questioning your evidence might normally be cause to think again, but sadly it looks as though Jeremy Hunt has joined the chorus of those who have had enough of experts.

    Hunt had cherry-picked research to justify his argument. For a scientist, cherry-picking evidence is unacceptable.

    Stephen Hawking