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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: Apr 1, 2020

    The call follows reports that doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year.

    The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat and people are rightly worried. In times like this, we cannot thank front-line staff enough for going above and beyond to look after us all.

    Extending the visas in the NHS is welcome, but the Government must also do so much more for the social care system and urgently rollout adequate PPE and testing.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2020

    Ed Davey responds to Foreign Secretary's update on coronavirus

    Responding to yesterday evening's update on coronavirus from the Foreign Secretary, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Reports from many British citizens stuck overseas bring home the reality of the global scale of this crisis. Many have been in a desperate position, unsure whether they will be able to secure accommodation or access adequate supplies.

    "The Foreign Office must ensure that British citizens will be able to return home, wherever they have been stranded, without exception.

  • Matt Wilcock on the telephone
    Article: Mar 31, 2020
    By Mark Pack: Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Liberal Democrats in Hull made the most phone calls of any local party last week, calling residents to help their community through the coronavirus crisis. Here's Matt Wilcock explaining what they've done and how you can learn from it:

    The coronavirus outbreak has found us all indoors. That has not spelt an end to community support for our team here in Hull. We have put campaigning aside completely and instead we have put our foot to the floor with supporting our local community.

    We are focussed on calling residents most at risk, particularly older residents who are single-home occupiers. We are asking if they need any help with groceries, picking up post or medication should they self-isolate and, if they do, making sure they know about the local support options available.

    This has proven a great way to support our residents. Not only are we offering a great service, but all our councillors and volunteers are finding it an enjoyable and rewarding process.

    I asked one of our super-callers, Cllr Maria Coward, how she was finding the process:

    "The residents are just appreciative. They couldn't believe their local councillor was giving them a call! They were really shocked."

    Although the regular staple of local Lib Dem campaigning, leafleting and knocking on doors, has gone out of the window you can still help your local community. The mighty phonebank is here to the rescue!

    If you would like to set-up a phone-bank here are a few tips:

    • You can call at any sensible time. No need to stick to weekends or evenings, as people are in all day(!)
    • Have something of value to offer residents there and then over the phone. Perhaps you can have a few website links to hand or your local council's telephone helpline number.
    • Do tailor your list using the Connect target pools and save yourself some work by using the template scripts set up by Lib Dem HQ, as we are.
    • Stick to help that it is appropriate to offer - and if you need to contact any official bodies on their behalf, make sure you have their permission do so first.

    Our Hull Lib Dem team has called as many people as if we were still ramping up to the, now cancelled, local elections! It was a great start to the Monday morning to hear we had made more phone-calls than any other team in the country.

    There you have it - the gambit has been thrown down. We look forward to being challenged for our number one spot this week - happy calling!

    For more advice on what party members and supporters can do, see the party's website and don't forget the three steps you can take yourself to help the NHS. Other local parties are concentrating on calling members and supporters, such as Camden Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Mar 31, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Plans for Liberal Democrat autumn conference on hold, online options to be explored instead

    In the light of the coronavirus epidemic, the Federal Board has decided to put on hold plans for the preparation of a traditional party conference in the autumn and will make a final decision on whether to cancel the event in May.

  • Help Wanted
    Article: Mar 30, 2020
    By Lisa Smart

    Despite important meetings re-examining the decision to axe a bus that serves several communities in Stockport borough being cancelled, local Liberal Democrats and I have vowed to keep on fighting to save it.

    The 375 service is an essential lifeline for many communities, including the area's most rural village, taking them to Stepping Hill Hospital, shopping and to visit friends and family.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    Government must provide resources so councils can house all rough sleepers

    Responding to reports that the Government has written to all local councils asking them to find homes for all rough sleepers by the weekend to protect them from the coronavirus outbreak, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    "It is right that the Government is taking urgent action to find secure accommodation for rough sleepers, as Liberal Democrats have called for since this crisis began.

    "The Government must also equip local authorities with the financial resources to provide sufficient secure emergency accommodation to meet demand. Ministers must also make specialist support available to those who struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough right across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    As I'm sure you've all heard by now, the local elections we were expecting in May have been postponed until 2021. For many of us, this is disappointing news - especially after months of hard work - but it is absolutely the right call to keep us and our communities safe.

    In addition, any by-election that comes up and would be due before May 2021 will also be held off until then. Depending on the public health situation by-elections may restart sooner than May next year.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    A press release from Liberal Democrat HQ brings the news:

    The Liberal Democrats last night secured assurances from the Government in the House of Lords that the wide-ranging emergency powers in the Coronavirus Act will be compliant with human rights law, and that Ministers will have to justify keeping the powers in force.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Not only are we going through what could become the country's biggest crisis since 1945, but we're also entering a very new world that will persist once the immediate crisis is over.

    I'm proud of what we have achieved so far by championing NHS workers and pressing the Government on issues such as offering a better deal to the self-employed.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    The NHS takes care of us and keeps us safe every day.

    Coronavirus is affecting every part of our lives and is already putting a huge strain on the NHS and NHS workers. We want to say thank you to the people working so hard to keep us all safe.

    We are so lucky to live in a country where we have access to such high-quality healthcare that's free at the point of use. It's saved countless lives and, over the coming weeks and months, it's going to save many, many more.