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  • Christine Jardine ()
    Article: Oct 6, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have claimed the Chancellor's speech at the Conservative Party's virtual conference will have "disappointed millions who were hoping to hear how he plans to help them through this crisis."

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    The Chancellor's speech will have disappointed millions who were hoping to hear how he plans to help them through this crisis.

  • Vera Hobhouse
    Article: Oct 3, 2020

    In a policy motion passed this evening at the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference, the Party has condemned "Dominic Cummings' long history of attacking the rule of law".

    The motion stated "the rule of law is fundamental to our society", calling for the Government to drop plans "to restrict judicial review, weaken the Human Rights Act or undermine the rule of law in any way".

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Oct 3, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the appointment of a Minister for Wellbeing and new wellbeing assessments to make sure laws "empower people to live healthier lives."

    The call comes in response to new statistics which reveal increasing anxiety and depression among young women aged 16 to 24 years while only half of young people said they were satisfied with their health.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Ed's first Leader's speech took place not in a packed hall but broadcast as he stood at a lectern in LDHQ.

    You would have to have an incredibly hard heart not to be incredibly moved as he described caring for his terminally ill mum, his Nana and his 12 year old son John.

    We know that there are around 700,000 young carers in the UK today, but how much thought have we actually given to the reality of their daily lives.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Responding to reports that the Home Office is considering converting disused ferries to process people seeking asylum in the UK, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    We all want to prevent people from making dangerous attempts to cross the Channel, but these absurd Home Office proposals are not the answer.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Responding to reports that the European Commission has launched legal action against the UK, following the UK Government's refusal to remove sections from the Internal Market Bill, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Christine Jardine s

    Contrary to the belief of senior Government figures and their families, breaking the law has consequences. It beggars belief that Boris Johnson and his Government seem to think that not only are they above the law, but they can get off scot-free when breaking it.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Responding to the Chancellor's decision to cancel the Autumn Budget, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    If ever there was a time when we needed an Autumn budget to outline long term plans, this is it. Millions of people who are worried about their jobs, their future, and how we will transition into a green economy want to know if this Government has a plan, and what it is.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Today, the Conservatives blocked the Liberal Democrats' attempt to close the loophole in the Government's legislation to end the eviction ban, which has left an estimated 55,000 households at risk of being evicted since Monday.

    The motion, put forward by the Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson in the House of Lords, Baroness Grender, would have effectively abolished the Government's Statutory Instrument, forcing Ministers to address the issue.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020

    Responding to the news that the Covid19 threat level has gone from three to four, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    The Coronavirus crisis is taking an enormous toll on people. People are rightly concerned about their loved ones. Thousands of families are facing financial hardship. We all want life to get back to normal as soon as possible.

    The collapse of the Test and Trace system is utterly inexcusable, and the first objective of the Government must be to fix it. Ministers should have done more to ensure resilience in the system given the inevitable increase in demand when people returned to schools, workplaces, universities and social settings.

    As the situation changes there must be crystal clear guidance so that people know the best ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. Ministers must also ensure that our hospitals, care homes and schools have all the equipment and resources they need to reduce the risk of transmission going forward.

    Lastly, Boris Johnson must take all steps to avoid a second national lockdown which will be incredibly damaging to jobs and livelihoods across our communities.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020

    Ministers must put energy into fixing test and trace to "get a grip" on virus

    Following today's briefing from Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, warning of "significant rates of transmission" of coronavirus in parts of the UK, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

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