News from the Liberal Democrats across England

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Boris Johnson's failure to defend our children's education meant that his Government spent the same amount in one month on Eat Out To Help Out as in a whole year for our children's school catch-up.

    Imagine a future where our children's education is a priority. Where schools raise their mental well-being and their maths grades. Where they can excel at English and find their talent for music or sport. Where they grow into happy, healthy, adults.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    This week in the House of Commons, local MP Tim Farron voted to keep the triple lock for 22,307 pensioners in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

    The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    This morning, Cumbrian MP Tim Farron led a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament to press ministers to intervene to make sure that rural communities in Cumbria don't miss out on funding for broadband.

    The rules around the Government's Project Gigabit scheme mean that the community-led company B4RN would no longer be able to bid to provide broadband to many areas in the county.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 22, 2021

    With Phase 2 of the Bedford High Street improvement works on track to finish ahead of schedule, the next stage of works on the east of St Paul's Square begins.

    In consultation with businesses and restaurants in the area, the decision has been made to carry out this stage of works overnight only from 8pm to 5am. This started at 8pm on Sunday 19 September. It is expected that night works will be complete by the end of October.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    At the recent Autumn Conference, Liberal Democrats launched a new video that shows off our international credentials.

    The party has always had the reputation of leading the way in the sphere of foreign affairs and indeed CLDs' two founding patrons (the late Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Ming, Lord Campbell) believed that the UK can be a force for good globally.

    What does global Britain mean today and what can the government learn from the Liberal Democrats?

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. We must put an end to this.

    The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    What a conference we've had!

    From motions to keynote speeches to training, there was something for everyone and the quality of debate was, as ever, excellent.

    We also got a huge amount of press coverage. Our stunning win in Chesham and Amersham has put us back in the spotlight - and the media are beginning to see that only we can dismantle the Tory Blue Wall.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    Online fraud has risen by a third in the pandemic. We must ensure justice is delivered to victims and need to tackle this endemic of scams and frauds head on.

    The push to a virtual world in the pandemic has increased the rate of online fraud and scams. Hackers and fraudsters take advantage and prey on people over the internet.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021
    By Sarah Olney

    Boris Johnson's woeful government has done it again.

    Their needless belligerence towards our neighbours has devastated the national supply chain. Shelves are bare and prices will rise.

    By refusing to work with the European Union, importing and exporting goods has become much harder. The skilled worker visa system brings high costs, inflexibility and bureaucracy. It's too hard to hire from the EU, and many EU nationals have gone home. And that's all thanks to this divisive government.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    I want to take you back to May 1999, and the first-ever elections to the then Welsh Assembly.

    Almost 600 years after the first Welsh Parliament was established in June 1404, the people of Wales once again had its own national democratic institution.

    Wales was entering a new dawn - an opportunity to meaningfully hand power to people, to communities, away from the corridors of power.