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  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Dignity and respect should be at the core of our criminal justice system.

    This is crucial if we are serious about reducing reoffending rates, supporting young people who have grown up in poverty and caring for people with poor mental health.

    No one is born wanting to break the law. And yet, our criminal justice system does far too little to help people build a life free from crime.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke article 50 and withdraw us from the Brexit process.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our health and social health services are at crisis point in the UK.

    They have been at crisis point for years now - and it is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

    It is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Harry Samuels

    In our country right now, around 6.5million people are classified as carers. And an enormous 700,000 of those are young people. What they do often goes under the radar, but has a huge impact on the people they care for.

    Our new policy will unlock the potential of those young people with care responsibilities

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    One of the crowning achievements of our time in the coalition was legalising same-sex marriage.

    This was a key part of our manifesto in 2010, and despite it not being in either the Labour or Tory manifestos, we negotiated for it to be in the coalition agreement - and under the incredible work of Lynne Featherstone in the Home Office, we passed the legislation in 2013.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    I'm delighted that Motion F10: A Fairer Share for All has been passed by Conference. It commits the party to a radical shake-up of how we look after the least well-off in our society - and I can't wait to get started.

    I'm appalled by the levels of poverty we have seen across the UK in recent years. Years of cruel Conservative cuts have left vital services strapped for cash, and people destitute on our streets. For too many people, there is just not enough support to get them back on their feet when hard times come around.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    The suffragettes were fighting for women's rights over 100 years ago.

    They recognised that women's representation, having a voice, and having a vote were the keys to women's rights and gender equality.

    And in those one hundred years we've come a huge way in advancing women's rights.

    The Liberal Democrats are proud to have played a role in this fight. In coalition, the Liberal Democrats brought in shared parental leave and required all large employers to report their gender pay gap. And last year, Wera Hobhouse's fantastic backbench bill made upskirting a specific criminal offense, and gave women the tools to report it as a crime.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    To summarise:

    Last night, the Government posted its assessment papers of the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on our country. And it makes for pretty grim reading.

    A no-deal Brexit could bring civil unrest, traffic chaos that stretches for miles and fuel and medicine shortages. And that might not even be the worst of it. But for now, here's 7 things on the Yellowhammer document the Government is hoping you'll miss:

  • Article: Sep 11, 2019

    I have never witnessed a Parliamentary session quite like last night.

    The government shut down Parliament, against the wishes of the Speaker and the opposition parties.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more.

    And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more. And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.

  • Town Centre Sep 19
    Article: Sep 8, 2019

    Last week the results of local MP Andrew Jones' Harrogate town centre survey were published. The local Liberal Democrats welcome the input of the public in determining the best way forward for our town centre. But those survey results leave many questions still to be answered.

    There is much more work to be done on this subject. A number of questions and conclusions spring to mind when the results are analysed: