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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 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    Introduction

    The Liberal Democrats are a Federal Party comprising England, Scotland and Wales with all their powers defined by the Party's Constitution. This principle embodies one of our most deeply held core values, which is our belief in the devolution of power to the most appropriate level.

    Consequently, the separation of power between the Federal and State parties is enshrined in the Constitution, and can only be varied with the agreement of Federal Conference and the Conferences and Conventions of all three state parties.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    This has undoubtedly been a great start to the year. Thanks go to all the local campaigners who over the years never gave up and continued to deliver Focuses, campaign and push the Lib Dem message in their communities. When the opportunity came following Tory mismanagement of Brexit, we were ready and prepared to secure gains in the local elections. Over seven hundred local council seats gained - fantastic!

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who said, "Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way."

    That describes, somewhat, where the Chair of The English Party (EP), Tahir Maher, and I are at in relation to co-ordinating my efforts, as Party Vice President, with the EP in working with BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Claire Halliwell

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  • Article: Oct 4, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    We havea fantastic slate of candidates who have received enough nominations to stand for one of our party committees. Find out who is standing here, and our commisserations to everyone who didn't make it.

    President

    • Christine Jardine
    • Mark Pack

    Federal Board

    • Alistair Bigos
    • Anita Lower
    • April Preston
    • Belinda Brooks-Gordon
    • Ben Nutland
    • Candy Piercy
    • Caron Lindsay
    • Christine Cheng
    • David Buxton
    • David Craddock
    • David Simpson
    • Elaine Bagshaw
    • Garth Shephard
    • Gerald Vernon-Jackson
    • Graham Neale
    • Humaira Sanders
    • James Gurling
    • Johnny Corbett
    • Josephine Hayes
    • Joyce Onstad
    • Kishan Devani
    • Lisa-Maria Bornemann
    • Luke Cawley-Harrison
    • Neil Fawcett
    • Prue Bray
    • Rachelle Shepherd Dubey
    • Rebecca Forest
    • Roisin Miller
    • Ross Pepper
    • Ross Stalker
    • Ruby Chow
    • Simon Clarke
    • Simon McGrath
    • Theo Butt Philip
  • Article: Oct 3, 2019

    Responding to Boris Johnson's speech to Conservative Party Conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "When you strip away the bluff and bluster, this was a speech by a Prime Minister who is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal.

    "Fanatically repeating 'Get Brexit Done' does not give any comfort to the cancer patient worried about accessing their medication, or the factory worker whose job is on the line. Getting Brexit done puts their lives and their jobs at risk, and that is why Liberal Democrats are working hard to stop it.

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to stop Brexit, because the best deal possible is the one we have right now as members of the European Union."

  • Article: Oct 3, 2019

    Responding to the publication of the Prime Minister's alternative proposals, Liberal Democrat shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said

    "These proposals just confirm what we already know, Boris Johnson has no viable alternative to the backstop.

    "The UK will go from having no border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a member of the EU, to Boris Johnson's proposal which creates two borders.

    "It is ludicrous to think that somehow Boris Johnson believes the answer to ensuring no Irish border is to create two. Not to mention it goes against the Conservative Government's own promises that there would be no return of any border infrastructure.

    "The Liberal Democrats will continue the fight to stop Brexit, not only to rule out a dangerous no deal, but because the best deal possible is the one we have right now as members of the European Union."

  • Article: Oct 2, 2019

    Responding to the speech by Priti Patel at Conservative party conference, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said: "It takes some gall for Priti Patel to describe the Conservatives as the party of law and order. "This Conservative Government has just been found to have acted unlawfully by the Supreme Court. Now Boris Johnson is now threatening to break the law again by refusing to extend Article 50. "If the Tories want to talk about law and order, they should start by following the law and ruling out a disastrous no-deal Brexit that their own analysis shows will lead to a rise in public disorder."

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019

    This morning, the Office for National Statistics published a shocking set of figures. They show that 726 homeless people died in 2018 - a 22% increase since 2017.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives, and the Conservative Government is completely failing to get to grips with it.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have expressed dissapointment about the outcome of today's meeting on the future of Weston Hospital.

    Cllr Mike Bell, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on North Somerset Council, said:

    " I'm very disappointed that NHS managers have voted through the permanent overnight closure of Weston A&E this afternoon. There is a lot to support in their plans for the future of our Hospital, but there will be no going back on overnight closure following this decision. They have pressed ahead with this despite the fact that the planned merger of Weston and Bristol Hospital Trusts offers the chance to recruit and retain more staff and address safety concerns. It doesn't make sense - unless your objective is to simply cut costs."