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Tory cartoon cabinet is driving Britain off the cliff

by Steve Beasant on 13 October, 2018

Responding to speculation that the PM will negotiate a temporary customs arrangement with the EU, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “The Government is making a diabolical mess of Brexit. Theresa May now attempting some kind of a temporary customs union is further evidence of a Tory cartoon cabinet, driving Britain off the cliff and hoping […]

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Responding to the news that doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “These new measures offer very restrictive access to medicinal cannabis which will benefit only a tiny number of people. “The tight restrictions show that the Government continues to be […]

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Responding to the publication of the BDO High Street Sales Tracker which shows the UK high street is suffering the worst year on record, with in-store sales declining 2.7% year on year, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:  “This report highlights two significant problems in our economy. Firstly, taxation is skewed directly against shops, particularly […]

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Demanding Better for Civil Liberties

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Liberal Democrats continue their fight to protect individual freedoms in the House of Lords. 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 […]

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NHS waste scandal demands a full inquiry

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has called for “a full inquiry” into why hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and medical waste from NHS hospitals has been left to rot. The call comes after the Health Minister confirmed that Healthcare Environmental Services, the firm responsible, has been stripped of NHS contracts. Liberal […]

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Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron will today [10/10/2018] present a Bill to the House of Commons which would make it significantly easier for the Government to strip failing rail companies of their franchises. Mr Farron has repeatedly made the case for failing rail operators to be stripped of their franchise after a summer of […]

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The Liberal Democrats have called on Labour to be a “real opposition” and oppose the Conservative Government’s Counter-Terrorism Bill as it has its second reading in the House of Lords today. The legislation has drawn widespread criticism from human rights groups, including Liberty and Amnesty International. Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has said that it […]

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Time has come for Government to back #VotesAt16

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran has urged the UK Government to legislate to lower the voting age to 16 in the wake of the Welsh Assembly supporting equivalent plans today.  In Scotland, a bill allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote was passed unanimously in 2015. Ms Moran said:  “If we are happy to allow […]

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Barnier confirms there is only a bad deal or worse

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Responding to a speech by Michel Barnier, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Today Michel Barnier confirmed what many in the UK have been saying for a long time: there is only a bad deal or worse, none. “All this debate about a backstop would be unnecessary if the Prime Minister had acted in the […]

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Farron warns Agriculture Bill falls a long way short

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Agriculture Bill today, Liberal Democrat Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron has warned the Bill falls a long way short. Mr Farron said: “Reforming Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding is long overdue, and something for which the Liberal Democrats have consistently called for. However, this Agriculture Bill […]

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