Labour & Tory agree – we’re being driven off a cliff

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Nick Clegg – one question hangs over Westminster scandal

“Just as with the expenses scandals, the question will remain: why did it take so long for Westminster to react?”

Posted by Wealden Liberal Democrats on Thursday, 2 November 2017

 
“2009, at the height of the MPs’ expenses scandals. There are, of course, significant differences between the crisis which engulfed Westminster then and the crisis which is engulfing it now. For a start, even the most egregious fiddling of expenses is nowhere near as serious as rape and sexual assault.”

Read Nick Clegg’s article here.

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Stephen Lloyd – Universal Credit – an attack on aspiration

LibDem MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd

LibDem MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd

Eastbourne’s LibDem MP Stephen Lloyd says:

Universal Credit, an update to the UK’s benefits system on a scale not seen since Gordon Brown’s introduction of tax credits, has been something of a sore spot for the Government in recent times. Intended to simplify welfare – by combining into a single payment benefits including Jobseekers Allowance, tax credits and housing benefit – and boost incentives to work, the theory behind Universal Credit was – and remains – sound.

That is why the Liberal Democrats, myself included, fully supported the introduction of UC in the Coalition. Unfortunately, as is too often the case, theory and reality have diverged. As the rollout of UC has proceeded, and in recent weeks accelerated, the many flaws in its design and implementation have become all too apparent. Worse still, its primary aim of “making work pay” has been severely compromised….

Read the whole article here.

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Exit from Brexit – Yes we CAN

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Responding to comments by Donald Tusk to the European parliament that Brexit discussions can end with “no Brexit,” Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

““I welcome Donald Tusk’s comments in the European parliament. No matter what Theresa May says there are still three options on the table. No deal, a deal, or no Brexit.

“The EU have confirmed what we have been saying all along, if Brexit looks like a disaster we can call the whole thing off.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party offering an exit from Brexit by giving the people a say on the final deal.”

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The right to decide if we want the final brexit deal – or not

You should have the final say on the Brexit deal

As Theresa May struggles to negotiate a divorce settlement with the EU our economy is in serious trouble. Jobs are being lost at major employers, the pound has already lost 20% of its value in a year, our balance of trade and productivity are poor, and we have fallen to the bottom of the growth league for major economies. It is clear that the public is paying the price for the government’s economic mismanagement. We believe YOU should have the final say over the Brexit deal in a referendum and if you don't like it you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in the European Union and Exit from Brexit. Share if you agree.

Posted by Liberal Democrats on Monday, 16 October 2017

As Theresa May struggles to negotiate a divorce settlement with the EU our economy is in serious trouble.

Jobs are being lost at major employers, the pound has already lost 20% of its value in a year, our balance of trade and productivity are poor, and we have fallen to the bottom of the growth league for major economies.

It is clear that the public is paying the price for the government’s economic mismanagement.

We believe YOU should have the final say over the Brexit deal in a referendum and if you don’t like it you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in the European Union and Exit from Brexit. Share if you agree.

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Pledge your support for the NHS

Wealden LibDems Chair Alan Whittaker is encouraging everyone to support the Open Britain NHS Day of Action on Saturday 14 October.

An NHS Practice Manager says

” It took me nearly 12 months to recruit a full-time salaried GP to our practice, due to the national shortage of GPs. He left the UK last month to return to Europe just before his start date, citing Brexit uncertainties. We now hear that 3 million patients risk losing their family doctor if EU doctors lose their right to stay (GP Online).

This, together with the current 40,000 vacant nursing posts in the NHS, means that we are facing a staffing crisis. Staff from the EU play an essential role in filling these gaps but applications from EU staff are down due to the uncertainty of Brexit.

We must protect the NHS from an extreme Brexit. And we need your help!

On Saturday 14th October Open Britain will be campaigning across the country to raise awareness of the dangers Brexit poses to the NHS.

See the Open Britain website.

Together we can help to protect the NHS now and for future generations.”

Download Open Britain’s Protect the NHS poster here.

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Vince Cable – Brexit process can be stopped

Vince Cable speaks out against Brexit in Manchester

The Brexit process can be stopped! Public opinion has shifted and it is now clearer than ever that Theresa May's chaotic government cannot deliver what the 'leave' side voted for.We must keep fighting for what we believe is best for Britain. It is our democratic right.If you believe in a prosperous future for Britain inside the EU, join the Liberal Democrats today:libdems.org.uk/join

Posted by Vince Cable on Thursday, 5 October 2017

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Sir David Attenborough on antagonisms and lack of facts….

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Alan Whittaker, Wealden Libdems chairman, comments that

“Sir David Attenborough, probably the nation’s favourite expert on the natural world, has spoken out against antagonisms, lack of facts and the condemnations of experts by some in the political field.

“He writes: ‘I would rather the people embrace one another than spit in one another’s face.’

Follow the link to the full text. It’s not political, just wise and humane.”

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By no means all young people support Labour

Chris BowersWealden’s LibDem Parliamentary Spokesperson Chris Bowers says

“Jeremy Corbyn is credited with getting a lot of the 18-25 generation interested in politics, and there’s some truth in it.

But that doesn’t mean that all young people believe Corbyn’s Labour party represents the best option for a British government – in fact you can make a far more convincing case that young people should vote Lib Dem than Labour.

Don’t just take my word for it – read this very thoughtful and insightful piece by a member of the new generation of voters in the Independent.”

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All the news from the LibDem Conference

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