End the Single Use Plastics Scourge

Liberal Democrats demand international treaty on plastics

The Liberal Democrats have today demanded the Government initiate negotiations within the UN for a legally binding international treaty on plastics.

The treaty, set out at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, would encompass phased reductions in the production, consumption and trade of virgin feedstock.

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Lib Dems Vote to Scrap Business Rates

Further to our recent call in the Bournemouth Echo for business rates to be scrapped we are delighted to confirm that our national party conference has backed us.

Today at conference, Liberal Democrats have voted for a comprehensive plan to replace the broken business rates system.

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We Demand Secure Homes for ALL

Lib Dems call for affordable and secure homes for all.

Liberal Democrat conference has passed a motion calling for the Government to ensure everyone has a right to affordable, safe and secure homes in England.
The motion included a commitment to build at least 50,000 new social homes for rent every year, as part of the long-standing commitment of the Liberal Democrats to build 300,000 homes a year over the next decade.

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Animal welfare standards central to liberal values

The Liberal Democrats have today passed a motion at their conference in Brighton calling on the Government to pay full regard to animal welfare, with a range of measures to improve the treatment of animals.  

Liberal Democrats committed to phase out animal experiments that cause extreme suffering, to reduce deformities in pedigree pets, make horse racing safer and ban the use of wild animals in circuses. 

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Lib Dems demand compensation for victims of Windrush scandal

Liberal Democrat conference has passed a motion demanding the restoration of rights to the Windrush Generation.

The motion demands an end to the damaging hostile environment policy started under May’s leadership of the Home Office. 

The motion calls for measures to ensure there is a fair process that would prevent future outrages, and for compensation for any victims of the Windrush scandal who have been affected by deportation, detention or the loss of their rights in the UK.

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Liberal Democrats move to decriminalise abortion


Liberal Democrat delegates have today moved to support the decriminalisation of abortion, including for women in Northern Ireland.

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine, who summated the motion, told delegates that it was “wrong that women are being denied rights over their own bodies.” She added that “2018 must be the year this ends.”

The proposals debated and passed by delegates include the enforcement of buffer zones around abortion service providers, ensuring people have the right to privacy and access to services without harassment.

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Tories failing Bournemouth's children :

Bournemouth's Tories are failing our children.

In the light of a recent critical report, we have been going back through the archives and checking what Ofsted have said about Bournemouth's Children's Services over the years.

When Bournemouth was run by the Liberal Democrats our Children's Services were rated "Good". We worked hard with the Council's staff for this rating but we believe that we left these services in very good shape when we lost control of Bournemouth Town Hall in 2007.

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Tax Land, Not Investment

Lib Dems publish plans to abolish business rates 

The Liberal Democrats have today published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system.

The report – “Taxing Land, Not Investment” – calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.
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Cautious Welcome for Housing Scheme

Cautious welcome for housing scheme.

Bournemouth Liberal Democrats have this morning given a cautious welcome to council proposals for the development of homes in the Westbourne area.

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Tory Spending Splurge Continues


Give us homes, not hotels!

News has broken this week of yet another hairbrained spending splurge from Bournemouth's Conservative Council.


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