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  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    The events of the last few days have shocked and appalled the entire world.

    Images of Nazis, marching in American streets, terrorist attacks on peaceful protestors. Every world leader should be able to condemn that.

    Donald Trump's response to these tragic events has been shocking.

    He has shown that he is unable to detach himself from the extreme-right and racial supremacists.

  • A14 Traffic at Present
    Article: Aug 16, 2017

    After the good news of newer, longer trains and improved Sunday services comes the rise of regulated rail fares by a massive 3.6% rise from January 2018 onwards, government statistics have today revealed. This is significantly greater than this year's figure of 2.3% and the largest rise since 2011.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Although there are other Brexit- and EU-related items on the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference agenda, some of our local members were disappointed to see a consultation on Europe rather than a full debate on our party's position. A conference addendum has now been published, which will allow members attending the conference to vote on whether to proceed with the planned consultative session, or whether (instead) to hold a debate on "Opposing Brexit". You can find the addendum, including the text of the potential policy motion, on the party's website in the section for conference papers.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Using an anonymous government source to announce an official position paper on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is shambolic.

    The Leave campaign pledged that Brexit would not leave the border any less open after Brexit, but the government proposals leave the door open to customs checks on larger traders.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today, I've challenged David Davis to answer six questions over plans set out on future customs arrangements after Brexit.

    The government is offering two ways forward but won't tell us which it prefers. That's no doubt because cabinet ministers can't even agree amongst themselves.

    These plans are more concerned with papering over the cracks within the Conservative party than protecting our economy.

    All those industries that depend on membership of the customs union, from the car industry to aerospace, still have no clear idea what is coming down the track.

    All they know is that instead of jumping off a cliff in 18 months, the government now wants to do so in a few years' time.

    The government must come clean over the real costs of these plans for British businesses and consumers.

  • A 'meridian' train in East Midlands Trains livery
    Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed today's Government announcement of regulated rail fare rises of up to 3.6% from January 2018 as adding 'insult to injury' for local rail users worried about the loss of peak-time intercity fast services from Bedford.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "By announcing another big fares hike, the Government is adding insult to injury for local rail users. Not only is Bedford facing the prospect of a slower, poorer rail service with the proposed loss of peak-time intercity fast trains, but people are being forced to pay more and more in fares.'

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Brexit Secretary Davis has claimed that lack of clarity over the Government's Brexit plans was a deliberate attempt at "constructive ambiguity" as part of the negotiations.

    You will find it difficult sometimes to read what we intend. That's deliberate. I'm afraid in negotiations you do have constructive ambiguity from time to time.

    Brexit Secretary, David Davis
  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Today's news that the Grenfell inquiry will not look into broader questions of social housing policy is a wasted opportunity.

    Disappointingly, the inquiry will only look into the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the run up to the tragedy.

    This inquiry must fully consult the survivors of this terrible tragedy and get to the bottom of why their concerns were not acted upon.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    This steep hike to rail fares will be a bitter blow for passengers struggling with overcrowded and unreliable trains.

    This is the biggest annual price hike in 5 years.

    The fact that fare rises are soaring above wage increases is another sign that people are losing out from higher inflation since the referendum.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are more than half-way through their whistle-stop tour of the policy motions coming up for debate in September's party conference.

    So far, we have visited Saxmundham, Martlesham, Butley, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, and further discussion events are lined up in Woodbridge, Grundisburgh and Earl Soham.