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  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Within hours of Theresa May speaking to Parliament about the deal she negotiated, hundreds of Lib Dems gathered on Parliament Square to make clear they opposed it.

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give people the final say on the Brexit deal in a People's Vote, with the option to remain in the EU. And Thursday was a big day. It was the day that turned a People's Vote from a possibility into a probability.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on the deal with the option to remain in the EU.

    Parliament has seen the deal that Theresa May has cobbled together. We have a real chance to derail the Conservatives' damaging and chaotic Brexit.

    So this Autumn, I'm are asking you to do three simple things:

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • Article: Nov 15, 2018

    The plight of the Grove Academy, a pupil referral unit in Harrogate, hit the national headlines this week as it became apparent that it faces drastic funding cuts giving rise to concerns about its potential closure. There are plans by NYCC to reduce funding to PRUs across the county despite a rising demand for these services. The Grove Academy has recently been graded as 'Outstanding' by OFSTED and has achieved great results for pupils who have otherwise been excluded from education.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Across the Atlantic, Trump and his cronies are doing their very best to rewrite the definition of transgender out of existence. An agenda of social cleansing that feeds into his administration's insular and antagonistic narrative. We may like to think that Trump's views are in isolation, that his fear of difference does not seep to our shores, but it does.

  • Nidd Gorge
    Article: Nov 10, 2018

    The increasing levels of traffic congestion in Harrogate and Knaresborough affect the lives of thousands of residents on a daily basis. We have reached the stage where we no longer have the luxury of being able to do nothing. We need to find a long-term, sustainable solution that protects our environment, reduces congestion and encourages people out of their cars.

    Improvement of public transport links, better cycling routes, staggering of school hours and a Park & Ride scheme are the sorts of initiatives that all need to be carefully considered. Whatever solution is adopted, it must solve the problems of congestion rather than just moving them around.

    The proposals for a Harrogate relief road came back for discussion at a public meeting held last Thursday at the Cairn Hotel. North Yorkshire County Councillors were asked for their views on the two remaining options: Option E which is an inner relief road, or Option B which is a package of sustainable measures in the town centre without the inclusion of a relief road. A range of views were heard which will now be considered by the NYCC Executive followed by a public consultation on the proposals.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn was asked "If you could stop Brexit, would you?"
    His response?
    "We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered."

    But Brexit can be stopped through a People's Vote

    Vince Cable

    This demonstrates, if proof were needed, that Jeremy Corbyn is working hand in glove with the Conservatives to deliver their ideological Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    A group including representatives of major pharmaceutical companies have written to the Health Secretary to state that if urgent action is not taken the UK will not have a medicine supply that will suffice in a no deal Brexit.

    The Government simply cannot guarantee that there won't be shortages of medicines

  • Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Millions of EU citizens in the UK have been living under a cloud of uncertainty for more than two years. After being quizzed by MPs on two separate occasions, the Immigration Minister has utterly failed to offer them any clarity.

    The Minister was still unable to answer what immigration checks EU citizens will be subject to after Brexit

  • Pat Marsh (Pat Marsh/HBC)
    Article: Nov 5, 2018

    The Harrogate Borough Council 2018/19 Budget moved away from paying the lowest paid Council workers the Harrogate Supplement. Since then the Union asked for this decision to be reconsidered. After listening to their concerns and arguments, the Lib Dems have come to the conclusion that the original decision was unfair.