Article: May 21, 2016
As a political party, locally and nationally, we are very much in favour of staying in the European Union. We believe immigration is positive for our country, and we are the only political party not afraid to admit this. We also believe that our Economy, Human Rights, and National Security all benefit from EU membership.
Article: May 9, 2016
Looking for facts and figures about the European Union? Eurostat is the place to start, at http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/main/home.
The scope of statistics available is wide-ranging. From recent articles posted there, we learn that:
- In the EU in 2013, over a million people died from a heart attack or stroke, accounting for more than a fifth of all deaths. In the UK in that year, 12.7% of deaths were attributable to heart attacks, and 7% to strokes.
- In 2015, 88,300 unaccompanied minors sought international protection in EU countries, with around half of them coming from Afghanistan. Three quarters of these asylum seekers registered their applications in Sweden, Germany, Hungary or Austria (the countries with the highest numbers of unaccompanied minors among asylum applicants). Sweden had the highest proportion of all, accounting for 40% of the total.
Article: May 9, 2016
Helen Korfanty writes...
Well, what a week it has been! I would like to thank everyone in Suffolk who voted for me in the PCC election, whether you were one of the 11,726 who chose me as their first preference, or one of the many who chose me as second preference.
It was lovely to meet so many of you in the run-up to the election, both at public and private events, and on the streets of towns across Suffolk. This is the first time that the Liberal Democrats have put up a PCC candidate in Suffolk, and we are very pleased with the reaction that we have had from the public.
Article: May 6, 2016
We are delighted to anounce that Oliver Holmes has been elected as Councillor to St Margaret's ward. We know he will do an excellent job, and we wish to thank all our loyal voters in the ward for helping us to achieve this victory. Oliver's full contact details will appear on this site in due course, but in the meantime he can be emailed via firstname.lastname@example.org or you can continue to contact Cllr Inga Lockington in the usual way.
Article: Apr 27, 2016
Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.
As those descriptions suggest, the two relationships are very different. They are born of different circumstances and have been tested by different pressures. They provoke different emotions in the minds of British citizens. But they are intimately linked.
Article: Apr 24, 2016
Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.
The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.
Article: Mar 18, 2016
Changes hidden in the Budget will mean the NHS has £650m less to spend on front line services, Liberal Democrat research can reveal.
The research on the budget, based on analysis from the House of Commons Library, reveals hidden changes to public sector pensions, passing the cost directly to the health service and other public sector bodies.
Article: Jan 16, 2016
The Liberal Democrats have committed to holding the Government to account over the promises David Cameron made in the debate over airstrikes in Syria. The Liberal Democrats believe that the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia continues to be a key concern.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the antithesis of a liberal state. Despite nods to opening up the democratic process in the recent years, the reality is that this is still a country where nearly all freedoms are restricted.
Article: Nov 24, 2015By Edward Docx in Guardian
Unfettered Osbornomics is what we'll get on 25 November. If we had a financially literate opposition rather than Corbyn's Labour, things might be different, writes Edward Docx in this Guardian article
Article: Nov 8, 2015By Derek Deedman in The IndependentNovember 6, 2015 - 8:04 pm
The Liberal Democrats have accused Labour of acting like a "nodding Conservative dog" for giving qualified support to Theresa May's controversial plans to
shake up Britain's surveillance laws.
Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, has promised to lead the fight against the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill as he seeks to carve out a niche for his party as a
champion of civil liberties…
Mr Farron told The Independent: "The Home Secretary has created a sham of judicial authorisation that doesn't fool me, the public or the experts. It is an utter
He added: "The Labour Party is even worse though. It is acting like Conservatives on this Bill and just acquiescing. It is about as useful as a nodding dog.
The Liberal Democrats will make sure the public's concerns are heard. You can't rely on Labour or the Tories to stand up for our hard won civil liberties…
Mr Farron's intervention could raise tensions inside the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has a strong record of attacking the Tories on civil liberties. But
Andy Burnham, the shadow Home Secretary, said Mrs May had "listened to legitimate concerns" and broadly got right the difficult balance between national
security and the privacy of individuals. He said the draft Bill was "neither a snooper's charter nor a plan for mass surveillance."" [The Independent]