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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, 8 July 2020

Our Response to the Chancellor's Statement

Countless families are facing serious financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. More than a million people have lost their jobs and many more are worried about losing theirs in the weeks and months ahead.We are also facing big challenges in deep-seated inequality and the climate emergency.We must ensure no one is left behind.Against this unprecedented economic and health crisis we need a radical new direction of economic policy to meet this challenge.We need a Green Recovery PlanThe Government's plan does not match the scale of ambition necessary to reshape our economy and save the planetThis is precisely the right time for a massive green stimulus to provide jobs and tackle the other great crisis of our time, the climate emergency.The Government’s green spending simply does not match the scale of ambition necessary to reshape our economy and save the planet.The UK’s green investment is being outpaced by the likes of France, Germany, South Korea and even rivalled by Denmark.T…
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VAT cut for hospitality and tourism is welcome but rescue package still urgently needed to save jobs - MP

Reacting to the Chancellor's announcements on hospitality and tourism, South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: "These proposals, particularly the big cut in VAT, are really welcome, and show that the Chancellor has been listening to our case for further support for one of the hardest hit sectors. "Sadly, however, the measures do not go far enough to form a proper rescue package that is desperately required to save many local jobs and businesses.
Follow this link for more info: http://timfarron.co.uk/en/article/2020/1367580/vat-cut-for-hospitality-and-tourism-is-welcome-but-rescue-package-still-urgently-needed-to-save-jobs-mp
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Munira urges PM to put environment at heart of Covid-19 recovery

Munira has written to the Prime Minister, urging him to put the environment at the centre of his economic plans to recover from the pandemicThe post Munira urges PM to put environment at heart of Covid-19 recovery appeared first on Munira.org.uk.
Follow this link for more info: https://www.munira.org.uk/news/munira-urges-pm-to-put-environment-at-heart-of-covid-19-recovery/
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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

How Devolution Can Drive a Green Revolution

This morning, Acting Leader Ed Davey addressed the Local Government Association’s online conference. He spoke about the crucial role of local government – not just in keeping our communities safe during this coronavirus pandemic, but also in building a fairer, greener, more prosperous country as we emerge from this crisis.Here are the highlights from his speech…On the work of local authorities during the pandemic:Local authorities are the key institutions that enable our communities to come together and deliver the vital services people need.Even as coronavirus has caused unbearable heartbreak and hardship, it has been truly uplifting to see the great work councils right across the country are doing to support local people…This pandemic has highlighted something the Liberal Democrats have always understood: local authorities are the key institutions that enable our communities to come together and deliver the vital services people need. That’s true in “normal” times, and it’s even mor…
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Migrant women must be protected in the Domestic Abuse Bill

The landmark Domestic Abuse Bill is due to be passed by the House of Commons today.Survivors desperately need the new legal protections and support that this Domestic Abuse Bill will bring.More than two million people experience domestic abuse every year. Survivors desperately need the new legal protections and support that this Domestic Abuse Bill will bring.The Conservative Government has been far too slow bringing this legislation forward since they first promised it more than three years ago.I’m relieved that our cross-party pressure has paid off and the House of Commons will finally have the chance to pass this long-awaited and landmark legislation today.I’m also delighted that we have succeeded in ensuring that the Bill properly recognises children as victims of domestic abuse.We must ensure that the Bill protects all survivors of domestic abuse, no matter where they were born.Liberal Democrats’ will continue to try and improve the Bill further.Among the amendments we will be ta…
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Sunday, 5 July 2020

72 Years of the NHS

This year marks the 72nd birthday of the NHS. The idea, conceived by a liberal - William Beveridge - transformed healthcare in this country. And as a nation, we have been rightly proud of the NHS for 72 years. This year we haven’t just felt proud however – we have also felt profoundly grateful. Our NHS staff have been incredible. As a nation we are proud of the NHSThey have made sacrifices for our safety and wellbeing. They have had to deal with circumstances we couldn’t imagine – losing friends and colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma through this crisis.This is on top of the difficulties NHS staff have faced for the last few years. For years the NHS has been underfunded – new money from Government has barely been enough to keep things going with little to none left for making improvements, investing in staff, or fixing crumbling hospitals and buildings. With rising demand for care from our aging population, and a shortage of doctors and nurses, things hav…
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