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  • Article: Aug 27, 2020
    By Danny Simm
    Ed Davey has today been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.
    Ed Davey, the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, won the leadership election this morning, receiving 42,756 votes.
    In his acceptance speech he announced his plans to begin rebuilding the party to national relevance and launched a national listening project, stating that for the Party "it is time to start listening".
  • Article: Jul 8, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    Govt recovery plans do not match ambition of other countries

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a package of measures worth over £3bn to green jobs alongside a fund which will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24.

    • Across our country millions face an unprecedented economic and health crisis. We need a radical new direction to meet this challenge. We need a massive green stimulus so we both provide jobs and tackle the next crisis, the climate crisis.
    • The Government's spending on climate change simply does not match the scale of ambition necessary to reshape our economy, nor does it match the sums other countires have pledged. That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to do more and invest £150 billion over three years through a Green Recovery Plan.
    • We must not forget this pandemic hasn't affected everyone equally. Amongst the worst hit are self employed workers, many of whom still aren't receiving any support. This is a gross injustice against some of the most vulnerable workers in the UK. The Chancellor must use his statement to expand support for the self-employed and all vulnerable workers.
  • Article: Jul 3, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for greater powers for Wigan Council to take action on carbon emissions as figures show progress to cut emissions across the UK has stalled since 2016.

    In Wigan emissions have fallen from 1,367.1 to 1,282.6 - not fast enough to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050.

    Highlighting the need for "action now, not promises", the Liberal Democrats are calling for more powers for those who are "best-placed to tackle the climate emergency in their areas": local authorities.

    John Skipworth, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Wigan & Makerfield said:

    "The Liberal Democrats are fighting to tackle the climate emergency, and that includes here in Wigan. We have a plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, but - as things stand - we'll struggle to even meet the 2050 deadline.

    "Local authorities are best placed to tackle the climate emergency in their area. We are calling for the Government to give local authorities more powers to take action on carbon emissions. This means powers to tackle congestion, invest in public transport, insulate our homes, and create new green jobs."

    Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency and Environment said:

    "Unlike the Liberal Democrats, this Tory Government does not have a plan to reach net zero.

    "These statistics prove - yet again - that we're not making anywhere near fast enough progress to tackle the climate emergency. We need climate action now, not promises to act tomorrow. Climate action delay is no better than climate change denial.

    "The next generation are looking to us and we have a duty to act."

  • Article: Jul 1, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    Tories' Immigration Bill will deal enormous blow to NHS and British business

    Last night the Immigration Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons.

    • The passage of Priti Patel's Immigration Bill is hugely disappointing for so many people. MPs from all parties tried to transform this Bill into something which valued human dignity, the needs of our NHS and the interests of British business, but sadly the Government rejected our amendments.
    • Ending free movement will deal an enormous blow to our NHS, social care providers and employers across the UK - just as they are working to recover from the coronavirus crisis.
    • It was especially galling to see so many Conservative MPs line up to turn their backs on unaccompanied child refugees; to continue locking people up indefinitely in inhumane conditions; and to keep the ban on migrants receiving the financial support they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to end the Conservatives' Hostile Environment, and to build a fair immigration system that the public can have confidence in and treats everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Article: Jun 24, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    Lib Dems move to scrap Section 60 Stop and Search

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to back a new Bill to scrap suspicion-less stop and search in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, which have exposed ingrained institutional racism and discrimination in the UK. If passed, the law would prohibit Section 60, suspicion-less stop and search, which currently leaves a black person almost 50 times more likely to be stopped than a white person.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Danny Simm

    The Liberal Democrats have called on James Grundy to backs calls for a review of the no-deal Brexit impact assessments in light of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a letter addressed to Mr Grundy, Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Sharron Honey for Leigh, said:"as the Prime Minister continues to refuse to rethink his position on accepting an extension to the transition period, it is time the facts were laid bare about what this will mean for our country."

    The intervention coincides with the fourth anniversary of the EU referendum result this week, the 23rd of June. Despite concerns, the Government formally rejected the option to extend the transition period earlier this month.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Even before coronavirus, the Government had a tight timetable for the Brexit talks. As the Prime Minister continues to oppose extending the transition period, he must at least be honest about what this means for our country.

    "By reviewing the impact assessments done last Autumn, as well as undertaking an economic assessment, the Government can be transparent with the public about the consequence of refusing to extend the transition period."

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Sharron Honey, for Leigh added:

    "Boris Johnson's refusal to even consider requesting an extension to the Brexit transition as we face a global health and economic crisis shows he is putting his Brexit ideology before the UK's national interest.

    "The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on jobs, businesses and the wider UK economy. Tackling the coronavirus crisis must be the Conservative Government's priority, and people have a right to know to what extent a no deal puts this at risk.

    "In the interests of everyone living across Leigh, the Liberal Democrats are urging James Grundy to join us in calling for this review."