National News

  • Lib Dems Winning in by-elections November 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    The sweep of four victories on 30 November means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November.

    The Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held last night, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

    The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 20, 2017

    Following an announcement by Stephen Gauke that the Universal Credit hotline will be made free, Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesperson Stephen Lloyd said:

    "I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hottest hotline in Britain.

  • Theresa May & Co
    Article: Jun 2, 2017

    A mock estate agency called "Theresa May and Co" has been launched by the Liberal Democrats today attacking Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

    The Conservative policy would force the sale of family homes to fund care for elderly and vulnerable relatives.

    The party has estimated that the Dementia Tax would cost £125,884, for someone receiving ten years of care living in an average-priced home in Folkestone and Hythe.

  • Black
    Article: May 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats nationally, along with the other political parties, have suspended campaigning today as a mark of respect for those killed and injured in the attack in Manchester last night.

    Here in Shepway we are doing the same, and have today suspended any public campaigning activity - canvassing, campaigning online and leaflet delivery - in Shepway.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

    In the first few minutes after Therea May's announcement, hundreds of people have joined the Liberal Democrats. Join them, and the Liberal Democrats, today.

  • Disabled
    Article: Apr 4, 2017

    Diabetics and those with mental illnesses could be left without support

    A Liberal Democrat motion designed to kill the Government's attempts to severely restrict disability benefits has been lost after Labour peers failed to support it.

    The move follows an announcement by the Government that they will be tightening the criteria for claimants of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which could see diabetics and those with mental illnesses stuck without support.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Mar 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published the interim report by the independent panel of health experts commissioned by Norman Lamb to set out a new deal for Britain's Health and Social Care Services.

    The panel is independent of the party and is making recommendations based on the experience and expertise of its members which they hope are considered by all political parties.

    The panel was set up by Norman Lamb in Autumn 2016 with the remit to ask the difficult questions about the challenges facing health and social care and to come forward with bold solutions needed to meet them.

    Today's report has been published ahead of the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference this weekend to update the party on its progress. The full report will be published later in Spring.

    Amongst the key conclusions are:

    • The current funding settlement for our health and care services is not fit for purpose. It is well documented that there is a projected funding gap in the region of £20bn across health services by 2020/21 and a further £6bn gap in social care.
    • The panel is unanimously of the opinion that it is necessary to raise additional revenue for health and care through taxation.
    • The panel will propose the establishment of an independent body to make health and care budget recommendations to Government, setting out what is needed to deliver services and essentially providing a similar function to that of the Office of Budget Responsibility.
    • The panel are considering a number of options for where additional taxation should come from, taking account of how we can raise the amount of money needed; but also, how this can be done in a way which is progressive and takes account of intergenerational fairness.
    • The options under consideration are as follows and the panel will conclude which of these they think is preferable in the final report:
    1. Raising Income Tax

    2. Raising National Insurance

    3. Introducing a dedicated health and care tax

    Commenting Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "I commend Norman Lamb for establishing this independent panel and thank them for their work so far. I hope this is a wake-up call for politicians as to the scale of the challenge we face in Health and Social Care.

    "I have made clear that we will take the final report and its recommendations seriously, and we can see from this interim document that bold solutions will be needed to tackle the ever growing challenges facing health and social care. My guarantee is that the Liberal Democrats will consider these seriously and will not shy away from offering big solutions."

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

    "I thank the panel for their work, I brought this panel together in the face of the undeniable crisis in health and care. We have over a million older people with unmet care needs, people having to wait months for the treatment they need, and a situation that is only going to get worse.

    "The government are dragging their heels on offering anything resembling a vision for the future of health and social care in Britain. We are a wealthy country, we have to do right by our sick and elderly and excuses and promises of fixes tomorrow simply are not good enough."

    The full report can be read here.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins to ensure thousands EU nationals living in Kent are guaranteed the right to remain in Britain, as figures have revealed the extent to which local NHS services rely on EU nationals.

    The news comes after the government was defeated in a historic vote in the House of Lords this week, after peers voted for an amendment to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. The issue will now be voted on by MPs, as pressure mounts on the government to change position.

  • Lord Dick Newby
    Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Dick Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

    Over the last month, I've led Liberal Democrat peers in scrutiny of the article 50 bill in the Lords and during that time, we have sought to make changes to the government's plans.

    We had three goals: to protect Britain's membership of the single market; protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    Unfortunately, two of our amendments that would have protected membership of the single market and given you a final say on the deal were defeated after the Labour Leadership failed to support us, and even went so far as to back the Government over plans to tear us away from the single market. A third amendment which would force the government to guarantee EU citizens right to stay passed, as was an amendment which we supported to give Parliament a meaningful say at the end of the process.