Change Britain’s Future

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Change Britain’s Future

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 the welfare state that we have today:
  • Free school meals
  • Free education
  • Free medical treatment for children
  • The old-age pension
  • National health insurance

And, of course, despite the Labour party’s best attempts to rewrite history, the NHS was the brainchild of Liberal economist William Beveridge.

In 2017, Labour and the Tories are contesting an old-fashioned election. Old-fashioned, in that they want to promote an election with just two choices: Labour or the Tories – both promoting policies that would return this country to the past.

Labour’s policies mirror those they had in the 1970s. They were hard times for everyone. Workers didn’t have rights. The unions called the shots and the workers had very little say in what they did. Inflation raged out of control; and when Labour had finished spending everyone else’s money, they ran with the begging bowl to the IMF.

The Tories, on the other hand, want to return us to the 1980s – when privilege and good fortune made the rich richer, while the weak and the poor were considered nothing more than a blight on society.

Neither of these positions is acceptable. Britain deserves better.

The Lib Dems are proud of our history. Because we dared to think the unthinkable. In 1909 our reforms were so shocking to the establishment that the House of Lords rejected our budget. In 2017 those same Liberal reforms are the backbone of our welfare state.

We look to the future because we accept that there are issues in society and these need to be addressed by forward-thinking policies. Not by burying our heads in the sand and trying to turn the clock back.

On the 8th June, this country has a real choice: to recreate past failures with Labour and the Tories. Or to build a positive future, that addresses the problems of today with solutions that will last another century by supporting the Liberal Democrats.

Change Britain’s Future.

Vote LIB DEM on 8 June.


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Fox Hunting

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 revelation that Theresa May would move to bring back fox hunting, Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrat Agricultural Spokesperson said:

“Not content with setting Britain back decades with her plans for Brexit, Theresa May now wants to reopen the issue of hunting that has been settled for over a decade. The country has far bigger issues to deal with and we are opposed to another vote.

“Rather than worrying about fox hunting, Theresa May should be focused on the damage that Liam Fox’s and her Hard Brexit Cabinet would do to farmers, rural communities and animal welfare standards”.

Liberal Democrats have consistently fought to improve animal health and welfare standards and will continue to do so. As part of this, we will update farm animal welfare codes and promote the responsible stewardship of antibiotic drugs and will also introduce stronger penalties for animal cruelty offences, increasing the maximum sentencing from six months to five years, and bring in a ban on caged hens.

Fox hunting is a conscience vote and I personally believe that animal hunting with dogs is cruel and unjustifiable and would work to ensure the law is not relaxed in any way.