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  • Happy Easter ()
    Article: Apr 4, 2021

    Today we join Christians in the UK and across the world in celebrating Easter: a time of reflection, renewal and redemption. Across the globe, Christians will come together to worship and spend time with family and friends in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile as liberals who believe in freedom of worship for all, we stand in solidarity with those Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs.

  • trans
    Article: Mar 31, 2021

    Today, just like 31 March every year, is the Trans Day of Visibility. It's a day for lifting up and celebrating trans voices in public life. We know that there are countless brilliant trans politicians and activists doing amazing work in their communities. Here are seven to get you started.

    1. Lisa van Ginneken
      First on our list is Lisa van Ginneken. Lisa is a Dutch politician for our sister party, D66. From 2017-2021 she was the chair of Transvisie, an advocacy group for trans people in the Netherlands. D66 had a fantastic performance at recent national elections, and Lisa will take her seat - the first trans person in the Netherlands to do so - today! Lisa is on Twitter @LisaGinneken

    2. Charley Hasted
      If you're a member of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, then you'll definitely have come across our fantastic Vice Chair, Charley Hasted. Charley is an NHS emergency services worker and unpaid carer from Lambeth. They have stood for Parliament for Eltham in 2019, and are currently running as a List Candidate for the London Assembly - the first non-binary person to do so! You can find Charley on Twitter at @CharleyHasted and can support the London Assembly campaign here.

    3. Kobe Bibbon
      In 2020 Kobe Bibbon wrote a piece for Lib Dem Voice entitled "Young, liberal and ready to fight for trans representation on Manchester Council" and that sums them up pretty well. Kobe is the trans rep for Young Liberals, and in 2021 is standing for Longsight Ward as part of the Manchester Lib Dems team. Kobe has been outspoken about the barriers trans people face in accessing health services. Kobe is on Twitter at @KobeBibbon and you can support their campaign with the Manchester Lib Dems here.

    4. Helen Belcher
      Helen Belcher will be a familiar name to many Liberal Democrats and LGBT+ activists. She has been featured on The Independent's Rainbow List and has twice stood for Parliament in Chippenham. She also confounded Trans Media Watch, which aims to improve the representation of trans people in the UK media. In 2021 she will be standing to retain her seat on Corsham council. Find Helen on Twitter @HelenCBelcher. You can support her campaign here.

    5. Audrey Tang
      Since 2016, Audrey Tang has been Taiwan's Digital Minister. Over the course of 2020, she has been praised for her responsiveness to the pandemic (see this feature by Wired). She has been described as one of the "ten greatest Taiwanese computing personalities". Audrey's other work in government has revolved around the sharing economy and radical transparency. Audrey is on Twitter @AudreyT

    6. Sarah McBride
      As well as the defeat of Donald Trump, another highlight of the 2020 US Elections was the election of Sarah McBride. Sarah was one of a cohort of trans politicians elected to state houses across the country. She is now a member of the Delaware Senate. She has been the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, and is credited with the passage of major legislation in Delaware outlawing discrimination on the basis of gender identity. In 2016, she was also the first openly trans person to address a major party convention in American history. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahEMcbride

    7. Petra De Sutter
      Petra De Sutter has a background as an accomplished doctor and gynecology professor, and in 2020 became Europe's first ever out transgender minister. Petra is Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and a member of Groen (the Flemish Green party in Belgium). Earlier this year she announced plans for Belgium to legally recognise non-binary people (read more here). Petra is on Twitter @pdsutter.
  • Ed Davey ()
    Article: Mar 24, 2021
    By Ed Davey

    At our Liberal Democrat Spring Conference, I outlined my vision for building a Fairer, Greener and More Caring country by putting recovery first. Take a look at my commitments here:


    An Inquiry into Covid-19

    In my speech, I called on Boris Johnson to set up the independent inquiry he promised me in the House of Commons last June. No more excuses. No more delays. The British people deserve answers.

  • iwd
    Article: Mar 8, 2021

    This year we honour the women who are paving the way for future generations.

    We celebrate Kamala Harris: the first female, first Black and first Asian-American Vice President of the USA. We celebrate Zara Mohammed who just became the first woman to be Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. We celebrate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African person to head the World Trade Organisation, and we celebrate Prof Sarah Gilbert, the lead professor behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.

  • What does it mean to be disabled in Britain in 2021?
    Article: Feb 28, 2021
    By Anita Prabhakar

    'What's It Like to be Disabled in Britain in 2021?'
    Thursday 11th March at 7:00 pm - free to attend

    Join us for the third in our series of SharePlanAct online events, with Vice President of the Liberal Democrats Isabelle Parasram and her team. Introduced by Party Leader Sir Ed Davey MP, our speakers are Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Paralympian) and Dan White (Broadcaster).

    Our wide-ranging discussion will cover issues such as how society perceives disabled people and the provision and accessibility of housing, transport, education, employment and other services. It is now 21 years since the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) 1995 - has life improved for disabled people or has it got worse?

    Register for your free tickets by clicking HERE.

    Look forward to seeing you

    Anita Prabhakar
    Diversity Officer
    East Midlands Liberal Democrats

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  • COVID-19 vaccine vials
    Article: Feb 23, 2021
    By Ed Davey

    Millions of people across the country have made untold sacrifices in the past year. Boris Johnson must not squander the months of sacrifice by millions of people and businesses across the country.

    People have been isolated from their families, hundreds of thousands of businesses have been shuttered and our precious freedoms have been curtailed.

  • LGBTQ 2021
    Article: Feb 13, 2021

    This LGBT+ History Month we'll be looking at some of the powerful stories about and told by LGBT+ people throughout time. We'll be looking at the injustices that LGBT+ people have lived with, and at how far we've come.

    But although we've come far, the struggle is not over. LGBT+ people still face injustices, institutional failures, and particular challenges: from improving LGBT+ inclusive education and health services, to tackling transphobia and biphobia, and ensuring victims of hate crime get the support they need there is still much to do.

  • Lib Dem LGBT +
    Article: Feb 13, 2021

    The month of February marks LGBT+ History Month. Launched in 2005, LGBT+ History Month is a time when people come together to share and tell stories of the experiences, lives and achievements of LGBT+ people throughout society. Just like with Black History Month (October) or Disability History Month (which runs from November into December), it's typically filled with events (check ours out here) and discussion. LGBT+ History Month reminds us of the progress we've made, but also warns us about the injustices that we have only recently escaped - and injustices that are still with us.

  • Diwali
    Article: Nov 14, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Across the country, homes will be adorned with wonderful decorations and Diyas will be lit - all marking the festival of lights.

    For Hindu communities this is also the start of the Hindu New Year - an important time to sit back and reflect on the past year and look ahead to future opportunities.

    Diwali marks the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. 2020 has been a dark year for many of us and Diwali's message that light will triumph in the end resonates with many of us, regardless of our faith or worldview.

  • Christine Jardine ()
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Despite the massive effort people have made to fight coronavirus it's clear that the road to recovery is going to be rockier than we first feared.

    With millions of workers worried about their livelihoods, the British people deserve a Government that listens to their concerns and does everything in its power to protect them. Sadly, this isn't the case.

  • Jane Dodds (Jane Dodds)
    Article: Sep 28, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference is in full swing, and despite this year's event looking very different, it's gotten off to a great start.

    With four jam-packed days of policy in the agenda, there's a lot to keep track of, so here's a quick recap of all the big moments from Day 1.

    Motion on UBI passes

  • UK - Europe
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    We're in the final stretch of the 2020 Autumn Conference with Day 4 now underway. But yesterday saw the biggest day yet with four policy motion debates, an emergency motion on planning and a speech from Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie.

    Here's what you might have missed on Day 3, as well as what's coming up today, the last day of Autumn Conference.

  • Newly elected leader Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    Day 2 at Autumn Conference saw two big policy motions passed, speeches by MPs Layla Moran and Munira Wilson, and a Q&A with new Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.

    Didn't have time to catch it all? Here's what you might have missed on Day 2, as well as what's coming up on Day 3...

    Motion calling on urgent change to COVID-19 strategy passes

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    Conference is upon us.

    On Saturday, 19 September the Federal Conference Committee met to review the amendments, late motions, emergency motions, topical issues, questions to reports and appeals for next weekend's Autumn Conference.

    As you will be aware, this is the first time that are holding our Conference completely online. The Federal Conference Committee would like to thank the Conference and wider HQ team for all of the hard work in bringing our Conference online. Throughout a really difficult period we have all worked together to offer a fully online Conference. You can see the introduction video from Geoff Payne, FCC Chair, and Hannah, from HQ, here The video will show you all the features of the online conference, including the auditorium, visiting, fringe sessions, training, the exhibition and the chat functionality.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey has announced a new team of spokespeople who will hold the Government to account and rebuild our party.

    Layla Moran: Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & International Development

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Aug 27, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    Ed Davey's acceptance speech on being elected party leader

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

  • Ben Thomas and Ed Davey
    Article: Jul 8, 2020
    By Greg Foster

    1. You'll get to vote for our new leader

    Until midnight on Thursday (9th July), if you join the Liberal Democrats you'll get a vote in our upcoming leadership election.

    This leadership election will decide our strategy, our messaging, and ultimately our chances of winning. The leader you choose will shape our movement for years to come. You won't want to miss out.

  • Join the Liberal Democrats today (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jul 6, 2020
    By Caroline Hynds

    Back in 2015, I joined the Liberal Democrats at a time when they had been trounced in the general election and were choosing their next party leader. I had never joined a political party before, and quite frankly I didn't even realise I cared about there being a liberal voice in UK politics - until it became clear that the Lib Dems' continued existence wasn't a given. Faced with the very real possibility that there would be no Lib Dem candidate to vote for in the next election because the party would no longer exist, I signed up and voted for my preferred leadership candidate.

  • London Pride 2015 - Liz Barker, Lynne Featherstone, Caroline Pidgeon and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
    Article: Jun 25, 2020

    Lockdown may mean that we can't march this Pride, but at London Lib Dems we're still determined to celebrate and get together for #PrideInside.

    On Saturday 27 June - the day that would have been the day of London Pride - please join us for our very own Pride Inside - open to Lib Dem members across the country.

  • Pepe and Ed
    Article: Jun 14, 2020

    Responding to reports that the Government will ban conversion therapy, but has dropped plans to simplify the gender recognition process, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Hove & Portslade Beatrice Bass, said:

    "It is outrageous that the government is rowing back on their previous commitments to reform the Gender Recognition Act, in Pride Month of all months.

  • Article: May 7, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Coronavirus crisis has left millions of families facing financial hardship, with unemployment rocketing up.Without the Jobs Retention Scheme, it would have been worse.

    That has enabled around 6 million employees to be "furloughed", staying at home, safely, with most of their wages paid by the Government.

    But the Government is now talking about ending the scheme. With the scheme due to end on 30th June, many businesses are set to start consulting on mass redundancies next week.

    And the Chancellor has yet to say what will happen next.

    If this support is stripped away overnight, millions more could become unemployed.

    That is why - working with businesses - Liberal Democrats have created a new plan to protect employees, their families and the businesses they work for.

    Our plan includes keeping some furlough payments as lockdown is eased so businesses can recover. The shadow of the lockdown will be long, and the 'new normal' will be challenging for businesses.

    The Liberal Democrat Job Protection Scheme will help businesses to rebuild, stop job losses and stop unnecessary damage to our communities.

    The plan includes:

    1. A "Safe to Return to Work Scheme" providing new wage subsidy for all employees coming off furlough, with:

    ●50% of salary paid during the first month in work, after furlough.

    ●40% of salary paid during the second month in work, after furlough.

    ●30% of salary paid during the third month in work, after furlough.

    The current Β£2,500 cap under the Job Retention Scheme would be reduced in line with these percentages.

    The scheme would begin from 1st July, or if lockdown ends later, as soon as it has been eased.

    If a company commits to employing the staff member for at least 6 months, this new 3 month wage subsidy could be paid upfront, to ease cashflow further.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Apr 18, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for new measures to improve monitoring of coronavirus in BAME communities and to ensure scrutiny of the Government's recently announced review of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME groups.

    Citing the need for "swift and decisive action" which "will save lives" Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, the first MP of Palestinian descent, and Munira Wilson, the party's Health spokesperson, are calling for immediate steps to tackle this pressing issue. In a letter to the Health Secretary and Equalities Minister they call for the Government to:

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Apr 15, 2020

    Responding to news that the UK Government is not seeking an extension to the Brexit transition period Ed Davey, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Right now, in their own words, the Government are 'straining every sinew' to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and yet Ministers are still struggling to deliver on their promises on testing and protective equipment.

    "To press ahead with Brexit on the previous timetable - already recklessly fast - is just irresponsible and shows a fundamental disregard for the UK's national interest.

    "The Government must stop putting ideology before all else - including lives - and start working pragmatically with our European neighbours, some of whom the Government could clearly learn lessons from.

    "Surely even hardline Brexiteers want the negotiation process to succeed and to give it the attention it needs - and that just isn't possible during this dangerous and damaging pandemic."

  • Sir Ed Davey (UK Lib Dems)
    Article: Apr 14, 2020

    Following reports that the government is still collecting VAT on personal protective equipment for care homes, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "VAT on PPE should be the same for care homes as for the NHS. Care homes look after some of our society's most vulnerable people and with the pressure of the coronavirus on care homes, the very least Ministers should do is to relieve them of this burden.

    "Throughout this crisis the Liberal Democrats have been clear that staff in the care sector are just as desperate for adequate personal protective equipment as NHS staff.

    "It cannot be right that the Government profits from care homes desperate to protect their staff and those who they look after, let alone leaving some wondering whether they can afford to continue.

    "There are too many workers on the front line looking after seriously ill people without proper protective equipment. Not removing VAT on PPE for care home staff now would be a huge mistake, adding to the government's failure to overhaul its approach to PPE given the crisis our frontline workers are facing."

  • NHS Cuts
    Article: Apr 13, 2020

    Responding to today's government press conference in which it was reported that 13.5% of care homes have had an outbreak of coronavirus, with 92 care homes declaring an outbreak in the past 24 hours alone, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:

    "Care homes provide a home for some of the most elderly and vulnerable people right across our country. Statistics showing that 13.5% of care homes have faced an outbreak of coronavirus are therefore incredibly worrying.

    "The Liberal Democrats have long been calling for the staff at care homes, along with NHS staff and social care workers, to be provided with adequate personal protective equipment as well as tests to diagnose if they have the virus.

    "These frontline workers are caring for the most vulnerable in our society. It's vital the government acts quickly before we see even more care homes fall into crisis.

    "With so many healthcare workers on the front line working without proper PPE or testing, these outbreaks may appear inevitable. The government needs to act and fast - to protect frontline staff as well as the most vulnerable in our society who they care for."