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  • Article: Jul 16, 2018

    Jo Swinson speaking at the March against Trump

  • Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington.
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    In the next few days, MPs will vote on the Customs (Taxation) and Trade Bills. These bills will be both pivotal to our future relationship with the EU and a battleground for parliamentary democracy itself.

    The Chequers deal is a total fudge. The plan requires the UK to be the EU's policeman and follow its rules on goods and state aid. Meanwhile, the services sector would be left to flounder. We have absolutely no guarantee that the EU would accept such a deal.

  • Trump protest
    Article: Jul 14, 2018
    By Judith Rogerson

    On Friday I joined Liberal Democrats from around the country on the enormous march to protest against Donald Trump's visit to the UK. It was wonderful to see thousands of people from so many different walks of life united to send a clear message: the UK rejects his hateful ideology.

    At the heart of our Lib Dem values is the fight for an open, tolerant and respectful society where diversity is celebrated. Trump's long list of lies and attacks on the most marginalised members of society show that he stands for the opposite of those values we Lib Dems hold dear. His treatment of women, Muslims, refugees, immigrant families, people living with disability and the LGBT community is nothing short of appalling.

  • Pat Marsh (Pat Marsh/HBC)
    Article: Jul 13, 2018
    By Pat Marsh

    Dear Editor,

    May I through the letters page of your newspaper thank all those people who signed the Lib Dem petition asking for NHS Dentistry in Harrogate District. Your voice has been heard and we truly welcome the return of NHS Dentistry but would ask that we don't just stop there more are needed and we will keep the pressure on as we are with our ambition to retain Mental Health inpatient beds in Harrogate District.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Jul 10, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Theresa May tried to portray strength as her Cabinet decamped to Chequers to review her Brexit plans. Rebels ministers were warned they would lose their official cars if they resigned, with taxis on standby to shuttle the disloyal back to London.

    This was May's moment to bring her Cabinet in line.

    For a moment, it appeared that May had managed to quietly stifle dissent. Then the dam broke.

  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    One of my own proudest political moments as a Liberal Democrat was moving the amendment in a parliamentary committee that abolished section 28 - that shocking discriminatory law which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality by local authorities and schools. And with 2018 marking 30 years since the original passing of Section 28 we need to recall the damage that odious law did: it not only led to the LGBT+ community being shunned by some but it also gave rise to homophobic bullying in many communities.

  • EU march
    Article: Jun 19, 2018
    By Judith Rogerson

    This Saturday marks the second anniversary of the EU referendum. Members of the Harrogate & Knaresborough Lib Dems will be joining thousands of campaigners from around the country to march through Central London in support of a People's Vote on the final deal agreed with the EU.

    We are calling on Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones to support this campaign and to put what is best for his constituents and the country as a whole ahead of short term party interests:

  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum. Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young. To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    We were so close.

    Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse has been fighting to make 'upskirting' (taking photographs up a woman's skirt without their consent) a specific criminal offence.

    This morning it looked likely that this vile practice would be outlawed after it received backing from the Ministry of Justice, Number 10 and numerous MPs across the house.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    This month has been the most successful yet frustrating one we've had for our Brexit campaign.

    At the end of May we won a series of victories against the government in the House of Lords.

    We defeated the government on the EU Withdrawal Bill a staggering 15 times - thanks to the thousands of supporters who wrote to Peers we identified who would consider supporting us on this.