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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

    • 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?

    • Article: Jan 21, 2017
      By Hilary Ellis

      This week Theresa May has come clean that she is determined to take the UK out of the Single Market.

      Make no mistake. The British people did not vote to leave the Single Market, and to do so could be devastating for our economy and our freedoms.

      Inflation is already on the up. The value of the pound has plummeted.

      It has never been more important to continue to make the case for Britain's membership of the Single Market.

      There are four things you can do today to help:

      1. Please
      sign and share our petition 'No Voice - No Article 50'

    • Article: Jan 20, 2017

      Liberal Democrat membership passed 80,000 as hundreds of people joined the party in the wake of Theresa May's Brexit Speech.

      Over a thousand members have joined the party during the course of the week, half of which have joined since Corbyn confirmed Labour will back the Tories in triggering article 50, even if it leads to a hard Brexit without the public being given a say.

    • Article: Jan 17, 2017

      Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the Prime Minister for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on the final deal.

      Tim Farron said: "Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn't. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.

    • Article: Jan 13, 2017

      Last night, the Liberal Democrats selected Rebecca Hanson as our candidate for the Copeland by-election

      Commenting after her selection, Rebecca said:

      "This by-election is a chance for people to send a strong message against a hard Brexit that damages local jobs by pulling Britain out of the Single Market."

    • Norman Lamb Conference 2016
      Article: Jan 12, 2017
      By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

      Norman Lamb has co-ordinated a cross-party group of MPs to call for a national convention on health and care to resolve the crisis in NHS funding.

      Norman said:

      The health and social care system in England is facing unprecedented challenges. Failing to find a solution to this crisis puts some of the most vulnerable people at risk - frail and elderly people in need of care services, disabled people who need support and people with long-term illnesses, particularly those suffering from mental ill health.

    • Article: Jan 10, 2017

      In the first day back of 2017 the House of Lords have defeated the Government (248-221) over an amendment to the Higher Education Bill which sets out the role and purpose of universities in our society.

      Following the government defeat, Sue Garden, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson in the Lords, said:

    • Article: Jan 10, 2017

      Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's speech on Brexit.

      Tim Farron said: "This confirms what we all suspected, that Jeremy Corbyn never had his heart in fighting to protect Britain's place in Europe.

      "He failed to pull a shift to keep us in the EU before the referendum and now he is helping Theresa May, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson yank us out of the single market.

    • Tom Brake with Renters Charter (www.libdems.co.uk)
      Article: Jan 4, 2017
      By Liberal Democrats in www.libdems.org.uk

      Today Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians pressed the Government to ban letting agency fees and clamp down on rogue landlords in a Private Members Bill debate in the House of Lords.

      Baroness Olly Grender, Liberal Democrat peer and a former senior figure at Shelter, introduced the Renters' Rights Bill to protect the growing number of private renters who currently face huge costs every time they move.

    • Article: Dec 29, 2016

      Nick Clegg has posed 20 questions the government needs to answer in its Brexit plan that it has committed to presenting to parliament early in the New Year.

      The former Deputy Prime Minister, now Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said:

      "It is astonishing that six months on from the referendum result the public are still no clearer on what the government's plans are to ensure British jobs, welfare and security are protected post Brexit.

      "All we've had is speculation and back tracking. The endless contradictory and simply inaccurate information that has come out of Whitehall is undermining our position across Europe and the world.

      "Now the government has finally committed to presenting parliament with a plan at the beginning of 2017, it needs to be just that, a comprehensive plan that explains how they will ensure future prosperity for British people and businesses."

      The questions that need to be answered: