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Welcome - Please vote Liberal Democrat on Thursday 12thDecember 2019, or by Postal Ballot.

GLD posters* Our Green Heroes Project will be featuring some of our greenest LibDem candidates.

The General Election may have been called because of the long-running problems of Brexit, but this election is also about how we deal with the Climate Crisis which threatens the very existence of life on Earth; and about Air Pollution which leads to increased pressure on our NHS service; and about threats to our natural environment from biodiversity losses and so on.

Green Liberal Democrats believe we are stronger in Europe to tackle these big questions, "Bollox to Brexit".
But we also need to look to policies for the longer term once brexit is out of the way.

Liberal Democrats have the most comprehensive set of plans to tackle the Climate Crisis. This policy, agreed recently by the party, commits us to URGENT ACTION to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases of all kinds within the life of the next parliament - the one YOU are voting for now!


Our latest News Articles:

  • Next GLD Hero
    Article: Dec 5, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Environmental Consultant seeking election!

    Councillor Adam Boyden works in an environmental consultancy, assessing the implications of major development projects, so he is very well qualified to become a Green Champion in Parliament for Somerton and Frome. He is hoping to win back the seat formerly held by David Heath. Adam was a Cabinet Assistant for climate change on Mendip District Council from May until the election was called and he had to step away. Liberal Democrats are the largest party on Mendip District Council since the local elections in May 2019.

  • Kamran Hussain (Kamran Hussain)
    Article: Dec 4, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Green Energy

    Kamran Hussain is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Leeds North West and he has called for a more urgent move towards renewable energy in response to the Climate Emergency we all face.

    "We, the Liberal Democrats have always championed green energy and in government, we oversaw the
    trebling of renewable electricity generation. But the Conservatives have repeatedly cut support for
    green energy producers, damaging the environment and costing British jobs.

  • Next GLD Hero
    Article: Dec 4, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Thirty years of environmental Action!

    Chris Bowers is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the East Sussex constituency of Wealden.

    His baptism in the environmental movement came in 1990 when he founded the Environmental Transport Association, the service-providing members club for those who need transport services but don't want to support road lobbying. It still exists today and is run in Weybridge by another Lib Dem activist Andrew Davis.

  • Next GLD Hero
    Article: Dec 3, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    Lib Dem Candidate for Bootle

    Councillor Rebecca Hanson is the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bootle constituency, a normally safe Labour seat, but there are both Conservative and Brexit candidates also standing, apart from the Green candidate.

    Rebecca has demonstrated experience, drive and the ability to make a difference even in these turbulent times... She won her County seat with a 50% vote swing from the Conservatives.

  • Oli Henman (Oli Henman)
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Putting "sustainable" into Sustainable Development

    Oli Henman is a lifelong campaigner for a fairer, more sustainable society, he works on projects to tackle the climate emergency and deliver a just transition locally, nationally and internationally. Oli is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Lewes.

  • iceberg
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Katie Critchlow

    A melting block of ice!

    Watching the climate debate with my young son this week I felt deeply depressed our current Prime Minister didn't show up. The farcical scenes of Gove trying to enter the building at the 11th hour depressed me further. Michael Gove should know better than to try to turn a serious climate debate into a tragic climate pantomime. We must ensure this election is won on substance over spin.

  • Jules Ewart (Jules Ewart)
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    Jules Ewart - "Originator of the Green Grid...?"

    Liberal Democrat Candidate for Suffolk Coastal

    It has been suggested that there are two sorts of people: diamonds and sponges. Diamonds radiate light and energy; sponges absorb. If you want an example of a diamond, let us introduce you to Jules Ewart. The magic works even if you do not meet her in person - a simple description of her activities and interests is in itself both enlightening and invigorating. Liberal Democrats rejoice that she is one of us!

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Dec 1, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Jo Swinson now has to share the limelight with policies

    For reasons which may become clear after the election, it is evident that the strategy adopted by our headquarters has somehow missed its target. Swinsonmania has apparently not shaken the ramparts of our FPTP system. Johnson has scooped up the dregs of the Brexit Party`s arrogance and niaivety (and vote!) and despite a widespread recognition that he is a lying toad, there is a fear amongst small `c` conservative voters that not to vote for Bojo may result in a government led by their nemesis, J Corbyn esquire.

  • Next GLD Hero
    Article: Dec 1, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    Let`s DO something about Plastics Pollution!

    Councillor Robert Eggleston (leader of the Burgess Hill Town Council) is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mid Sussex and is very concerned about the huge problems associated with plastics waste and was one of the authors of the plastics pollution motion that became Lib Dem policy at the 2018 Party conference...

  • Andrew Warren (Andrew Warren)
    Article: Nov 30, 2019
    By Keith Melton with Andrew Warren

    "Brexit Bakes in another Manufacturing Disadvantage for UK Businesses"

    Refusing to follow EU rules on energy efficiency standards will put UK manufacturers on the back foot, Andrew Warren warns. Amongst other roles, Andrew is Chair of the EU Task Group on Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency.

    UK electricity consumption is 18 per cent lower than 15 years ago. Some two-thirds of that drop can be ascribed to implementation of European Union energy-using product policy.

    Effectively, this policy is implemented via two distinct, but related, streams of activity. The first sets minimum standards of efficiency for energy-using products, outlawing the worst fuel-wasters from sale. The second ascribes labels to each those products, ranging from A to G, revealing likely running costs.

    Such requirements are currently in place for 28 energy-using product groups. Including domestic products like washing machines and TVs, and business products like power transformers and commercial refrigeration.

    For the first three years following the Brexit referendum, every single indication from Theresa May's government was that both of these successful policies would be continued seamlessly even when the UK was no longer formally part of the EU. So UK product policy on energy usage would remain aligned with that in operation right across Europe - likely to remain UK manufacturers' largest single market.


    Different products for the European market

    This continuity would have ensured that the energy savings already achieved would remain for future years. And as new products continue to be added to the substantial list of those covered, the expectation had been that UK manufacturers operating in each sector would continue to make products that, at minimum, always complied with European standards.

    It is now becoming clear that this is no longer the policy of any Johnson-led Government. Initial revelations from respected sources like the Financial Times and the Economist magazine have hinted that the international trade department is informing those in non-European countries that such "environmental" standards could become "more flexible". The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted that this was his understanding too.

    Then the BBC's veteran environmental analyst Roger Harrabin revealed that he had been sent a formal statement that effectively confirmed that post-Brexit, the UK could adopt very different, if any, minimum standards for energy usage by relevant products. He also revealed that Downing Street zealots were restricting UK officials even from attending formal EU meetings that were considering future initiatives regarding product policy. This diktat is applying even though the UK is still formally a member of the EU.

    All this has considerable potential ramifications for UK manufacturers of any such products.

    Even if the UK were in future to opt to run its own esoteric energy standards, that would still leave UK manufacturers seriously disadvantaged. It would mean that - in order to be able to sell anything into the entire continental European market - such UK-made products would inevitably need to comply with the EU's requirements. The other big difference is that UK-based firms would no longer have any formal say in deciding the detail of all new standards being adopted. Essentially, becoming rule-takers, rather than rule-makers.

    Option to not implement European standards for products

    As it happens, there is already one example of this absurdity around. In September the Business Department launched a public consultation concerning another set of proposed product changes. This covers product areas like chargers for mobile phones, monitors and computers - of which 80 million are sold in the UK annually. Details can be found at Ecodesign requirements for external power supplies: draft regulation.

    This consultation follows precisely the same procedure as has occurred for every single product category covered under this directive. As usual, it includes a very comprehensive economic impact assessment of the proposal, which demonstrates persuasively that, whilst there are some gross costs in introducing such minimum standards, taken overall the benefits that will accrue will be substantial. The benefit-cost ratio is 2.3. These gains are financial, providing lower running costs for consumers. And by reducing energy usage, it has very beneficial ecological consequences.

    The impact assessment includes two other options. The first follows common practice, to establish whether the same market improvements could be achieved by a voluntary agreement with relevant companies. Earlier consultation with relevant companies across Europe has revealed this to be a non-starter.

    But the second alternative option is a distinct Brexit novelty. It explores the pros and cons of not proceeding with this proposal in the UK at all. It states that "the main reason why this option has not been pursued further is that, without regulation, manufacturing decisions and consumer behaviour is likely to be dictated by upfront costs more than energy efficiency".

    Effectively this a succinct restatement of the entire justification for introducing regulation into the marketplace, so as to increase investment levels in energy efficiency.

    Special permission needed for UK bureaucrats to attend

    At the end of October 2019, a big EU consultation forum was held in Brussels, under this same Eco Design Directive. This time dealing with water pumps. There are considerable UK manufacturing interests likely to be affected. Up until the last minute, it was feared that UK government officials would not be attending. Nobody officially would be able to put the case for British businesses. Options exist which could detrimentally affect such interests.

    After much strenuous lobbying from (unsurprisingly) the British Pump Manufacturers Association, a few days beforehand 10 Downing Street staff grudgingly approved the attendance of two civil servants from the Business Department. By that stage the zealots had conceded that any chance of achieving the declared departure date from the European Union before 2020 had evaporated. So at the eleventh hour these two civil servants were indeed given special permission to board the Brussels Eurostar, to help put across the arguments of British businesses to their opposite numbers from other governments.

    Leaving an empty chair may be portrayed by some as an overt gesture of true Brexit purity. Those operating in the real world might describe actually doing so as another pointless gesture that is truly a dereliction of duty by government. And a giant step back from ever achieving net zero carbon.

    Andrew Warren is a former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee. This article was first published on the website for BusinessGreen. Andrew is also a long-term member of the Green Liberal Democrats.

WELCOME to GLD

the "environmental conscience" of the Liberal Democrats

We regard climate change as one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Countries around the world urgently need to implement the commitments made in 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Some countries are making significant progress but the UK is currently failing to demonstrate clear political leadership to address the urgent environmental problems facing the planet. The Green Liberal Democrats seek to influence political policies, both within the Liberal Democrats and across the wider political spectrum.

Our objectives are to:

  • promote a green approach to policy formation within the Liberal Democrats.

  • provide information and political education from a green perspective to party activists and elected representatives.

  • establish and develop links with the wider green movement.

  • welcome those that share our aims into the Green Liberal Democrats, to encourage participation in its activities and to ensure equality of opportunity for all members.

We seek to build support within the electorate for the transition to a green economy. If you would like to become involved there is a wide range of opportunities to contribute your skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. Join on line here.

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