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  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    Zac Goldsmith claimed Brexit has nothing to do with this by-election. The very public endorsement he has picked up from the party of Nigel Farage nails that lie.

    Zac Goldsmith was already the Conservative Party candidate. Now he is also the UKIP candidate. His campaign is the Nigel and Zac show.

    UKIP's website expressly states that it is vital for supporters of Hard Brexit to defeat the Liberal Democrats in Richmond Park, and praises Zac Goldsmith for being 'fully committed to getting Britain out of the European Union'.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    The 'No Ifs, No Buts' pledge from the Conservatives has been thrown by the wayside in the rush to bulldoze homes and build a new runway.

    Zac Goldsmith has failed Richmond Park on Heathrow and betrayed them on Brexit.

    The turbulence in the Conservative Party is nothing compared to the anger felt by those they have betrayed by giving up their commitment to the environment and communities in West London.

    Theresa May used to make this case, now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history.

    Boris once said he would lay down in front of the bulldozer. Now he will find himself on the slow boat to China - anywhere to avoid having to stand up for his principles - or stand down from his seat at the cabinet table.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    Over the next five weeks, we'll be fighting a Parliamentary by-election caused by Zac Goldsmith's resignation - the Liberal Democrats held this seat until 2015 and we're the clear challengers to Zac.

    Electing a Lib Dem MP in Richmond Park will send a strong message to the Tory Government not just on Heathrow, but on Brexit too. It's a tremendous opportunity for people to give their verdict on the direction Theresa May's new government is taking our country.
  • Article: Oct 27, 2016
    By Clive R Sneddon

    This recent summary by Donald Tusk of the possible outcomes of triggering Article 50 raises two sorts of question. The first is about the debate within the UK, the second about the debate within the EU.

    Within the EU, the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon provided that 'Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements', and then set out the EU procedures for dealing with this. But in the case of the UK, these constitutional requirements are themselves unclear, and the occasional lone voice has been heard within the EU, not least from Wolfgang Schäuble and Nicolas Sarkozy, suggesting that the EU must change and a way be found to keep Britain in the EU.

  • Simon Hughes MP meets with Friends of the Earth's Bees in Parliament ()
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Bees are crucial to the pollination of crops and to agricultural efficiency. However they are under threat from a number of chemicals - some in a quite unexpected manner. For example selective herbicides and fertilizer might not be expected to hurt bees at all. However spray drift from herbicides and fertilizer run off from the crop areas have led to field margins becoming dominated by a sparse vegetation composed of coarse grasses, nettles, docks and hogweed. Few flowering plants thrive here and bees have insufficient blossom to feed from.

  • Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    The Annual General Meeting of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats will be held on Friday 18 November 2016, at 7:15 p.m. Members of the local party should by now have received an invitation and supporting papers by email. If we don't have a valid email address on record for you, you should receive these details through the post. Please let us know if you haven't received this by the end of the week; you can contact us via the email address on this website.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2016

    John Hefford, one of our newest members in Hitchin Highbury Ward, has written the following account of why he's joined the Liberal Democrats:

    "Growing up in one of Labour strongholds in Yorkshire and coming from a family who regularly voted Conservative, I was always a little bit conflicted with the political parties, and never really learnt about any third option until after the EU Referendum when I found that the Liberal Democrats stand for the core values that I believe in; which for me are far more important than individual political opinion. I found politics exasperating, because I felt that it was too full of anti-Labour and anti-Tory rhetoric and I wondered how any work in Parliament ever got done!

  • Article: Oct 25, 2016

    Gerry (Gez) Hughes is standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the by-election to be held in Felixstowe South Ward on Thursday 10th November. Gez runs his own business in the Ward (the popular Q Club Sport Bar at Manning's on the sea front), and is committed to truly representing residents, should he be elected. Communication and the willingness of the Town Council to listen to the concerns of local residents are of key importance to Gez, who says:

  • Article: Oct 25, 2016
    By Thomas Cole

    The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) has stalled, at least for the time-being. Despite the fact that it would have reduced almost all tariffs between the two sides and taken away customs duties amounting to savings of around €500m, coupled with the projected subsequent increase in trade, for the time being it is dead.

  • Dave Hodgson at the opening of Robinson Pools and Fitness
    Article: Oct 25, 2016

    Robinson Pools & Fitness (formerly Robinson Pool)- celebrated the opening of its £1.3m redevelopment on Saturday 22nd October, with an official opening hosted by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson and a family fun day to give the community the chance to try everything it has to offer.