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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Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrats have committed to turning the lives of offenders around with a series of rehabilitory measures to overhaul our criminal justice system. A motion passed this afternoon at the Conference in Brighton would improve access to secure housing, stable employment and protective measures specifically designed to support women. The party's Shadow Justice Secretary Christine Jardine said: “Our criminal justice system is in crisis. Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Riots, drug use, suicide and extreme violence have all become far too common. Too many prisoners go on to reoffend, which means more people becoming victims of crime. “For decades, Labour and Conservative governments have sent far too many people to prison who shouldn’t be there. At the same time, they have failed to properly provide the services that help people…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dems demand a fairer share for all

Conference 2019: Lib Dems demand a fairer share for all

Economics, Equality
The Liberal Democrats have today backed proposals to demand better for the over four million people who are trapped in deep poverty in the UK. The proposals, passed today at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, includes calls to invest £5 billion per year to make the benefits system work for people and a £50 billion capital Rebalancing Fund to address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regions. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Tim Farron said: “Nothing robs you of your freedom more than poverty. Poverty is a despicable stain on any society, whatever the country. In the UK the situation is so bad that the UN felt the need to send its Special Rapporteur on extreme…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dems call for UK wide marriage equality

Conference 2019: Lib Dems call for UK wide marriage equality

Equality
The Liberal Democrats have today backed proposals to demand better for all LGBT+ people across the UK and deliver equal marriage. The proposal, passed today at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, include calls to introduce equal marriage in Northern Ireland, extending existing legislation in England and Wales to remove the spousal veto and to enable the Church of England and Church in Wales and their celebrants to conduct same-sex marriages, and extend recognition of humanist marriages to all of the UK. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who backed the amendment in Parliament to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland said: “Despite the amendment that was passed in Parliament in July, same-sex marriage has not yet been delivered in Northern Ireland. “With the Conservatives shutting down…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dems to crack down on corporate tax avoidance

Conference 2019: Lib Dems to crack down on corporate tax avoidance

Economics
Today, the Liberal Democrats have passed a motion which ends illegitimate corporate profit-shifting and calls for more investment in British business. The motion calls for action to ensure that international businesses operating in the UK pay their fair share of tax. The motion also reaffirms the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to reversing the Conservatives’ unfair and unnecessary cut of corporation tax to 17%. Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey said: “Britain has some great businesses, that deserve extra support for their crucial investment decisions. With just the threat of Brexit already causing a collapse in investment, Liberal Democrats want to help companies across our economy with our business tax plans. “To afford backing responsible firms, it’s also right that we ensure multinationals dodging their fair share of tax…
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Conference 2019: Lib Dems lead fight for gender equality

Conference 2019: Lib Dems lead fight for gender equality

Equality
Today, at party conference, Liberal Democrats passed a Gender Equality motion moved by Equalities Spokesperson, Christine Jardine MP. Ms Jardine said: “I have been overwhelmed at the support across the country for our attempts to tackle the everyday prejudice and discrimination which women and girls across the UK face. “While this Conservative Government has done woefully little to address this inequality the Liberal Democrats have brought forward progressive legislation on issues including ‘upskirting’ and the ‘pink tax’. “Our daughters and sons deserve equal support on all social and economic areas and by passing this policy at Conference we are making it clear that we will be bold and ambitious in outlawing gender inequality. “This motion is a key step towards addressing the huge injustices that persist for women and girls…
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Sajid Javid setting himself up as the riskiest Chancellor in history

Sajid Javid setting himself up as the riskiest Chancellor in history

Budget, Economics
Responding to the reports that the Treasury has confirmed the government’s fast-tracked Spending Round will take place on 4th September, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said: “This won’t be a spending review, it’ll be Johnson’s election rehearsal. This is nothing more than a transparent move to butter up the British public for a snap General Election before the Tories unleash the catastrophic consequences of a no-deal Brexit. “However, they cannot hide the damage Brexit has already done to our economy and we have not even left the EU. Brexit is damaging our businesses, costing us jobs and tanking our economy. Not to mention this can’t be a serious spending review - the new Government haven’t had time to review anything except their Brexit and election strategies. “This is just…
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The Parents’ Guide To Internet Safety

The Parents’ Guide To Internet Safety

Education
The core principle of liberalism is to build a world in which all people share the same basic rights, in which they live together in peace and in which their different cultures will be able to develop freely. We each have a part to play in protecting our youngsters from harm, be that bullying or other kinds of abuse, and modern technology means that sometimes happens right under our noses - without our knowledge. Ahead of young people returning to school and college we'd like to share the The Parents Guide to Internet Safety (please note the link takes you to an external site).
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