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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: Jan 27, 2021

    It's been a tough year - not helped by how the Government has handled things.

    But the pandemic has shown what a caring, and generous country we are.

    As we come through this difficult time, Liberal Democrats will be on your side - fighting for a fairer, more caring United Kingdom.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2021

    But the current Coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, including how we are able to campaign.

    The party has produced this guidance on campaigning, it is updated regularly. Please check this guidance - as some materials are now only appropriate if they are delivered via paid delivery.

  • COVID-19 (https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23312)
    Article: Jan 27, 2021
    By Ethan Shone in Buxton Advertiser

    Claims that the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is not effective for people over the age of 65 are inaccurate, and originated from a mistake in a German news report.

    The vaccine has been fully tested and was found to be efficient for people of all age groups, prior to being accepted by regulators late last year.

    Yesterday (26 Jan), German newspaper, Handelsblatt, printed the false claim that the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is only eight per cent effective in people over the age of 65. The article supposedly cited German government officials.

    Elsewhere in the German press, the tabloid Bild published a report claiming that the vaccine is unlikely to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use on over-65s.

    AstraZeneca immediately refuted the falsehoods about the vaccine's effectiveness in older people, describing the articles in the German press as "completely incorrect."

    In a statement, AstraZeneca said: "Reports that the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine efficacy is as low as 8% in adults over 65 years are completely incorrect. In the UK, the JCVI supported use in this population and MHRA included this group without dose adjustment in the authorisation for emergency supply.

    "In November we published data in The Lancet demonstrating that older adults showed strong immune responses to the vaccine, with 100 er cent of older adults generating spike-specific antibodies after the second dose."

    Speaking to Politico's Playbook, a UK government official said: "The efficacy claims circulating in the German media are unsubstantiated and incorrect."

    Where did the mistaken claim come from?

    Some experts pointed out that the proportion of people over the age of 65 who took part in the study cited by the German press was eight per cent.

    This seems to have been the source of the confusion, as the German Health Ministry later denied the report in Handelsblatt, saying that eight per cent referred to the number of people in the study between 56 and 69 years old, according to Politico's Alex Wickham.

  • bees
    Article: Jan 27, 2021
    By Patrick Keating

    Despite pleding to keep environmental protections after Brexit, Weston's Tory MP has voted to allow bee killing pesticides in the UK, despite these having been banned across the EU.

    Patrick Keating, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Weston-super-Mare Liberal Democrats, said "The government giving the green light for such a highly-damaging pesticide to be sprayed on crops is bad news for bees and other insects.

    "The government knows the clear harm that neonicotinoid pesticides cause to bees and other pollinators and just three years ago supported restrictions on them across the European Union. Why should British crops be covered in such chemicals when the government supported its ban in other countries?"

    Research has indicated that the pesticide harms bee brain development, weakens immune systems and can leave bees unable to fly.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2021

    It is vital that we remember these innocent victims and tell new generations of the unspeakable things people experienced in Nazi death camps and ghettos, from the torture to the mass exterminations.

    It's vital because we must never forget the lesson - that every human life should be valued and cared for.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 18th January

    Monday 18th January

    Over the weekend, it emerged that more than 400,000 of fingerprint, DNA and arrest history records were accidentally wiped from police databases, because of "human error" and "defective code". The Home Secretary was warned that the mistake could put the public at risk, but Priti Patel ducked the direct responsibility and sent Policing Minister Kit Malthouse instead.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2021

    We are in debt to all the front-line workers who have put their own health at risk to fight this virus and keep us safe.

    It is clear that the Government could have done far more to protect our key workers

    Everyone must continue to do their bit and make every effort to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2021

    'How do we make a difference?' That was the question the Party Body Review Group was asked to answer. Looking at the range of Party bodies, there was only one way to find out!

    As a Review Group we decided to ask those Party Organisations what they thought, where the gaps were, how they could make a difference to the Party going forward and how they might help one another. The Review captures their views, their potential and the opportunity for the Party as a whole to benefit from changes and how they and the Party relate to one another.

  • 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.