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  • Adrian head and shoulders
    Article: May 28, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have challenged Theresa May to answer ten pressing key questions on the Dementia Tax, calling on her to come clean before the election takes place. These include what level the cap will be set at, whether it will be uprated with house prices and whether it will include interest rates and arrangement fees. Theresa May has also been challenged over how long surviving relatives will be able to stay in a family home and whether measures will be put in place to stop people avoiding the Dementia Tax.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 26, 2017

    Writing in his May column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson looked ahead to an exciting summer of events and attractions in Bedford Borough.

    Here's the full text of his piece

    At the time of writing the weather has taken a turn for the better. Let's hope it's a sign of a warm, dry and bright summer ahead. While the weather can't be relied upon, however, one thing that is for sure is that there will be no shortage of things to do this summer in Bedford Borough.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives' planned Dementia Tax.

    It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    An announcement by the Labour Party that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

    Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties - a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market - would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    A new survey for The Independent has found the majority of the public is now in favour of banning the most-polluting vehicles from city centres.

    Some 51 per cent of respondents agreed with this suggestion, with only 15 per cent against and the remainder not expressing a view, pollsters ORB said.

    Commenting on the reports which shows the public back the Liberal Democrat policy of banning the most-polluting cars from city centres, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: "The air we allow our children to breathe is toxic and is leading to a national health crisis.

  • Meeting with Aidan Van de Weyer, Lib Dem candidate for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich
    Article: May 25, 2017
  • Article: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    By now you will all have seen and heard about the terrible events of yesterday. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic attack in Manchester.

    We, along with all the other Liberal Democrat Local Parties, have agreed to suspend our campaigns until further notice. The other political parties in the General Election have agreed to suspend their campaigns too.

  • Article: May 23, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, Chair of the Lib Dem Europe Group in West Sussex Times

    Please find below a recent letter by Nick Hopkinson, the LDEG Chair, to the West Sussex Times

    Dear Sir,
    Your recent editorial praised the ruling Conservative Party for its record as the majority Party on West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Is this really merited? Education continues to be woefully underfunded. West Sussex road programmes and maintenance remains patchy, and social care and re-cycling facilities operate on reduced hours. The list of Conservative led failings at WSCC goes on.