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    • Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)
      Article: May 16, 2019

      The Liberal Democrats have today committed to campaigning for an EU-wide ban on fracking because of its negative impacts on climate change, the energy mix and our environment.

      Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable will be discussing the party's commitment to the environment with shoppers at a Zero waste shop 'Unwrapped' in Sheffield later today. He will say the Lib Dem manifesto is a "blueprint for what the UK could achieve if Brexit was stopped."

      The party is calling for Europe to adopt a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, higher EU standards of and greater investment in energy efficiency, an ambitious EU-wide action plan on deforestation and immediate action to tackle the use of plastics through a new binding international treaty.

      Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said "We are unequivocal in our commitment to an EU-wide ban on fracking. But we can only achieve what is needed to face up to the climate emergency by working together with our international partners as a leading member of the European Union. To proceed with Brexit would be to throw away the biggest tool we have in the battle against climate change. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to Stop Brexit and protect our planet for the future generations."

    • Article: May 15, 2019

      As Brexit drags on, it becomes clearer every day - it's a national embarrassment. More and more people are realising how important EU membership is for our country and our future.

      Theresa May is trying to push through a deal that panders to her party's extreme fringe and Nigel Farage. Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has helped her, letting down Labour supporters across the UK.

    • Article: May 15, 2019
      By Alex Marshall

      Corbyn's dodgy comments.

      Trying to stitch up a deal behind closed doors.

      Shadow ministers bragging how they're bailing the Tories out on Brexit.

      Jeremy Corbyn has teamed up with the Tories to drag us out the EU at any cost. Labour is a pro-Brexit party.

      Let's compare and contrast that to the Liberal Democrats.

    • Barbara Gibson, Eastern region candidate, Welwyn Hatfield PPC
      Article: May 15, 2019

      Our lead candidate Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson gave the following speech at the Euro Election Harpenden Hustings event on 14th May.

      Harpenden Hustings

      I don't know about you, but I'm fed up.

      Fed up with the mess that is Brexit.

      I hear the same thing again and again from the people I speak with across the region.

    • Dave Hodgson with river behind
      Article: May 15, 2019

      Following his recent re-election for a fourth term, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced his new Cabinet. The new Bedford Borough Council Executive features one Independent and three Labour members in addition to 4 Liberal Democrat Councillors, reflecting the Liberal Democrats' increased strength in becoming the largest group on the Council following their six gains in the May 2nd Council elections.

    • Article: May 14, 2019

      We launched a new poster in London today, calling out Jeremy Corbyn's dodgy Brexit voting record.

      With a weak minority government, he could have stood up and put an end to this national embarrassment. But instead, he's voted with the Conservatives 29 times to push Brexit through.

      Actions speak louder than words. Labour is a Brexit party.

    • Cllr Barry Aspinell
      Article: May 14, 2019

      There's no change at the top for the Lib Dem team in Brentwood as Cllr Barry Aspinell and Cllr Philip Mynott were re-elected as leader and deputy leader, respectvely, for the municipal year 2019-2020.

      Barry said:

      "I am delighted to have been re-elected as leader for the 7th year running. This is certainly going to be an interesting one wtih a group of considerable size challenging a diminshed Conservative party that still appears to be in dissaray whilst I lead a group of talented and high calibre councillors with a mixture of experience and potential.

    • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
      Article: May 13, 2019

      In his latest regular email, Mayor Dave Hodgson has once again thanked all those who supported him in the recent mayoral election, and given an update on the first week of the new term, including talks with representatives of all Council groups to "establish and consolidate good working relationships."

    • Ashlyn's School
      Article: May 13, 2019

      Nick Hollinghurst, Herts County Councillor for Tring West & Rural, says: "The transition from primary to secondary school is always difficult, not only for the young people concerned but also for their families. Parents may have to plan for daily travel, not only a new route for the child who goes to the new secondary school, but to work out how that can be managed for other school age children. Recently there were large numbers of Hertfordshire schoolchildren for whom the secondary transfer was extremely stressful with pupils and families having to be registered on the "continuing interest" list. They then had to wait anxiously to see if any places might turn up in a suitably located secondary school as other parents withdrew their applications there.