Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto for the local elections on 4th May 2023
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Green Council backtracks on the closure of public toilets.
As the Green Councillors backtrack on their decision to close public toilets across the city they try to pin the blame on Tory Councillors despite the fact that it was Green Councillors who made the original decision to close them. Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats say this is just one more example of how the Green Council are failing in their duty to provide essential services to the people of, and visitors to, the city, and how they are unable to accept responsibility for their own decisions.
i360 Loan comes back to haunt Green and Tory Councillors.
The i360 was unable to make it's £900,000 loan repayment in December. The external auditor, Grant Thornton, called for an urgent review of the position as they said the loan could pose a considerable risk to the council's finances over the medium to long term. Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats say the only way to protect the council finances is to make considerable change to the way the i360 is managed and to revisit the investment to place it on a more secure footing.
Liberal Democrats Private Member's Bill to protect workers passes it's Report stage and 3rd Reading.
The Bill, known as the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill, promoted by Liberal Democrat MP, Wera Hobhouse, has passed its Report stage and 3rd Reading in the House of Commons and now passes to the House of Lords for consideration. The bill is designed to protect workers against sexual harrasment in the workplace and seeks to make employers responsible for ensuring that it does not happen.
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UK faces longest period of wage stagnation for two centuries.
As the implications of the latest austerity budget sink in, the FT calculates that based on long run estimates the UK is set to experience the longest run of wage stagnation in two centuries. Twelve years of Tory misrule are taking us back to conditions that existed in the 1820s. Is this what Brexit and Tory visions of Sovereignty are all about? The highest tax levels since the second world war, poverty not experienced since the 1950s and failing public services are not what people voted for. We need a General Election now. We need a new system of electing who governs us. We need rid of the failed Tories.
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Ed Davey speaks to the Liberal Democrates
Ed delivered his Autumn speech online to members on 6 November 2022. In his speech he spoke about the damage being done to the economy and peoples' finances by the Conservative Party.
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Corruption in Government
By some measures the Tories have become so corrupt that we thought it was time to start logging just how and in what forms that corruption takes place. We label practices corrupt if they benefit the Tory Government or their supporters at the expense of others or the country as a whole. There are countless examples in the last few years from the attempt to mislead the Queen by giving wrong advice about parliament, to awarding contracts for PPE to companies and individuals without any scrutiny of their ability to deliver. The list seems endless but as we now have a Prime Minister who, promised to lead a government of "integrity, professionalism and accountability", we thought we would see just how honest they really are.
- 05/02/2023 - Bullying claims against Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, intensify as it becomes known that some complaints cover multiple Civil Servants. Tory Party former Chair, Jake Berry, says that Raab should stand down whilst these claims are investigated. Just one complaint is said to have involved 27 Civil Servants.
- 29/01/2023 - Nadhim Zahawi sacked as Tory Party Chair and Cabinet member after he was found to have breached the Ministerial Code. Sir Laurie Magnus, the Prime Minister's Ethics Advisor found that Nadhim Zahawi had twice breached the Ministerial Code in first failing to advise officials that he was under investigation over his tax affairs when he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequor and secondly for failing to officially declare that he had paid a settlement to HMRC when he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and a Minister under Liz Truss, and for failing to declare the same settlement to Rishi Sunak when he was appointed Tory Party Chair and Minister without Portfolio.
- 24/01/2023 - Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, refers Nadhim Zahawi to the the Government Ethics Commissioner over his behaviour regarding his personal tax affairs whilst Chancellor of the Exchequor. He also refers the appointment of Richard Sharp the current Chair of the BBC over the manner of Sharp's appointment and involvement in a loan of £800,000 sought by Boris Johnson, then the Prime Minister.
- 21/01/2023 - Nadhim Zahawi the Tory Party Chair finally admitted that he had reached a settlement with HMRC over his tax affairs after denying that anything had been wrong with them. Calls were made for the parliamentary standards commissioner to carry out an investigation into what was known when Zahawi was appointed Chancellor by Boris Johnson, shortly before Johnson resigned. For a politician to have been appointed Chancellor when his tax affairs were red flagged by officials is a prime example of corrupt standards rampant within the Tory government.
- 14/12/2022 - PM calls for further 5 cases to be considered into bullying allegations against Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab. That makes 8 cases in all that the barrister Adam Tolley KC is now investigating. Following on from the upheld bullying cases against Priti Patel when she was in government it shows the contempt and disregard that some senior Tories have for their work colleagues.
- 14/12/2022 - The Guardian points out the failure to appoint a Victims Commissioner for England & Wales to monitor and defend the interests of those who suffer from lack of proper scrutiny of legislation. Perpetrator? Dominic Raab the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
Article: Jan 28, 2023By Trevor Freeman
28/01/2023 - An article in The Daily Mail showed that after Manchester, Brighton alongside London has the most expensive council car parks in the country. Manchester at £5.70 per hour leads the pack with Brighton and London following at £4.50 per hour. The recent attempt by the council to increase the residential and on street parking fees by 10% per annum only goes to show that the City Council views the motorist as a cash cow in their attempt to make up for government cut backs. Their policies have already resulted in a loss of £1.7 million income from parking permits. This can only mean that motorists are already finding it hard to meet the cost of parking in the city. With the high prices they charge for traders parking permits the question must also be asked whether that is impacting the level of business and the availability of services in the city.
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As Rishi Sunak finally decides to hold talks with emergency talks with NHS and care leaders in an attempt to tackle Britain's winter healthcare crisis, the Liberal Democrat's Deputy Leader, Daisy Cooper said "it is too little, too late". "Hundreds of people have been dying needlessly each week in the worst NHS crisis ever experienced in this country, whilst the prime minister sat on his hands," she said. A spokesperson for B & H Lib Dems said "The damage already done to our NHS system has been estimated to be costing up to 500 lives a day. The delay is another example of the Tories putting politics above responsibility."
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