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Earley Manifesto - May 2019


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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Michael Heseltine will vote Lib Dem in European elections

Tory ex-deputy prime minister says he cannot endorse Conservative stance on Brexit Tory grandee Michael Heseltine has said he will not be supporting the Conservatives in the European elections and will instead vote for the Liberal Democrats. The former deputy prime minister and lifelong pro-European said the party has become “infected by the virus of extremism” and he cannot endorse its support for leaving the EU. Continue reading... Follow this link for more info: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/18/michael-heseltine-will-vote-lib-dem-in-european-elections Read more »

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Welcome to all our new members!

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Lib Dems. Fresh off the back of our big local election wins, we’re going into the European elections polling higher than we have in nearly a decade , and our campaigns around the country have well and truly taken off. And what’s even better, is we have loads of new members to share the joy with! We’ve had people joining left right and centre – literally. Joining from Labour, the Tories, or from never having been a party member before. But they do have one thing in common: they’re joining the Lib Dems to Stop Brexit. It seems like every other tweet we see is someone proudly announcing they’ve joined the Lib Dems. So without further ado, let’s say hello to some of our new members… What is this I'm feeling? Oh yes, it's that feeling of hope I haven't felt for so long. If you're missing this feeling and want it back - join me here: https://t.co/54mgFVk21o via @LibDems — Flo Feast-Jones πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ”Ά#FBPE (@FeastJones) May 4, 2019 We Read more »

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Friday, 17 May 2019

European elections: Lib Dems could ‘shake foundations’ of British politics by beating Labour and Tories

For the first time in a century, it is "possible" the third party could outstrip its rivals in a UK-wide poll. Follow this link for more info: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/european-elections-lib-dems-eu-vince-cable-brexit-poll-labour-roties-a8915686.html Read more »

Brexit will hit young people hardest.

Brexit is a national embarrassment - and it's going to hurt young people more than anyone else. It leaves us weaker in the fight against the climate crisis. It strips our universities of millions of pounds of funding. It takes away our right to live in, work in, travel in and fall in love with the 27 other countries of the European Union. Both the Conservative and Labour parties want to take that away from us. Theresa May is pandering to climate science deniers on the hard Tory right. Jeremy Corbyn is ducking his responsibility to millions of Remainers who voted for Labour in 2017. He's refused to unequivocally back a People's Vote. He's repeatedly told us free movement will end. His shadow ministers brag on panel shows that Labour's "bailing the Tories out": Truly remarkable. The constant Gardiner to the Tories: "We are in there trying to bail you guys out." pic.twitter.com/rONOXIjFjs — John Harris (@johnharris1969) May 3, 2019 We are Read more »

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia . But we fight every day against discrimination and inequality. The Liberal Democrats have always pushed for a fairer and more equal society. I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK in 2013 when I was the minister for equalities in the Home Office. We have always fought for equal rights for all LGBT+ members and we continue to do so today. Currently, our MPs, Peers and members are fighting for many issues, including: trans people being able to change their legal gender Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to include teaching about LGBT+ relationships gender-neutral bathrooms, gender-neutral school uniforms, and an ‘X’ option on passports, official documents and forms for those who do not wish to identify as male or female. The Liberal Democrats are committed to protecting LGBT+ rights and remaining in the European Union But the le Read more »

The final stretch of the European elections - our strategy

We've seen some incredibly exciting polls on the weeks since the local elections. We’ve got the message, the momentum and the membership. It’s clear that we are the biggest and strongest Remain party, and we are on course to elect many more MEPs. But it is important to view these polls in the context of the D’Hondt voting system. D’Hondt is a very distant cousin of proportional representation. There is no option for opting for more than one party on the ballot paper. We're doing better than any of us could have expected, but many of the seats that are looking good for us are within the margin of error. These could be the difference between us getting 5 MEPs - or double that. Everything is on the line. To be confident of delivering the results I know we can, we need to spend this last week keeping to the plan that has got us here. Here’s the game plan. 1. Make sure people know that the Liberal Democrats are fighting to stop Brexit. There are still too many voters who Read more »