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  • Article: Nov 30, 2019
    By Brian Paddick

    Too many people feel unsafe in their own homes and walking down their local streets. So many communities feel exposed and vulnerable.

    The Conservatives' cuts to police numbers have contributed to a rise in violence and decimated community policing. 47% of people say they never see police foot patrols, up from 30% in 2014-15.

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    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    Every child deserves the best start in life.

    That's why children's charities have asked every party leader how their policies will help children and generations to come.

    Here are five things the Liberal Democrats will do to build a brighter future for every young person:

    1. Stop Brexit

    Brexit is a disaster for our young people. It limits our ambitions and our horizons.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has urged the European Commission to find a solution to a trade dispute with the United States as the European Parliament backed a motion urging the European Commission and Trade Commissioner to urgently fix the problem of unnecessary and punitive tariffs imposed on agricultural produce by the United States.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    "We must stop Boris Johnson ramming through a damaging Trump trade deal."

    The US trade team is offering PR tips on how to force chlorinated chicken down our throats.

    That tells you everything you need to know.

    Leaked documents from the US-UK trade deal talks have revealed the truth. The US team agreed to share their "public lines" on chlorine-washed chicken.

    Why? They argue it's to "inform the media narrative."

    In reality, it's "how to sell the lie."

    These trade talks hang in the balance due to Brexit. US negotiators had 'the most angst' about EU limits to the use of chemicals in food production. They want a no-deal Brexit so we can break from EU regulations on food standards.

    The Tories' desperation for a trade deal with Donald Trump risks leading to lower standards for the food on our tables. A hard Brexit means fewer regulations and standards on the quality of our food.

    This will not just be damaging to our health. It will be incredibly damaging to our food production industries, too.

    We must stop Boris Johnson ramming through a damaging Trump trade deal. It will do great damage to both British consumers and farmers.

    We will stop Boris, stop Brexit and uphold our world-leading food standards.

    Our country's health is at the heart of our vision for a brighter future.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Today, a document was released that lays out the details of talks involving UK and US officials.

    The documents are horrifying.

    They reveal what looks like a deal cooked up between the Tories and Donald Trump that puts our NHS on the table. This, despite Johnson's repeated insistence that the NHS is not for sale.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    The UK has the fifth largest economy in the world, but one in five of us lives in poverty.

    Yet instead of addressing inequality, the Tories' heartless welfare policy has led to soaring levels of poverty across the country.

    That's why Jo Swinson's Liberal Democrats have come up with a bold plan to tackle inequality across the UK. As the Resolution Foundation recognises, Liberal Democrats have the most progressive manifesto of all the major parties, focused on ensuring everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today used a visit to the Lasswade riding centre to highlight the Liberal Democrats' challenge to the SNP in seats across Scotland.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "At the European elections the Liberal Democrats beat the Conservatives and the Labour party for the first time in decades. We are a growing force and we are looking to win more seats and more votes at this election.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    Responding to the news that the Conservatives and SNP have been ranked at the bottom of Greenpeace's analysis of party manifesto commitments on tackling the climate emergency, above only the Brexit Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Rebecca Bell commented:
  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    "Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson."

    When I meet children and teenagers in schools, they often ask me what you need to be good at to become a politician.

    And my answer is always this:

    Being able to write a press release and understand legislation is important for the job. But you can learn all of that.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    More than 700 people die while homeless each year. It is the most shameful example of the failure of our housing and welfare systems.

    The Conservatives just don't seem to care. They are sitting on their hands, failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

    The latest government figures show that, under the Conservatives, the number of rough sleepers in England on a single night has risen by 31% since 2015, to 4,677. In 2018, 1,320 people were prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act, according to the homelessness charity Crisis.