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  • Article: Jun 3, 2020
    By Newshound

    Wera Hobhouse has set out her vision for the party on her website.

    It's about making a clean break with the last decade and abandoning one key element of our strategy and reigniting another.

    The time for equidistance is over:

    The mistake was to see our party in the political centre, standing equally between right and left. In this day and age, the biggest threat to liberalism - not just in Britain - comes from the right.

    Our reasons for entering coalition with the Conservatives in 2010 were well intended, but we ended up undermining our values. We ultimately legitimised the Conservatives' long-term illiberal, nationalist agenda.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020
    By Danny Simm
    Govt must stick to science based approach

    The Liberal Democrats have raised concerns about the lockdown lifting too early and warned the Government should make test, trace and isolation data available to the public.
    • It is concerning that the Government has decided not to make the usual test, trace and isolation data available to the public.
    • The Government claims to be 'led by the science' but with members of SAGE publicly warning against the government's policy and little access to data about test, trace isolate, a science led approach is looking like a threadbare claim.
    • The Government approach to Coronavirus is becoming increasingly confused and chaotic, whilst the majority of people just want clarity so they can keep safe.

    Cover up of a review into Coronavirus deaths in BAME communities is deeply concerning

    It has been reported that the Government would not release a Public Health England review into BAME people disproportionately being affected by COVID 19 because No 10 is "worried about current global events".

    • People want clarity and transparency - hiding a report this important is disrespectful to BAME communities and tantamount to a cover-up.
    • The Government should be standing alongside our BAME communities at this time - not hiding the truth.

    Govt must rethink plans to shut down virtual Parliament

    The Procedure Committee issued a report this weekend recommending that a form of virtual Parliament is allowed to continue while coronavirus restrictions are in place. However, the House of Commons is due to sit from today.

    • The Government's advice to the public is to work from home if possible. Parliamentary authorities have bent over backwards to ensure the House of Commons can sit remotely to help protect public health. There is no good reason not to continue to do just that.
    • With only 50 MPs permitted in the Commons and virtual questions no longer allowed, Jacob Rees-Mogg is setting a dangerous precedent by blocking opportunity for full scrutiny. This is especially worrying for those Members unable to travel to Westminster for coronavirus-related reasons.
    • What's more, the need for socially distanced votes will slow down Parliament and waste hours of time better spent debating legislation and questioning Ministers on pressing issues. This is no way to serve our constituents and the Government must think again about shutting down virtual proceedings.
  • Article: Jun 1, 2020
    By Caron Lindsay
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    As we look in horror at the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath, we must reflect on the structural racism that made it possible.

    We shouldn't think such racism is confined to the US. Too many suffer injustice in this country too. We have a duty to fight & extinguish it

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  • Article: Jun 1, 2020
    By Newshound

    With the announcement of the revised leadership election timetable starting in two weeks' time, there are three expected candidates. Ed Davey has yet to formally declare, but everyone expects him to be standing. Layla Moran and Wera Hobhouse have already announced that they are standing.

    Our content is republished from Lib Dem Voice, LDV is, as always, neutral in these things and will report equally on all the candidates.

  • Article: May 28, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    Govt strategy must also support people in isolation

    The Government will today rollout it's test and trace system across England, a system to find people who come into close contact with those infected with coronavirus.

    • The Coronavirus crisis is leaving people rightly worried about their loved ones. Sadly, the Government has left confusion in it's wake this week and there are plenty questions still to answer.
    • Central to the Government's strategy must be a comprehensive test, trace and isolate system. Time and again, we have seen Ministers announce the next steps but never an effective plan to support people in isolation, thereby stopping the spread and saving lives.
    • Ministers must come forward with these clear and honest answers, in addition to addressing the obvious issues with their app and why the level of testing remains so low across the UK compared to some countries.
  • Article: May 26, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    PM must terminate Cummings' contract

    Yesterday Dominic Cummings gave a press conference regarding his trip to Durham during lockdown.

    • Millions of people are worried for their loved ones. They have made heartbreaking sacrifices every day since lockdown, including missing family gatherings like weddings and funerals.
    • People are rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else. Cummings' refusal to have the decency to apologise - and the Prime Minister's support for him - is an insult to us all. It reveals the worst of their elitist arrogance.
    • The bond of trust between the Government and the people has been broken. The buck stops with the Prime Minister and his judgement is now in question. He must come clean about what he knew and when, and terminate Dominic Cummings' contract.
    • Each minute the Prime Minister fails to act is another minute the Government is distracted from upscaling Britain's testing capacity, securing PPE for frontline workers and preventing the tragic deaths in our care homes.
    • All Conservative MPs must stop defending the indefensible and put the health, wellbeing and economy of our country first by calling for the Prime Minister's scandal-hit spin doctor-in-chief to go.
    • It is now clearer than ever that, once we are through this crisis, there must also be an independent inquiry to review the Government's actions, so we can learn lessons.