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Article: Feb 12, 2021By Edward Davey
This year we welcome The Year of the Ox - an animal known for its strength, diligence and hardworking nature. These are positive values to which we should all aspire to live our lives by.
The New Year is usually a time of large family get-togethers. This year however, intimate, virtual celebrations will be the norm. I know the adjustment won't be easy but let us keep doing our part to suppress this virus.
Article: Feb 11, 2021
Our values work best
Tackling the coronavirus epidemic, and minimising the tragic loss of life, is primarily a public health issue. But there's also a consistent political lesson from it too.
The approaches that work best use international cooperation. Viruses don't stop at borders, and scientific cooperation and vaccine supply chains work best when they don't either.
Article: Feb 11, 2021By Liberal Democrats
Mass vaccination is our best way of pulling through this terrible pandemic.
Sadly there has been a worrying rise in fake news and disinformation about the vaccine. Often this is spread by social media, with no scientific evidence.
That's why it's so important that we have dedicated councillors like Rabina Khan going into her community, meeting with people in a socially distanced way, and addressing their concerns directly.
Article: Feb 10, 2021
Our first ever online conference in September was a huge success - so we'll be back online for our Spring Conference from 19th to 21st March. You can find out more and register for it here.
As usual, we'll be debating and deciding party policy on a whole range of hot topics, from creating jobs as we recover from the Covid pandemic to providing sanctuary for vulnerable refugees. Here's a quick rundown of all the policy motions:
Article: Feb 10, 2021
The Liberal Democrats have long called for a rethink on plans on for a new coal mine in Cumbria and I am delighted that's exactly what has happened.
If Boris Johnson is serious about climate action he will call on Cumbria county council to scrap the mine
Cumbria County Council now need to do the right thing and throw these plans out, or the Prime Minister must intervene to make sure the coal mine is scrapped.
It's astonishing that a new coal mine in Britain is even being considered - particularly the year we are hosting the vital COP26 conference.
If Boris Johnson is serious about climate action he will call on Cumbria county council to scrap the mine.
The Government needs to transform its attitude to the climate emergency. That is why I have proposed a £150 billion green coronavirus recovery plan, reshaping our economy to protect the future of our country and our planet.
Article: Feb 10, 2021
Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.
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Weekly Whip w/c 1st February
Monday 1st February
On Monday, strangely, there were no UQs or Ministerial Statements announced. This is the second week in a row where this has happened and, following the weekend's news about Article 16 and vaccinations, MPs were a little perplexed.
Article: Feb 10, 2021By Dorothy Thornhill
We published the 2019 Election Review as the pandemic swept the UK and, sadly, I write this update during an even harder third wave. We are reminded every day of the failures of this government and the pressing need for convincing alternatives.
I am encouraged by the steps that have already been taken within the party and the plans ahead for reform. In terrible circumstances, activists, volunteers and staff have stepped up to the challenge my review posed. We identified three overarching themes in the review, all of which needed profound improvement: re-building campaigning excellence, clarity of leadership and decision making, and vision and purpose.
Article: Feb 9, 2021By Sir Ed Davey MP
The evidence that a genocide is now occurring in western China is so clear, that the UK and the whole world must now stand up to Beijing and use every available tool to stop it.
We must remember when we failed to stand up against human rights abuses in the past, and recall the images from British sporting history like the England football team's Nazi salutes in the 1930s and the rebel cricket tours to South Africa in the 1980s.
Article: Feb 5, 2021
Voting by post is the easiest and safest way for people to have their say.
With elections going ahead this May, winning the postal vote will be more important than ever.
The Liberal Democrats Campaigns and Elections Team are providing resources to help you sign more voters up to vote by post.
Article: Feb 4, 2021
We all know how tough it has been over the last year. Thousands of lives have been lost, even more jobs have gone and we haven't been able to see our loved ones.
We need to put the recovery first with a needle-sharp focus on creating jobs for young people, cutting NHS waiting times, making our education the best again and tackling the climate crisis.