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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on the deal with the option to remain in the EU.

    Parliament has seen the deal that Theresa May has cobbled together. We have a real chance to derail the Conservatives' damaging and chaotic Brexit.

    So this Autumn, I'm are asking you to do three simple things:

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and the Speedwatch van
    Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Bedford Borough Councils' Community Speedwatch Vehicle is out and about on the Borough's streets.

    Speeding is a common concern for local communities. The Council has heard those concerns and has created the 'Speedwatch vehicle', in partnership with Bedfordshire Police.

    This van will travel around the Borough, with trained staff tracking the speed of vehicles. If a driver is speeding they will receive a warning through the post. They may also be visited by the Police, particularly if they are a repeat offender or are travelling at excessive speeds.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey has warned that Theresa May's Brexit deal "will rob the UK of crucial cross-border crime-fighting tools that help to keep us safe".

    Article 8 of the withdrawal agreement, published by the Government this evening, states that the UK "shall cease to be entitled to access any network, any information system and any database established on the basis of Union law".

    Article 63 states that we will only be able to access the Schengen Information System for a maximum of 3 months after the end of the transition period, and Europol's SIENA platform for a maximum of 1 year.

    Meanwhile, Article 62 makes clear that the European Arrest Warrant will only apply to people arrested before the end of the transition period.

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

    "Theresa May's deal finally spells out in black and white what the Liberal Democrats have been warning about for the last two years: Brexit will rob the UK of crucial cross-border crime-fighting tools that help to keep us safe.

    "After the transition period, we'll lose the European Arrest Warrant and access to vital data-sharing systems, making it harder for the police to put serious criminals behind bars and keep us all safe.

    "The Government says it hopes to strike a 'comprehensive' deal on security co-operation, but euphemistically admits negotiations have been 'particularly challenging'. Essentially, Theresa May is asking us to trust her to sort all this out within the next two years, while admitting that she's failed to make any progress over the last two years.

    "Britain's not buying it, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That's why we are fighting to give the British people a say on Theresa May's deal, including the option of an Exit from Brexit."

  • Decorated Christmas Tree
    Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, at 7pm, along The Embankment.

    Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Bedford BID will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Leader in Herts County Council, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst has hit out a County Council press release that claimed County Council tax would have gone up £650 or 34%.

    In a stinging attack on the official press release he called it "Trump-like fake news."

    "It simply isn't true. The County part of the Council Tax couldn't possibly have gone up by that much, as the council tax increases have been capped. The savings (or in many cases cuts) are largely due to the necessity forced on all councils by Government." said Cllr Giles-Medhurst.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2018

    "A People's Vote is now the only way to escape from this mess" - Vince Cable

    Any Brexit deal will leave the UK weakened and the public poorer.

    "And before the ink is dry, the Conservative Party will tear into what little Theresa May has been able to agree. The Prime Minister now faces a defeat in Parliament, as a majority will be hard or impossible to secure for what she has come up with."

  • cash
    Article: Nov 14, 2018

    It has come to light that three more Conservative controlled are facing financial problems.

    East Sussex County Council has warned that it will not be able to afford to provide basic services, unless it receives more money fom the government. East Sussex need to save more than £45million by 2021/22.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    This week is Transgender Awareness week, and if you haven't had a chance to read my blog on the importance of supporting and standing alongside our transgender friends and colleagues, you can read it here: libdems.org.uk/trans-rights-are-human-rights.

    Transgender and intersex communities are too often marginalised, and many forget that in the fight for equality, trans rights are human rights. We must, and we are, endeavouring to ensure that a vulnerable group of people are able to live as they are entitled to under our laws.

  • Vince Cable twitter page
    Article: Nov 13, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats recently voted against the Government's plans to raise the higher-rate tax threshold to £50,000.

    The policy will cost an estimated £1.3 billion pounds next year, money which could instead be used to reverse cuts to Universal Credit or end the benefits freeze a year early.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said "Government is about priorities. With public services desperate for investment, now is not the time to reduce taxes for high earners. Instead Philip Hammond should have used the money to further reverse cuts to Universal Credit or end the benefits freeze a year early."