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  • Article: Apr 29, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Responding to the expected announcement that the Climate Change Committee has recommended 2050 as the date the UK becomes a net-zero greenhouse gas emitter, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

    "This report tells us the very minimum we need to do to cut our greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero, but this Tory Government must be more ambitious. We have a responsibility as a country in the face of a climate emergency facing the entire world.

    "We saw only last week that some in the cabinet are refusing to say they accept the scientific consensus on climate change which is incredibly alarming. Liberal Democrats demand better. Climate change is scientific fact, not an opinion to be debate - that time has passed.

    "That's why Liberal Democrats are calling on a net-zero target of 2045. This will focus minds and make the United Kingdom a world leader in cutting emissions, while also taking responsibility for the damage our country has caused over the last century."

    Former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

    "Climate change should be at the heart of Government - as Liberal Democrats successfully worked for during the Coalition.

    "Climate action by Liberal Democrat ministers saw a huge expansion in renewable power, the setting up of the Green Investment Bank and Britain leading key international climate negotiations at the EU and UN, winning new more ambitious targets.

    "In contrast, the Tory record by themselves since 2015 has been appalling: scrapping our zero carbon homes law, dramatically slowing down green energy investment, privatising of the Green Investment Bank and refocusing of energy policy away from renewables on to fracking and nuclear.

    "Liberal Democrats would declare a climate crisis and introduce a radical new programme to decarbonise capitalism, forcing investments to consider climate risk, shifting them into clean, green technologies."

  • Article: Apr 28, 2019

    Responding to reports of a bullying culture in department that handles asylum claims, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

    "The working conditions of this unit are symbolic of a failing Home Office and failing Government. Sajid Javid has been in his job for a year and there are no signs that the Home Office is set to change under the Conservatives. There must be a serious investigation into this department at the Home Office. Liberal Democrats are calling for a complete Home Office overhaul, removing the hostile environment and the culture that the Conservatives have fostered."

  • Article: Apr 26, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    In a letter to Palace staff organising the impending state visit in June, Mr Cable said, 'I have taken the view that as a party leader I should not support state visits where the government of the day has issued invitations inappropriately.

    I did not accept an invitation to attend a State Banquet with the King of Saudi Arabia for that reason. I hope and trust Her Majesty The Queen will understand that I decline this invitation out of no disrespect to her. I am of course hugely honoured to have been invited.'

    Following his letter Vince Cable commented:

    "The Conservative Government has prevailed on the Palace to host President Trump, and they are dutifully doing so. But we should not be beguiled by pomp and circumstance into hobnobbing with a man who is on record as a misogynist and a racist. If we need to do business with the United States on an intergovernmental basis, we can do that without rolling out the red carpet in this way. The fact this state visit is occurring at all is a shameful stain on the Government, who doubtless see it as a distraction from the mess they are making of running the country."

  • Article: Apr 26, 2019
    By Hartlepool Lib Dems

    Social care is in crisis. Financial pressures have seen the elderly and younger adults with disabilities have their limited support - support to get dressed, support to make meals - reduced even further all across the country.

    The Tories claimed reform of the broken social care system would be their key priority at the 2017 General Election. Two years on however they have proposed nothing, they have changed nothing, and funding is still desperately low.

    While additional funding is desperately needed, the crisis in care is now such that money alone is not enough. The Liberal Democrats recognise this and demand better.

    The Liberal Democrats would as a first step put social care on a stable footing with a penny on Income Tax whilst working to a achieve a longer-term settlement for social care. Liberal Democrats would establish a cross-party health and social care convention, bringing together stakeholders from all political parties, patients groups, the public and professionals from within the health and social care system to find a solution for the crisis in social care.

  • Mail article 5th April
    Article: Apr 5, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    There's a saying that if you always do what you have always done, then you'll always get what you have always got. We are less than a month away from the May local elections and by the time you read this article you'll probably know who the candidates are that are standing in your Ward.

    Now the Council have been trying to persuade people to stand in the elections and a Council Spokesperson said that the town needs ' people who are capable, vibrant, energetic and engaged, with a commitment to local residents and a passion for making change happen.'

  • Mail Article 30th March
    Article: Mar 30, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    I was reading the Hartlepool Post website the other day and something written by a contributor made me chuckle. He compared the 'standard' Hartlepool Councillor to a bear. The bear sleeps and only wakes when it's Summer. Similarly, he says, some Hartlepool Councillors only wake up at election time when there are votes to be had. Are your Councillors like that?

  • March 27th article to Mail
    Article: Mar 27, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Who do people think is the least trustworthy profession in the UK? Actually, it's not Politicians! (it's Advertising Executives, evidently). But Politicians do come a close second. And so I can understand why people might not want to vote in the coming local elections in May - but I would strongly urge that you do. The only way we can change who controls the Council is by voting for change.

  • March 23 article to Mail
    Article: Mar 23, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    I don't know if you saw in the press recently, a report about the oldest rabbit in the World. He's called Mick, he's the ripe old age of 16 and lives in the United states, and the owner put his longevity down to being positive and adapting well to the aging process.

    Now if Mick had lived in Hartlepool all his life, all he would have known is Labour rule. There's always been a Labour MP, and the Council, apart from a couple of years, has always been Labour controlled. Now I wonder what Mick the rabbit would think about the progress Hartlepool has made over the last 16 years and if he thinks the Hartlepool Labour Party has made it a much better place to live and work. Would he see Labour's achievements as a crunchy carrot, a bit of limp lettuce, or out of date cabbages?

  • March 23 social media
    Article: Mar 22, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    Hartlepool Labour are trying to take credit for the fight to bring back our Health Services. You know the ones - the ones that they allowed to be taken from us in the first place. Mike needs to tell us what he's doing about this, not blaming the Tories..........again.

  • 21 March 2019
    Article: Mar 19, 2019
    By Andy Hagon

    It's been interesting over the last few months to watch the Hartlepool Labour Party at war with itself. One section of the Labour Party believes in the vision and leadership of the current Council Leader. Many backed him in the recent leadership 'challenge' to ensure his reign continued, uninterrupted, and so still responsible for millions of pounds of our hard earned cash. (Although the challenge was not called a 'challenge', but rather 'an alternative solution to where we are'). Other Labour Party members, however, clearly don't have faith in his leadership skills.