• rats
    Article: Feb 24, 2018

    Warnings have been issued about a possible onslaught of rats, mice, and wasps as more cuts are made year on year. Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats say the action has 'hurt the poorest' people in the City.

    New data, released under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that while the Council has kept the service in house since 2013, the budget for pest control has been cut substantially. In the past, members of the public have been able to call out pest control officers from the council for free assessments.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Feb 24, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    University lectures have started 14 days of strikes due to drastic changes to their pensions. They can expect to be left around £10,000 a year worse off in retirement as a result. The government must move to underwrite the Universities Superannuation Scheme, providing lectures and academic staff with guarantees that their pensions will be safe.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Immigration figures announced today show that 47,000 fewer EU nationals came to live in the UK, and that 28,000 EU nationals departed our shores, between the period of September 2016 to September 2017.

    This continued chaos and confusion over Brexit coming from the Government is damaging our economy and our communities.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2018
    By Bryan Lewis

    The House of Lords is overflowing with nearly 800 peers and the Prime Minister was about to appoint more former MPs and party donors: with the aim of bolstering the Tories' parliamentary clout ahead of EU legislation.

    Mrs May now says she wants the size of the House of Lords to be reduced and she urged all parties to do more to encourage peers to retire but at the same time she said new peers will be created in "due course" and that will only add numbers to the bloated chamber.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 21, 2018

    It is bizarre that the government was so hasty in its invocation of Article 50, but is now scrambling for extra time in transition due to the scale of the task ahead.

    The government is arbitrarily pushing for us to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, at which point it follows that the UK will no longer have a veto over new EU legislation.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    A hard Brexit will damage this thriving and flourishing industry. A recent study from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) fears that restriction of freedom of movement may deter high-quality talent, hurting the UK economy overall. Additionally, the British Retail Consortium have estimated that around 10,200 EU nationals were employed in UK retail, with the UK Fashion and Textile Association stating that 70% of all London fashion factory workers are from the EU. Towards the end of last year, a survey revealed that 56% of all EU retail workers are worried about their ability to reside in the UK in the future.

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others: