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  • Pat Marsh (Pat Marsh/HBC)
    Article: Feb 15, 2019

    Lib Dem Group Leader on Harrogate Borough Council, Cllr Pat Marsh, has called for greater transparency when it comes to decision making by the Council.

    Last week we learned in the local press that Cllr Graham Swift will be joining HBC's Chief Exec and Inward Investment Officer on a trip to a major property exhibition in Cannes.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Last week a Private Members' Bill aimed at protecting young girls from female genital mutilation was brought to the Commons.

    The bill would clear up a loophole in the law. Currently, female genital mutilation doesn't count as one of the conditions for a temporary care order to be issued. This means it's harder to get at-risk girls away from families looking to mutilate their own children.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Tomorrow sees two parliamentary bills become law.

    Two bills that the Liberal Democrats have been fighting on, to improve the lives of those living in Britain.


    Back in June last year, my Private Members' Bill making upskirting a specific criminal offence was kicked out of Parliament by a Tory dinosaur - for no good reason. But we didn't give up.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2019

    Despite telling Labour conference he would pursue a People's Vote if he could not secure a General Election, Jeremy Corbyn is now offering support for Theresa May's Brexit.

    His support is coming at the cost of people's jobs, our NHS and the environment - he's just missing in action. We've had enough.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2019
    By Norman Lamb

    When the Liberal Democrats were in Government, I had the privilege of being Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health. As Health Minister I worked to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, introducing the first ever access and waiting time standards for mental health. We also secured more money for children and young people's mental health services.

  • Brexit Debate 25.1.19
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    We are only a month into 2019 but it has been a busy start to the year for the Harrogate and Knaresborough Lib Dems:

    • Lib Dem Councillors have been leading the fight against proposed cuts to the local education budget that will mean that the future of Harrogate's successful Pupil Referral Unit is at risk. Group leader on NYCC, Cllr Geoff Webber, will be tabling an amendment to the NYCC budget seeking to delay to these cuts.
  • Article: Jan 30, 2019

    The title of this article should be common sense, shouldn't it?

    And yet, between 2014 and 2016 alone, over 3000 people were dragged before the court. Not for doing anything wrong, but for falling foul of a 195-year-old law.

    The 1824 Vagrancy Act was drafted with soldiers coming home from the Napoleonic Wars in mind. It's a cold, archaic relic from a bygone age. I will do everything in my power to ensure it doesn't reach its 200th birthday.

  • Demand Better
    Article: Jan 30, 2019

    Last week Lib Dem councillors from both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council attended a presentation on NYCC's proposals for the local Pupil Referral Service. Planned cuts to the education budget mean that these services, and in particular the Grove Academy in Harrogate, are under real threat.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2019

    Last night, MPs finally got a chance to vote on bringing Parliament into the 21st century by introducing a year-long proxy voting trial. I've been working hard for this change along with MPs from all parties for a long time. This is a welcome - if long overdue - victory.

    Our conventional pairing system is painfully outdated and vulnerable to abuse. Brandon Lewis broke one such arrangement with me on a crucial Brexit bill last year - in fact, he specifically broke the pair only for the two closest and most important votes that day. Worse, afterwards, it emerged that this was deliberate - the Conservative Chief Whip had also asked other MPs to break their pairs (though they had honourably declined to do so).

  • Brexit Debate 25.1.19
    Article: Jan 26, 2019

    Almost 200 people packed into the Wesley Centre in Harrogate on Friday evening to take part in the 'Brexit: What Next?' debate organised by North Yorkshire for Europe. The event raised over £500 for the Harrogate Homeless Project.

    Local Conservative MP Andrew Jones unfortunately declined the invitation to take part, but those present were able to hear from speakers representing the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Labour, the Conservatives and UKIP. There then followed a series of passionate interventions from audience members with views on both sides of the Brexit debate.