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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

    • Article: Nov 15, 2017

      On the face of it, this seems like a major concession. But the reality is it simply isn't good enough.

      First of all, David Davis has said that even if Parliament votes down the deal, the UK will still leave the EU. This means MPs are essentially being told to take it or leave it.

      Secondly, the government is agreeing to give MPs a say on the final Brexit deal but not the public.

    • Article: Nov 14, 2017

      The Government's majority is wafer thin - and if MPs from all parties work together, there's a real chance we can defeat them and at the very least, stop them from pursuing a hard Brexit.

      That's why we're asking you to contact your MP and ask them to support four amendments (you can find out more about the amendments below).

    • Sal Brinton
      Article: Nov 13, 2017
      By Sal Brinton in Liberal Democrat Voice

      The Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats has met to discuss the concerns expressed by members of the party over the last few days. We considered what action should be taken to address these concerns, and also to let members know about changes that are in progress already.

      I want to start by thanking everybody who has spoken up about harassment and sexual assault over the last few days. I know, from personal experience in the media when I was younger, that it is insidious, pervasive and demeaning and the effects never really leave you. Vince Cable and I remain very clear that there is no place for harassment and sexual assault inside the Liberal Democrats and we must have a zero tolerance approach to it.

    • Article: Nov 8, 2017

      Talking about periods apparently is still taboo. In fact we have had to wait until this month, in 2017 for the first ad ever in the UK to show a hand pouring a test-tube of blood-coloured liquid onto a sanitary towel, in lieu of the standard sterile-blue.

      The advert, which forms part of a new campaign called 'Blood Normal', attempts to get rid of the embarrassment around the 'Aunt Flo' after a recent survey found that nine out of ten women attempt to hide the fact they are on their period, and 56% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods.

    • Article: Nov 7, 2017

      The Liberal Democrats have agreed to cross party proposals which will see an independent grievance process, improved HR support, and the establishment of a cross-party working group to implement these changes.

      Following the meeting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

      "These are the right first cross-party steps to address harassment and abuse in Westminster. There needs to be a robust, independent complaints system across Parliament that offers victims a safe, non-partisan procedure."

    • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
      Article: Nov 6, 2017
      By Tom Brake in Liberal Democrat Voice

      When people voted in the EU referendum last year, nobody really knew what a future deal with the European Union might look like.

      16 months on it is now clearer than ever that no deal will be anywhere near as good a deal as the one we have now. To top that off, a catastrophic "no deal" scenario is becoming likelier than ever.

    • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
      Article: Oct 31, 2017
      By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

      Vince Cable has backed Theresa May's calls for new grievance procedures in Parliament following allegations of sexual harassment of staff by MPs.

      The Prime Minister set out proposed reforms in a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow, copying in the other party leaders.

      Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:

    • Article: Oct 28, 2017

      New research by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and the Liberal Democrats has revealed just how damaging a no deal Brexit will be to our City.

      A no deal Brexit will mean an economic hit of £1.96 billion to over the first five years after we fall out of the EU.

      David Davis and other members of the cabinet have recently been talking up a no deal Brexit, but this data shows that the country simply couldn't afford it.

      If the UK exits the EU in March 2019 without a deal, Britain's economic output (gross value added) in the five years after Brexit would be reduced by 5.3%, or £430 billion.

      Even if the UK agreed to a Norway style arrangement with full single market access, this would still result in a reduction to five-year economic output of 2.9%, or £235 billion.

      Local LibDem Parliamentary Candidate Carrie Hynds said:

      "These figures are a real indictment of the government's strategy. David Davis is still talking up the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, yet these figures suggest that would cost Brighton and Hove a ruinous £1.96 billion over five years. Even a relatively soft Brexit could cost the City over £1 billion in lost economic activity.

      "The government must rule out a no-deal to end the uncertainty and confirm its commitment to stay in the single market and customs union.

    • Sir Vince Cable
      Article: Oct 26, 2017
      By Tom Burgess in Liberal Democrat Voice

      Our nation is at a crossroads, if we take the wrong path we could fall off the cliff. Britain lacks strong leadership, there is no clear vision and there is certainly no plan. Our country is confused, our people are perplexed and our neighbours think we are crazy.

      And above all our governments have consistently neglected the prosperity of our people, the millions who everyday are struggling with unnecessary financial hardship; Promises have been made but there has been no follow through. We have been sold austerity as inevitable when prosperity is possible.

    • 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.