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  • yorkshire against fracking
    Article: May 23, 2016

    Thirsk and Malton Liberal Democrats

    PRESS RELEASE

    21st May 2016

    Liberal Democrats across North Yorkshire have vowed to make fracking a major issue at next years County Council elections if councillors pass the controversial application to allow it to take place in rural Ryedale.

    Thirsk and Malton Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Di Keal said:

  • Article: May 22, 2016
    By Simon Oliver

    The following has been received from the GLD Chair, Simon Oliver:

    Dear colleagues
    After much reflection, it is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats. It has become clear that the irrevocable collapse of one key relationship within the organisation has triggered increasing inertia and undermined Executive morale. As Chair I must assume responsibility and regard my continuation in the role as harmful to the organisation.
  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:



    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.



    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.



    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.



    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.



    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.



    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

  • Road Repair Equipment
    Article: May 12, 2016
    By Jude Deakin

    Repair work is due to start on 17th May in Linnet Drive and Firecrest Rd.

    Notices have now gone out to residents in Linnet Drive and Firecrest Road advising them of forthcoming road repairs and micro resurfacing.

    Carrageway planning will begin on 17th May, whilst repairs are programmed to begin on 19th May (weather permitting) and last five days.

  • School Traffic Sign1
    Article: May 12, 2016

    Essex County Councillors from all parties have backed a Lib Dem proposal to oppose the forced conversion of Essex schools into academies and control by Whitehall.

    The Liberal Democrat motion opposed government plans to:

    • force all "coasting" schools to become academies, irrespective of each school's wishes
    • remove elected parent governors
    • leave local councils with responsibility for issues such as school places without the full powers needed to discharge them
    • expand the use of unqualified teachers.
  • Article: May 12, 2016

    Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said



    "Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.



    "It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don't have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them."

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting on reports that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to announce the introduction of a 'one hour bus ticket' , Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:



    "The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London. I welcome our policy being adopted by London's new mayor and hope that he will go further and also implement our policy for half price travel for journeys on the transport network before 7.30am."