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  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Today at Liberal Democrat party conference, members passed a Europe motion that commits the party to revoking Article 50 in the event of a Liberal Democrat majority government.

    Speaking after the motion, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are crystal clear: if we win the next election, we will stop Brexit by revoking article 50 and remaining in the European Union.

    "People deserve better than Boris Johnson's No Deal Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Brexit. At the next election, voters can instead choose the Liberal Democrats, and our clear and unequivocal policy to Stop Brexit.

    "Before an election is called, the Lib Dems will continue to work cross-party to prevent a dangerous No Deal Brexit, and support a People's Vote, with the option to remain. We will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to stop Brexit altogether."

  • Article: Aug 30, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Responding to the reports that the Treasury has confirmed the government's fast-tracked Spending Round will take place on 4th September, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Ed Davey said:

    "This won't be a spending review, it'll be Johnson's election rehearsal. This is nothing more than a transparent move to butter up the British public for a snap General Election before the Tories unleash the catastrophic consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

    However, they cannot hide the damage Brexit has already done to our economy and we have not even left the EU. Brexit is damaging our businesses, costing us jobs and tanking our economy. Not to mention this can't be a serious spending review - the new Government haven't had time to review anything except their Brexit and election strategies.

    This is just another example of how much money the Conservatives are wasting as they continue to put Party before country. Sajid Javid could be setting himself up as the riskiest Chancellor in history."

  • Article: Aug 28, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Responding to the news published tonight in The Guardian that the Government intends to announce an increase in schools funding "within days", Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran MP said:

    Schools will await this announcement with a mixture of expectation and dread. They had already been promised more funding in the final days of Theresa May's premiership, only to see the money disappear in a puff of smoke. This time, Boris Johnson must put his money where his mouth is.

    Headteachers will be desperate to know what this means for front-line budgets meanwhile, the Conservatives' ideological obsession with academies will continue. Schools will waste thousands of pounds being forced against their will to convert to a new structure that will do nothing to improve pupils' life chances.

    Liberal Democrats demand better for our children. Teachers will not forgive the Conservatives if they are forced to waste this money on a pointless reorganisation, rather than on new teachers and support staff. We must end school cuts now, so that pupils can get the resources they need to learn."

  • Article: Aug 28, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Responding to The Children's Society report, which estimates that 219,000 children across the UK are unhappy with their lives as a whole, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran MP said:

    "Today's report reveals the scale of the challenges that too many children are facing on a daily basis, from being the victims of bullying at school to coming face-to-face with the unrealistic representations of body image on social media.

    Parents want their children to grow up happy, healthy and with the skills and knowledge that they need to thrive in the modern world. Yet this research suggests that the Conservatives are failing on all counts, with children worried about their friendships, their health and their chances of finding a job.

    Liberal Democrats demand better for every child. The Government should put the voices and concerns of children at the heart of policy-making - from tackling air pollution and the climate emergency to reversing school cuts, investing in children's mental health services and creating a public health approach to serious violence."

  • Article: Aug 26, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Today the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has written to Jeremy Corbyn ahead of a meeting between opposition leaders in order to ensure that no option is off the table to stop No Deal.

    Jo Swinson has proposed an agenda for the meeting requesting that it focuses on four critical points:

    • Strategy to take over the order paper to prevent No Deal
    • Plan to beat the government in a vote of no confidence
    • The steps that would need to be taken in forming an emergency government
    • Clarity on where all opposition parties stand on the matter of stopping Brexit altogether
  • Article: Aug 25, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Responding to reports that the government is investigating ways to close parliament in order to force through no deal, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:

    "If Boris Johnson can find a kooky or irregular way to shut Parliament out of the Brexit process it will be an outrage. No deal will destroy our economy, it will have a dramatic impact on the cost of living and it will mean less access to medicines that keep people alive. Parliament must be able to challenge Ministers on the damage it will cause.

    Whilst Boris Johnson wants to shut people and Parliament out, Liberal Democrats want to do the opposite by giving voters the final say on Brexit with an option to remain in the EU."

  • Article: Aug 23, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Responding to Boris Johnson's comments this afternoon on people crossing the Channel, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:

    "It is just plain wrong for Boris Johnson to label refugees crossing the Channel as 'illegal migrants'. Quite apart from the dehumanising language, there is nothing illegal about seeking sanctuary in the UK, and it is shameful that we have a Prime Minister who says it is. We know that many of these people have fled persecution in Iran. For the Prime Minister to casually dismiss their rights to asylum with no evidence whatsoever is unlawful and inhumane.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better. The way to stop these dangerous crossings is through an effective and compassionate response: investing in a stronger Border Force to stop the smugglers and traffickers, while ensuring safe, legal routes to sanctuary for those forced out of their home countries."

  • Article: Aug 22, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Responding to the Science and Technology Committee's report which has highlighted the lack of policies in place to deliver the net zero target by 2050, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and the Environment Wera Hobhouse said:

    "Climate change is the major crisis affecting not just the UK, but the world. This report confirms what we already know: the Conservatives are squandering the legacy of the Liberal Democrats in Coalition and failing to take the climate emergency seriously, despite the devastation that will be caused if we sit on our hands. Liberal Democrats demand better.

    Liberal Democrats would place tackling climate change at the heart of government. We would restore subsidies to renewable energy which were slashed by the Conservatives, we would reintroduce standards for zero-carbon homes and would bring forward the date to end new sales of petrol and diesel cars to 2030. All with the aim of reaching net-zero by 2045, five years earlier than this current government wants."

  • Article: Aug 21, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today announced her first Shadow Cabinet.

    In announcing her Shadow Cabinet, Jo Swinson declared she has built a team that will provide "the real alternative our country needs'. The Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet is 50/50 gender balanced and has a membership of 15% BAME.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

    "I am proud to announce my new Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet to stop Brexit. Given the threats from nationalism and populism, more than ever before, people are crying out for a new vision for our country. This new team will take the fight to this right wing Conservative Government and provide, where Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party have been absent, the real alternative our country needs. This is also a team ready to offer the solutions to the big issues people face, to lead the Liberal Democrats as the strongest remain party into a General Election, and to win a People's Vote."

  • Article: Aug 20, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Responding to Boris Johnson's letter to Donald Tusk outlining his opposition to the backstop, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "The backstop, agreed between the UK Government and the EU, is there to guarantee no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Boris Johnson's proposal to replace it with 'a commitment to put in place arrangements as far as possible before the end of the transition period' is so vague as to be deeply embarrassing. The border issue remains intractable and Johnson's intervention simply highlights after three years the Conservative Government are no closer to identifying a credible solution."