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  • Winning Candidate Imogen Shepherd Dubey
    Article: Feb 20, 2017
    On Friday, 17 February, the Lib Dems scored a great success by winning the Emmbrook ward, Wokingham Borough Council by-election and taking it off the Tories.
    Result:
    Lib Dem Imogen Shepherd Dubey 1575 (59.7%, +22.3%)
    Conservative 879 (33.3%, - 4.5%)
    UKIP 104 (3.9%, - 11.7%)
    Labour 79 (3.0% - 6.1%)
    Turnout: 39.57%
  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Commenting on a report by the Education Select Committee which found the government has failed to demonstrate how expanding grammar schools would help close the gap between rich and poor children, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said:

    "All the evidence suggests expanding grammars would increase inequality and hurt the prospects of poorer pupils.

    "Instead of ploughing ahead with these divisive plans, Theresa May should address the £3 billion funding black hole facing our schools over the next five years.

    "Spending millions expanding grammars while schools are facing devastating cuts would be a damaging and costly distraction.

    "Pupils and parents across the country do not deserve to be let down by this government's ideological obsession with grammar schools."

    ENDS

    Notes to Editors

    The report by the Education Select Committee can be found here

    A report by the National Audit Office found schools will have to find £3 billion of savings by 2020 while spending per pupil is set to fall by 8% (National Audit Office, 14 December 2016, link)

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a fight to guarantee the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK following the triggering of Article 50.

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    They will be fighting to ensure the terms of the final deal goes to the British people. The amendment has been signed by Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords as well as Labour and Conservative peers.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    • 38 Trusts facing serious pressure
    • More beds closed due to Norovirus
    • Cancelled operations up 15%
    • 9 hospitals had no available beds on some days in February

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of the Weekly Situation Report for the week ending 5 February 2017 reveals that:

    • 38 trusts are facing major pressure that could lead to poorer care. The NHS themselves describe this as leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
    • Bed occupancy rates were 95% or 96% every day between 1st February and 5th February - significantly higher than the official 'safe' threshold of 85%.From the 1st-5th February 3,517 beds were closed due to Norovirus.
    • 21,249 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. This is 15% up on the previous year. 1551 of those cancellations still had not been treated within 28 days.