Airstrikes undermine democracy

May should have sought Parliamentary approval for action

Responding to the military action taken by the UK government in Syria Leader of the Liberal Democrats,Vince Cable said:

“Riding the coattails of an erratic US President is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons.

“The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding.

“Liberal Democrats stood ready to assess the evidence and objectives for any action and, if it were properly planned and justified, to support a military response.

"At this moment our thoughts are with British and allied troops. But the Government’s decision fatally undermines the integrity of this mission. It shows a weak Government putting short term political expediency before democracy and in so doing further diminishing the standing of Britain in the world.”


EU Referendum Scandal

As the allegations mount about the tactics used by the Leave campaign during the EU Referendum, it is clear that our democracy has been manipulated by a range of vested interests, ranging from political to corporate.


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Lib Dems welcome action on plastic waste

Plastic bottle deposit scheme - and no more plastic bottles on Bournemouth seafront.

The government has announced that the public will soon have to pay a deposit on each plastic bottle in order to encourage recycling. The bottle can be returned and the deposit reclaimed.


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Schools Starved of Funds

Responding to the Education Policy Institute report on school funding pressures in England, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson, Layla Moran, commented: 

"This worrying analysis shows just how normal it has become for primary and secondary schools to operate with large financial deficits. It also confirms everything teachers and parents have feared about the Government leaving our schools woefully underfunded. 

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Statement on Skripal Poisoning in Salisbury

"Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut the strings."
As our friends in Salisbury (and now Gillingham, Dorset) are very close neighbours to those of us living in and around Bournemouth we are exceptionally concerned by the events unfolding in our region.
The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter highlights the need for the UK to adopt a tougher line on Russian assets. Russians suspected of illegal activities should have their assets frozen pending investigation.
This is a huge operation, and it is important to praise the efforts of the police, the NHS, the military and other agencies in Salisbury and nationwide.

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2019 Campaign Team goes from Strength to Strength

In readiness for elections to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority in 2019, two more candidates have this week joined our local election team. We're delighted to welcome Innes Thomson and Alfreda Barton to our ranks.


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UCU Industrial Action

A statement from Bournemouth Liberal Democrats about industrial action by members of the University and College Union.

We share the concerns of the academic staff who are effected and we strongly urge the Government to work with academic staff to reach a solution at the earliest possible opportunity. The ball is firmly in the Government's court and they have the power to bring this dispute to a speedy resolution.

With the pension fund experiencing a significant shortfall, we believe that the Government should, as a matter of urgency, consider the possibility of underwriting the pension scheme of those effected.

A New Voice for West Southbourne

As we expand our team of prospective council candidates and ward representatives we'd like to introduce you to Gary Mitchell; a new voice for West Southbourne.

"I have been resident in this ward since 1992, and I know the area well, having seen it change and evolve.


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Shocking Assault on Bournemouth's Poor

Over recent days Bournemouth has been making national news headlines for the wrong reasons.

First there was the death of 65 year old Kevin Filsell, a well known homeless man who died whilst sleeping under a flyover in the town's Braidley Road car park. We are awaiting the outcome of the Coroner's Inquest into his death as there have been suggestions in the press that the actions of council officials or contracters may have contributed to his death.

This was swiftly followed by widespread coverage of the council's installation of spikes and metal bars in places homeless people might attempt to settle down.


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