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Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign

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I have been contacted by many constituents about Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign to support more disabled people in the next Parliament. I am more than happy to support the charity’s pledge and have now signed my name to the pledge. Liberal Democrats believe that no matter who you are, where you come from and what

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A Manifesto for Social Work

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A number of people have been contacting me regarding the Manifesto for Social Work. Liberal Democrats believe social workers offer invaluable services and will continue to support these services and work to tackle the issues that they help people overcome. Balancing the books on the backs of the poor and disabled, and demonising people who

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Dementia Awareness

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A number of people have been contacting me regarding dementia. Liberal Democrats are very proud of what we achieved for mental health while in Coalition Government, but recognise that there is still a long way to go. We will continue to fight to tackle dementia. When we were in Coalition Government, spending on dementia research more

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Change Britain’s Future

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There’s a reason why the Lib Dem manifesto for this general election is called Change Britain’s Future. It’s not because we’re ashamed by the past: some of the greatest achievements in this country’s history are the result of the Lib Dems and our predecessors, the Liberal Party. The Liberal government of 1906-1914 laid the template of

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Compassion in World Farming

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Many people have been writing to me regarding Compassion in World Farming’s campaign survey. Liberal Democrats believe in the highest standards of animal welfare and will continue to fight for these. Despite an EU-wide ban on battery cages for hens coming into force in 2012, in the UK many hens are still kept in cages

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Facts matter

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The Liberal Democrats have always valued honesty and conveying a true account of us and our vision to the British people. Rebuilding trust is a crucial challenge for today’s politicians, and all politicians are responsible for ensuring that they do their utmost to deserve the trust of their voters. A free and reliable press scrutinising

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Simultaneous policy campaign (Simpol)

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Many people have been writing to me about the simultaneous policy campaign (Simpol). As a committed internationalist I recognise the benefits of working across borders to solve global problems, which is why I am happy to support the Simpol campaign. In a more globalised, interdependent world, freedom for individuals is not best protected solely by the

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Refugees Welcome Pledge

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Many people have contacted me about the refugee crisis and my party’s position on helping those seeking safety from war and persecution. I share the deep concern about the refugee crisis in Europe that we have witnessed in recent years, which has stemmed principally from the ongoing conflict in Syria and also from further instability

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Rough sleeping

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The Liberal Democrats are committed to doing more to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We can and must do more to get homeless people off our streets and into permanent accommodation. As you are aware our manifesto for the 2017 General Election is still being written. However, the Liberal Democrats

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Persecuted Christians

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A number of people have contacted me regarding Christian’s being persecuted. The Liberal Democrats believe that everyone should have the right to practice their religion without fear of torture, imprisonment or death. Our vision is to create a world that is open, tolerant and united and we will always speak for those who are oppressed

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Community pubs

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Many people have contacted me about the pledge for pubs and the CAMRA campaign. The Liberal Democrats have consistently championed the importance of community pubs. It was Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mullholland who fought for legislation to allow pub landlords to free themselves from unfair pricing rules by big pub chains, and to enable pubs

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Education Cuts – #GE2017

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Many constituents have been in touch with me regarding education, as a recent ex-teacher myself education is a topic very dear to me. Liberal Democrats believe in a society where every young person, no matter what their background or circumstance, can grow up to achieve anything they set their mind to. Education is key to a

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Fox Hunting

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I have received many emails and letters from constituents regarding Tory plans to repeal the ban on Fox Hunting with dogs. The Hunting Act came into force in 2005 and bans the hunting of wild mammals, including foxes, with dogs. In Coalition Government, Liberal Democrats resisted Conservative attempts to relax the ban. Commenting on the

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Barry Holliday Slams Labour Over Loss of Brexit Backbone

Liberal Democrats in Nottingham have slammed Labour for caving in to the Conservatives over rights for EU residents living in Britain after Brexit takes place. Liberal Democrats led the battle for EU citizens who have made Britain their home to continue to live here. With cross party backing, including Lib Dems and Labour, the House

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Barry Holliday Warns About Lack of Trade Deal

Liberal Democrats in Nottingham are warning that crashing out of the EU without a trade agreement would be a disaster for the British economy. Speaking at a meeting of local residents, Barry Holliday, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Nottingham said: “Conservative Brexit Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that ‘no deal would be better than a bad

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Nothing Extra for the NHS

This announcement announced that they would be channeling £2 billion to local councils, spread across the next 3 years, to support adult social care. There is no additional money for the NHS. From 2020, there will be no financial support from Government to Councils towards the costs of local services. Therefore, the cost of social

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Conservatives Will Miss their Living Wage Target because of Brexit

The Liberal Democrats have attacked the Government for failing to hit their own target for the national living wage. When then Chancellor George Osborne introduced the “national living wage”, he said he expected it to be worth £9.30 an hour by 2020. Now the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) has revised down its forecast. The

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Conservatives Break Manifesto Pledge with National Insurance Hikes

The Chancellor has broken a Conservative manifesto pledge by introducing a tax on entrepreneurs and “white van man” with a rise in National Insurance payments that will cost them £93 each next year. The tax will hit five million people and breaks a Conservative manifesto promise not to increase National Insurance. Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor

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Conservative Education Funding will only worsen division

The Government’s approach to school spending will see an increase in grammar schools and widening gaps in quality of schooling. The Liberal Democrats have called for any extra money for education to be spent on reversing the devastating £3bn of cuts to school budgets that will see an 8% cut in per pupil funding by

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Brexit Budget will leave you £744 per Year Worse Off

The government’s decision to take us out of the Single Market will cost the average UK household over £700 a year. The Chancellor has clobbered “white van man” with £193 increase by next year in National Insurance charges. Liberal Democrats calculate households will be £744 pounds a year worse off. Average disposable incomes are forecast

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Brexit squeeze budget is an #OmNICshambles

Philip Hammond has delivered his Brexit squeeze budget, which will not only leave our NHS and care services in crisis but ordinary households will be £700 per year worse off. Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron MP said: “This is an #OmNICshambles which shows the slimmed down ambition of this government. They are short of cash,

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The local Labour council leader has accused the Nottingham Post of being “click bait”

The Post is the only daily, local, printed, sold to the public newspaper left in Nottingham and it supports local businesses, local arts, our local communities and our great city. Its a pity our council leader doesn’t see the benefit to us all of an independent, local press. In a week where Trump is attacking

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#VisitMyMosque

A lovely welcome from the congregation and my host Dr. Musharraf Hussain OBE, a very welcoming mosque group. I found the tour and Q&A session very enlightening. We all need to build bridges not walls between our communities. #VisitMyMosque is a great initiative to celebrate and educate all of us about our similarities as well

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Open letter to Lilian Greenwood MP (Nottingham South)

Dear Lilian Greenwood, We are from different political parties. However, I believe not only that when we disagree we should do so respectfully but also that when we agree we shouldn’t be afraid to be open about it. Last night MPs voted overwhelmingly to pass the Brexit bill to a second reading. This was not

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Nottingham South’s Labour MP abandons constituents on Brexit says Lib Dem – Barry Holliday

Local Lib Dem Barry Holliday has reacted with shock that Remain supporting Labour MP Lilian Greenwood voted last week for the triggering of Article 50 before April 2017. Barry, Nottingham Lib Dem Spokesperson said: “Labour are meant to be the official opposition yet they won’t even force the Government to give people a say on

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Tim Farron responds to stunning Richmond Park by-election win

The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%. Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government. “We

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Suspended Labour Councillor has been paid £6k and attended one meeting must resign

Nottingham’s Liberal Democrats have hit out at a local councillor who has attended just one meeting in the last six months. Cllr Ilyas Aziz, who was suspended from the Labour Party in April for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook attended a meeting in September, the first time since his suspension. Nottingham Lib Dem Spokesperson Barry

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“Our council needs an opposition that actually does something’ – Barry Holliday

Nottingham Liberal Democrat, Barry Holliday, has called for “better opposition and better scrutiny” of the city council’s activities after it was revealed that Nottingham City Council has remained the most complained about authority in the county. The Local Government Ombudsman’s report showed the council clocked up 105 complaints last year. Nottingham Lib Dem spokesperson, Barry

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Tories give discrimination helpline contract to inept G4S

Hate crimes up 42%, but Tories give discrimination helpline contract to inept G4S A lifeline for people facing human rights issues and discrimination is set to be privatised. With hate crimes up by 42% since the EU referendum result, the Conservative government is privatising the EASS (Equality Advisory and Support Service). After a tendering process,

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Barry Holliday condemns the Saudi-led airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

Nottingham Lib Dem spokesperson Barry Holliday condemns the Saudi-led airstrike on Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Hospital in Abs, Yemen The Liberal Democrats have always passionately supported international humanitarian law; in which it states that it is a war crime to deliberately attack a hospital or other medical unit, whether it is civilian or military, due

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“City Council must stop shifting the blame and take action over hate crimes” Says Barry Holliday

Nottingham Liberal Democrats have challenged the City Council on a shocking lack of consideration for LGBT people in the city after the council “named and shamed” a local LGBT venue for being dangerous. (Source: Nottingham Post article – http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-s-three-most-dangerous-bars-threatened-with-closure-in-crackdown-on-violence/story-29417002-detail/story.html posted; 18th June.) The City Council released a list of “dangerous bars” in June and listed

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