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  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

    What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

    This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Theresa May once called modern slavery "the great human rights issue of our time", and she was right. The very idea that human beings are held in bondage in the UK today - forced to pick fruit and wash cars, to work on construction sites and in nail bars - is sickening.

    In 2015, the Coalition Government passed a Modern Slavery Act to make it easier to identify victims and bring traffickers to justice, and prosecutions have increased as a result. But now, many of Theresa May's own policies are undermining efforts to tackle it.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2018
    By Roderick Lynch

    The new Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality aims to make the Liberal Democrats a truly multiracial party - to become a leading political force for race equality and integration.

    The Alderdice review into race equality within the party made for uncomfortable reading. It concluded that the party was not integrated at any level - and that too many of our local parties were overwhelmingly white in multiracial communities.

  • Knaresborough Station
    Article: Jul 31, 2018
    By Judith Rogerson

    This morning I talked to Georgey Spanswick on the BBC Radio York breakfast show about the terrible problems facing rail travellers in the north of England.

    As a regular train user I know just how bad things have become. My work as a barrister takes me all over the country. It's absolutely crucial that I get to court hearings on time and I am often reliant on Northern Rail for this. It's not a happy experience. Yet again, yesterday my week began with a delayed train out of Harrogate and a missed connection meaning I arrived late.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Today the Government reported that patients in need of cannabis-based medicines will be allowed access to them in 'exceptional circumstances'.

    This is very welcome and long overdue change, which will be a relief for many patients and their families. It is disgraceful that people have been left to suffer for so long, because the Conservative Government have refused to accept evidence of the benefits of cannabis based medicines.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Jul 27, 2018
    By Baroness Sally Hamwee

    It's wise to choose for a private member's bill a discrete topic to address a problem which has been identified and can be relatively easily solved - and which the Government might be prepared to see implemented. But sometimes the concern to take forward a cause overtakes wisdom - thus my Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill which finished making its way through the Lords on 3rd July and has been taken up in the Commons by Tim Farron.

  • David G (HKLibdems)
    Article: Jul 25, 2018

    After the resignation of yet another Conservative Councillor, Knaresborough will be returning to the polls on 16th August to elect a new County Councillor.

    David Goode is our excellent Liberal Democrat candidate. He has lived in Knaresborough for over 27 years.

    David was Mayor of Knaresborough for 2017-18. He has been a Town Councillor for the past 5 years and served as a District Councillor for 10 years.

  • Big Ben
    Article: Jul 21, 2018
    By Judith Rogerson

    Speaking at an event in South Africa to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth this week, President Obama told the crowd:

    "Too much of politics of today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth…We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they are caught in a lie and they just double down. They lie some more! Politicians have always lied but it used to be that if you caught them lying they'd be like, 'Oh man'. Now they just keep on lying."

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

    His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

    Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 18, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

    My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.