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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Oct 22, 2017
    By Paul Chandler, 2017 election agent for Brighton and Hove LibDems.

    There was recently an interesting article in the Financial Times based around an Ipsos Mori opinion poll on why people voted the way they did in the EU Referendum. The poll took the temperature among 4,000 voters.

    They have discerned six types of voter in the EU Referendum. Here they are with the percentage of the electorate they represent:

  • Article: Oct 21, 2017

    "The Prime Minister cannot say one thing in Brussels and another in Britain. She needs to face down the right-wing Brexiteers in her party in order to guarantee the talks actually move forward. Above all she still needs to protect citizens' rights to ensure they are not a casualty of a no-deal Brexit, and the European Union must also do more to make this happen.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Rising food prices made a large contribution to the change, with an increase of 0.8% between August and September 2017, compared to a 0.4% fall last year.

    It comes as analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found the benefits freeze is expected to leave over 10 million families an average of £450 a year worse off in real terms by 2020.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The OECD has predicted that UK economic growth will slow to 1% in 2018, and that the economy will suffer more in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.

    However, the Paris-based thinktank also said the economy would see a "significant boost" if there was another referendum leading to Brexit being reversed.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson commented:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    I have just appointed my first team of principal spokespeople since becoming leader this summer.

    I am fortunate to lead such a great, gender-balanced team, which is comprised of the most talented and promising politicians in the House of Commons and battle-hardened, experienced campaigners.

    The team includes notable strength in depth on the economy, foreign affairs and local government at a time when the impact of Brexit, social inequality and lack of investment is fostering tensions in these areas.

  • Article on Tories meltdown
    Article: Oct 9, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    One of the Tory party's longest serving political campaigners has said that the Conservative party are 'facing oblivion' and will not have enough activists to fight another General Election after new figures show the party has lost almost a third of their members since 2013.

    In an exclusive interview with Tribune magazine, John Strafford, chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, revealed that the Tories now have just 100,000 members, down from around 140,000 just 4 years ago.

  • Kelly-Marie Blundell at LD Conference 2017.
    Article: Sep 27, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Today is the last day of the conference and, with Norman Lamb and Vince Cable's speeches on the agenda, it will end on a high note. However first I support Kelly-Marie Blundell (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes) and Daisy Cooper (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for St Albans) in voting in favour of their 'Protecting Small Businesses' motion.

  • James Chapman at LD Conference 2017
    Article: Sep 26, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    When I reach the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, which hosts conference events, there is a massive queue that reaches all the way through the corridor and around the corner from my destination on this sunny morning. James Chapman seems to be a very popular guest at this Fringe event titled: "Can Britain's Relationship with Europe Be Saved?".

  • B&H Lib Dems at StopBrexit march (Duncan Moore)
    Article: Sep 24, 2017
    By Carrie Hynds, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove

    On a bright, warm September day we joined the many thousands of people marching through Brighton & Hove for the StopBrexit march. The event was organised by Brighton & Hove for Europe, timed to coincide with the Labour party conference in Brighton.

    We gathered at The Level and set off just after 1pm, stopping briefly to chant outside the Brighton Centre before continuing to Hove Lawns, where the march ended in a rally. There was lots of support en route with passers-by waving, car horns tooting and even a boat flying the EU flag!

  • Vince Cable and Will Hutton at LD conference 2017
    Article: Sep 23, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Exit from Brexit pretty much sums up how much the Lib Dems trust Theresa May to make a success of this constitutional experiment that Great Britain embarked upon. I don't think anyone in this party is particularly thrilled about inflation and the rising cost of living resulting from the Brexit uncertainty. Every day I hear stories of researchers whose projects have already been excluded from European cooperation, friends telling me about a reluctance to invest and further cuts within their companies, and accounts of non-British European friends who have (wrongly!) been told to leave the country. No one has a viable solution how to deal with the Irish border without threatening the peace process. So far, I am not digging this Brexit thing. As a creative person, I am disappointed that it is lacking the promised excitement of building a new better country which will be reformed so amazingly that the rest of the world goes green in jealousy.

  • Beatrice George Hilary and other George on train to Bournemouth (Beatrice Bass)
    Article: Sep 21, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Getting up at 7am on a Saturday kind of hurts, but I have a good reason - today is the first day of the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference. A few Brighton & Hove members already made their way to Bournemouth last night in time for the pre-Conference Lib Dem Pint, but I saved my energy for the weekend and am meeting the remaining Brighton conference goers, including the two George Taylors (yes, there are two of them) on the train to Bournemouth.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    Vince's Q & A

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    Audio missing for the first 1min 20 secs so be patient and don't blame your computer.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    Here is Jo Swinson's speech to Conference.

    Let me take you back to a rainy Saturday morning, 28 years ago. I'm doing what many 9-year-olds do on a Saturday morning, watching TV. It's a children's programme called Going Live, presented by Philip Schofield - some of you might even remember it, and depending on your age, nostalically feel it was no match for Swap Shop or Saturday Superstore.

  • Vince Cable and Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Rally

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  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The effects of Brexit are already being felt.

    The value of the pound has plummeted.

    Inflation has risen. Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

    Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Winter Strategy Conference 2015
    Article: Sep 15, 2017

    It's Lib Dem Autumn Conference in Bournemouth over the next few days. Here are the highlights of LGBT+ Lib Dems' plans for the next few days.

    Exhibition Stall. We will be at stand 17 in the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference 2017 Exhibition on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Join us to pick up our Members Handbook, to join or renew, to hear about what we've been up to this year, and to pick up paperwork ahead of our AGM on Sunday.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Sep 13, 2017
    By Paddy Ashdown in Liberal Democrat Voice

    So, here, as promised are four dangerous ideas for the future. Please be clear. I am not necessarily proposing these. Just asking why we are not even discussing them?

    Dangerous idea 1

    We are guiltily obsessed with student fees. The fact that we don't need to be, because the principle is right, does not make life easier (how I wish we had called them a Graduate tax!). But now with the student loan debt rising, do we not also have to consider how we get better value for what students pay? If we have a tertiary education system which cannot be paid for without loading more and more debt on our young, should we not be looking at the system, not just at how they pay? We persist in the medieval practice of taking students to medieval ivy covered buildings, to receive their education in the medieval manner from minds, too many of which, when it comes to delivering education, are stuck in the middle ages. Yet distance learning was pioneered in Britain at the Open University when communicating with your tutor meant stuffing your academic paper in an envelope, licking it, sticking a stamp on it and putting it in the local post-box. Today the whole planet is into distance learning. Many of our own Universities make tons of money providing distance learning degree courses to students all over the world. But none of them are in Britain! If we were to convert at least part of our tertiary education syllabus to distance learning we might reduce the cost of degrees without diminishing their quality, give students more flexibility, force lecturers into the modern age, widen access and create a superb platform for adult education all at the same time. Why, beloved Lib Dems, do we allow medieval vested interests to preserve our ivy covered tertiary education system exactly as it is, loading more and more debt on students and preventing us from doing what much of the rest of the world is doing already? Just asking.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2017

    At their conference in Bournemouth later this month, the Liberal Democrats will point out all the downsides of leaving the European Union and reinforce its vigorous defence of jobs, living standards, individual rights, international co-operation and the British national interest.

    They will be asked to support the following motion:

  • Article: Aug 29, 2017

    Currently in the UK, people pay 5% VAT on sanitary products. The tax system considers them a "luxury item", meanwhile products like crocodile meat, razors and Jaffa Cakes are all classed as "essential" and so are VAT free.

    The Government has pledge to scrap this tax by 2019. Two supermarket giants have taken matters into their own hands by cutting the price of sanitary products by 5%. They've decided to pay the tax so people don't have to.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2017

    As Business Secretary I gave binding votes on executive pay policy to shareholders of publicly limited companies, requiring the approval of 50% of shareholders, and allowing a transparent single number for pay.

    There was little enthusiasm from the Conservatives for this, but it has had a demonstrable effect on reducing executive pay.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2017

    Only 4,600 international students overstayed their visas last year, less than a twentieth of the previous estimates of 100,000, official figures released today have revealed.

    For the first time figures have been published based on exit checks from UK ports, showing that 97 per cent of foreign students left the UK after finishing their studies.

  • Article: Aug 23, 2017

    The government has released its latest Brexit position paper on the role of the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) after Brexit.

    We welcome this sensible and long overdue climbdown by the Prime Minister. It shows Theresa May's red lines are becoming more blurred by the day.

    The government seems to have belatedly accepted it won't be possible to end the EU court's influence in the UK without damaging our free trade and security cooperation with Europe.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    Each Brexit paper the government releases leaves us with more questions than answers. Even Brussels must have had enough of this waffle by now.

    Why are ministers hell-bent on ripping up this system and plunging British citizens abroad and EU citizens here into uncertainty?

    The government have released their latest Brexit position paper on civil judicial cooperation.

  • Bournemouth Pier (Michael Chizlett - Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Aug 18, 2017

    The full agenda and directory for September's Lib Dem federal conference in Bournemouth are out and you can read them in full below. Included in the agenda for Saturday is the latest round of consultation on the party's strategy.

    A new guide to help people understand the motions has also been published along with an addendum to the agenda (also below) which sets out the motion on Europe that will be debated.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Even if the government's plans for new customs arrangements with the EU were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union.

    The only way to ensure 'free and frictionless' trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2017
    By Geoff Date, Westbourne Organiser, Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats
    Brighton & Hove Lib Dems wish that Brighton & Hove Albion have a successful season.
    We certainly approve of Albion's alternative kit, especially the main colour! The new gold and black alternative kit contains a black Nike Swoosh alongside Albion's Seagulls logo.
    Away the lads!