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  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    In the news this week, it was announced that an increasing number of schools across Birmingham have stopped their LGBT+ relationship education directly as a result of protesting parents.

    This should be a national scandal.

    A select few parents have protested against teaching children that same-sex relationships exist and are ok.

  • Ed Davey PTC 15.3.19 3
    Article: Mar 20, 2019
    On 15th March we were pleased to welcome Liberal Democrat MP and Home Affairs Spokesperson, Sir Ed Davey MP, to Harrogate.
    Sir Ed met with members of the local party to answer their questions about the latest developments in Westminster and to talk about the Liberal Democrats' plans for the future.
    Along with the Lib Dem PPC for Harrogate & Knaresborough, Judith Rogerson, Sir Ed visited the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate where they were welcomed by Lib Dem member of the House of Lords and President of the Police Treatment Centres Trust, Baroness Angela Harris. They met members of staff and toured the facilities where treatment is provided to serving and retired Police Officers.
    Judith Rogerson said:
    "I was delighted that Ed Davey was able to join us to visit the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate. We are lucky to have such a fantastic facility in our town. I come from a family of Police Officers so know very well how hard they work and the pressures that they face every day. It was wonderful to see that such excellent support is available, whether in respect of physical health or psychological wellbeing."
  • Article: Mar 19, 2019

    Warning: use of a trigger word in this article

    A few days ago, I was surprised to receive an email with 'Vice President' in the subject title.

    'Why would the Vice President of the Party be writing to me?' I asked myself.

    Then I realised that the 'Vice President' WAS me…

    That email was the first of many congratulatory messages. It was sent to me by the 'tour de force' that is Roderick Lynch, the Chair of the LDCRE (Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality).

  • Article: Mar 19, 2019

    In 1919, the Lloyd George government's Ministry of Reconstruction published the Report on Adult Education. The report set out the fundamental importance of educational opportunities throughout life:

    "Adult education is a permanent national necessity, an inseparable aspect of citizenship, and therefore should be both universal and lifelong."

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    Our justice system is failing the vulnerable, and we should all be embarrassed about it.

    Legal aid spending in England and Wales has been cut by £933 million in the last eight years. And as a direct result, we've seen huge reductions in support.

    • The number of civil cases receiving early advice has dropped by 80%.
    • The number of criminal cases receiving legal aid funding has fallen by a third
    • The number of legal aid providers has fallen by a third, leaving parts of the country with no provisions at all.
    • The number of people representing themselves in count has increasing significantly.
  • Article: Mar 17, 2019

    Across Britain, you can't have failed to notice that our high streets and town centres are run down.

    Local businesses are closing, leaving our high streets empty of anything bar charity and betting shops.

    People have to travel further for necessities like groceries, needlessly adding more cars to our busy roads.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019
    By Tara Copeland

    The Sutton Trust estimates 40% of young interns are working for free. Many of them are probably entitled to the National Minimum Wage. But a loophole in the law lets employers pass their roles off as "voluntary" unpaid internships.

    They're common in the modern job market - I actually interviewed for one after I graduated. What would I get in return for 40 hours a week of work? Travel and lunch expenses.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are changing.

    Politics is utterly broken right now. Labour and the Conservatives are being dragged to the ideological extremes, leaving millions feeling powerless and frustrated with the direction our country is taking.

    That needs to change. Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    We can't afford to ignore the health problems caused by roadside air pollution. 42% of primary school children attend schools in areas which breach the legal limit of toxins from traffic exhaust.

    Our children breathe this toxic air every day. It means an increased risk of asthma and other breathing problems. Not to mention health problems that can last a lifetime.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2019

    Is anyone getting deja vu?

    It's like January all over again. Theresa May's been beaten again, her botched Brexit deal failing by 391 votes to 242. Parliament's verdict on the PM's deal is abundantly clear, and has been for months - the deal is a flop.

    We can't let Theresa May kick the can down the road again. Parliament must not be bullied into voting for a deal that leaves people worse off.