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News from the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Despite the massive effort people have made to fight coronavirus it's clear that the road to recovery is going to be rockier than we first feared.

    With millions of workers worried about their livelihoods, the British people deserve a Government that listens to their concerns and does everything in its power to protect them. Sadly, this isn't the case.

  • boy getting school dinner
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Only one of Devon's Conservative MPs voted on Wednesday to extend free school meals over half term and the Christmas holiday.

    Anne-Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, was the only Conservative who supported an Opposition Day motion from Labour to extend free school meals to children from lower-income families until Easter.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Improving our candidate process

    Following the issues with our Mayor of London selection and in response to a request from the London Lib Dems, I asked Alison Suttie - a Liberal Democrat peer and the new chair of the Joint Candidate Subcommittee (JCSC) - to do an investigation to learn the lessons, not only for London but for our selections more generally.

  • Houses with banner
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    The government's White Paper on planning reforms is a missed opportunity to resolve the country's housing crisis and does nothing to address the issues we face in the South Hams, agreed councillors and public at a meeting held on Tuesday October 20th online.

    While the Government claims there has not been enough house building to meet demand, Totnes Councillor John Birch reminded the meeting that planning permission has already been granted for 6,950 dwellings that have not yet been implemented.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    I have a bill going through the House of Lords right now, the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill.

    It requires the Government to ensure (with certain reasonable exceptions) that all fuel poor households are properly insulated and heated to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C by 2030, and all other households by 2035.

  • housing in countryside
    Article: Oct 21, 2020
    By Julian Brazil

    The average house price is more than 11 times the average income in the South Hams. If we want young working families to remain here something has to change, writes Julian Brazil, Chair of the Development Management Committee at South Hams District Council.

    Our local infrastructure already struggles to cope with the extra pressure of new development. And housing numbers are imposed on us from central government. The latest white paper on planning was an opportunity for change. What a missed opportunity! Far from solving the issues we face; it just amplifies the problems.

  • Liberal Democrats leading the Stop Brexit march in October 2019
    Article: Oct 20, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that Devon's Conservative MPs are risking a "new Windrush-style scandal", after every one of them voted to refuse to offer EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay in the UK.

    On Monday 19th October Tory MPs from across Devon, Torbay and Plymouth overturned a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Immigration Bill, which passed in the House of Lords just weeks ago. The amendment would require the Home Office to give EU Citizens physical proof of Settled and Pre-Settled Status, rather than the digital-only system the Home Office is currently pursuing.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Conservatives have continually promised to back British farmers throughout the Brexit process, but their failure last week to uphold our high food standards reveals just how hollow those promises were.

    Our high agricultural standards must be protected in international trade deals and after the transition period.