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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

  • Unite For Europe (www.uniteforeurope.org)
    Article: Mar 16, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Theresa May and her Government are rushing us headlong out of Europe. It is time for Liberal Democrats to make a stand and make the case for maintaining the closest possible ties with the European Union and ensuring that the three million European nationals currently living in the UK feel welcome here.

  • B&H Lib Dems at Uckfield Action Day 11th March 2017
    Article: Mar 22, 2017
    By Hyder Khalil

    Saturday 11th March, 2017 - ACTION Day!

    19 enthusiastic volunteers from Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats heeded the call from Uckfield to help get Lib Dem candidates elected in the upcoming East Sussex County Council elections on May 4th.

    These 19 stalwarts formed the largest contingent among 65 volunteers from around the County, including Stephen Lloyd, recent MP for Eastbourne. We took part in manning street stalls, handing out 400 leaflets, delivering 6,000 candidate Focuses, canvassing, collecting 180 signatures on a petition to Chris Grayling to get Southern Rail sorted out (will he take any notice of the strength of local feeling we found??), and addressing 1,000 envelopes to help get out the postal vote in our favour.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2017
    By Paul Chandler

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative government over its plans to raise taxes on the self-employed, as figures reveal that our city will be hard hit by the tax hike.

    The Chancellor broke a Conservative manifesto pledge by proposing to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, hitting them with an average cost of £240 a year.

    Figures from the Office of National Statistics show there are over 25,000 self-employed workers in Brighton and Hove making up nearly 15% of the total workforce.

    The government has also announced cuts to corporation tax are still set to go ahead at a cost to the country of over £2.5 billion a year.

    This will come as a major shock to the thousands of self-employed people in our City already facing a Brexit squeeze to living standards. While this government gives tax cuts to wealthy corporations it imposes tax rises on hard-working entrepreneurs who are the seed bed of future employment in the city.

    Meanwhile companies in the 'gig' economy like Deliveroo who insist their workers remain self-employed, will continue to save money by using workers without giving them the security and benefits of staff jobs.

    LibDems in Parliament and in the country will be opposing these taxes. Tim Farron tweeted: 'Targeting the self-employed, hitting White Van Man with a tax hike betrays Theresa May's pledge to help the just about managing'.

  • Book sale sandwich board
    Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Orla May

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats hosted a booksale on Saturday 4th March to celebrate International Women's Day. The sale featured books written by or about inspirational women and was held at the Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton. More than a hundred books were sold, raising almost £200 for local charity RISE, which does outstanding work to support victims of domestic abuse.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have been leading the close scrutiny of Article 50 and the Conservative Government's rush to take us out of Europe.

    The Liberal Democrat Peers have three goals:

    • Protect Britain's membership of the single market
    • Protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK
    • Give the people the final say on the Brexit deal
  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In an extremely rare move for the House of Lords the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment against the Brexit Bill at Third Reading.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled the amendment which declines to allow the Bill to pass following today's defeat of their amendment demanding that the people are given a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    Ahead of tomorrow's budget, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has called for an extra £40million of emergency funding for health and social care in Cumbria. This funding would be part of plans for a £4bn boost which the Lib Dems are calling for nationally to deal with the growing crisis in health and social care.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2017
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    A video message from Nick Clegg ahead of our action weekend!

  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    In BBC

    The government has been defeated after the House of Lords said ministers should guarantee EU nationals' right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

    The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government's Brexit bill.

    However, MPs will be able to remove their changes when the bill returns to the House of Commons.

  • Rebecca Hanson Copeland
    Article: Feb 25, 2017
    By Paul Walter in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Congratulations to Rebecca Hanson and the team for an excellent showing at the Copeland by-election, caused by the resignation of Labour's Jamie Reed. Our vote share more than doubled from 3.5% at the 2015 general election to 7.25%. We moved up from fourth place to third - beating UKIP.

    Dramatically, the Tories won the by-election in this normally rock-solid Labour seat. Psephologist John Curtice told the BBC that this was the biggest gain, in share of the vote, by a governing party in a byelection since the Hull North byelection in 1966.

  • Norman lamb speech
    Article: Feb 21, 2017
    By Newshound in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Liberal Democrats have been talking a lot about health and social care this week. In the Yorkshire Post, Norman Lamb argues for an urgent change of direction to give the NHS a sustainable future which meets our needs.

    First he spells out the crisis facing the NHS.

    But it seems this Conservative Government has become increasingly ambivalent to the state of our health service. In Yorkshire, vital A&E wards in Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Scarborough are all at risk of being closed or downgraded - it's the same over the border at Darlington. Communities are set to face even longer waits for emergency care, including those in rural areas who may soon have to travel hours to receive treatment. These changes are happening for a simple reason - this Conservative government is failing to give the NHS and care services the cash they need to cope with rising demand. To make matters worse, local people on the ground are not being given a say into these decisions which will have a huge impact on their lives. The stark reality is that we are seeing the gradual downgrading of our health service taking place behind closed doors.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Feb 19, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    One of the things we can be most proud of is that we ensured that this country was committed in law to providing 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid to provide things like food, humanitarian aid, water, schooling and protection for women and girls at risk of abuse to the poorest places on the planet.

    Now it seems that the Brexiteers in government plan to divert some of that money to EU countries to advance our position in the Brexit negotiations. That doesn't strike us as being what it's for.

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Feb 14, 2017
    By NewsHound | in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron has written a powerful article in the FT accusing Theresa May of sacrificing the British economy as Labour stand by and help her.

    We have tried to bring sanity to the debate, tabling amendments in the House of Commons to retain single-market membership, to allow EU citizens lawfully resident in the UK to keep their right to remain, and to give the British people a vote on the final Brexit deal. Mrs May, though, is not listening. She has crushed opposition from her MPs and made the political decision to sacrifice the British economy. The situation has been made worse by a divided Labour party that has failed to oppose the government's Brexit strategy. Labour has not merely failed to provide an opposition, it has conspired to help the Conservatives risk the stability of the UK economy.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    Tim Farron writes to Theresa May to secure renewed commitment to taking 3000 unaccompanied child refugees

    Dear Theresa,

    Yesterday during your statement on the Informal European Council I asked you if you would guarantee that your Government would continue to take unaccompanied child refugees from Europe under the Dubs scheme (section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016). Your failure to give this reassurance in your response yesterday was concerning and I hope that in your response to this letter you can clarify the Government's position on the Dubs scheme.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that government plans to boost house-building cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis.

    Andrew Stunell, Liberal Democrat construction spokesperson, has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build - but if ministers do follow through on their stated intention of delivering hard Brexit and cutting labour access to the EU27, the construction industry's labour force would shrink by 9%.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    The Government has shown how "out of touch" it is by declaring today that those in need of affordable homes are on incomes of up to £80,000.

    Commenting on the government's housing proposals today, including defining those in need of affordable homes as being on an income of up to £80,000 across the UK and £90,000 in London, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "A government that thinks affordable homes can be worth £450k and should be available to those on £80k frankly doesn't have a clue.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "LGBT History Month is a celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of the countless contributions of campaigners who have been drivers of change in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms.

    "This year also marks an important milestone in gay British History, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of male homosexuality. The LGBT movement has made great progress in the last few decades but we should never become complacent in tackling discrimination and intolerance.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have pulled off a stunning victory in the previous Labour heartland of Rotherham, taking the seat from Jeremy Corbyn's party and receiving almost four times as many votes as Labour.

    Local doctor Adam Carter came from fourth place last time to win 2,000 votes in Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward. Labour were second on just 519 votes in a five-way contest. It is believed to be the best win by any party since the ward was created, beating Labour's huge 63.2% in 2011.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Thanks to Liberal Democrat pressure in Parliament, thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences have today been posthumously pardoned.

    Liberal Democrat peer John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, reached an agreement with the Government in November to grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long-abolished sexual offence laws.

    This has been a long-fought campaign for the Liberal Democrats who first raised the issue in Parliament in the early days of Coalition Government.

    Lord Sharkey, the author of the original amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, commented:

    "This is a momentous day for thousands of families up and down the UK who have been campaigning on this issue for decades.

    "It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to build on the pardon granted to Alan Turing during Coalition and extend it to thousands of men unjustly convicted for sexual offences that would not be crimes today."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP added:

    "The Liberal Democrats continue to be the strongest voice on equality in Parliament.

    "Although it comes too late for those convicted, the friends and relatives of the thousands of people who suffered under this unfair and discriminatory law will now have a weight lifted off their shoulders."

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    Some 2,000 people have joined the party in just ten days, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Liberal Democrat MPs have demanded that a people's vote is held on the final Brexit deal.

    They have tabled amendments to the Article 50 Bill which also include securing a commitment from the government that it will retain Britain's membership of the Single Market and that EU nationals living in the UK are guaranteed the right to remain.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Theresa May has been urged not to "roll out the red carpet" for Donald Trump after he was invited to Britain on a State visit.

    As the government indicated it would ignore a huge petition calling for Mrs May to withdraw her invitation to Mr Trump, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "The government is ignoring millions of ordinary British people and their revulsion that Donald Trump will receive the red carpet treatment.

  • Lib Dem Article 50 Petition Team in George Street, Hove.
    Article: Jan 28, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Our petitions team today collected more signatures in George Street in Hove for our petition urging our local Brighton and Hove MPs to vote against Article 50. If you support close ties with Europe it is your last chance to sign this petition which you can do electronically at http://www.liberalbrighton.org/eu-petition.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2017

    Brexit. Trump. Rise of the far right. The refugee crisis. Racism on our streets.

    How many times have you woken up with that sinking feeling?

    Don't shrug your shoulders. Don't look the other way. Do something about it.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2017

    Theresa May has been urged to "look Trump in the eye" and stand up to some of the US President's most controversial stances.

    The Prime Minister is preparing to meet Mr Trump for the first time.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "The Prime Minister has said strong words about the American President from the safety of Westminster with a cheering mob of Tory MPs behind her, so my message is this: will you look Trump in the eye and say the same thing you've said here?