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The Green Liberal Democrats seek to promote the cause of environmentalism within and outside the Party.

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The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of being the greenest major political party: we aim to ensure that it stays that way!

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  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    The European Parliament has voted to support a global ban on the ivory trade ahead of a major international conference that will discuss how to save elephants from extinction.

    The resolution calls for EU countries to ban all imports, exports and commercial sales of ivory products until wild elephant populations are no longer threatened by poaching.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2016

    The Witney by-election has been set for the 20th October.

    Our candidate is expected to be selected on Tuesday, 20th September.

    The last Parliamentary by-election we had in our region was Eastleigh which we won.

    We will be running a campaign to win but urgently need the funds to do so as soon as possible.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2016

    It's been reported that South Western Energy, who were offered exploration licenses by the Government on a 20km square of land in the Trowbridge - Westbury - Warminster area, will not be accepting the licenses. They say they might want to come back if the economics change, though as Wiltshire doesn't seem to be a good area for gas or oil extraction this is unlikely to happen.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    Below is the final version of Tim Farron's speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today.


    Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we're best at, is confounding expectations.

    We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and we made a difference.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    Tonight Tim Farron raised the curtain on the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton.

    Here's what he had to say:

    At exactly this time, eight days ago in Sheffield, Liberal Democrat activists, including dozens of new members, were working their socks off.

    They'd been up delivering and campaigning since before the crack of dawn.

  • Paul Hodgkinson
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    Full support given to increase county's recycling rates

    A council motion proposed by Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton and Northleach) noted county-wide recycling rates being below the 53% target for the last five years.

    In commenting, Cllr. Hodgkinson said:

    "Today we've made a big step forward in the right direction to improving county-wide recycling rates. I'm delighted support has been given to increase recycling.

    "The Cabinet Member will now request a report from the Joint Waste Committee to look at ways in which the county's recycling rates can be improved.

    "It is a very important issue and the focus should be on reduce, reuse and recycle. We certainly wouldn't want any recyclables ending up in the Javelin Park incinerator. I look forward to seeing this report when it comes back to this council."

    Member of the Joint Waste Committee and Cabinet Member for Clean and Green Environment on Cheltenham Borough Council, Cllr. Chris Coleman (LD: St Mark's and St Peter's) also said:

    "I'm committed as much as anyone to improve recycling rates not just on Cheltenham Borough, but county-wide. Residents want to see a genuine commitment to a county-wide recycling scheme, but the emphasis must be very much on the county.

    "It takes a joined-up approach to increase recycling rates and the reason for why I supported today's motion. I now want to start seeing this happen."

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government's green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point.

    The Government's own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector.

  • Document: Sep 13, 2016
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    Green Liberal Democrats Logo (square) (Green Libdems)Lib Dem Federal Conference , September 2016 (Brighton)

    Green Lib Dem GUIDE - Key events for members

    Tuesday 13th onwards, going to Conference or not!!

    Look outfor Conference Extra with details of the Europe Motion and look on GLD Facebook pages or to share and amendment proposals asap.

    Thursday 15th Morning Deadline for signing up (with membership number & local party) to support amendments.

    All are main Auditorium events unless indicated by a location in italics.

    Daily Pick up 'Conference Daily'. Make Separate vote requests for next day by 09:00


    Be sure to vote for your choice of Emergency motions/topics.

    09:05 - 09:35 F2&3 Questions to the Conference and Policy committees. [08:50]

    13:00 - 14:30 Consultation on Nuclear Weapons. Hilton, Balmoral

    15:00 - 16:00 Spokespeople Q & A Energy & Climate - Lynne Featherstone, DEFRA - Kate Parminter. Meeting Room 1

    16:30 - 18:00 F13 & 14 Party Strategy. Member may wish to support a Federal Board that can examine Party Strategy and its implementation.

    18:15 - 19:15 Britain's place in the world, Tim Farron +, Auditorium

    20:15 - 21:15 Green Lib Dems. Post Brexit, How should we protect the environment from outside the EU? Baroness Kate Parminter,Sir Graham Watson, Dr Mari Martiskinen, Dr Jan Rosenow. Hilton Churchill


    09:45 - 11:05 F16 Opportunity to Succeed, Power to Change. Policy Review. Especially support climate, sustainability, and natural environment in 1, 3 and 5. Int

    11:45 - 12:05 F18 UK and European Collaborative Research and Erasmus.

    A healthy research programme is vital for protecting the environment.

    Sunday continued

    13:00 -14:00 Green Lib Dems AGM ( Elections will be later in the year. Members only) with Catherine Bearder MEP on involvement with Europe and implications for post Paris Agreement.) Hilton, Gloucester .

    Clash Social Liberal Forum with Caroline Lucas, former Labour Energy and Climate spokesperson, Lisa Nandy, and Lib Dem Chris Bowers, authors of "Towards Progressive Politics" Hilton, Buckingham.

    14:50 -15:10 F22 Question and Answer. Tim Farron. [12:50]

    16:40 - 17:15 F24 Federal Exec Report. Sal Brinton. [15:40]

    17:15 - 18:00 F25 Motion. Changes to Leadership. If you are interested in how we choose the Leader and Deputy, allow plenty of time to study the proposals in advance.

    18:15 - 19:15 Brexit - What Next for Liberals? Guy Verhofstadt leader ALDE and EU negotiator on UK exit, Catherine Bearder, Nick Clegg. Hilton Ambassador

    Clash Social Liberal Forum.. Greening the economy after Brexit.: new economic thinking. Chris Huhne Hilton, Edinburgh

    19:45 - 21-00Green Lib Dems Air Pollution why we need to clean up. Caroline Pidgeon Lib Dem leader London Assembly; Jack Semple, Road Haulage Association ; Oli Hayes, Friends of Earth . Hilton Gloucester


    09:00 - 09:30 F26 Emergency Motion or topical issue. See Conference Extra or App.

    09:30 - 11:00 F27 Europe.[Amendments in by13:00 Thursday 15th September] Int

    11:30 - 12:30 Radix. How Technology will Transform Politics. Paddy Ashdown & Mark Pack. Hilton, Lancaster

    13:00 - 14:00 ALD Engineers & Scientists, Carbon Capture and Storage, with Ed Davey. Hilton Ambassador

    Clash Think Global, Act Local, UK - environment post referendum RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, and WWF. Host Kate Parminter. Hilton, Edinburgh

    Monday continued

    14:10 - 14:55 F29 Investing in the Green Economy, Moved by Baroness Lynne Featherstone, GLD Vice President, Party Energy and Climate Changespokesperson. Key Motion for GLD, with minor input from our VC. Look out for possible amendments or separate votes from one of our members.

    18:15 - 19:15 NFU / FDF Food and farming Kate Parminter, Mark Williams MP; plus NFU president and deputy, FDP public affairs manager. Hilton, Edinburgh

    Clash Campaign and Elections Team Ideas and good practice. Contributions welcome. Hilton Gloucester

    19:45 - 21:00 Sustainability Hub and Green Lib Dems Low Carbon Economy. Chair Graham Neale; Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem DECC spokesperson; Peter Gerstrom, Environmental Services Association. Hilton Osbourne


    09:00 - 09:45 F36 Emergency Motion or topical issue. See Conference Extra or App.

    09:45 - 10:45 F35 Motion on Committees. If this concerns you, allow a couple of hours to study it.

    10:50 - 11:30 F38 Report of the Parliamentary Parties. [Late Questions Monday 18:00]

    11:50 - 12:50 F40 Future Transport Support the positive environmental measures proposed. Int Separate vote requests by 09:00Sunday.

    14:10 Tim Farron closing address .


    [ hh:mm ] Deadlines for late (same day unless stated) submission of questions on speaker's cards Int = Interventions


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The Green Liberal Democrats is an Associated Organisation of the UK Liberal Democrat party.

We exist to:

  • Ensure that the Liberal Democrats' proud record of environmental leadership at all levels of government continues
  • Establish and develop links with the wider green movement.
  • Inform and educate party activists, policymakers, candidates and elected representatives on environmental issues.
  • Support individuals within the party who are advancing the agenda of environmental stewardship and generational justice.

Simon Oliver, GLD Chair