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  • World Mental Health Day
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    This year's World Mental Health Day focuses especially on mental health in the workplace.

    Many people are now starting to talk about their mental health too. But it can be tough to recognise that we sometimes don't feel 100% and tough to talk about it if we do. There are tools available to you and talk about it with friends, family or a professional.

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the benefits freeze to be scrapped, in a debate in Parliament on Universal Credit.

    It comes as a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found almost half a million more people would be forced into poverty in the UK in 2020 if the government maintains its freeze on benefits.

    Stephen Lloyd MP, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesman, commented:

    "Balancing the books on the backs of the poorest in this way is unacceptable. Not only are those on benefits seeing their incomes eaten away by rising inflation, but many families are suffering as the flawed Universal Credit roll-out leaves them out of pocket for weeks on end.

    Rent arrears and indebtedness are soaring wherever Universal Credit is introduced. That is why even John Major and dozens of backbench Conservatives have called for a pause and review of the system. Unless this Government decides to change course and listen to those on the sharp end of their policies, millions of people - including young children - will see their life prospects permanently damaged.

    With Labour silent on this issue, only the Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the freeze on working-age benefits and ensuring that incomes keep up with the soaring cost of living."

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Oct 4, 2017

    Responding to Jeremy Hunt's speech at Conservative Party conference, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

    "The public and NHS staff have grown tired of these empty promises. Time and again this government has announced fantasy numbers on extra GPs, nurses and doctors, while in the real world numbers continue to fall. Despite repeated pledges to create more training posts, applications for nursing places fell by a fifth this year after the government recklessly scrapped bursaries for student nurses. Today's announcement does nothing to address the current nursing shortages that are already putting patient care under threat. If Jeremy Hunt really wants to fix the chronic shortage of nurses in our NHS, his government urgently needs to reinstate nursing bursaries, lift the pay cap and guarantee EU nationals' rights after Brexit."

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017

    Following publication of a joint statement by the CBI and TUC condemning the government for playing "human poker" with 4m UK and EU citizens by failing to agree a right to remain, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "Theresa May has pulled off what seemed the impossible: uniting the CBI and the TUC against her disastrous extreme Brexit strategy. Both organisations recognise the economic illiteracy and cruelty of making crucial workers feel so unwelcome that they leave, without any serious attempt to train more British workers to fill the massive void.

  • Inga Lockington at conference
    Article: Sep 19, 2017

    The following motion has been passed:-

    Conference notes that in August 2017 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) Committee found that the UK Government's cuts to social security and other support for deaf and disabled people had caused "a human catastrophe" which was "totally neglecting the vulnerable situation that people with disabilities nd themselves in" and, taken with the UK Government's refusal to either recognise or implement the recommendations of the previous inquiry by the UN CRPD Committee in 2016, concluded that the Conservative Government had committed "grave, systematic violations of the rights of person with disabilities".

  • Tim Lockington
    Article: Sep 17, 2017

    Councillor Inga Lockington and Dr Tim Lockington from Ipswich are two of the people interviewed at the Liberal Democrat conferencein Bournmouth.

    Inga - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDIbolEoyPg&feature=youtu.be

    Tim - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHOksZMdri4&feature=youtu.be

  • Conrad - winner
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    Local member Conrad Packwood now has a significant role on the Liberal Democrats Disability Association as administrator for their web site and Facebook page. You can view the web page here:-

    https://disabilitylibdems.org.uk/en/

    Our photo is of Conrad when he was a winner in one of our competitions at our Annual General Meeting. Talking of which our next AGM has been fixed for Friday 10th November. Email us for further details via info@ipswichlibdems.org.uk

  • Ed Packard and team
    Article: Sep 8, 2017
    By Edward Packard in First published on https://edpackard.wordpress.com

    I'd like to thank all of the voters who turned out to vote for me yesterday, or who sent in postal vote for me - I'm sorry I couldn't push Labour and the Conservatives a bit harder, but I will continue to fight for a more liberal Ipswich.

    Congratulations to Sarah Adams (Labour), the new County Councillor for St. John's, and thanks to Sarah and James (Conservative) for the decent spirit in which the by-election was contested. Residents certainly appreciated having different parties out and about in the Division.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017
    By Chris Wrathall

    Ten years after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, the follow-up film shows how close we are to a real energy revolution. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is being shown at the Empire Cinema in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich at 11:15 and 19:45 until Thursday 24.08.17. This is Al Gore's latest statement on Climate Change and the 2015 Paris agreement. Viewing is highly recommended for all Lib Dems. Check out the trailer here. For more information on the Liberal Democrats' views and vision for the environment, go to https://www.libdems.org.uk/environment.

  • Ed Packard
    Article: Aug 11, 2017

    Ipswich Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that Edward Packard will be standing as the party's candidate in the St. John's Division County Council by-election, to be held on 7 September. Edward is a historian and works as a Lecturer at the University. He was born in Ipswich and has lived in the town since 2013. He is often involved in community engagement events that both commemorate the past and encourage tolerance in the present. If elected, Edward promises to listen to the concerns of all residents and offer an inclusive approach to local politics.