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  • Article: Sep 25, 2019

    The Supreme Court has made it's ruling - the prorogation of Parliament was illegal.

    MPs should be allowed to scrutinise the Government without having their voices silenced. This is the basis for our democracy.

    The Conservatives' authoritarian power grab wasn't just illegal, it was downright wrong.

    The Conservatives' authoritarian power grab wasn't just illegal, it was downright wrong. Parliament - not the Government - is sovereign, and this cynical attempt to stop MPs from doing their job was simply outrageous.

  • Sam Gyimah and Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Sam Gyimah MP has joined the party.

    Speaking after his reveal at the Party Conference in Bournemouth, Sam Gyimah said "I'm delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats at this pivotal time in our country's politics. The two old parties have moved to the edges of the political spectrum - each with their own brand of intolerance and division - leaving millions politically homeless. It doesn't have to be like this. Jo is leading a real movement to unite the centre, bringing together liberal-minded people to offer a real alternative."

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats plan to address the pressure faced by young carers, including reforming the Carers Allowance giving young carers a free bus pass.

    The party's new Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey, was himself a young carer for his mother before she passed away when he was 15.

    Reflecting, he said: "You have to grow up early as a young carer. As we saw today, without adequate support, being a young carer can hurt your life chances. We must demand better."

    The raft of new policies include reforming the Carers Allowance so young people who undertake more than 21 hours a week of education can qualify for the allowance, and treating being a carer by learning institutes and employers as a diversity issue.

    Liberal Democrats MP Ed Davey said:

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    There is nothing more important than education.

    Education opens up opportunities, shows us what we are capable of and challenges our preconceptions. When education is accessible it can be a great equaliser, however with cuts from 2010 then it is no longer fit for purpose.

    Our economy is changing. It is crucial that our education system evolves at the same rate.

  • David Campanale PPC
    Article: Sep 12, 2019

    With a call to Remain supporters from every party to come together as a snap General Election approaches, David Campanale has been chosen by the Liberal Democrats as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Spelthorne. At a well-attended hustings in Staines on Friday, he told activists his campaign would reach out beyond the party to all people of goodwill wanting to stop a No Deal Brexit.

  • Nicola Cornes protesting against fire service cuts
    Article: Sep 6, 2019

    Spelthorne Libera l Democrats have raised their concerns about the lack of fire coverage across Spelthorne on the 1st weekend of September just 10 days after opening.

    Cllr Nichola Cornes, Staines South Ward and Shadow Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing and Housing, who started the initial petition back in 2017 against the closure of Staines Fire Station plus reducing two full time manned crews to one full-time and one on-call crew and joined forces with many other campaigners including SoSiS said.

  • Heathrow Expansion
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Spelthorne Lib Dems have consistently opposed the possible expansion of Heathrow and in July proposed a motion to change the Council's position to object to the expansion in principle. The outcome of the motion was for it to be referred to a special meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 3rd September to determine a recommendation to the Cabinet.

  • Lib Dem Stop Brexit placard in Westminster (Keith Selmes)
    Article: Aug 29, 2019

    A short prorogation is supposed to happen every year...

    Parliament is usually closed for a little while in the run-up to a Queen's Speech.

    There wasn't one in 2018, however.

    ...but not for this long

    Most of the time, this is a 3 to 7 day break.

    Boris Johnson wants to shut Parliament for 5 weeks.

    That's the longest since 1945.

  • Scrutiny in Spelthorne
    Article: Aug 28, 2019

    Following the election of a new Council in May this year it has become apparent that there are things missing at Spelthorne Borough Council (SBC) that you would have expected to find in a well-run Council. The missing items are real consultations, transparency and genuine scrutiny of decisions. Your local Liberal Democrat councillors are trying their best to find out where they have gone.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Our country faces an immediate crisis: crashing out of the EU without any deal. The most cavalier and catastrophic of Brexits: putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs , public services including our NHS , and even our national security.

    So in this moment of national emergency, Jo Swinson stands ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government.

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