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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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  • Carrie Hynds, LibDem parliamentary candidate for Hove
    Article: Apr 28, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill entered into force Thursday.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • Brighton and Hove LibDem members launch their General Election 2017 campaign
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    At a crowded and passionate meeting Wednesday Brighton and Hove LibDem members from the Pavilion constituency voted overwhelmingly not to offer a LibDem candidate at the General election and to endorse Caroline Lucas, the current Green Party MP.
    The motion not to stand was supported by a three to one margin of local members present.
    Speaking after the decision Paul Chandler, who was the party's local choice to be candidate, said: "We feel that this is a unique 'Brexit' election and in these special circumstances we have to make this decision. Of course, I respect the counter arguments but I'm very happy that members chose the way they did and so convincingly.
    "We have plenty of differences with the Green Party and this establishes no precedent. We will be fighting as fiercely as ever for LibDem candidates in Hove and Kemptown. But Caroline shares her EU policy 100% with us. There is no difference on that matter.
    "After the Greens' gesture of standing down last year at the by-election in Richmond Park, we have agreed to return the favour.
    "This is the most important election of my lifetime and it will have consequences for decades into the future. It is no time for political tribalism."

  • Anita Day
    Article: Apr 26, 2017
    By Richard Morris in The New Statesman

    Yes, the sitting Lib Dem MPs are mostly white, middle-aged middle class men. But the party's not taking any chances.

    I can't tell you who'll be the Lib Dem candidate in Southport on 8 June, but I do know one thing about them. As they're replacing a sitting Lib Dem (John Pugh is retiring) - they'll be female.

  • Carrie Hynds
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats have seen their membership boosted by 16% in the two days since Theresa May called a snap election. Our local party is now nearly five times the size it was at the time of the last General Election in 2015.

    Carrie Hynds, prospective parliamentary candidate for Hove, said:

    "This is fantastic news and I'd like to thank and welcome all of our new members. They will have the opportunity to get involved straight away as there is much to fight for in this election.

    The reality of a hard Brexit would be a disaster for Brighton & Hove. Our two Universities exchange skills and knowledge with other seats of learning throughout the world. Already foreign students are wondering if it is sensible to study in the UK and researchers are anxious about their ability to attract the grants that make their work possible. Our city has a huge hospitality trade; removing the right to stay means hotels and restaurants will be short of staff and short of skills. The Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive rebuild and will be the Trauma Centre for the area; it needs the skills of medical staff from all over the world.

    We have got to stop the Tories from damaging Brighton and Hove's prospects for years to come."

    Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have gained 8,000 new members in 48 hours, the fastest rise of new membership in the party's history. President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said of the increased Lib Dem membership across the country:

    "People are flocking to the Liberal Democrats as we are the only party who are offering effective opposition to this Conservative Brexit government. Theresa May: we have the troops for this fight and they are raring to go. The Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for an open, tolerant, and united Britain."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems: Corbyn can't lead his party, let alone the country


    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can't lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today, Tim Farron said: "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign has got off to a flying start as new members have seen the party double in size since May 2015.

    In the short time since the snap General Election was announced the Liberal Democrats have gained over 2,500 new members.

    Commenting on the surge Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

    In the first few minutes after Therea May's announcement, hundreds of people have joined the Liberal Democrats. Join them, and the Liberal Democrats, today.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrats: Listening to Business

    Liberal Democrats are increasing seen as the only political party for business.

    But, to enable us to maximise our support for business, it is vital that we listen to, and work with, businesses and business organisations from all sectors.

    A Perfect Storm

    The Conservative Government's reaction to the referendum result is creating a perfect storm;

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has renewed his call for Theresa May to return from holiday to take charge of the worsening international crisis surrounding Syria, rather than leaving the accident-prone Boris Johnson to negotiate with allies he has previously insulted.

    Tim Farron said:
    "Boris Johnson is reportedly struggling to persuade countries such as Germany, France and Italy to agree to sanctions on Russia. The arguments are complex. But the difficulties the Foreign Secretary is experiencing should underline to this Conservative Brexit government the importance of working with our European partners rather than lecturing and insulting them.

    "It is time Theresa May returned to Downing Street to take charge, rather than allowing the court jester to become the crown prince.

    "Sanctions are an important way of putting pressure on Russia, but they should not distract us from the urgent humanitarian need to protect large numbers of innocent people threatened with death in this barbarous, brutal civil war. For this we must continue to work for a united response, from the G7 and regional powers."

  • Article: Apr 7, 2017

    The Supreme Court has found in favour of a local authority that has fined a parent for taking his daughter on holiday during term-time.

    Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said: "Today's judgment was disappointing but the ball is back in the government's court, they could act and change the law and bring back sensible rules with proper safeguards in place. Nearly 20,000 people have been prosecuted and caught in a dragnet by these laws in the last year.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Apr 6, 2017

    UK passports should allow people to define themselves as "X" as an alternative to male or female, Stonewall have said today. This is in keeping with Lib Dem policy from 2014 and campaigns from before that.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Equalities Secretary Lorely Burt said: "I'm glad to see the Government has finally accepted that a review into the GRA is overdue. However, we don't need another review to tell us that x passports should be introduced.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have been leading the close scrutiny of Article 50 and the Conservative Government's rush to take us out of Europe.

    The Liberal Democrat Peers have three goals:

    • Protect Britain's membership of the single market
    • Protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK
    • Give the people the final say on the Brexit deal
  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In an extremely rare move for the House of Lords the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment against the Brexit Bill at Third Reading.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled the amendment which declines to allow the Bill to pass following today's defeat of their amendment demanding that the people are given a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    Ahead of tomorrow's budget, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has called for an extra £40million of emergency funding for health and social care in Cumbria. This funding would be part of plans for a £4bn boost which the Lib Dems are calling for nationally to deal with the growing crisis in health and social care.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2017
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  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    In BBC

    The government has been defeated after the House of Lords said ministers should guarantee EU nationals' right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

    The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government's Brexit bill.

    However, MPs will be able to remove their changes when the bill returns to the House of Commons.

  • Rebecca Hanson Copeland
    Article: Feb 25, 2017
    By Paul Walter in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Congratulations to Rebecca Hanson and the team for an excellent showing at the Copeland by-election, caused by the resignation of Labour's Jamie Reed. Our vote share more than doubled from 3.5% at the 2015 general election to 7.25%. We moved up from fourth place to third - beating UKIP.

    Dramatically, the Tories won the by-election in this normally rock-solid Labour seat. Psephologist John Curtice told the BBC that this was the biggest gain, in share of the vote, by a governing party in a byelection since the Hull North byelection in 1966.

  • 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%.