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Earley Manifesto - May 2019

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Windrush Day

Please be advised that this article contains language that some may find offensive As a child of the Windrush generation, Windrush Day is hugely important to me. I’m so glad that we, as a society, are marking it. The term ‘the Windrush Generation’ stems from the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the ship The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean. It denotes the large-scale influx of Caribbean immigrants during the years that followed. There’s been a lot of press about the terrible treatment of people who came here from the Caribbean in the late 1940s and onwards, who now find that their very official existence has been denied. There’s been a lot of press about the terrible treatment of people who came here from the Caribbean in the late 1940s and onwards, who now find that their very official existence has been denied. There’s also much discussion about the poor treatment of those Caribbean immigrants upon t Read more »

Thursday, 20 June 2019

3 years on from the EU referendum

Three years on from the 2016 referendum and we are still in the EU. This in itself is a huge achievement. It is also a fact that I find myself reminding journalists and political figures of fairly frequently. In three years we have come a long way. On the devastating morning after the referendum, I was numb. It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen, and our country would inevitably have to undergo the associated irreparable damage. Very quickly it became clear that wasn’t the case. The day after that referendum, then Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron announced that our party would campaign to give the people the final say on whatever deal came out of the Brexit negotiations. This final say would ensure that people were happy with the deal and that if they weren’t, we could stay in the EU. Since then we have campaigned tirelessly to secure that people’s vote. Our growing number of members and supporters have been passionate and inspirational in their resolv Read more »

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Pride Month: fighting for equality across the United Kingdom

This month is Pride month. This year, June is also 50 years on from the pivotal Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, yet still couples in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to marry the person that they love. Internationally, huge progress has been made when it comes to the rights and freedoms of LGBT+ people. Just this summer, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage while Botswana decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark ruling. But we still have so far to go. In the UK many LGBT+ people still face a grim reality in which discrimination, both socially and in the eyes of the law, blights their everyday reality. The shocking image of a young same-sex couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that bigotry and prejudice persist. The shocking image of a young same-sex couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder tha Read more »

Pride Month: fighting for equality across the United Kingdom

This month is Pride month. This year, June is also 50 years on from the pivotal Stonewall riots. We’ve come a long way, yet still couples in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to marry the person that they love. Internationally, huge progress has been made when it comes to the rights and freedoms of LGBT+ people. Just this summer, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage while Botswana decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark ruling. But we still have so far to go. In the UK many LGBT+ people still face a grim reality in which discrimination, both socially and in the eyes of the law, blights their everyday reality. The shocking image of a young lesbian couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that bigotry and prejudice persist. The shocking image of a young lesbian couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that Read more »

Demand better for unpaid carers

In the UK currently seven million people are carers. That is one in ten people and the figure is only rising as demographics change and people live longer with more disabilities and illnesses. Three in five of us will be carers at one point or another in our lives. That is why it is so important this week, Carers Week, that we understand and recognise the contribution carers make to society. Carers are more likely to suffer with mental health and physical health problems. Young carers miss days of school. And carers are more likely to struggle financially and have lower rates of employment. Yet in the UK one in three carers have missed out on benefits they are entitled to because they did not realise they could claim them. That is why I am using Carers Week to challenge the Conservative Government. This week in the House of Lords I asked the Government what steps they are taking to ensure unpaid carers receive the support to which they are entitled. We need to being doing much Read more »

A record-breaking few months

We’ve had an exception two months, winning elections, breaking records and growing our movement. Get the low down here: Local Elections We saw our party’s best ever local election results, taking control of twelve councils and winning 706 council seats across England. We took control of Vale of the White Horse, Hinckley & Bosworth, North Norfolk, Winchester, Bath and North East Somerset, Cotswolds, Chelmsford North Devon, Mole Valley, North Devon, Somerset West & Taunton and Teignbridge Councils. We also took big strides forward in Southport, Hazel Grove, St Albans and Cheadle and we made real, tangible progress in many more - including Dacorum, Welwyn Hatfield, Broxtowe, Wokingham, Brentwood, Southend, New Forest, Barnsley and Sunderland. The European Elections We came second, with a vote share of 20.3% and beat out both Labour and the Conservatives. And we elected sixteen fantastic MEPs! 🔶 Catherine Bearder (Group Leader), Anthony Hook and Judith Bunting in the Sou Read more »

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