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Our vital infrastructure should not be flogged off to China – Lib Dems

Our vital infrastructure should not be flogged off to China – Lib Dems

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Today the government announced the shortlist of bidders for the HS2 franchise, amongst them was a joint venture with Chinese company Guangshen Railway company and MTR. Commenting on the news Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: “Our vital infrastructure should not just be flogged off to the highest bidder. “This means that operations could be run from as far away as China. In terms of national security, jobs and economic benefit, this is a kick in the teeth for British industry. “First nuclear and now our railways should not be sold off in a desperate ploy for a post-Brexit trade deal with China.” Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones said:  "We should be focusing on having these services ran from inside the UK." "This Conservative government are only interested in focusing…
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Lib Dem call for ban on letting agent fees adopted by Govt

Lib Dem call for ban on letting agent fees adopted by Govt

Housing
The government has proposed a ban on letting agent fees in the Queen's Speech following calls from the Liberal Democrats. Liberal Democrat peer Olly Grender, who introduced a Private Members' Bill last year calling for a ban on letting fees, commented: “I am absolutely delighted that a ban on unfair letting fees is now finally being proposed as law. “We saw from the tragedy at Grenfell Tower that tenants’ rights have been ignored for far too long. “It’s time we made them a much greater priority, including by introducing a public register of rogue landlords.” Local Party Chair, Ross Shipman said: "This is a welcome proposal coming from the Government and proof of why Liberal Democrats are needed to bring forward policy that benefit the ordinary working people." "Lib Dem…
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Lib Dems call for extra £300m police funding a year

Lib Dems call for extra £300m police funding a year

Home Office
The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to propose an additional £300m a year for police forces across the country. It comes as senior police chiefs have warned that budget cuts are undermining their ability to do their jobs properly. Damian Green claimed in an interview this morning there are "no police cuts," despite police funding facing a real-terms cut of £160m between 2015-16 and 2016-17, and future cuts of -1.4% by 2020. Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey said: "With Britain's senior police officers urgently calling for more resources, Theresa May's claims she properly protected the British people are now fully exposed as false. "For the Conservatives to deny police cuts even happened suggests they are in total denial and are effectively now challenging the word of Britain's…
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Skinner makes Bolsover a laughing stock at the opening of Parliament

Skinner makes Bolsover a laughing stock at the opening of Parliament

Representation
The Member of Parliament for Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, once again makes his annual jibe at the Queen as Black Rod enters during the ceremony that opens the Houses of Parliament. Skinner said: "Get your skates on, the first race starts at half 2." - making reference to the fact that Ascot is underway this week. Yes there may be some humour involved; but the House of Commons should be where our elected members are achieving positive change for the people they are suppose to represent; not to turn it into a school yard. People become switched off from politics and this may be a chuckle of Skinner supporters, but the new people we want to engage in the political system will see this as a comedy - rather than a…
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Statement from the Secretary of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover District Liberal Democrats regarding the actions of South Normanton Parish Council

Community, News
Statement from the Secretary of N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover District Liberal Democrats regarding the actions of South Normanton Parish Council It is with incredible disappointment that I learned of the solicitor’s letter sent, on behalf of South Normanton Parish Council, to our Chair, Ross Shipman, in a third significant attempt to prevent legitimate scrutiny by the Liberal Democrats into the activities of South Normanton Parish Council. Many residents know that the Chair and myself regularly attend Parish Council and Community Group meetings around the districts we cover. We do this as we seek to represent those who would otherwise have no representation; and to scrutinise those making political decisions in councils run by a single political party, as is all too common in Bolsover and N-E Derbyshire. Typically our presence…
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Jo Swinson is new Lib Dem Deputy Leader

Jo Swinson is new Lib Dem Deputy Leader

News
Jo Swinson has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats. The result was announced on Tuesday evening at the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party meeting. Jo will continue in her role as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary. Jo Swinson said: "I am very proud to have been elected by a newly energised and strengthened parliamentary party. "The government has no majority and no mandate for its extreme version of Brexit, which would do such damage to the health of our economy and the fabric of our society. "In this balanced parliament the Liberal Democrats will be a powerful influence and a strong voice for people who want to see an open, welcoming and tolerant United Kingdom."   Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: “Jo Swinson is a brilliant…
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Lib Dem pressure forces Tory free school meal U-Turn

Lib Dem pressure forces Tory free school meal U-Turn

Education
Theresa May is reported to have dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils from tomorrow's Queen's Speech. It comes after the Liberal Democrats strongly criticised the Conservatives during the election campaign over their manifesto plans which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty. Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:   "I'm glad Theresa May has bowed to pressure from schools and parents to keep free school lunches. I am proud that the Lib Dems introduced this when we were part of the government. "We have seen it both help families who are just getting by as well as raise attainment. "I hope Theresa May will now rein back on her plans to extend grammars and reduce schools funding." Cllr David…
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Liberal Democrats Announce Shadow Cabinet

Liberal Democrats Announce Shadow Cabinet

News, Representation
The party which gained seats in the election now have 12 MPs in the House of Commons. The team in the House of Commons are: Leader – Tim Farron MP Exiting the European Union; International Trade; First Secretary of State – Tom Brake MP Chancellor – Vince Cable MP Foreign Secretary – Jo Swinson MP Home Secretary – Ed Davey MP Health Secretary – Norman Lamb MP Education Secretary; Young People – Layla Moran MP Communities and Local Government; Refugees – Wera Hobhouse MP Culture, Media and Sport – Christine Jardine MP Work and Pensions – Stephen Lloyd MP Scotland – Jamie Stone MP Chief Whip; Northern Ireland – Alistair Carmichael MP Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "I am delighted to announce our new shadow cabinet team, which brings together a…
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Finsbury Park Terror Attack – Lib Dems Response

Finsbury Park Terror Attack – Lib Dems Response

News
Commenting on the terrorist incident near Finsbury Park mosque in North London, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “The Finsbury Park attack is senseless barbarism. Yet again we are rocked by a horrific incident for which there is no rhyme or reason. “People who commit these heinous acts want to divide us, force us to turn in on ourselves and fight each other. We cannot and must not let them win.  Our values matter, we must stand together. “My deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families. “I would like to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the emergency services, who, yet again, have gone above and beyond to help those in need.  In these moments while others run in the opposite direction, our emergency services run…
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Tupton Mental Health scheme a step closer

Tupton Mental Health scheme a step closer

Community, Health
According to official statistics, one in four people will suffer with mental health issues at some point during their lives. Tupton is no different to anywhere else in the country. Some people suffer with mental health issues - this can manifest itself as: Feeling sad or down Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt Extreme mood changes of highs and lows Withdrawal from friends and activities Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations Inability to cope with daily problems or stress Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people Alcohol or drug abuse Major changes in eating habits Sex drive changes Excessive anger, hostility or violence Suicidal thinking The sad reality is that,…
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