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As Liberal Democrats, we do not believe that political decisions should be made on the basis of whether you are male or female, whether you were born into a wealthy family, where you were born, the colour of your skin, your sexuality, whether you speak English or Welsh, whether you are 'working class', 'middle class', or 'upper class', whether you went to the 'right' school, or whether you know the 'right people'.

Liberal Democrats stand for a fair, free and open society.

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  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Green Liberal Democrats Leaf logo
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Energy

    Generation, Storage and Distribution, Smart Grids,
    Smart Appliances, Efficiency
    Energy covers the installation of domestic energy sources and storage, utility­scale installations such as windfarms and tidal lagoons, preparing for a future with electric vehicles, implementing the smart grid (including burying power lines to replace pylons) and using energy more efficiently. Councils are now permitted to be energy generators and providers, as well as having control over local plans to permit or restrict fossil fuel exploration.
  • Green Liberal Democrats Leaf logo
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Community and the Environment
    Transition, Wildlife Trusts, Nature Reserves,
    Awareness Raising

    Community and the environment looks at how the community interacts and takes stewardship of the environment. Four main themes of this are: Transition, wildlife trusts, nature reserves, awareness raising

    LibDem Policy Papers:

    PP2­ Reclaiming the City, Quality of Life in Urban Areas (pub 1994)

    5.2.4 Conservation, both of the built and the natural environment, is a crucial element of planning

    policy. Local authorities should be given greater powers to designate and to offer proper protection to

    sites, with effective enforcement powers.

    PP45 ­ Local Economies, Local Choice (pub 2001)

    5.0.2 Liberal Democrats believe sustainability must be inextricably linked with all policy, especially

    economic policy and above all local economic policy.

    PP69 ­ Affordable homes in Safer, Greener, communities (pub 2004)

    4.2. looks at improving access to Open Spaces through minimum standards in planning

    developments and the rights of communities to reclaim under used land. Policy would allow rights of

    public access on private open space created and the rights to have the communities on management

    committees of these open spaces.

    4.3.2 makes the statement that "Liberal Democrats believe sustainable communities will only be

    achieved when local people are empowered, through their councils, tenant associations and local

    community groups."

    5.4.6 Makes a priority to identify land for new Community :Land trusts (CLTs), issues and issue guidance for councils and private foundations on how they can provide land for the trusts and encourages councils to undertake an audit and publish a register.

    5.4.3 introduces the concept of community land auctions to enable community to acquire land

    PP73 ­ Your community , your choice ­ local government policy paper (pub 2006)

    Although this is a local government structural paper it does give to major principles that link to the above;

    Reaffirming decisions to the lowest level and citizens should be given incentives to re­engage with their communities

    PP77 Green and prosperous communities (pub 2007)

    This paper looks at Social cohesion and regeneration as a them. Whilst not specifically talking environmental issues the paper looks at encouraging volunteering that could be for environmental projects.

    PP93 ­ Our Natural Environment (pub 2009)

    2.3.2 Introduces environmental labelling, the impact

    4.1.1 involves local communities in creating new community woodland and green areas.

    4.1.2 Encourages the development of 'greenways'

    4.2.1 introduces a special designation comparable to SSSI to allow the protection of allotments and other green spaces of particular value to the health and wellbeing of local people.

    4.2.5 Local authorities will be given the responsibility for working together to agree Landscape Policies to protect and enhance natural geographical areas such as river basins, moors, woodland areas, flood plains or islands.

    PP102 ­ Quality of Life (pub 2011)

    5.6.3 We will make the promotion of quality of life the central goal of the planning framework.

    Challenge Magazines:

    2008 Spring

    p8 Towards Greener Living

    2009 Spring

    p9 Small is Still Beautiful

    10 Spring

    p9 Saving Our Seas

    p15 Sustainable Tourism

    2010 Spring

    p23 The Path To Transition

    2010 Summer

    p15 People Power

    2010 Autumn

    p21 Localism and Climate Change in Eastleigh

    2011 Spring

    p6 Micro Hydro­power in Rural Africa

    2011 Autumn

    p22 Making Planning Work Differently

    2012 Summer

    p19 A Sustainable Future for Fish

    2012 Autumn

    p18 Reserve Judgement

    2013 Spring

    p6 Farming, Floods and Forests

    2013 Winter

    p5 Negating NIMBYism

    p22 Community Energy

    2014 Summer

    p10 Global Sanctuary

    Resources:


    (from 2014 Policy paper PDF here)
  • Article: Feb 20, 2017
    • Peers debate Article 50 bill paving way for start of Brexit
    • Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March
    • Peers will seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Brexit process
    • Follow our live coverage of today's events
  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."