Lib Dems announce £375,000 to give children in Bournemouth a brighter future

Over 430 3-4 year-olds in Bournemouth would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year - up from £302 in 2015-16. 

This will increase the allocation for Bournemouth from around £125,000 to £375,000, and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours of state-funded early education.

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Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Bournemouth

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Bournemouth and build more affordable homes.

There are currently 4,481 families in Bournemouth on a waiting list for council homes, up from 3,782 last year.

In addition, official figures show 673 homes in Bournemouth have been empty for over six months.


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Comment on UKIP endorsement of Conservatives in Bournemouth West

Lib Dem candidates for Bournemouth East and West, Jon Nicholas and Phil Dunn, recently wrote to the Bournemouth Echo regarding UKIP's endorsement of the Conservative candidate for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns. 

The full text of the letter is as follows: 

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Lib Dems will invest £26m to protect school funding in Bournemouth

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £26.3 million more in schools and colleges in Bournemouth over the next parliament.

The funding for Bournemouth would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.


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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £65m extra for Bournemouth and Dorset

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £65.2 million for Bournemouth and Dorset, with £58 million for Dorset NHS and £7.2 million for social care in Bournemouth each year. 

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Government Climb Down on Schools' Funding?

Liberal Democrats accross the country have responded to reports that the Conservatives are to bow to massive Liberal Democrat and backbench pressure and abandon their proposed shake-up of school funding.

 Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson John Pugh said:
“Finally, the Conservatives have been forced to re-think their deeply flawed funding formula, which would see savage cuts to schools in most areas of the country. Their proposals were utterly cynical, taking from some areas to give to others, rather than committing to give all schools the additional funding they need.

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Labour MPs break ranks over Brexit Vote

Responding to a Guardian article by Labour MPs Clive Lewis and Rachael Maskell in support of giving the people a vote on the final Brexit deal, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said:

"It's good to see Clive Lewis and Rachael Maskell backing our position, but this doesn't change the fact that Labour has given Theresa May a blank cheque for a hard Brexit and are refusing to give the British people the final say.

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Fall in GDP growth is a sign of Brexit slowdown

Commenting today on the slowdown in GDP growth for the first three months of 2017, to 0.3% down from 0.7% in the previous quarter, Jon Nicholas, Lib Dem candidate for Bournemouth East, said: 

"The impact of Brexit on the economy is beginning to show, as the latest GDP figures prove.

"Bournemouth is feeling the consequences - JP Morgan is already considering shipping jobs to Dublin.

"If we are to protect our major and emerging local economies - tourism, our universities, financial services, the booming tech sector - and the jobs that go with them then we have to put the brakes on the Tories' disastrous hard Brexit."

General Election Candidates Announced

Bournemouth Liberal Democrats announce General Election candidates

Bournemouth Liberal Democrats have today announced their two local candidates for the snap General Election on 8th June.

Jon Nicholas will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bournemouth East, and Phil Dunn will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Bournemouth West.  

Bournemouth's two candidates




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