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Earley Lib Dems Celebrating Victory in May's elections

The Lib Dems gained all THREE seats in Earley and a further FIVE seats in the rest of Wokingham.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Voting for Ursula von der Leyen

Caroline Voaden reports from the European Parliament plenary chamber on the proposed new President of the Commission. Follow this link for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTm7ZzD_iw Read more »

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Why I'm standing to be MP for Brecon and Radnorshire

It's been equal parts incredible, exhausting and humbling to be at the centre of a massive Lib Dem parliamentary by-election. Follow this link for more info: http://www.libdems.org.uk/why-im-standing-jane-dodds Read more »

Saturday, 13 July 2019

What a whirlwind 2 months!

After a time-warp 6 week campaign, an 18 hour polling day marathon and an incredible win on 26 May, the sixteen of us went to Brussels in June to take up our new positions as MEPs. You might have heard about the furore we caused! The Liberal Democrat cohort are sworn in as MEPs. If you like our tshirts, you can get your own here Between setting up offices in Brussels, Strasbourg and home constituencies, hiring staff, filling in forms and receiving hundreds of messages, we ran from meeting to meeting and started to home in on key policy targets.  For me, that meant fulfilling a lifetime passion for human rights work. In my previous life, I had volunteered for a number of charities and hosted refugees. But my day job did not allow me enough time to make a real impact. Being an MEP enables me to work with private organisations, governments and individuals from all over the world to drive an agenda of change. We have the power, and the responsibility to speak up for the weakest member Read more »

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Sal Speaks

As I write this on Friday, I am about to set off for Brecon and Radnorshire, to help the brilliant Jane Dodds campaign in the by-election. It will be my third visit since the Recall petition first started. Make no bones about it, Jane is a brilliant candidate and our team there is outstanding, but we need more people to help over the next few weeks: we have a tough fight on our hands in a very rural seat. We need more people to help deliver leaflets, knock on doors and help with clerical work. Please, please, come and help. Postal votes land on doorsteps, and we need to call on postal voters this coming weekend, before many voters go on holiday. Jane is a good friend. As Leader of the Welsh Lib Dems she has been reinvigorating the party, and we need her in Parliament in Westminster. Please do whatever you can to come and help! Come to Brecon and Radnorshire  ➜   On your behalf I attended the Executive Committee of ALDE ( our European sister party alliance ) in Zurich at the end of Read more »

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

World Population Day

World Population Day is an opportunity to put reproductive rights and issues of gender equality firmly on the global agenda. This year, period poverty must be front and centre of the conversation. If the UK Conservative government are serious about eradicating period poverty by 2030 then they must use this opportunity to ensure ending period poverty is in the minds of every single world leader. The Conservative government have a duty to do all they can to end the injustice and stigma surrounding periods in the UK and across the globe. Established by the United Nation Development Programme in 1989, the internationally recognised day has helped to highlight the importance of population issues and amplify calls for reproductive health as a priority. A key pillar of reproductive rights, menstrual hygiene impacts women and girl’s access to education, and often has a big effect on their overall health. Around half of all women and girls across the world do not have access to safe sanitar Read more »

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

It's time to stop Brexit

When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention. These marches can seize or reinforce an agenda and create a new public narrative for how we view today's challenges. We saw this recently in Westminster with the march for climate change, and at the pride marches around the country, as a rainbow of people flow through the streets of Britain every summer. These marches can seize or reinforce an agenda and create a new public narrative for how we view today's challenges. While their disruptive methods caused frustration and, for some, may have overstepped the mark Read more »