The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund.

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund.

Environment
As the world grapples with a climate emergency, the Tories are turning their backs on communities most at risk by failing to provide adequate flood defences. The Tory’s Brexit agenda risks the UK losing access to vital EU funds for improving flood defences and flood relief. This would starve local communities of a key revenue stream to tackle flooding and build resilience for the future. By staying in the EU, the UK will retain access to vital EU funds to deal with flooding.  Over the lifetime of the next parliament, a Liberal Democrat government will create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund. The fund will help the UK build resilience against future flooding, and ensure all communities can access the funds they need during periods of crisis.   A…
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Conservative and Labour vote to allow fake news at NEDDC

Conservative and Labour vote to allow fake news at NEDDC

Representation
Responding to both the Conservative and Labour groups uniting to defeat a motion that would have taken steps towards addressing the worrying increase of Fake News being injected into Council meetings by some elected members. Cllr David Hancock, Deputy Leader of the N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrats group said: "Increasingly, since the May elections we've instances of elected members misrepresenting other councillors in the Chamber. NEDDC's constitution doesn't allow for a councillor to correct an untrue statement made about them during the course of a meeting, once they've already spoken. "In recent months certain members have routinely made misleading and inaccurate statements about other councillors and political groups during the course of a meeting, with no constitutional right for those defamed to challenge or correct falsehoods." The Liberal Democrat motion put…
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Brexit: The choice is no longer Hard or Soft – it’s Left or Right…

Brexit: The choice is no longer Hard or Soft – it’s Left or Right…

Europe
Tired of Brexit? Want to make it go away? The choice is simple... I think it's fair to say that most of the country has had enough of Brexit. The Conservatives, UKIP (they're still around!!!) and the Brexit Party want to pull us out of the European Union at the earliest possible opportunity. Of course, the reality is that we could leave tomorrow - but we'd still be negotiating trade agreements and unpicking legislation for years, if not decades, to come... Labour, it would appear, are back on the fence. They tell us that they want a People's Vote. They tell us that they would campaign to remain. But, yet again, they've done a complete about turn. Earlier today, Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Shadow Business Secretary, confirmed that Labour would be…
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Introducing: David Hancock

Introducing: David Hancock

Representation
Your candidate for Bolsover A lifelong resident of New Tupton, David is from a strong working-class background. The son of a bricklayer and a cleaner; he learned the value of hard work from an early age. 51-year old David has been a supporter of the Liberal Democrats for most of his adult life; attracted by their core values of encouraging individuals to succeed by being themselves and valuing the rights and freedoms for people to be who they are – irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or disability. He is a District Councillor for the Tupton ward and the Chair of Tupton Parish Council. David is a firm believer that local policies should be developed by local people. David believes that communities should work cohesively; that a successful society…
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Lib Dems: The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over

Lib Dems: The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over

Equality
At midnight tonight the deadline will pass for the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive to prevent changes to legislation on abortion and same-sex marriage. Following this, the Government must legislate for abortion and equal marriage in Northern Ireland. As the deadline approaches, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: "The time for inequality in Northern Ireland is over. For decades, women in Northern Ireland have been subject to laws that have violated their human rights. With the midnight deadline rapidly approaching, this will finally come to an end. "Despite a last minute stunt by the DUP, and a lack of support by this Conservative Government on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, we are finally closing the curtain on the historic inequalities in Northern Ireland. "The Liberal…
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Fifa and UEFA must take action against racist abuse of players

Fifa and UEFA must take action against racist abuse of players

Equality, Europe, News
Responding to reports of racist chants by fans at the Bulgaria vs England match, Liberal Democrat Shadow DCMS Secretary Layla Moran said: "It is appalling to see players subjected to this kind of abuse and discrimination. "There is a long way to go in some areas regarding equality and inclusivity, and it is entirely right that tonight our players and staff have stood up for the values we hold here in our society. "Both Fifa and UEFA need to take serious action against anyone found to be abusing players, and if necessary, punish countries by playing their matches behind closed doors or banning teams. This behaviour can not be tolerated." Cllr Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire added: "It's 2019. The world should have moved beyond…
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Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

Lib Dems announce candidate for Bolsover

News
The Liberal Democrats are proud to confirm Cllr David Hancock as their parliamentary candidate for Bolsover. Having worked in financial services, HR and the training sector, David is a firm believer in building strong foundations for the people. Government exists for the people, and it should manage an economy that works for everyone. The same is true for education, which shouldn't just stop at eighteen or twenty-one. “Everyone lives different lives. Government should never be about a rigid doctrine that suits those in power,” he said. "It should be flexible and fluid enough to work for everyone, whatever their circumstances. If it doesn't the government has failed." “Policies change, depending on need and circumstances. Values don't. The Lib Dems have always stood for a society where individual rights and freedoms…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dem conference backs policy to stop Brexit

Conference 2019: Lib Dem conference backs policy to stop Brexit

Europe
Today at Liberal Democrat party conference, members passed a Europe motion that commits the party to revoking Article 50 in the event of a Liberal Democrat majority government. Speaking after the motion, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said: "The Liberal Democrats are crystal clear: if we win the next election, we will stop Brexit by revoking article 50 and remaining in the European Union. "People deserve better than Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Brexit. At the next election, voters can instead choose the Liberal Democrats, and our clear and unequivocal policy to Stop Brexit. "Before an election is called, the Lib Dems will continue to work cross-party to prevent a dangerous No Deal Brexit, and support a People’s Vote, with the option to remain. We will do all…
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Conference 2019: Liberal Democrats set out plans to help young carers

Conference 2019: Liberal Democrats set out plans to help young carers

Community, Equality, Health
The Liberal Democrats have today passed new plans to address the pressure faced by young carers, including giving young carers a free bus pass. The party's new Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey, was himself a young carer for his mother before she passed away when he was 15. Reflecting, he said: "You have to grow up early as a young carer. As we saw today, without adequate support, being a young carer can hurt your life chances. We must demand better." The raft of new policies include reforming the Carers Allowance so young people who undertake more than 21 hours a week of education can qualify for the allowance, and treating being a carer by learning institutes and employers as a diversity issue. Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said: "Carers devote much of…
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Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems

Sam Gyimah joins the Lib Dems

Members, News
The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Sam Gyimah has joined the party. Speaking after his reveal at the Party Conference in Bournemouth tonight, Sam Gyimah said:  “I’m delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats at this pivotal time in our country’s politics. “The two old parties have moved to the edges of the political spectrum - each with their own brand of intolerance and division - leaving millions politically homeless.  It doesn’t have to be like this.  “Jo is leading a real movement to unite the centre, bringing together liberal-minded people to offer a real alternative.    “Boris Johnson created a stark choice for moderate, progressive MPs in the Conservative party; to accept a No-Deal Brexit or walk away from public life. I choose to continue to fight for…
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