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  • Badger
    Article: Sep 7, 2020

    Erewash Liberal Democrats reacted in dismay to the news that the Badger cull will be coming to Derbyshire. The Government has announced it will capture and kill badgers in Derbyshire in an attempt to control Bovine TB. The move comes despite the government's promise just six months ago to support badger vaccination and move away from shooting this protected species and is contrary to the governments own scientific advice which warns that culling badgers is not an effective means of controlling Bovine TB. Most cattle are not infected by badgers but by other cattle.

  • Tory Misrule A - derelict shops in the heart of Rugby
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    Responding to ONS figures that show retail sales rose above pre-pandemic levels in July, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "This will be welcome news for so many people working on our high streets who would have spent several months worried about their job.

    "However, we are not out of the woods yet. The Government is yet to bring forward a proper plan for high streets in locally locked down areas, so people are likely to go through more tough times.

    "The Government also continues to threaten our economic recovery with its damaging Brexit policy. The fact that we could still leave negotiations with the EU with a bad or no deal means that many high street businesses will still be very concerned about what the future holds."

  • NHS
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have warned it is "shameful" that bereaved families of NHS and care workers who die of coronavirus risk losing access to welfare benefits if they receive payments under the government's Covid-19 compensation scheme and called on Ministers to "scrap this senseless rule immediately."

    The Government has confirmed that families who receive the £60,000 payout under the scheme will no longer be able to claim for universal credit, housing benefit or pension credit, as they would be in breach of capital limits.

    Layla Moran led the cross-party campaign calling for the introduction of the Covid-19 compensation scheme for families of NHS and care workers who lose their lives to coronavirus.

    Figures she uncovered in July revealed only 19 families had benefited so far from the scheme, despite there being over 540 Covid-19 related deaths of health and social care workers in the UK.

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    "It is utterly shameful that bereaved families of NHS and care workers face losing access to benefits if they receive a payment from the Covid-19 compensation scheme.

    "This scheme was set up to provide financial security and comfort to the loveed ones of those who tragically died on the frontline against coronavirus.

    "This exercise in penny pinching is completely tone deaf and risks rubbing salt in the wounds of grieving families. The Government must scrap this senseless rule immediately."

    ENDS.

  • Layla Moran in conversation
    Article: Aug 20, 2020

    Responding to reports that BTec results have been pulled on the eve of results, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

    "This is yet another shambles from the Government.

    "It seems the Conservatives, bumbling from one crisis to the next, simply forgot about a half a million students awaiting their BTEec grades, and had to pull the results at the last minute.

    "Meanwhile, the Education Secretary is still in his job and the Prime Minister is still on holiday. This summer has been a disaster for the Government, it has left students panicking about their future and colleges in turmoil. Williamson must resign and Boris Johnson must return to deal with this crisis."

  • Long Eaton Town Hall
    Article: Aug 18, 2020

    Erewash Borough Council have opened their consultation on the Town's fund,a sum of up to £25 million available for funding projects in towns across the country. Long Eaton was one of the towns selected. Go to https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=159482761090 by 30/08/2020 to contribute.

  • Rachel Swann
    Article: Aug 6, 2020

    The announcement of Derbyshire's new Chief Constable is an opportunity to build on existing strengths and improve on those areas where the Force is weaker, says Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Candidate Kate Smith.

    The successor to Peter Goodman as Chief Constable is the experienced, hard-working and energetic Rachel Swann. Kate welcomes this appointment, saying, "Some will recognise the name of Rachel Swann, who co-ordinated the multi-agency response to the Toddbrook Reservoir emergency, in early August 2019. It seems fitting that the news comes on the anniversary of that incident. Deputy Chief Constable Swann's organising skills were outstanding, and her record on prioritising scarce resources, cross-agency collaboration and team management is also clearly recognised by the Force, and by the current PCC. Many congratulations to her."

  • Article: Jun 17, 2020

    Erewash Liberal Democrats have reacted with dismay to the Pride flag debacle unfolding in Ockbrook & Borrowash. Despite flags having been already purchased, the local parish council voted not to fly them. Disregarding the heavy cross-party local backlash, the Parish Council has doubled-down on its decision, with the Parish Chair being clear that it was seen as granting a special privilege to a minority group. At least two Parish Councillors have resigned over this issue.

  • Wera Virtual Visits
    Article: Jun 8, 2020

    WERA VISITS THE MIDLANDS

    Friday 19th June 2020 at 6:30pm

    Online meeting + Q&A with Wera Hobhouse

    For Members of the West Midlands & East Midlands Regions

    In light of these exceptional times, the Liberal Democrats have chosen to run an entirely digital leadership election.

    So Wera is touring the country from her house, talking to Lib Dem members about her plan for a New Direction for the Liberal Democrats.

    Questions:

    Questions will be taken on the day and we will fit in as many as we can,

    Register for the event HERE

  • Article: May 30, 2020

    Responding to reports that several members of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group have warned of the risk of easing the lockdown in England on Monday 1 June.

    Several key members of SAGE have gone public with concerns that Ministers are no longer following the science. Measures to lift the lockdown announced in the last week, will go ahead on the 1 June despite the coronavirus threat level remaining at four on the governments own threat assessment scheme. According to the governments rules a threat level of four requires the continuation of lockdown measures. The UK remains at a level of four because of the epidemic is in general circulation and there is a high level of transmission, though the rate of transmission is not rising exponentially. The rate of increase in transmission, often referred to as the R number, is still perilously close to 1 with the number of infections daily only falling slowly. Against this backdrop the government wishes to press ahead with reopening schools, and allowing limited social gatherings of up to six people outside. With the test, trace, isolate system that we need to keep people safe not yet fully functional and certainly not proven.

  • Article: May 28, 2020

    As part of our ongoing efforts to organise Midlands-wide events, the East Midlands is hosting:

    LAYLA LISTENS ... to The Midlands
    Saturday 6th June 2020

    Online meeting + Q&A with Layla Moran

    For Members of the East Midlands & West Midlands Regions

    Layla will be opening with a talk on her work during the ongoing coronavirus crisis,
    and looking to how we could shape society after it ends. Topics will include: