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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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  • Article: Apr 22, 2021

    The Conservatives are cutting our commitment to overseas aid at the time it is needed most.

    We're in the middle of a global pandemic - global problems need global solutions. Instead, the Conservatives are shirking their moral and legal responsibilities.

    Cutting funding to research and development will directly impact our ability to help vital Covid response work worldwide, such as genome sequencing to detect new variants.

  • David Lomax
    Article: Apr 22, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an ambitious package of £48bn for local authorities to tackle the climate emergency, of which an extra £140m would be invested directly in our local communities across High Peak.

    This new funding would go directly to the local council to fund green infrastructure, and improve their local environments.

    Under new Liberal Democrat plans the funding for High Peak could be used to upgrade homes in fuel poverty, improve air quality or put directly into community parks and green spaces for local residents.

    Cllr David Lomax said "We need to tackle climate change now. Wednesday was the annual Earth Day. I'm pleased with some of the initiatives that we have in High Peak such as the water turbine in New Mills and tree planting to combat flooding, but we need to do so much more."

    Commenting on the £48bn local green funding, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

    "Last year the Liberal Democrats developed a proper green economic recovery plan, calling on the Government to invest £150 billion over three years. Now we are calling for £48 billion of that money to be given to councils and communities to invest in improvements for their local environment.

    "Liberal Democrats care about the environment because local people and communities care about their environment. One of the very few positives over the past year has been people spending more time in their local communities, finding new walks and cycle paths, and enjoying green spaces they hadn't before.

    "Wildlife. Clean air. Green spaces. People know, better than ever, that a healthy local environment keeps us all healthy - physically healthy. Mentally healthy.

    "Liberal Democrats want a fairer, greener, more caring society and part of that must mean treasuring our local environment."

    Cllr Lomax added:

    "Liberal Democrats in High Peak are fighting for a greener society. With this funding, we could invest in new energy efficient heating systems for our housing stock and expand on it for all housing."

    "The pandemic has made the value of our local community green spaces clear and we have to re-engage and care about our community environment.

    "Our current Tory Government talks the talk on a greener Britain but time and time again has failed to walk the walk. Liberal Democrats would put green investment into the heart of our communities with millions of pounds for our area."

  • Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Today the Government is seeking to reverse Lords amendments to the Overseas Operations Bill that add important provisions to properly support our Armed Forces.

    This comes hot on the heels of their long-overdue concession that ensures torture, crimes against humanity and genocide remain open to prosecution, which is the right thing to do. This is a victory for the Liberal Democrats and others who have consistently called out the Bill's moral failure. Further provision is urgently needed from the Government to ensure all war crimes remain open to prosecution. The Government must ensure cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, as well as all other war crimes prosecutable by the International Criminal Court remain open to prosecution.

  • Stan Hepinstall
    Article: Apr 20, 2021
    By Stan Heptinstall

    The Derbyshire Climate Coalition has written to all would-be county councillors asking them to sign the following pledge:

    "If elected, I pledge to ensure that our council works with the community to rapidly implement a Climate Action Plan which strives to cut carbon emissions drastically by 2030, and that the climate and ecological emergency is a central consideration in all council actions."

    ​I fully concur with this sentiment and urge all this involved in elections on 6th May to sign this pledge.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2021

    Being a carer can be rewarding and full of love.

    900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance

    But it's far from glamorous. It can be relentless and exhausting.

    900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance - but at just £67.25 a week, it's not nearly enough.

    More than a third of those on Carer's Allowance are struggling to make ends meet.

  • Stan Hepinstall
    Article: Apr 19, 2021
    By Stan Heptinstall

    I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to Ian Skye of Radio Derby on Wednesday morning last week

    Daytime on BBC Radio Derby - 14/04/2021 - BBC Sounds

    Starts 1hour 13minutes in

    Ian asked me for my views on police stations which I am told, in many cases are not fit for purpose and I told him that I will be visiting Buxton Police Station next week to find out for myself.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2021

    Contact Details and Biographies

    Buxton North & East - Chris Weaver

    Buxton West - Stan Heptinstall

    Chapel & Hope Valley - James Patterson

    Etherow - Charles Jevon

    Glossop & Charlesworth - Stephen Worrall

    New Mills - Beth Atkins

    Whaley Bridge - David Lomax

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    Article: Apr 18, 2021
  • Article: Apr 16, 2021

    Everyone has the right to feel safe where they live, and everyone who has been the victim of a crime deserves justice.

    But for too long, this Conservative Government has been ignoring victims, failing the police and letting our communities down.

    Last year, 1.8 million cases were closed without a suspect even being identified.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2021

    In the Lords we get to grips with the detail of the legislation and improve it; we take part in debates on a whole range of issues, and we question and hold to account government ministers. For up-to-date information about the work of the Lib Dem group in the Lords, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemLords