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East of England Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston & Surbiton

    Our reliance on fossil fuels puts our children in danger and gives power to despots across the globe. Ed Davey outlines an emergency plan to beat the climate crisis.

    A worker fitting solar panels on a roof.

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

    • UK-wide action to green ourselves.
    • Action to decarbonise capitalism - starting with the City of London.
    • And an international green new deal - where richer countries support poorer countries.

    Starting with the UK - Lib Dems have shown we can decarbonise and prosper. Thanks to achievements in Government on renewable energy and what many Lib Dem-led councils have done in their communities, the benefits of climate change action are proven.

    Renewable energy erodes the power of the likes of Vladimir Putin and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

    I fought huge battles in Cabinet - against the likes of George Osborne and Eric Pickles. But we won. Lib Dem Energy Ministers nearly quadrupled Britain's renewable power- and now we're the global leader on offshore wind.

    Plus our policies led to clean power prices plummeting - so renewables are cheaper than gas and nuclear. And the economic benefits are now indisputable - look at the huge boost to Hull, with the 1,000 jobs created by Siemens' investment in a wind turbine factory.

    Yet Conservative policies have since slashed investment in Britain's renewable energy. We must reverse this and accelerate action to reach net zero carbon as fast as possible. Green technologies are there in abundance. But it needs strong political leadership, on everything from tidal lagoons to a hydrogen economy.

    For voters, our promise could be "Your Home, Your Power Station" - where we help people generate, store and even sell their own power and heat.

    The policies for this are radical - but practical. We should force banks, pension funds and stock exchanges to take climate resilience tests - like the "banking stress tests". Overnight, it would require transparency over their fossil fuel assets, let investors know the true risks and allow regulators to consider penalties. And the public should have more say where our pensions are invested - so we know how green our own savings are.

    And radical is credible here. I'm engaging on this with everyone from the International Energy Agency to Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England: we're pushing at an open door.

    This could unlock hundreds of billions for the UK's climate effort - turning every bank into a Green Investment Bank!

    Lib Dems have shown we can decarbonise and prosper

    Emergency plan part 3 recognises the UK can't tackle climate change alone - and that Brexit is a disastrous idea.

    For 3 years, I led Britain's "climate diplomacy" - setting up a "Green Growth Group" of European Ministers. Thanks to that work, the EU adopted more ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gases. We took them to the United Nations and ultimately produced the critical Paris Climate Treaty.

    Climate diplomacy, know-how and green trade policies can now go further, especially given recent greening in China and India, where one third of humanity live. With vast supplies of ultra-cheap sun and wind power, we should now aim for a global Non-Proliferation Treaty on Fossil Fuels. And end exploration for coal, oil and gas, for ever.

    The prize if we help poorer countries isn't just defeating the climate change that affects us all.

    We can also tackle global poverty - with cheap solar to bring electricity to the world's rural poor for the first time - and improve the world's health by cutting air pollution.

    Plus we can give peace a chance: renewable energy erodes the power of the likes of Vladimir Putin and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia - weakening tyrants and eliminating the control of oil supplies as a cause of conflict.

    So let's campaign for an emergency plan for the climate crisis - and win a greener, safer and more prosperous world.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

    • UK-wide action to green ourselves.
    • Action to decarbonise capitalism - starting with the City of London.
    • And an international green new deal - where richer countries support poorer countries.
  • Cllr Sarah Gallagher with Artists and Makers at Made in Bedford at Number 13
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Council's 'Number 13' building on St Paul's Square is the new home for 'Made in Bedford' in Bedford's town centre.

    'Made in Bedford' is an established movement promoting the work of local artists, designers, makers and producers. Working in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, this new venture will see a shop, café and art display space at Number 13. Number 13 will continue to operate as a bar and box office during performances at Bedford Corn Exchange.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2019

    Today, 50 years on from the UK extending the franchise to 18-year olds, British politics is still blighted by democratic inequality. This is particularly stark in the case of the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK. In just under three weeks these nationals will have a vote in local elections, but this is a right they are denied in General Elections and referendums. Fifty years on from giving more people the vote we still have a long way to go.

  • Barbara Gibson, Eastern region candidate, Welwyn Hatfield PPC
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are the first party to announce their list of candidates for the European elections in the East of England. The candidates were elected by Liberal Democrat members, who each had an equal vote in the selection.

    The list is led by Barbara Gibson from Hertfordshire (pictured), who said:

  • Article: Apr 17, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU.

    We are determined to give a voice to the millions of people who demand better than Brexit Britain.

    Today we've announced a strong, diverse mix of candidates, from those who've joined the Liberal Democrats recently to those with long experience of the European Parliament.

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    Responding to the news that landlords will lose the right to evict renters without a reason at the end of their fixed-term tenancy, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Dean Crofts said "The housing crisis has left many renters at the mercy of their landlords in an unfair and distorted rental market. Section 21 notices have allowed landlords to turf out tenants without reason, leaving many too frightened to complain about poor conditions."

  • Leigh Times advert 16 April 2019 ()
    Article: Apr 16, 2019
    By Carole Mulroney in Leigh Times
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    Article: Apr 16, 2019

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Apr 16, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will be appearing at the final mayoral election hustings later this week, at Bedford Blues Rugby Club on Goldington Road on Thursday 18th April.

    The event is jointly hosted by BBC Three Counties Radio and the Bedford Independent, with BBC 3CR's drivetime presenter Roberto Perrone chairing proceedings. The hustings will be broadcast live on Roberto's drivetime show, commencing at 5:30pm and concluding at 7pm. It will also be live streamed on Facebook.