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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:

  • Di Keal anti-fracking (Di Keal)
    Article: Nov 30, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Frack Free Ryedale

    Councillor Di Keal is a long term campaigner against fracking. She has been at the heart of the Frack Free Ryedale campaign as media guru against the industry in the district in North Yorkshire. She is also a founder member of Frack Free United, a cross-party coalition against the fracking industry. The campaign chalked up a key victory when the Government placed a moratorium on Fracking recently as part of their smoke and mirrors attempt to look good.

  • ww
    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    For many people the climate emergency is up there with the NHS and Brexit as the biggest issue that needs addressing in the next five years. It was therefore right to see a leaders debate on TV dedicated to the subject

    The fact the Prime Minister chose not to attend strongly suggests it is not seen as a priority for the Conservatives. Certainly their manifesto makes few references to significant climate actions and their financial projections do not include any significant allocations of money to address the issue. The full debate can be found here https://www.channel4.com/programmes/channel-4-news/on-demand/69214-332

  • Louise harris planting trees (Louise Harris)
    Article: Nov 29, 2019
    By Keith Melton

    Louise Harris - our candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke

    Cllr Louise Harris (previously also known as Cllr Louise Bloom), is the parliamentary candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke in South Gloucestershire. She has decades of experience as a Green campaigner, and a record of action going back to her student days campaigning on acid rain in the 1980s.

    Louise was a founder member of the Green Liberal Democrats, having previously been a member of the Young Liberal Ecology Group. As Green Lib Dem Vice Chair Louise organised a series of highly successful conferences in the 1990s and was instrumental in ensuring that Green policies became embedded in Liberal Democrat manifestos.

    Greening Greater London and Eastleigh!

    Louise was a founder member of the Greater London Assembly in 2000. As Vice Chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee she worked on the first ever London-wide waste strategy.

    Later, as a Councillor in Eastleigh, Louise became Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability at Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire between 2002 and 2015 and was a councillor there until 2017. Under her leadership, Eastleigh won many awards for it's work on Green issues including Beacon Council for Tackling Climate Change 2008-9, the equivalent of a Local Government Oscar, which Louise considers her greatest achievement in politics...so far.

    LGA "Ambassador"

    As part of her award for making Eastleigh a Beacon Council, Louise spent a year spreading best practice, talking to many other councils on behalf of the Local Government Association, with a focus on providing Leadership and Community Engagement. She firmly believes that that is the best way to win hearts and minds to tackle the climate emergency we face. Louise explored this theme in her chapter 'Community Policies for a Low Carbon Future' in 'The Green Book, New Directions for Liberals in Government' published in 2013.

    Back to her roots!

    Louise returned to her West Country roots in 2017, swapping the hectic South East for the more rural South Gloucestershire
    and was elected to that authority in a 2018 by-election. She became Opposition Lead for Communities and Sustainability in 2019 and this summer worked to get cross-party support to declare a Climate Emergency in South Gloucestershire and to make it carbon neutral by 2030. She is now Co-Chair of the panel working to make sure this happens.

    "Bollocks to Brexit"

    A graduate of European Politics and Economics, Councillor Louise Harris is an ardent Remainer.
    .
    "One of my key motivations for political activity with the Liberal Democrats is that the environment recognises
    no borders or boundaries. The European Union has been a leading force in protecting the environment.
    The climate emergency can only be tackled by nations working together
    ."
    .
    As the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Louise intends to take her record of action on, and passion for, protecting the planet into Parliament to make sure the climate emergency is properly acknowledged and acted on and to STOP Brexit.

    Making Change Happen

    Councillor Louise Harris is a key member of our Green Liberal Democrats team which can, together, make environmental change happen in Parliament, so we'll be doing all we can to help get her elected. Will you join us?

    For more Green Heroes go to the Green heroes front page here >>> https://greenlibdems.org.uk/en/page/green-heroes


  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Simon Oliver

    George Monbiot, in an article in the Guardian on 27/11/2019 says numerous positive things about the Liberal Democrats Environmental offering:

    • "The Liberal Democrats, mostly, get it."
    • "The Lib Dems have made a crucial breakthrough, arguing that GDP should no longer be a government's central objective; it should focus instead on wellbeing."
    • "The scope of the Lib Dems' new thinking is one of the biggest surprises in this election. The new duty of environmental care it proposes for private and public bodies, its proposed zero-waste and nature acts, its suggestion of new taxes on frequent flyers, legal protection for public space and support for rewilding are all new and welcome."
  • Rhys Taylor #3 (Rhys Taylor)
    Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    Rhys Taylor - Advocate for Air Quality

    Councillor Rhys Taylor is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Cardiff North, and identifies as a Social Liberal. As a Welsh Liberal Democrat, Rhys has helped form policy on decarbonisation and clean air. He is included in a list of top candidates in PR Week of 7th November 2019.

  • pigeon (Almona Choudhury)
    Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Duncan Brack

    (Updated 27 November 2019 from earlier version)


    Key messages:


    The Liberal Democrats propose:
    • An emergency ten-year programme of action to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by 2030 - minimising the UK's impacts on the climate as fast as possible.
    • A comprehensive plan to decarbonise every sector of the economy and get to net zero by 2045 at the latest. This covers all sectors: power, heat, transport, aviation, industry, and farming and land use.
    • A plan not only for what to do but how to do it - including reforming regulation and frameworks for finance and investment, skills, innovation and industrial support, and reshaping the institutions of British government, central and local.

    Without these three elements, no plan for net zero is credible. As the IFS said, 'There is no value in politicians simply competing on targets. They need to spell out the policies that will actually be required to meet the targets and be clear about how the immediate costs will be met.'
    • Labour does not have an overall net zero policy. Their targets cover only about half of total UK emissions.
    • The Green Party has 2030 as their net zero target date, but in fact their policies do not support that. In reality, their proposals would probably have a similar impact to ours.

  • Climate Change Emergency
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Fiona Southern

    Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached a record high according to the latest bulletin published by the World Meteorological Organization. We are staring down the barrel of a gun - in March this year the United Nations said there were just 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. This damage will see more extreme weather events causing fire and flood, rising sea levels, food shortages and ultimately vast numbers of displaced people.

  • Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) trains on platforms at Kings Cross station, north London.
    Article: Nov 27, 2019

    20 DAYS TO POLLING DAY

    Lib Dems will freeze rail fares and fix broken ticketing system

    The Liberal Democrats have announced bold plans to freeze rail fares for commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.This policy is expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion

  • Next GLD Hero
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Keith Melton & Laura Sykes

    Chichester

    Dr Kate O`Kelly is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Chichester and has lived and worked in the area for years. She joined the Liberal Democrats in the wake of the 2015 General Election. She has lived in South Harting, West Sussex for many years as a doctor, working as a GP in Chichester for 10 years, teaching at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and as an old age psychiatrist with dementia patients. And Kate recently joined the bench as a West Sussex magistrate.

  • Chris Bowers, Oct 2019 - photo by Kate Wright
    Article: Nov 26, 2019

    Wealden's Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Chris Bowers will be participating in the upcoming live 'Climate Emergency Question Time' this Wednesday November 27th, an event which has been organised by Wealden's Extinction Rebellion (XR) group.

    The debate will be held this Wednesday November 27th from 8pm to 9.30pm at Michael Hall School Theatre in Forest Row (RH18 5JA). All four of Wealden's parliamentary candidates have been invited, though so far only Liberal Democrat Chris, plus the Green and Labour candidates have confirmed they will be there. Organisers say they are still waiting for a reply from incumbent Conservative candidate Nus Ghani, who has apparently been sent numerous invitations (incidentally, she also still hasn't replied to Chris Bowers' open invitation to debate him at a hustings during the general election campaign!). Perhaps she plans on making a surprise entrance, but for now she is being creatively depicted on XR's event poster as a mysterious piece of topiary on a desert island (see pic)!

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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Welcome to the Green Liberal Democrats…
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Sat 23rd November
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