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  • Article: Jan 20, 2021

    The Federal Conference Committee met via Zoom call on Saturday, 16 January for the agenda selection for our second virtual conference. The meeting was a lengthy one, which was in part due to the large selection of varied and interesting motions we received, but also to give us breaks from staring at computer screens for a number of hours.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    The Government are refusing to accept cross-party amendments to the Trade Bill that would put human rights at the heart of our trade policy.

    The UK and the world can't just stand by and do nothing.

    This is particularly important because of what is happening to the Uyghur people in Xinjiang and across China. The Foreign Secretary last week described the mounting evidence to the Commons:

  • Article: Jan 19, 2021

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the goods they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    Liberal Democrats back British farmers.

    The Conservatives have continually failed to protect our farmers from these risks.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 11th January

    Monday 11th January

    Monday started off with a statement from the Chancellor who has been notably quiet as of late. He came to the House to update MPs on the most recent packages of support for individuals and businesses during the pandemic.

  • Child enjoying a free school meal
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    On 25th November Lib Dem councillors put forward a motion at the Full Council meeting supporting the Child Food Poverty Taskforce's call for Free School Meals to be expanded to cover all children whose families are in receipt of Universal Credit or on a low income, and that food vouchers be made available for school holidays and lockdowns.

    At Council Cabinet on 13th January, a report was presented which was supposed to deal with all that the November Council motion asked for. Unfortunately it only covered children who are eligible for Free School Meals, rather than all children in poverty. At the meeting Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton asked why this was, and what would be done for low income families not entitled to Free School Meals. "I got an answer that was rather like waffle," said Cllr Skelton. "It seems Derby's Tory leaders are expecting schools to identify these children."

    The motion to Council also required that letters be sent to the Secretary of State for Education, the Secretary of State for Health and the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking them to implement the recommendations of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce. Ruth asked if they had been sent and asked for copies of the letters. The answer was no they had not been sent, but would be imminently.

    Lib Dem campaigner Farhatullah Khan, who helped organise lunches for children over the autumn half term holiday, said, "I'm appalled that the Tories would choose not to give help to all children living in poverty. The fact they haven't sent the letters to government ministers shows that children in poverty are of no importance to them."

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    For years, this Government have promised our fishing industry a sea of opportunity, but, today, our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Boats that are able to go to sea are landing their catches in Denmark-an expensive round trip of at least 72 hours, which takes work away from processors and other shoreside businesses in this country.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Edward Davey

    It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

    Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.