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  • Article: Oct 2, 2019

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    Responding to Boris Johnson's speech to Conservative Party Conference today, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "When you strip away the bluff and bluster, this was a speech by a Prime Minister who is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal.

    "Fanatically repeating 'Get Brexit Done' does not give any comfort to the cancer patient worried about accessing their medication, or the factory worker whose job is on the line. Getting Brexit done puts their lives and their jobs at risk, and that is why Liberal Democrats are working hard to stop it.

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to stop Brexit, because the best deal possible is the one we have right now as members of the European Union."

  • Article: Oct 2, 2019
    By Layla Moran, MP in
    Horrifying new stats show we need to scrap the Vagrancy Act and protect the most vulnerable.
    Layla Moran speaking at a rally in Oxford.

    This morning, the Office for National Statistics published a shocking set of figures. They show that 726 homeless people died in 2018 - a 22% increase since 2017.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives, and the Conservative Government is completely failing to get to grips with it.

    We must protect the most vulnerable people in our society, but instead the Tories are sitting on their hands.

    Their "out of sight, out of mind" mentality needs to stop now. People are dying, and we need to take a more compassionate approach to end this homelessness crisis.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better.

    We need to scrap the Vagrancy Act. It's a cruel, Dickensian law that criminalises people just for sleeping rough.

    That's why I have brought forward a Private Members' Bill that would repeal it.

    The Government should be helping vulnerable people out of homelessness, not fining them and locking them up.

    The Liberal Democrats will build the social housing and provide the support people need. That's how we can prevent rough sleeping and stop people dying on our streets.

    Being homeless is not a crime.

    Agree? Click here to add your name and join the campaign today.

  • EU flag & bird of liberty
    Article: Sep 30, 2019
    By David Kendall

    Whichever way you voted at the EU referendum one thing most people can agree on is that the Conservative Governments under Theresa May and now Boris Johnson have made a complete mess of Brexit.

    It will come as a surprise to many of you when I tell you that I was one of the 17.4 million people who voted leave at the referendum three years ago. At the time, I was like many other people whose vote could have easily gone either way. In the end, I voted leave with a heavy heart because - based on all the information provided - I thought we would probably be better off out of the EU. However as time has passed I am prepared to admit I got it wrong.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2019
    By Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    The council is looking for up to fifty taxi drivers to take part in a study to help decide where four new rapid recharge points for electric taxis will be installed.

    The four rapid electric chargers will be for the exclusive use of taxis, making it easier and more viable for taxis to be electric and help to improve air quality in and around the town.

  • Stop Brexit flow chart
    Article: Sep 29, 2019
    By Hilary Shibata

    Local Lib Dems were in Saffron Walden Market on Saturday talking about the latest Lib Dem position on Brexit. Actually, it's not really news to anyone that the Lib Dems want to stop Brexit - and now Jo Swinson has made it absolutely clear. Lib Dems will campaign in the next General Election to Stop Brexit by revoking Article 50. And if Lib Dems are the outright winners and form a majority government, with Jo Swinson as Prime Minister, the nation's voters will have given us a mandate to do exactly that, Stop Brexit.
    If we win more seats in Parliament but not an outright majority, we will continue to push for a People's Vote on Brexit, with the option to Remain on the ballot paper. And we will campaign to Remain.
    The deal we have now as members of the European Union is far, far better than anything that has even been suggested - never mind agreed. Calling a halt to the Brexit process is one way to take the heat out of the debate and start the process of national reconciliation.

  • Southend Sports Field ()
    Article: Sep 26, 2019
    By Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

    As part of its commitment to plant more trees and work with communities to do so, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is asking local residents of to help them plant a new community woodland in Shoeburyness.

    A green space on Elm Road Shoeburyness, known locally as Elm Road Sportsground, is the location for the woodland, which will be planted out and maintained by working with the local community over a number of years.

  • Boris Johnson demeans the office he holds
    Article: Sep 25, 2019
    Following comments made by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons this evening, Cllr David Kendall, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Brentwood & Ongar, said:
    "The Prime Minister once again proved he is totally unfit for office.
    "He heard the pleas of MPs - many of whom have faced death threats - to moderate his language and yet dismissed their concerns with the same callous bluster that has become his trademark.
  • Leigh & West Leigh Focus Autumn 2019 ()
    Article: Sep 25, 2019

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  • Alex backs Boris 2
    Article: Sep 24, 2019

    Following today's news from the Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, is our MP still backing Boris as stated in a Conservative newsletter that was recently delivered across Brentwood & Ongar with the headline "Alex backs Boris".
  • Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By Chuka Umunna, MP in
    Boris Johnson broke the law and lied to the Queen to stop MPs scrutinising his Government. He should resign.
    Palace of Westminster.

    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. Parliament - not the Government - is sovereign, and this cynical attempt to stop MPs from doing their job was simply outrageous.

    It's appalling the lengths this Government will go to. Its only goal is to save the Conservative Party - and it's happy to break the law to do so.

    But not only did it break the law - Boris Johnson lied to the Queen to make it happen.

    Today's events yet again prove that Boris Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister. At any other time, having lost a court case such as this, the Prime Minister would be writing their resignation.

    Our MPs are already on their way back to Westminster. The Liberal Democrats will hold him and this shambolic government to account.

    Boris Johnson's lying, populist and nasty politics are straight out of the Trump playbook. The United Kingdom deserves better than Boris Johnson. And only the Liberal Democrats will stop him and his destructive Brexit.

    Demand better than Boris Johnson - join our campaign to sack him today:

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