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  • Homelessness is not a crime banner and people marching
    Article: Mar 3, 2021

    Five years ago, hundreds of Chelmsford residents marched (and many more signed a petition) - all concerned about a Public Space Protection Order with plans for £100 fines (from then-Conservative Chelmsford City Council).

    Since the Liberal Democrats took on the leadership of the City Council, things have changed. The Council voted last week for funds to provide new support for rough sleepers and the other 250 or so homeless families in Chelmsford.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2021

    At a time when millions of small businesses are struggling to survive, to offer them just £5 billion would be an insult.

    We need to see a budget with a bold and ambitious compensation package

    From beauticians to builders, florists to café owners - the small businesses in our communities are on the brink and the Chancellor must do more.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    For more up to date information from the Lib Dem Lords, follow us on twitter: @LibDemLords

    Here's what our peers got up to this week.

    Monday 22nd February

    Each day in the Lords begins with four oral questions to the Government on different topics. Dee Doocey took the Government to task for often taking many weeks, or even months, to answer Written Questions submitted by peers. They are a critical tool for parliamentarians, she said, and government departments are working in a way that is detrimental for others trying to hold ministers to account.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 22nd February

    Monday 22nd February

    All eyes were on the Prime Minister on Monday as he delivered an address to Parliament, setting out a roadmap of rolling back restrictions as the pandemic heads into a new phase.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    For years, the Liberal Democrats have been campaigning to scrap the archaic Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough.

    And yesterday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick conceded that we were right, and that it's time to get rid of this cruel and outdated law.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    25 years ago our former leader Paddy Ashdown laid out the stakes for Britain's position in the world:

    Britain's role as the bulwark against tyranny in two wars this century was not a product of isolationism. It was the natural response of a nation used to engaging in the world and certain about its role as a European power.

  • World on fire climate change 2
    Article: Feb 23, 2021

    Extra funds for climate action in Essex, pavements, mental health + young people were proposed today by Essex Liberal Democrats. The proposals were tabled at the Essex County Council budget meeting on 23 February.

    The Lib Dem proposals:-

    Climate Change action

    • Promote a sustainable approach to growth, development and a low carbon future.
    • Implement measures to improve the green infrastructure of Essex and increase biodiversity.
    • Improve the environmental quality, attractiveness and recreational potential of public spaces in ECC ownership.
    • Implement measures to reduce waste, lower energy consumption and improve air quality in identified hot spots and introduce Clean Air Zones.
  • Article: Feb 22, 2021

    Millions of people across the country have made untold sacrifices in the past year.

    Boris Johnson must not squander the months of sacrifice by millions of people and businesses across the country

    People have been isolated from their families, hundreds of thousands of businesses have been shuttered and our precious freedoms have been curtailed.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2021
    In Crowd Justice E-Mail

    Update on Just how does public money end up in the pockets of Cummings' friends?

    "This agency is the one who are Dom Cummings / Lee Cain's mates, and hence getting all our work with no contract BUT are also spending much money on doing all our ridiculous groups".

    These are the words of the Head of Insight and Evaluation for the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, describing a Government contract handed to friends of Dominic Cummings. It's just one of several explosive emails revealed in yesterday's hearing of our judicial review of the decision to award the contract without tender.