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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

    The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

    Firms must become far more transparent about how they support staff with mental health issues, as well as better measure key mental health indicators such as absences.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Once again we've seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

  • Universal Credit
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    More reports have surfaced, this time from the Landlords Association, confirming Universal Credit is not fit for purpose!

    Rent arrears among claimants are rising and this is no surprise considering Universal Credit is no longer meeting the requirements it was designed for.

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Dean Crofts said "Originally, we were told it was made to look like the world of work, where people get paid monthly therefore welfare payments would be paid monthly. What the DWP and Tory government officials fail to realise is that when you start a tenancy, you are expected to pay your rent in advance and a deposit (often another months rent)."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    It was World Homeless Day last week, and in his regular email update, Mayor Dave Hodgson thanked volunteers and organisations helping to support rough sleepers and tackle homelessness locally. He also shared a video from his recent visit to SMART Prebend Day Centre's open day, where Lisa from SMART listed the items they are asking people to donate at the moment. You can read the full email, including the link to the video, below:

  • Wherry Norfolk
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    A £68 million upgrade to the Wherry Lines - one of the infrastructure investment projects originally initiated by the Lib Dem Coalition Government - is likely to cause disruption in the Yarmouth area as re-signally work takes place.

    This essential work will mean that the line from Reedham to Yarmouth will be closed for 6 months from the end of October 2018 till April 2019. In addition, trains from Reedham to Lowestoft will also be cancelled between October 20th and 28th.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Brexit is bad for Britain. Join Liberal Democrats at 1200 noon Saturday 20 October near Hyde Park Corner to march for a Peoples' Vote and an Exit from Brexit.

    Brexiteers want to take the country back - we want to take our country forward!

    Further details can be found here:


  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson in Worthing Herald

    In a letter published last week (11 October) in the Worthing Herald, Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) Chair, Nick Hopkinson, argues the chances of a People's Vote and an Exit from Brexit have grown substantially:

    People are changing their minds about Brexit as our political and economic mess worsens. Recent polls show solid leads in favour of a Peoples Vote on any Brexit deal and a slowly growing, but slim, majority for staying in the European Union (EU).

    Article: Oct 16, 2018

    October 17th -The World Day for Eradicating Poverty

    The 2018 theme - Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violation

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has been informed that the HEART Academies Trust is holding meetings tonight (16th) and tomorrow (17th) for parents and carers of children at Shortstown, Shackleton or Cauldwell Primary Schools about their deeply unpopular plans to remove the Head Teacher posts and local governing bodies from those schools. Both meetings are taking place at Bedford Academy on Mile Road, at 6:30pm.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018

    The announcement made this week that, over the next four years, Hertfordshire County Council will be investing millions of pounds to improve local roads has been slammed by the opposing Liberal Democrats. It is announcing what was already agreed back in February all over again and
    it is not "new money" as implied in the Press Release.