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  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019

    Two companies have been fined a total of £1.5m following the death of a five-year-old girl in a disability lift. Alexys Brown died in hospital after putting her head through a broken screen in the lift at her home in Weymouth on 13 August 2015.

    Synergy Housing, her family's landlord, was fined £1m and lift company Orona Ltd was fined £533,000. Both firms pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations by failing to maintain the lift properly.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019

    Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza's purchase using the company's iPhone app.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019

    A debate has been held in parliament about a chronic pain condition after a petition attracted more than 115,000 signatures.

    Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, organised the debate along with constituent and fibromyalgia campaigner Adrienne Lakin.

    She launched the petition calling for more funding and support for sufferers. Mr Perkins said ministers had offered to meet him and campaigners to discuss further action.

  • Cllr David Kendall takes part in a blindfold challenge in Brentwood High Street
    Article: Jan 16, 2019

    As firm believers in fairness and equality, Lib Dem councillors David Kendall and Karen Chilvers have been working to highlight disability issues in recent months.

    After taking part in the "Blindfold Challenge" with Guide Dogs for the Blind that gave him a better understanding of the issues facing the visually impaired, David has made progress on moving two new safety schemes forward. It is hoped that tactile paving can be installed at the Crown Street junction and the Moore's Place junction.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's Brexit deal just lost in the Commons by 230 votes. This is huge - she's failed to convince her party, failed to convince Parliament and failed in her attempt to scaremonger MPs into backing her. It's the biggest loss in the Commons by a Government - ever.

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's botched Brexit deal goes to the Commons tomorrow night, and its chances are looking slim.

    A Lords motion regretting the damage Brexit would do and rejecting no deal has passed by a stonking 169 votes.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    The media's been laser focused on Theresa May's sinking Brexit deal. But today, 3 crucial bills have gone through the Lords, with significant Lib Dem input. We're fighting to:

    • Protect the privacy of people who wear skirts
    • Outlaw exploitative letting fees
    • Allow people to go about their lives without the Government butting in
  • Article: Jan 14, 2019

    We all remember waking up to that awful result two and a half years ago. We were all braced for uncertainty. But nobody could have predicted how disastrously the wheels came off the Brexit wagon.

    Warnings of food and medicine shortages. Tearing up vital environmental laws. Becoming rule takers, not rule makers.