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  • Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Ten months ago, I was standing on a doorstep. It was dark. It was freezing cold. It was a few days before polling day. I was talking to a lovely couple, one of whom broke down in tears. She was a nurse at our local hospital and she was telling me how she and her colleagues were struggling to cope. They were stressed out, burnt out and desperately needed more staff.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020
    By Wendy Chamberlain

    Our union is under threat.

    Nationalism is a dangerous force, fuelled by a sense of alienation and powerlessness. Brexit has forced divides between our four nations.

    Coronavirus and Brexit, two of the biggest issues facing the UK, have demonstrated the inadequacies of our current constitutional arrangements. With growing support for reform across our nations and regions, it's time to act. It's time we created a truly federal UK.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference is in full swing, and despite this year's event looking very different, it's gotten off to a great start.

    With four jam-packed days of policy in the agenda, there's a lot to keep track of, so here's a quick recap of all the big moments from Day 1.

    Motion on UBI passes

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    The UK is one of the strongest economies in the world, and yet our economic system leaves too many people without enough money to meet their basic requirements and fails to value properly vital unpaid work like caring.

    Today, Liberal Democrat Conference has voted to campaign for Universal Basic Income.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020
  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    In the UK we're lucky. We're able to turn to the NHS at some of the lowest points in our lives. On a daily basis, our health and care workers are there for us, and deal with tragedy, sickness and death. But all too often, these same front line care staff are overworked and underpaid.

    All too often, are front line care staff are overworked and underpaid.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Conference is upon us.

    On Saturday, 19 September the Federal Conference Committee met to review the amendments, late motions, emergency motions, topical issues, questions to reports and appeals for next weekend's Autumn Conference.

    As you will be aware, this is the first time that are holding our Conference completely online. The Federal Conference Committee would like to thank the Conference and wider HQ team for all of the hard work in bringing our Conference online. Throughout a really difficult period we have all worked together to offer a fully online Conference. You can see the introduction video from Geoff Payne, FCC Chair, and Hannah, from HQ, here The video will show you all the features of the online conference, including the auditorium, visiting, fringe sessions, training, the exhibition and the chat functionality.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Today, the Conservatives blocked the Liberal Democrats' attempt to close the loophole in the Government's legislation to end the eviction ban, which has left an estimated 55,000 households at risk of being evicted since Monday.

    The motion, put forward by the Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Grender, would have effectively abolished the Government's Statutory Instrument, forcing Ministers to address the issue.

    The motion was defeated 126 votes to 266.

    Following the vote, Baroness Grender said:

    "The subject of this vote today was 55,000 households teetering on the brink of eviction. The Conservatives promised that no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus would lose their home, but now all it takes is for a landlord to reinvoke an eviction notice and these families will be searching for a new home.

    "The fact that during a second wave of an epidemic and in the run up to winter some families may now be facing homelessness thanks to the Government's legislation is shameful.

    "Although this motion was a rather unprecedented tactic, we find ourselves in unprecedented times. It was a missed opportunity to help all those families threatened with eviction, with no cash and no options, who are in desperate need of support.

    "The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for all those facing eviction. It is about time the Conservatives stopped ignoring the most vulnerable and stuck to their promises."

    Short-term plans no replacement for full Budget

    Responding to the Chancellor's decision to cancel the Autumn Budget, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    "If ever there was a time when we needed an Autumn budget to outline long term plans, this is it. Millions of people who are worried about their jobs, their future, and how we will transition into a green economy want to know if this Government has a plan, and what it is.

    "The Treasury's short term plans are one thing, but people rightly want to know where they are heading. The Chancellor must give a clear answer to questions about where the furlough bridge is leading. At the moment, thousands of people and businesses are looking at a financial cliff edge. They need reassurance.

    "The Chancellor must give people certainty about the future and outline a comprehensive plan for the UK's economic recovery. We need to see from Government plans to extend the furlough scheme, protect excluded groups, and launch new investment - especially in the green economy."

  • Article: Sep 23, 2020

    As previewed, the September meeting of the party's Steering Group concentrated on how we can maximise our chances of success in the May elections. Our grassroots campaigners are on the frontline for that, but what we do centrally can help (or hinder!) their chances.

    So as well as agreeing on priorities for next year's budget, we're also ensuring that ahead of that, our financial figures are given a really thorough shakedown to identify if any extra funds can be squeezed out for helping the elections in time to make a real difference.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020

    As previewed, the September meeting of the party's Steering Group concentrated on how we can maximise our chances of success in the May elections. Our grassroots campaigners are on the frontline for that, but what we do centrally can help (or hinder!) their chances.

    So as well as agreeing on priorities for next year's budget, we're also ensuring that ahead of that, our financial figures are given a really thorough shakedown to identify if any extra funds can be squeezed out for helping the elections in time to make a real difference.