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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    The Council wants to know what local residents think about its proposed 'Capital Programme'. This sets out how the Council invests money on schemes and projects to improve Bedford Borough.

    This includes investment in a number of different projects. In particular the Council is interested in views on two of the proposals: Bromham Road Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge, and Wixams Railway Station.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Dec 10, 2018

    In a huge boost for local schools, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a victory for the campaign against the shock government funding cut for Bedford Borough's schools. Extra funding has been secured from the Department for Education, which will maintain the per-pupil funding rate for Bedford Borough's Schools for 2019/20.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

    Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

    It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

  • Brexit banners (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Dec 10, 2018

    THE LIB DEMS STEP UP THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR A PEOPLES VOTE ACROSS THE REGION

    As the shambolic negotiations by HM Government reach a crisis point and businesses pull their hair out in utter desperation at further vacillation by a Prime Minister out of control, 54% of people* said that they would stay in the EU if the 2016 Referendum were held now.. the Liberal Democrats step up their campaign for a People's Vote with Action Days and Roadside Banners across Suffolk and the Region.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

    With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."

  • Thameslink train
    Article: Dec 9, 2018

    The latest timetable changes are now available for both East Midlands Trains and Thameslink.

    The East Midlands Trains timetables are available here.

    The Thameslink timetables are here.

  • A block of flats under construction
    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    After pressure from Liberal Democrat Peers, the Government have announced major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

    The amendment would significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent, require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.

    Responding to the Government amendments, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson John Shipley said "It is good to see the Government have listened to the concerns we raised during the progress of the Bill. These amendments will make a huge difference for tenants, who will save hundreds of pounds every year. We also want to congratulate Shelter, Citizens Advice and Generation Rent who have worked so hard to get this Bill in the right place."

    Many of the provisions in the Tenant Fees Bill were proposed in the previous session of Parliament by Lib Dem Peer Olly Grender, in her Renters' Rights Private Members' Bill.

    Commenting on the changes to the Bill, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Dean Crofts said "It is the vulnerable in our society who are most affected by the extortionate fees imposed by landlords and lettings agencies. The inability to pay these fees upfront can often lead to homelessness. While I welcomed the Government bringing forward this Bill, there were a number of outstanding issues that could have had severe consequences for low income tenants or tenants on benefits in the private rented sector. There is still more work to be done to get tenants a fairer deal, but I am delighted that the Government have listened to our suggestions and others to improve this Bill. The task now is to get this change for tenants through as quickly as possible."

  • Human Rights Day
    Article: Dec 7, 2018

    HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS ON MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER

    Human Rights Day is 10th December 2018 and this year is the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    As Lib Dems we know that we have to be vigilant to ensure that our own human rights are not put at risk and we know there's still a way to go to get many countries to comply with the vital charter.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

    Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

    The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    To try and sell a plan that would rob us of many vital cross-border crime-fighting tools on the basis of national security takes quite the brass neck.

    Consider the European Arrest Warrant. It enables us to bring criminals who've fled our shores back to justice in the UK, as well as to extradite thousands of others to face justice in other European countries.