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  • From the Chair
    Article: Apr 29, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    Rebalancing Society - reviewing the economic costs

    We need a major economic shift as we emerge from the pandemic lockdown, which was put in place for health reasons but has inevitably had huge financial and economic repercussions. This is going to need more fundamental change than most current politicians seem ready to contemplate. It is certainly going to require change on a scale a Boris Johnson Government will not readily embrace. But then I wonder whether, or for how long, Johnson can stay in charge - as it would seem the long knives are already out of the drawer and being sharpened.

  • Will Forster with solar panels
    Article: Apr 26, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster
    The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to extend a scheme that saves £140 on energy bills to households struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic helping an estimated 3,174 homes across Woking Borough.

    In a warning from the Lib Dem Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, the MP said these measures were needed before families are forced "to choose between heating their home or eating".

    The party's plans would see all households that fall into the government definition of fuel poverty access the Warm Homes Discount. The move would see some 2.5 million households across the UK - many of whom are not currently eligible for the scheme - benefit from £140 credit on their energy bills.

    In a letter to the Government backed by a cross-party group of 28 MPs Ministers have also been encouraged to bring forward plans to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the country in order to reduce fuel poverty in the long term. This comes on top of Lib Dem proposals to scrap VAT on energy bills and freeze Council Tax during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:

    "No-one should ever have to choose between heating their home or eating let alone in the face of the current health crisis. It is essential that the Government takes action to ensure no one is forced to do so."

    "I am therefore delighted so many cross-party colleagues across the House of Commons have joined me in writing to the Business Secretary to back this proposal."

    Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Councillor Will Forster, added:

    "The Government already offers a Warm Home Discount on fuel to the poorest pensioners. Extending this to all those who meet the current definition for fuel poverty - 3,174 across Woking and 37,473 across Surrey - would make an enormous difference to thousands including many families with children."

    "We are also calling for a more focused effort to end fuel poverty permanently such as more insulation. This would be a win for both society and the environment: with better insulation, less energy is needed, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels."

  • Two Buzzards Circling
    Article: Apr 26, 2020

    We've always had buzzards up in the Chilterns where we live. But as when larger, elegant kites arrived, our plumper friends, the buzzards, seemed to gradually get fewer in numbers.

    Then, after 10 years or so, just as gradually, we seemed to be noticing them more frequently - sometimes catching a glimpse of one sitting on a branch, or hearing their mewing calls in the woods.

  • Michael Moore
    Article: Apr 26, 2020
    By Jonathan N Fuller

    I've just watched 'Planet of the Humans' produced by Michael Moore and released 4 days ago.

    I generally like Moore's material, but not this. Sadly I've noticed that amongst the supporters of the film are fossil fuel industry reps and an old foe of mine - the anti-wind-farm-brigade. Those opposed to wind farms love the film and are promoting it on social media.

  • From the Chair
    Article: Apr 20, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    The Times they are a` changin' … Part 3

    Not only are the times a`changing` - they seem already to have changed. And, I suspect that some of the changes will have become a "New Normal" before we ever get to the point of relaxing the lockdown. In the last ten days or so we have seen the Chinese lockdown of Wuhan become far less severe and the news in the last week is that Austria is opening garden centres and DIY stores. Even Italy is experimenting with some shops being allowed to open - though not cafes or restaurants. And, most recently, Germany and New Zealand are tentatively starting to open up.

  • John Stuart Mill (wikimedia - Postcard_featuring_John_Stuart_Mill)
    Article: Apr 19, 2020
    By Joseph Dodd

    As Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson claimed the English liberal thinker and politician John Stuart Mill would have been a supporter of Brexit. In his Brexit speech in February 2018 he said:

    "[Brexit] is to fulfil the liberal idealism of John Stuart Mill himself, who recognised that it is only the nation - as he put it, "united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between themselves and others". Only the nation could legitimate the activities of the state."

  • Jane Brophy (Jane Brophy)
    Article: Apr 17, 2020
    By George Miles

    GreenLibDems Newsletter 17 April 2020

    This GLDNEWS is online at: http://grn.lib.dm/a71bSJ

    In this exciting issue:
    * Letter from our new Chair, Keith Melton
    (scroll down here)

    * Earthday 22 April The Story of Plastic video premiere at GLD
    http://grn.lib.dm/a91bTn

    * Victory against fracking in Salford, Trafford, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester
    http://grn.lib.dm/a81bTl

  • GLD T-shirts with designer Jason Billin (Keith Melton/Almona Choudhury)
    Article: Apr 16, 2020
    By Jason Billin

    Whilst we are in 'lockdown', it is a perfect opportunity for all of us to take a calm look at our 'normal' lives.

    Most of us are not travelling to work. We are either working from home (thanks to the wonders of technology and the internet) or are furloughed. Some of us will be in the unfortunate position of either not being able to work from home, or have been made redundant.

  • fracking03 (Steve Mason)
    Article: Apr 16, 2020
    By Jason Johnson

    It seems IGAS has finally given up on fracking in the Northwest of England, at least for the time being.

    This month IGAS announced it has "written off" four of its petroleum exploration and Development licences PEDL 145, PEDL 147, PEDL189 and PEDL193; but still retain the licences. according to www.drillordrop.com "They are no longer spending money or time in the Northwest for the time being as They are concentrating on the Gainsborough Trough….." on the Yorkshire side of the Pennines.

  • Graham Neale (Graham Neale)
    Article: Apr 15, 2020

    As V/Chair campaigns, I'll be helping to define the focus of our policy and presence into support and action. I hope we'll be able to choose a series of campaigns, relevant to local activists, candidates, and to our national politicians. Similarly, we need to find short-term campaigns, and long-term goals.

    I'll be tracking the impact of our campaigns, and working closely with regional groups to help design, provide and share campaign assets.

This is an exciting time, after a few years at the helm of GLD, I get to put some of my campaign experience to the test. We had some success with the plastic-free banners at the London Europe demonstrations, as well as winning an award for our stand at Bournemouth Conference last year,.

    Expect a more visible presence, collaborations with ALDC, LGA, our Parliamentary Party, and others - watch this space!

GLD Challenge 2019-20 front cover (Northwest_Crown_Fire_Experiment © wikimedia)WELCOME to GLD

the "environmental conscience" of the Liberal Democrats

Climate change is 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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