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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Mandatory prison sentences don’t work – we need a real cure for the epidemic of violent crime

Liberal Democrat Ed Davey MP calls for extra investment in policing and adoption of a public health approach that tackles the root causes of violent crime. Follow this link for more info: https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/policing/opinion/house-commons/99092/ed-davey-mp-mandatory-prison-sentences Read more »

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Demanding Better for Civil Liberties

The Government’s Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK. In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens. Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the human rights group Liberty have both said that this bill is wrong in balancing security and individual freedoms. It’s a huge authoritarian overreach . This is a bill that seeks to: Create a new offence of “entering or remaining in” areas outside the UK designated by the Home Secretary punishable by up to ten years in prison Make it illegal to view online material that is “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, with those convicted facing up to 15 years in prison Expand existing powers to detain people at port Read more »

Jeremy Corbyn is abandoning his support for our civil liberties

Since he became Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn's attitude towards defending our civil liberties has changed. And it's not a good change. Follow this link for more info: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-corbyn-liberal-democrats-civil-liberties-terrorism-counter-terror-border-security-bill-a8575261.html Read more »

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Lib Dem legend Tony Rogers gains seat from Labour in Chesterfield

Three council by-elections this week: two Conservative defences and one Labour. And before the polls even opened in them, the Liberal Democrats had already picked up two extra councillors. Follow this link for more info: https://www.markpack.org.uk/156295/moor-ward-by-election-chesterfield/ Read more »

Government paying lip service to industrial strategy – Vince Cable

Brexit has ‘sucked the energy out of Whitehall’, says Liberal Democrat leader The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable , has accused the government of paying lip service to its plan for an industrial strategy, after failing to establish a watchdog to help deliver it nearly a year after it was first announced. Cable, who was business secretary in the coalition government with the Conservatives, said that “Brexit has sucked the energy out of Whitehall”, delaying the implementation of other vital work at a time when British business needed confidence. Continue reading... Follow this link for more info: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/04/government-paying-lip-service-to-industrial-strategy-vince-cable Read more »

Brexit Questions For October

Will Corbyn stand up to the Tories and their chaotic Brexit? Can Theresa May provide any clarity about what a real Brexit deal might look like? No, and no. Labour’s Conference was riven with divisions over Brexit . Keir Starmer said he wanted to give the people the chance to remain, John McDonnell says this isn’t on the table. Clear as mud, Labour. Eventually, the big letdown from Jeremy Corbyn : they would rather have a General Election before giving the people the final say on the Brexit deal. Unfortunately - in the unlikely scenario that Corbyn secured and won an election - he has not committed to stopping Brexit .  Through all the cross talking and distraction, Labour leadership continues to aid and abet the Tory Brexit. Meanwhile, the story of the Conservative Party Conference was the bitter infighting between Theresa May and Boris Johnson . The Prime Minister continues to be distracted from the real work of government by childish squabbles in her party. Follow this link Read more »