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  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    The result of the EU referendum changed an awful lot: the Prime Minister, the economic outlook, Britain's political discourse and our standing in the world. But there are 3.6 million people whose lives have been affected more than most. These are the citizens of other EU countries who live in the UK.

  • Post Office
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Local Lib Dems are outraged at the proposals to relocate Harrogate Town Centre's Post Office into WHSmith.

    Cllr Pat Marsh said:

    "The Government is downgrading our Post Offices and this cannot be allowed. In Harrogate there may not be enough space in the existing store WHSmith's to relocate a Post Office that offers the service our present Post Office does. We are really concerned that the services offered at present will be reduced to enable the relocation.

  • People's Vote March 20.10.18
    Article: Nov 2, 2018
    By Josy Thompson & Angela Thompson

    Josy Thompson and Angela Thompson (no relation!) are two of our members who travelled to London where they joined hundreds of thousands of others calling for a People's Vote on the deal agreed with the EU. Here's their account of that day:

    "Saturday 20th October. What an extraordinary day! The sun was shining, the crowds were overwhelming. Coach after coach unloading passengers from all over the country and from all walks of life, people spilling out of tube stations and off public buses all turning up to march to demand a final say on Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Tonight the Liberal Democrats voted against the Government's indefensible tax cuts for higher earners. Despite the best efforts of their whips, 20 Labour MPs put principle above party and voted with the us.

    It is beyond belief that a party which claims to stand 'for the many, not the few', decided not to oppose the Government on this.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The delay in implementing a planned and much needed reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals is completely unacceptable.

    These machines are a blight on our society and undeniably damaging to vulnerable people.

    The Government's inaction is ruining lives and they must not be allowed to continue making these excuses that only benefit bookmakers.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The dodgy Brexit demagogues should start getting worried about transparency and criminal investigations shining a light on their actions.

    Aaron Banks is facing a criminal investigation over loans to leave campaigns. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are piling on the pressure over the lack of transparency surrounding donations to Northern Ireland political parties.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    In an appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee this afternoon, the Immigration Minister made the cloud of uncertainty facing EU citizens in the UK even worse.

    Caroline Nokes was unable to answer how employers would be able to tell the difference between EU citizens who have been living in the UK for five years or more - and are therefore entitled to settled status - and those who haven't, and would therefore be subject to new controls.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    New regulations proposed by the Government would be yet another erosion of people's civil liberties.

    The House of Lords cannot stop or amend the regulations, but we can put on record our dissent, and I'm tabling a motion to do that today.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are standing up to protect our freedoms

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    "A standstill non-event" - Vince Cable

    "This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event.

    If we are to see an end to austerity, then we need a proper injection of cash

    "With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems are still to be tackled. It was a sticking plaster Budget, when major surgery lies ahead.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    Philip Hammond tried to strike an upbeat note today, declaring "austerity is over". Cossetted inside Westminster for the afternoon, he hid away from the storm clouds gathering over our economy.

    Brexit is making the situation worse.

    In truth, austerity cannot be brought to an end without difficult decisions involving an increase in taxation. Excluding the Government's promises on the NHS, maintaining real spending on public services will require an additional £19bn in extra tax and borrowing. And Brexit itself is making the situation worse.