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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

  • George Taylor and Duncan Moore by The Big Truth Bus (2018) (Jac Kilby)
    Article: Feb 28, 2018

    This Tuesday Brighton & Hove for EU arranged for The Big Truth Bus to visit the city - this bus is currently touring the country in order to spread awareness of the true economic cost of Brexit while lampooning the infamous Vote Leave bus. There were speeches, discussions with members of the public and music by Madeleina Kay (aka EU Supergirl). And, of course, we were there to show support for our fellow pro-EU campaigners and to show that we are committed to fighting Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2018
    By Hyder Khalil

    The latest speeches are done, the positions are allegedly clearer. Our Prime Minister has still not been fully set out the UK's requirements, but while rowing back on some issues, she still offers 'great deals' all over the world, some elements of co-operation, free movement and so on. So let us consider four points:

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Spring Statement was a non-event.

    The OECD gave us the clearer picture - that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.

    The OBR's fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Rounding off the Southport conference which saw the party adopt a new strategy, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable took a swing at Jeremy Corbyn (a life-long Eurosceptic) for talking about workers but supporting a Brexit which will hit workers:

    Jeremy Corbyn is letting down the very people he claims to defend because:

  • Theresa May
    Article: Mar 7, 2018

    Responding to Theresa May's housing speech, Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Communities Spokesperson, said:

    "Even with her back against the wall the Prime Minister has once again failed to deliver.

    "The Conservatives cannot rely on the private sector to provide affordable housing. Housing developers will always act in the best interests of their shareholders, which means keeping house prices high. The Liberal Democrats are calling for tens of billions of real investment in new housing.

  • EU Stall Feb 18
    Article: Mar 5, 2018
    By Beatrice Bass

    It is now over a year since the UK voted to leave the EU and it does not feel like anyone is any wiser as to what Brexit actually entails. We heard numerous different speeches about the UK's road or, more likely, footpath or wonky rope bridge to Brexit whilst our highway to the EU is slowly being taken apart. Phase one of the Brexit negotiations have now concluded and the EU has published its first draft of the EU Withdrawal Agreement. After a year of negotiation, it is good to finally have a draft treaty on paper - even though it is only a first draft. This draft is a good indication of who is holding the cards in these negotiations and what the post Brexit future might look like for the UK. As most people probably will not spend their evenings reading through draft treaties I have summarised the key points in respect to citizens' rights for you.

  • Your vote matters
    Article: Feb 28, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    EU citizens in the UK are able to vote in local elections though not general elections. That means this the by-elections in Stamford their first chance to cast a verdict on Theresa May's Hard Brexit plans in the Conservative general election manifesto. It's a group of people the Liberal Democrats are putting particular effort into reaching, including with HQ running an online advertising campaign aimed at them which local Lib Dem campaigners can buy into for their area.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    "Corbyn started his speech claiming that Labour's position on Brexit has been consistent, by which he must mean consistently vague. And today was no different.

    "His slight movement on the Customs Union and some EU agencies might be one step on the road to rationality, but there is still a long way to go before the rhetoric meets reality. The Labour leader spoke of putting the British people first, but made no guarantees on making sure they are the ones who have a final say on the Brexit deal.

    "The reality is there is no Brexit that is good for workers unless we stay as integrated as possible. Until Corbyn guarantees that we will stay in the Customs Union and Single Market, and gives people a chance to decide their own future, he continues to be Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, walking hand in hand with Theresa May towards a destructive Brexit that risks jobs, the economy, and the Union."

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 20, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    A very welcome move from not-quite-still-new Liberal Democrat Chief Executive, Nick Harvey:

    The Liberal Democrats are seeking a superbly organised project manager to undertake initial planning, detailed development, and ultimately to manage the delivery and execution of, our overarching operational plan for the party's General Election campaign - whenever it might be called.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2018

    In the last 100 years there have obviously been massive changes for the role of women in society. We are more equal, we are treated more fairly, and we face fewer obstacles in our lives. But the job is not yet done. As women we are not yet truly equal, we are not yet treated fairly, and we still face obstacles in our lives.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 6, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Vince Cable has written to Jeremy Corbyn to ask him to put the Labour party in line with its own supporters and support a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

    Here is the text in full:

    Jeremy Corbyn
    Leader of HM Opposition
    House of Commons
    London, SW1A 0AA

    2nd February 2018

    Dear Jeremy,

    I am writing to you about Brexit, because I was dismayed by your interview with Andrew Marr last Sunday, when you reiterated your personal objection to letting the British people have their say on the Conservatives' Brexit deal.

  • Southport
    Article: Feb 3, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    What is Lib Dem conference?

    The Liberal Democrats hold two federal (i.e. UK-wide) party conferences a year, a weekend in the spring and a week in the autumn. All party members can attend and vote Liberal Democrat conference, subject to paying the registration fee.

    The conferences are a mix of set-piece speeches, policy debates, fringe meetings, training events and more, and are organised by the Federal Conference Committee (FCC).

  • A sign pointing to passport control, with people climbing a flight of stairs in the background.
    Article: Feb 2, 2018

    Leaked government Brexit analysis reveals that the cost to the British economy of cutting migration from the EU would be significantly greater than the benefits brought by a US trade deal.

    The negative impact of a stricter immigration policy would be far bigger than the 0.2% boost to economic growth that a US trade deal is calculated to bring.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    With a Prime Minister pandering to the extremists on the right of her party; delivering up the most divisive, extreme version of Brexit imaginable and Corbyn's Labour Party sitting on its hands, letting the bumbling Tories off the hook - we are needed more than ever.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only political party in the UK offering a different, brighter future when it comes to our relationship with Europe.

  • Bills
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    A hard Brexit that would see Britain no longer trade energy in the Internal Energy Market is likely to increase British energy bills, the House of Lords' EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee is expected to say on Monday.

    Britain could also face energy supply shortages, while the lack of access to EU labour is a threat to the construction of a new generation of civil nuclear sites.

  • A screen at the stockmarket showing values rising and falling.
    Article: Jan 28, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The government must urgently spell out its aims from the second phase of EU negotiations and on transitional arrangements, the Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee has warned.

    The committee has warned of market fragmentation and financial instability if the UK loses access to the EU through no deal, particularly damaging Britain's financial services industry.

    Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein, for example, warned this week that it is reaching a point in contingency planning where it will be too late to stop the group from leaving the UK.

    This is a serious warning from a respected committee. Philip Hammond's comments this week that the UK and EU economies will diverge only 'very modestly' shows he is desperate to reassure the City that nothing is really going to change.

    But obviously things will. Serious business people will, therefore, be assessing their options, including whether or not to relocate to other EU countries.

    The Conservatives must stop their infighting and at least draw up some kind of coherent plan on what they want from Brexit talks.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 27, 2018

    An ICM poll for The Guardian has shown that Brits favour a referendum on the terms of Brexit by a 13 point margin. Once 'don't knows' are taken out, this rises 58% in support to 42% against.

    The evidence is mounting that the British people want a vote on the terms of any deal to leave the European Union.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    Today, I've written an open letter, signed by MPs from all parties, to the CEO of the Charity Commission and to the President's Club.

    The letter calls on the Charity Commission to urgently investigate the President's Club "because of the "serious and potentially criminal nature of the behaviour."

    There can be no place in 2018 for respectable fundraising events which objectify women and subject them to groping and harassment.

  • Article: Jan 24, 2018
    By Carrie Hynds, Hove PPC

    On Tuesday evening I joined several inspiring local volunteers who braved a cold, wet, dark January day to run the first monthly Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrat EU street stall.

    It was worth it because there's a very important message to communicate: we can still secure a democratic exit from Brexit. We can show Westminster we want a referendum on the facts.

  • LGBT+ Lib Dems Winter Strategy Conference 2015
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    All members of LGBT+ Lib Dems are invited to our Winter Strategy Conference in London this Saturday.

    Our Winter Strategy Conference is one of two occasions during the year where we can get together to discuss the issues that most affect LGBT+ people, and how we campaign on these. (The other is the Summer Conference, normally held in Manchester).

    Unfortunately LD HQ is not available on the chosen date this year, so we will be meeting in the Poetry Cafe at the Poetry Society. The venue is in a basement, but does have a lift. Tea and Coffee will be provided, and there will be a break for lunch.

    If you have any suggestions of topics, issues, or campaigns you want to have included in the day's discussions please get in touch on secretary@plusld.org.uk

    After the Conference, members are cordial invited to join us at our Winter Soiree just a short stroll away in the Cellar Bar. Party member Paul Kohler has graciously offered us the use of his bar until 8pm and 20% off drinks!

    Sadly we regret that the Cellar Door, being a basement venue, has no step-free access.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson, chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group

    What are the prospects for a referendum on the terms of any deal and an early General Election stemming from the ongoing Brexit crisis?

    Nigel Farage recently toyed with the possibility of a 'second' referendum. Whilst ostensibly suggesting it might settle the Brexit debate for a generation, his real motivation is to have a referendum before the poor withdrawal deal being negotiated becomes obvious to a substantial majority of voters, and while the two largest parties maintain their 'have your cake and eat it too' support for Brexit. Some argue, perhaps even more importantly, that a referendum allows Farage another chance to be in the national spotlight, perhaps again as UKIP leader.

  • A pen marking an X in a box.
    Article: Jan 19, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    In this year's local elections, EU Citizens can vote. For many of them, it'll be their one and only chance to make their voice heard on Brexit at the ballot box.

    And in many places, winning the EU citizen's vote could be a big boost to a Liberal Democrat campaign.

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  • Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Wera Hobhouse in Liiberal Democrat Voice

    There are two democratic principles that, taken together, demand a referendum on the deal. The first is that a democratic decision should be enforced, and the second is that no democratic decision has an indefinite mandate.

    The first principle, taken alone, is being used by the Conservatives and Labour to oppose a referendum on the deal. This is the argument: