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  • Article: Jul 1, 2022
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, 1st of July, we are marking an incredible 50 years since the first Pride rally took place in the UK.

    We have made incredible strides when it comes to protecting the fundamental human rights of those with LGBT+ identities. I am proud that our party has supported LGBT+ rights since its very conception.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have made political history by winning in Tiverton and Honiton.

    Richard Foord overturned a Conservative majority of 24,239, the biggest ever!

    Richard polled 22,537 votes, winning a majority of 6,144 with a swing of 29.9%.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

    I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.

    Richard Foord

    Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2022

    "Tory Block Vote keeps Council Report Secret"

    "Councillors Ordered out of Meeting and Refused Right to Listen to Debate"

    Tensions are running high in Harborough as a Conservative Block vote stopped all but a handful of Councillors from seeing a detailed confidential report.

    In an electric atmosphere Lib Dem Leader on Harborough District Council, Cllr Phil Knowles, backed by his Deputy Cllr Roger Dunton took the fight to get the report released to all councillors to the heart of the Council Chamber. Click the link to read the Harborough Mail Article

  • Article: Jun 17, 2022

    We saw last year what a huge boost it gave to the party getting two new excellent MPs elected in Parliamentary by-elections. It's good for their constituents and also good for the party's prospects across the whole country.

    We've also seen this month how Conservative MPs have failed to do what our country needs - to remove Boris Johnson from 10 Downing Street.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have joined with Liberal parties from across Europe to condemn the British government's proposals to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    The annual ALDE Congress last weekend in Dublin called for genuine, workable solutions to the Protocol as opposed to the current ideological approach.

  • Article: Jun 8, 2022

    It's Carers Week - a chance to recognise, celebrate and, most of all, listen to the stories of unpaid carers.

    People looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable job in difficult circumstances. As a carer for most of my life - first for my mum, then for my gran, and now for my disabled son, John - this is something I know all too well.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2022

    We all have our own special memories of the Queen's Jubilees. For me, they have spanned my entire life. So it is with great pleasure that I will join the entire nation in celebrating seventy years of Her Majesty's reign - on this Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

    In her coronation speech, the Queen said: "Throughout all my life, and with all my heart, I shall strive to be worthy of your trust." I think the whole country will agree that our Queen has more than fulfilled her promises made to our nation.

  • Article: May 26, 2022
    Sunak scam: Families being hit with £800 tax hike

    Whilst Chancellor Rishi Sunak' has announced further help with energy bill today he's also still levying a £22.4 bn tax bill:

    ● £13.8 bn in personal tax rises this year - through the National Insurance rise and the freezing of Income Tax thresholds

    ● £8.6 bn in extra VAT due to inflation this year

    There are 28 million households in the country. This means the £22.4 billion amounts to a total tax hike of £800 per household.

    According to the latest Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast from March 2022, the Government will raise an additional £13.8 billion from personal taxes in 2022-23. This comprises £2.9bn from the freezing of Income Tax thresholds and £10.9bn from the National Insurance increase. This takes into account the increase in NI thresholds announced at the Spring Statement.

    The additional £8.6bn VAT hit is based on the latest forecasts for VAT receipts from the OBR, compared to its previous forecast published last year. VAT receipts forecasts are taken from the OBR's Economic and fiscal outlooks for March 2021 and March 2022. The difference between the March 2021 and March 2022 forecasts amounts to an additional VAT hit of £8.6bn in 2022-23.

    Responding to the Chancellor's announcement on the cost of living, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

    "The Chancellor is hammering families with a £800 tax hike this year, more than wiping out what he announced today.

    "It is the Sunak scam, promising you help but picking your pockets while you're not looking.

    "Soaring inflation and devastating tax rises have left proud families who never dreamed they would find themselves in trouble struggling to pay the bills.

    "The British people need help right now, but instead have been left abandoned again for months on end.

    "The simplest way to help people right now would be for Rishi Sunak to scrap his unfair tax hikes, starting with VAT. That would put money now back into people's pockets, boost the economy and support struggling businesses."

  • Cllrs Ajit Atwal and Ruth Skelton
    Article: May 25, 2022
    By Derby Liberal Democrats

    Today, in Derby, Starmer's Labour councillors allowed Boris Johnson's Tories to take leadership of Derby City Council. At the City Council's AGM Tory and Labour councillors voted together to give themselves key positions of power in the Council.

    Despite the Conservatives having only 18 seats, just over a third of the councillors, they have been given control of the majority of Council decisions with all the seats on the Cabinet. They have also gave key chairs and vice chair positions on Scrutiny Boards and Regulatory Committees (Planning and Licensing) to Conservatives - making it easier for the Conservatives to 'mark their own homework'.