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  • Mark Pack (Mark Pack)
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Mark Pack writes today :

    "An updated version of my 'what the Lib Dems believe' digital graphic is now out, and designed for much better compatibility with mobile devices

    - http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-beliefs/

    It's designed more for supporters rather than floating voters, as it emphasises what makes us Liberal Democrats rather than our immediate solutions to the most pressing issues of the moment, although Europe etc. of course do get a mention.

    Hope you find it useful!"

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Air Pollution Crisis in Central Manchester
    Article: May 14, 2017

    The Conservative Government predict a steady decline in NO2 levels sufficient to render the Greater Manchester AQMA obsolete by the year 2020, due to the NO2 levels falling everywhere below the UK/EU legal limit of an annual average threshold value of 40 micrograms per cubic metre (40 μg m-3).

    The Government prediction was largely based on the replacement of the more polluting diesel and petrol engines by the Euro-6 engines for all new cars, buses and trucks. The national fall in NO2 levels is indeed happening, albeit slower-than-expected due to the 'Dieselgate' scandal and unbridled optimism.

  • Tim Farron addressing tens of thousands of pro-EU demonstrators outside Parliament.
    Article: May 13, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron's leader interview with ITV's Julie Etchingham was broadcast on Monday night.

    In it, he talked about his early life, his family, his friends and his vision for the country.

    In essence, he talked about wanting to lead us to a place where we were all decent to each other and where nobody had to hide who they are.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 13, 2017
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Call Clegg made a comeback on Tuesday. During the coalition years, Nick Clegg took questions every Thursday morning on LBC. The banter with Nick Ferrari resumed on Tuesday for an election special

    Watch Nick defend the proposal for a referendum on the Brexit deal

    Nick Ferrari suggested that he was defying the will of the people. Nick responded:

  • Austin car like brexit
    Article: May 13, 2017

    In an editorial criticising the Prime Minister's approach to Brexit talks the Observer's editor writes:

    "It is time for May to wake up and stop dancing to the ignorantly chauvinistic, jingoistic tunes of the discredited Eurosceptic right. A good start in re-establishing trust and goodwill would be a unilateral guarantee of the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It is outrageous that they, and Britons living in the EU, are still unsure of their fate. May should also end the absurd pretence that Britain can escape paying an EU leaving bill.

  • canadian flag with cannabis leaf
    Article: May 13, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats plan to break the grip of criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.

    Why are we doing this?

    Because the current approach to cannabis has been a catastrophic failure.

    Unregulated cannabis is freely available and widely used, generating significant mental and psychical health problems - especially for young people - who are being harmed by increasingly potent products.

  • Document: May 8, 2017
    6.98 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    This report presents findings of a rapid study undertaken at the urgent request of Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the upcoming mayoral elections for Greater Manchester.

    The objectives of the study was to shed more light on the invisible NO2 air pollution on the campus of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Jane Brophy was concerned about the presence throughout the MMU Campus of abundant prominent colonies of the nitrophilic Sunburst Lichen Xanthoria parietina recorded in a major report by an environmental team released in October 2016 on the Researchgate website.

    The LibDem mayoral candidate required the study to be completed in haste, not only due to the impending mayoral elections on May 4th, but more particularly due to the UK Supreme Court ruling that the Conservative Government must publish by April 24th its updated National NO2 Plan and subject it to public consultation. As ruled by the Supreme Court, the urgency of updating the National NO2 Plan was to ensure that the Conservative Government reduced the NO2 faster in order to mitigate the breach of UK 'air law' which derives from the EU 'air law'. Both in turn derive from the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    Please register to vote - not voting is half a vote to the UKIP/Conservatives

    Here's the new film from the Liberal Democrats, a handy guide to getting on the electoral register (which, despite many media reports, is the trendy thing to do these days as the register has recently reached a record level )

  • Article: May 6, 2017
  • C&C LD logo charcoal
    Article: May 6, 2017

    The idea of a "Progressive Alliance" in Canterbury to defeat the Tories is a superficially attractive proposal. However, there are formidable political and practical obstacles to such a scenario. While there are many people who would jump at the chance to see the Conservatives lose in this constituency, there are other non-Tory voters who, if deprived of a candidate from their own party, would not vote at all. There are also significant questions about what manifesto such a candidate would stand on beyond a simple anti-Tory message. It might just work were there a genuinely independent candidate that all the opposition parties could unite behind. Think Martin Bell in Tatton (1997) or Dr Richard Taylor in Wyre Forest (2001 and 2005). There is no such person in Canterbury that we are aware of.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: May 5, 2017

    Leaked negotiating guidelines, set to be approved at a special summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Saturday, show that EU governments have toughened up their Brexit negotiating position.

    The news comes as Theresa May and David Davis prepare to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's lead negotiator Michel Barnier. It has emerged that EU governments will insist that any post-Brexit relationship must fully respect EU rules after Brexit.

    Brussels will also demand all EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years acquire permanent residence rights. In light of the widely reported problems encountered by EU nationals legally seeking permanent residency, Brussels will demand that Home Office application procedures are streamlined.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

    "The tougher position taken by the EU shows the scale of the diplomatic challenge this chaotic, hard Brexit government now faces.

    "It's shameful that our friends and allies in Europe feel they have to step in to demand our country treats EU nationals, who contribute so much to our society, with the respect they deserve.

    "These draft guidelines show that, far from taking back control, Brexit will in reality mean accepting the EU's rules without having a say over them.

    "Theresa May has chosen the hardest and most divisive form of Brexit, choosing to take us out of the Single Market before she has even tried to negotiate.

    "It is still possible for the British people to stop a Hard Brexit and keep us in the Single Market. Democracy didn't end on 23rd of June, and the people must have their say over what comes next."

  • Article: May 5, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill enters into force today.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • Thomas Gravatt
    Article: May 5, 2017
    By Thomas Gravatt, Parliamentary Candidate for Southampton Test

    Thomas Gravatt, Parliamentary Candidate for Southampton Test, writes;

    Hundreds of thousands of young people have already signed up to vote in the General Election in June. Among that number will be a huge number of students.

    I've found that there's always confusion amongst students about where they can be registered to vote, this even led to some of my friends being unable to vote in the Referendum. It's important to clarify that students can be registered both at university and at home - but can only vote in one place.
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