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  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018
    By Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors

    Kickstart is the name of the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors (ALDC) residential campaign training weekend. It runs twice a year - in the summer and autumn.

    Attendees get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring from experienced and successful Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018
    By Lucy Salek

    Q - I'm sure being at the centre of a parliamentary by-election is impossibly exciting, but also busy, exhausting and overwhelming, with huge highs and lows. What stands out the most for you from the campaign?

    A - It really was! But incredibly exciting at the same time. I had seen Liberal Democrats gear up for a by-election before, but until you are at the centre of it you really can't appreciate the extent of the support, the enthusiasm and sheer hard work we do as a team to have these great results at by-election. Seeing Lib Dems come together and campaign together - that is definitely what stands out for me.

  • 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.

  • Clare McKenzie (Clare McKenzie)
    Article: Oct 8, 2018

    Last week the Harrogate Advertiser reported that local Conservative Councillor Sam Gibbs is currently serving on two North Yorkshire District Councils, representing Croft ward on Richmondshire District Council and Valley Gardens ward in Harrogate. He plans to continue doing so until he stands down from the Richmondshire ward next year. He likened this to the situation where councillors sit on both Harrogate District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2018

    This week Councillor Geoff Webber and our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Judith Rogerson have raised concerns about the future of patient services in our district. Questions have been asked over whether services such as non-essential medical procedures will have to be cancelled to save costs.

    The multi-million pound deficit is not the fault of the CCG, the Trust or the Hospital. It is because of a chronic lack of funding and investment by the Government in our health service. The Lib Dems want to find a cross-party solution to secure a sustainable long-term settlement for the NHS. In the meantime we have called for a 1p increase in Income Tax which would raise £6 billion pounds to be ring-fenced for health and social care.

  • 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.

  • ALDC award
    Article: Sep 30, 2018

    It was a successful weekend for our Harrogate & Knaresborough team at the recent Lib Dem Party Conference in Brighton where we received a 'Best By-Election' award following our victory in Knaresborough over the summer.

    But as well as celebrating our successes, Party members got to debate and decide Lib Dem policy. Here are just 7 of those bold, progressive commitments that we made:

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    I'm often asked why I first joined the Liberal Democrats and I have often answered with the word 'Brexit'. But whilst it was true that devastating result of the EU Referendum in 2016 was the catalyst for me joining the party, it really encompasses many wider issues that I wish to make a stand against.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    If you also demand better from our country - then come and join us.