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Farron Slams Johnson’s Pandering to Donald Trump

Farron Slams Johnson’s Pandering to Donald Trump

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has raised serious concerns following comments made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about the willingness of the Conservative party to back further action in Syria by the USA. Responding to the idea that the UK military could be deployed against Assad, Farron said: “Johnson’s claims that Theresa May would back further intervention against Assad in Syria by the USA raise serious concerns about the Conservatives’ willingness to pander to Donald Trump. “Assad is a brutal dictator, and the use of chemical weapons is indefensible. “The action taken by Donald Trump earlier this month was a necessary and proportionate response to the horrific use of chemical weapons. However, we were absolutely clear that we disagreed with the way in which he conducted it- unilaterally, without allies,…
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Goldsmith selection: Lib Dem response

Goldsmith selection: Lib Dem response

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The Liberal Democrats have responded to the selection of Zac Goldsmith as official Conservative candidate in Richmond Park. Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat chief whip, said: “By standing as a Conservative after resigning over Heathrow, Zac Goldsmith has just lost his last shred of credibility. “People in Richmond Park voted resoundingly against a hard Brexit and against Heathrow expansion, both backed by Zac Goldsmith's Conservative Party.Instead they voted for the Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney. “Zac Goldsmith couldn’t stand on a Conservative platform last time, so what’s changed? “As a Conservative he will be standing on a clear pro-Brexit, pro-Heathrow manifesto. The people of Richmond Park have already told him what they think of that.Sarah Olney beat him once, she will beat him again. “If you want to change the direction…
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 Labour’s payrise for NHS staff has already been spent 10 times over

 Labour’s payrise for NHS staff has already been spent 10 times over

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Responding to Labour's plans to increase pay for NHS staff by reversing corporation tax cuts, the Liberal Democrats have identified ten examples where Labour have already pledged to spend this money elsewhere. These include bringing back the educational maintenance allowance, paying for additional teachers, nurses and police, and funding social care. [caption id="attachment_1110" align="alignnone" width="2000"] Norman Lamb speaking at the Liberal Democrats annual conference at Bournemouth International Centre.[/caption] Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: "This is a complete shambles. Labour have already spent this money ten times over. "They are hopelessly divided, have no credible plan for the economy and are clearly unfit for government. "On top of that Labour has backed a hard Brexit, outside the single market, that will damage our economy and mean less money…
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Keep off our greenbelt Labour Council! – says Labour Councillor

Keep off our greenbelt Labour Council! – says Labour Councillor

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Comedy Show When you think you've seen it all - you only have look around at what the local Labour councillors are up-to before you run into a comedy show of their own making. Labour District Councillor, Jaqueline Ridgeway can be seen signing a petition demanding that North East Derbyshire District Council keep their hands off the greenbelt around Renishaw. The irony here is that Labour are the controlling group on North East Derbyshire District Council with 33 Councillors out of 53. James Blundell, Lib Dem candidate for Eckington & Killamarsh commented: "You couldn't make this up. A Labour Councillor signing petitions asking a Labour run Council to stay away from the greenbelt..." "To top it off; said Labour Councillor's husband is on the Planning Committee at the District Council -…
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Communist Party of Britain will be ‘campaigning for a Labour victory’

Communist Party of Britain will be ‘campaigning for a Labour victory’

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Communist Party of Britain back Labour in General Election The Communist Party of Britain says it will not field any candidates for June's election - the first time it hasn't run for any seats since 1920. The party's general secretary Robert Griffiths has instead called for supporters to vote Labour in order to "reject austerity, privatisation and imperialist war" under a Tory government. Mr Griffiths says its members will offer "practical campaigning assistance" to local Labour bodies, but has not ruled out running candidates in the future.  The party has said members will be 'campaigning for a Labour victory', commenting on the news, Alistair Carmichael MP said: “From 1920 to 2017 the Communist Party of Great Britain elected 5 MPs. They have obviously concluded they can continue in that tradition…
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County Hall asked for ‘leeway’ re Anti Fracking Signs by Cllr David Lomax

County Hall asked for ‘leeway’ re Anti Fracking Signs by Cllr David Lomax

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Lib Dems ask Derbyshire County Council for leeway The Liberal Democrats have made no secret that we support a green energy sector and that this Conservative government has got it wrong on bulldozing Fracking (Shale Gas Extraction) through our communities; but we also expect support where possible from the County Council. This includes the County Council allowing a bit of leeway in terms of planning regulation when attaching signage to lighting columns - the Labour run County Council say they are doing what they can to oppose such moves in North East Derbyshire; yet all of their actions tell a different story. Derbyshire residents say "they will not give up!" as Derbyshire County Council vote to approve that INEOS do not need an Environment Impact Assessment from a structure that will be taller…
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Tory candidate discounts rest of their County division

Tory candidate discounts rest of their County division

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Tunnel vision by Conservative candidate The Tory candidate for "Dronfield West" totally disregards the fact that the seat is actually called Dronfield West - AND WALTON - This include the area of Barlow, where Liberal Democrats candidate Martin Wilcock lives. Martin Wilcock, Lib Dem candidate for the seat said: "The Tories see us as a threat as local residents look to punish the Tories for the lack of a plan by central government, so they are trying to lead residents up the garden path by telling them i don't live locally, when clearly i do. Clearly she doesn't care about the rest of Dronfield West and Walton." "It seems to me this is a smokescreen to cover up the Conservatives failure on protecting the greenbelt for Dronfield residents who were promised…
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Parish Council “just like Putin’s Russia” says local resident

Parish Council “just like Putin’s Russia” says local resident

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Another month; another heated Parish Council meeting... Councillors present: Cllr Graham Parkin, Cllr Evonne Parkin, Cllr Jim Coyle, Cllr Emma Stevenson, Cllr Mick Brough, Cllr Paul Matthews, Cllr Kevin Kavaliunas, Cllr Philip Smith, Cllr Phil Upton Apologies were received from: Cllr Clive Moesby and Cllr Rose Bulfin. South Normanton Parish Council is no stranger to controversy; however, even by their standards the April meeting was unique. Cllr Graham Parkin, chairing his final meeting ahead of the AGM, opened by patronising everyone present as he addressed the public gallery. “Can you give your best behaviour to the people in this meeting like you did last month? You were very good last time.” Sadly the audience didn’t share the same opinion of many of the gathered councillors and laid straight into trying to…
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Liberal Democrats ask Lloyds Bank for more time in Clay Cross

Liberal Democrats ask Lloyds Bank for more time in Clay Cross

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Local residents 'bank' on a delay Lloyds Bank have announced that they plan to close the Clay Cross branch in a range of closures nationally. In a statement, Lloyds said, "These branch closures are in response to changing customer behaviour, and the reduced number of transactions being made in branches. Our branches will continue to play a vital role in our multi-channel approach to meeting the full range of customer needs, and we expect to continue to have the biggest branch network in the UK." Cllr David Hancock said; "Lloyds is currently the only bank in Clay Cross and provides a vital service to many local residents and small businesses. While, on paper, the nearest branch may only be 4.5 miles away - the reality is that, for some, it…
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20 Tory policies the Lib Dems stopped while in Coalition

20 Tory policies the Lib Dems stopped while in Coalition

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Liberal Democrats are often reminded about 'jumping into bed with the Tories'; but  what did we stop them implementing? Here are 20 policies we stopped: Inheritance tax cuts for millionaires Scrapping help with housing costs for young people Weakening arrest warrants for people who have fled overseas Firing workers at will, without any reasons given Regional pay penalising public sector workers outside London and the South East Privatising the motorways and key A-Roads The Snoopers’ Charter Bringing back the old O-level / CSE divide Profit-making in state schools Cutting the time childminders can give to each child Cutting new nursery buildings Stopping geography teachers telling children about how we can tackle climate change Axing human rights from national curriculum Ditching the Human Rights Act Watering down the ban on hunting…
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