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Earlier today (Friday 23rd May) Vince Cable formally announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats and the process for the election of his successor has been triggered.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show this morning, ahead of this week's European elections, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
"I think it is now quite likely we will get the People's Vote that we are fighting for and it can be done by October.
Liberal Democrats from right across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation hit the beach last week to launch Dorset's campaign for the European Parilamentary elections on Thursday May 23rd.
Liberal Democrats across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are celebrating a string of successes in the local elections of 2nd May.
Foodbank usage in the southwest has reached a record high as Tory Government cuts support for the poorest households
A record number of people in Bournemouth and across the southwest are being forced to turn to foodbanks, according to figures released today by the Trussell Trust.
In the year ending 31 March 2019, 132,510 emergency food packages were delivered to people in crisis in the southwest. This is a 10% increase in the last year and a 26% increase on five years ago. Over 49,000 of the packages were given to children.
We are delighted to announce that we are standing 33 candidates across the 18 wards in Bournemouth's two parliamentary constituencies this May. All our candidates are local people with a passion for their communities and they're all eager to serve on the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole local authority.
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Lib Dems stop Tories from offering up NHS in return for trade deals.
Today Liberal Democrat Lords inflicted two significant Government defeats on a bill which could have allowed healthcare deals offering access to the NHS to be signed in return for trade deals.
The two cross-party amendments, which restricted the application of the Bill to the EEA and Switzerland and also restricted the scope of the regulation making powers, were passed by the House of Lords by 36 and 38 votes respectively.
The Healthcare International Arrangements Bill legislates for the Government to makes reciprocal healthcare agreements with other countries.
Responding to The Guardian investigation which has found teachers are cleaning and paying for books and pens to plug the gaps in school funding, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:
“We are clearly in the midst of a crisis over school funding and these revelations must result in direct action by the Conservatives. This investigation should shame the Tory Government.
“With teachers covering for cleaners and parents donating money for essential services there is no way Conservative Ministers can deny there is a lack of funding for our schools.