With elections to the newly combined authority for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole on the horizon, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:
“This settlement does nothing to address the growing inequalities across our country. The highly regressive council tax system means that, as the Conservative Government continue to underfund local government, subsequent council tax rises hit poorer communities the hardest.
Responding to NHS England’s first weekly report of the winter which shows hospitals are so overcrowded care is being put at risk, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
"It is intolerable to think that patients are being turned away at their hour of need. These reports bear all the hallmarks of yet another Conservative NHS winter crisis. People deserve better.
Govt turning its back on British business.
Responding to Conservative plans to halt businesses’ access to workers from the EU, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“With these plans, the Conservatives are turning their backs on British businesses and public services.
Grayling must freeze fares.
Responding to Chris Grayling's address to Tory party conference, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Baroness Jenny Randerson said:
“It’s no wonder that Chris Grayling became nervous as he outlined the state of our railways, many of the problems with the network are his fault and his time in post is running out of track.
“Grayling promises a rail revolution and new legislation next year to improve our struggling railways. But he’s happy for passengers to face massive fare hikes whilst he gets his house in order.
“The Liberal Democrats are calling for an immediate freeze on all fares, while the Government investigates the problems they’ve caused with our railways.”
Govt Brexit plans play right into the hands of international drug gangs.
Responding to Sajid Javid's address to Conservative Party conference Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“The Government should be focusing on the serious organised criminals who operate the international drugs trade. But once again, the Conservatives are talking tough on crime while their pursuit of a destructive hard Brexit plays right into those criminals hands.
“Losing the European Arrest Warrant, information-sharing arrangements and leadership of Europol will make it harder to bring drug traffickers to justice.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. That’s why we are fighting to give the British people a say on the final Brexit deal, including the option of an Exit from Brexit, and to protect these crucial crime-fighting tools.”
No child should be left to suffer in silence
Liberal Democrats have today passed an emergency motion at their conference which aims to tackle the high rates of self-harm amongst children.
Inheritance tax overhaul part of radical Lib Dem plans to tackle wealth inequality.
Liberal Democrat Conference has today voted for a motion designed to spread opportunity, power and wealth more fairly throughout society and to give everyone a stake in the UK’s economic success.
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.
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.