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  • Article: Mar 23, 2020

    The Government's analysis shows that they lead to higher rates of reoffending than community sentences. The President of the Prison Governors Association has described them as "pointless". They need to end for both men and women.

    But we also need to recognise that prison is especially damaging for women.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2020

    It's been just weeks since Brexit ended my brief term as an MEP, but today I'm very happy to announce that I've been elected as Chair of the Federal People Development Committee.

    I wouldn't be where I am today without the outstanding training and support offered by the party.

    Like many of you reading this, I'm a relative newcomer to politics and to the Lib Dems. I joined in 2016, so I think I bring a fresh perspective to this role as a newbie. I'm eager to help the party expand and improve on its strategy, structures and processes for recruiting, engaging and activating members.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Lib Dems move to ensure Goverment pay out to keep children learning

    On Saturday, we tabled an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill which makes clear the Government must pay schools and colleges "whatever it costs" so that children can keep learning if schools stay shut for several months.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran, a former teacher, has warned if some schools continue to deliver lessons and others don't it will be a "disaster for social mobility."

    The proposals from the Liberal Democrats includes creating a duty on schools and colleges to ensure that pupils - whether at home or on-site - continue to receive an education, accepting that schools are unlikely to be able to cover the national curriculum.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2020

    Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - and this year, the importance of this day has been brought into stark focus more than ever before.

    The Liberal Democrats will always fight for freedom, fairness and equality for people of all races and ethnicities in the UK.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    We can all make a difference - each and every one of us.

    One of the many things that unites Liberal Democrats is our campaigning zeal for our communities. Our drive to change things for the better. A way of working that engages local people in our campaigns.

    Today, I'm asking you to turn your campaigning zeal wholeheartedly towards helping your community during this Coronavirus crisis.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. What a concerning and worrying time we are in.

    My mind boggles with the logistical challenge facing our education system

    Today millions of students are leaving the schools gates for an indefinite period to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 16th March

    It has been a strange week in Parliament, as I am sure it has been in all workplaces. The week was broken up by the announcement that employees should be working from home unless they have an explicit reason not to. Most Parliamentary staff are now rightly working from home. Business in the House continues, and we expect it to continue into next week when both Houses will debate the emergency legislation.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    People who have every right to live in the UK were wrongly denied access to NHS treatment, housing and other services simply because they don't have the right documents to prove it. Many were wrongfully detained and even deported.

    We need urgent action from the Home Secretary to dismantle the Hostile Environment altogether

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Lib Dems: Govt must act to prevent people falling into destitution

    Responding to the Prime Minister's most recent update on the coronavirus, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:


    "People cannot wait any longer for news about what they will have to live on if they lose their jobs. Few businesses are in a position to "stand by their workers" when their income stream has collapsed. This is about putting food on the table."

  • Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Elections for Scottish Executive and Policy Committee are going ahead - and here's your chance to hear from the candidates. We've put together the submitted manifestos so you can make an informed decision on who to choose.

    The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management and conduct of the party, including staff accountability while Policy Committee is responsible for researching and developing policy, as well as putting together election manifestos.