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Here in the Weston-super-Mare constituency our Liberal Democrat Councillors are working hard with colleagues from across North Somerset and with Council officers to support our communities through the current Corona Virus crisis. Find help and useful information here: corona virus update

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  • testing
    Article: Jan 21, 2021
    By Patrick Keating
    Following the successful recent launch of rapid testing for the community in North Somerset a new site in Weston is set to open next week.
    North Somerset Council's second testing centre, which can be accessed by anyone who lives or works in North Somerset, will start running tests from Tuesday 26 January at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-super-Mare.
  • Article: Jan 21, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    More than 170 musicians have urged Ministers to organise paperwork-free travel in Europe for artists on tour.

    The extra costs will make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians.

    The EU Trade deal makes it extremely difficult for touring artists because they now need a costly work permit and face a mountain of paperwork for their equipment.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are the most pro-European party in British politics. We truly believe that we are stronger together, and internationalism will always be one of our core values.

    That hasn't changed now that we have left the European Union.

    I am proud how we Liberal Democrats campaigned tirelessly against Brexit, and proud that last month all Liberal Democrat MPs voted against Johnson's dreadful EU Trade Deal - already proving so disastrous to small businesses, fishermen and the wider economy.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2021

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey shared his relief that the new Democratic President will lead America back into the Paris Agreement.

  • BizSupport
    Article: Jan 20, 2021
    By Patrick Keating
    North Somerset Council is holding a webinar for all businesses to explain the Covid business grants available and wider business support.
    Time and date: Thursday 28 January, 4pm - 5pm
    You can ask questions via Slido: www.slido.com #NSCbusiness
  • Article: Jan 20, 2021

    The Federal Conference Committee met via Zoom call on Saturday, 16 January for the agenda selection for our second virtual conference. The meeting was a lengthy one, which was in part due to the large selection of varied and interesting motions we received, but also to give us breaks from staring at computer screens for a number of hours.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    The Government are refusing to accept cross-party amendments to the Trade Bill that would put human rights at the heart of our trade policy.

    The UK and the world can't just stand by and do nothing.

    This is particularly important because of what is happening to the Uyghur people in Xinjiang and across China. The Foreign Secretary last week described the mounting evidence to the Commons:

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the goods they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    Liberal Democrats back British farmers.

    The Conservatives have continually failed to protect our farmers from these risks.

  • Climate Emergency
    Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By Patrick Keating

    North Somerset Council declared a Climate Emergency in February 2019 as part of a motion proposed by LibDem Group Leader Mike Bell and part of that motion included reporting to Council every six months on progress.

    In November 2019, the council published the Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan and in February last year, the Corporate Plan 2020-24 choosing the term 'greener' as one of three key themes. This means that the council will include climate change as a deciding factor in all policy and strategy decisions going forward.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2021

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    Weekly Whip w/c 11th January

    Monday 11th January

    Monday started off with a statement from the Chancellor who has been notably quiet as of late. He came to the House to update MPs on the most recent packages of support for individuals and businesses during the pandemic.