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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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Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Health
Today the publication of CQC’s ‘State of Care 2018/19’ report reveals a rise of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism that were rated inadequate. The report also shows a rise of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services rated inadequate. Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Vince Cable said: “It is rare for a public body such as the Care Quality Commission to be so scathing of the effects of Government policy. Their honesty is to be congratulated. “They highlight graphically the decline in standards for mental health and learning disability inpatient services. This means some of the most vulnerable are not receiving anything like the standards of care that they need. “Staffing shortages, coupled with inadequate funding solutions…
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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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Compulsory voter ID is an attempt to rig our elections

Compulsory voter ID is an attempt to rig our elections

Democracy
Responding to the reports that the Government are set to announce it will be compulsory for voters to show identification at the next election, Liberal Democrat shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Brake said:“The move by the Government to make voter ID compulsory is a thinly-veiled attempt to rig the results of future elections. We know from the pilot back in 2018 that voter fraud was inconsequential, whilst what the pilot did do was turn away a disproportionate number of vulnerable voters. "Boris Johnson is clearly taking a leaf out of Trump's playbook by using false claims about voter fraud to suppress turnout. “The trial was deemed a waste of time and the public’s money, and this roll-out will be no different. The Conservative Government have already showed disdain…
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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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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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