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  • Article: Oct 10, 2018

    The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

    In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2018

    Will Corbyn stand up to the Tories and their chaotic Brexit? Can Theresa May provide any clarity about what a real Brexit deal might look like?

    No, and no.

    Labour's Conference was riven with divisions over Brexit. Keir Starmer said he wanted to give the people the chance to remain, John McDonnell says this isn't on the table.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2018

    Hft has welcomed the Local Government Association's (LGA) "The lives we want to lead" green paper as an important start to the conversation on social care funding. In its response. The charity calls for the conversation to move beyond simply focusing on elderly care, and for greater inclusion of people supported by social care services, and those who support them, in the decisions that affect them.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2018

    Consultation - Have your say on the proposed closure of ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations

    Image caption - a lady at a London Overground ticket office

    Arriva Rail London are planning to close ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations*. London TravelWatch is now consulting passengers on these changes and wants to hear from as many passengers as possible.

  • Cllr Vicky Davies
    Article: Oct 2, 2018
    By Cllr Vicky Davies

    Better investment in mental health care is essential to support our community from cradle to grave but, more importantly, investment must go to acting on findings to make positive changes.

    Mental ill health remains the poor relation of physical illness because the symptoms are often swept under the carpet with patients not receiving suitable care. Worryingly, one in four people will become mentally unwell at some point in their lives with increasing numbers of young people affected.

  • Tristan
    Article: Oct 2, 2018
    By Tristan Ward

    Mental health is as damaging to individuals and families as physical ill health. It accounts for around 23% of all British disease. It causes acute suffering and affects life, sometime resulting in suicide. It is as humane to treat mental health and make people whole as it is to treat, say, back pain, cancer or a broken leg. A decent society looks after people who are ill, and that includes people who are mentally ill.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2018

    The leader's consultation on proposals for party reforms is still running for the next 2 weeks - and we want to make sure as many people as possible can take part.

    That's why we've produced a consultation pack for your local party to use. You can see the pack here:

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  • Jennie Rigg
    Article: Oct 2, 2018

    Jennie Rigg, the chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, has responded to the announcement that the Government will legislate to allow mixed-sex Civil Partnerships after losing a case in the Supreme Court in June:

    "Civil partnerships for all couples was the intent of the original Civil Partnerships legislation in 2002 by Lib Dem Lord Lester. Sadly the Government of the day chose instead to deliver a 'separate and unequal' two-tier solution. When we became the first major party to call for same-sex marriage, we also supported bringing Civil Partnerships to couples regardless of gender. We're proud to have delivered same-sex marriage in Government, and happy to see this further step for equality 16 years after we first tried to introduce it.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    If you couldn't make the first online consultation session, fear not!

    We've recorded the entire thing - and you can cactch up now:

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  • Article: Sep 28, 2018

    Saying hello is not difficult. And that is all you essentially need to do if you want to engage with diverse communities and open doors. I was determined to make sure I did that when I started campaigning in West Barnes, Merton.

    I am the first BAME councillor to win in the ward's 60 year history. Our team worked hard and we followed all the advice we were given by ALDC and HQ. But essentially it was won through hard work and the willingness to say hello and listen to your residents.