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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: Oct 11, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe, scarred by the horrors of extremism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Waiting for the outcome of the nomination count for Party President felt a wee bit like that scene from The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon explains about Schrodinger's Cat.

    You know, where as long as the box is closed the cat is both dead and alive?

    The relief when they cat was actually alive, and I was nominated, was huge!

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Download the manifestos

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    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    The Conservative Government's post-Brexit immigration restrictions would leave businesses in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset struggling to fill roles and seriously curtail growth in our region, particularly in high tech and creative industries, a new report from the IPPR states today.

    The study shows that 75 per cent of the current EU migrants in the North Somerset region workforce would not have been eligible, would they have wanted to come when the new proposed migration regime is in place.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government is failing to guarantee the rights of all 3.6 million EU citizens in the UK, as new official figures show that fewer than 1 million people had been given Settled Status by the end of September.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published today by the Home Office, show that 929,600 people had been granted Settled Status by the end of September 2019 - meaning 2.7 million EU citizens do not have Settled Status. 586,700 applicants have been given Pre-Settled Status, which only gives them Limited Leave to Remain in the UK for five years.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront on climate change, calling for action long before Labour or the Tories, and we intend to stay there.

    Liberal Democrats are supportive of the aims of Extinction Rebellion to start meaningfully dealing with the climate emergency, and of course support their right to protest and draw attention to this important issue.

    We need to take urgent action. Liberal Democrats have a detailed plan to tackle the climate emergency, achieving net-zero by 2045 at the very latest. With an emergency ten year program to do what we can now and cut emissions to 80% by 2030.

    The Tories must also reverse some of the most damaging decisions they've made for the climate, reversing subsidy cuts, bringing back zero-carbon homes, banning fracking and bringing forward the date for getting rid of fossil fuel powered cars.

    We also can't just get our own house in order, we need to lead the world in partnership with our allies in the EU, particularly when the US have withdrawn from the Paris Agreement.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    I am delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I'm delighted to welcome Heidi to the party. She has been a tireless campaigner for a people's vote and has time and time again put the country's interests ahead of her own.

    I'm absolutely thrilled for Heidi to join our fantastic and ever-growing team and I know that her skills, experience and passion will be a real asset to our party.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

    Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    Responding to the reports from a leaked document stating that the Department for International Trade will try to lower the UK's food standards to secure a trade deal with the United States, Liberal Democrat shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:

    "The promises made by Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government that the UK would have a whole host of trade deals in place by Brexit day have now long been seen to be nonsense, however this desperation by Liz Truss represents a new low.

    "This leak shows how Government ministers are willing to abandon safety standards on the food we feed our families in a hopeless attempt to try and replace the trade we will lose as members of the European Union.

    "The Tories' vision of Global Britain is in tatters. Our position on the world stage is no longer being a leader in minimum standards to protect people's welfare, but instead we are witnessing our Government try to roll these back or abandon them entirely.

    "This grovelling to Donald Trump to get a trade deal must stop. The route out of this mess is to stop Brexit and the Liberal Democrats will continue to lead this fight."