Lib Dems: PM must get a grip of coronavirus spread in the North

Today, Liberal Democrats from across the North of England, including four council leaders, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, and Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby (Rothwell, West Yorkshire), have written to the Prime Minister stating that the North has been "overlooked by a London-centric government".The letter, full text below, calls for a raft measures … Continue reading Lib Dems: PM must get a grip of coronavirus spread in the North

Govt must follow Wales and guarantee free schools meals over holidays

Responding to the announcement that the Welsh Government has guaranteed free school meal provision for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021, thanks to £11m confirmed today by Welsh  Education Minister Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:"This decision by Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams is wonderful news and will really ease … Continue reading Govt must follow Wales and guarantee free schools meals over holidays

PM has failed the north of England and the whole country 

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement of new coronavirus guidelines, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:“People across this country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months, losing loved ones, losing livelihoods and isolating from friends and family. That’s why people are so angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly … Continue reading PM has failed the north of England and the whole country 

Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend furlough as figures last week revealed that growth in August was even slower than June and July. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“These figures make it clear that despite the massive effort people have made to fight this virus and its economic implications, the … Continue reading Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension

Prime Minister full of bluster but offers little in the way of answers

Responding to the Prime Minister’s warning of a ‘tough’ Christmas on The Andrew Marr Show, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Daisy Cooper said:“The Prime Minister’s admission will leave people rightly worried about their loved ones. Sadly, as has become all too common with this Prime Minister, there was a lot of bluster but little … Continue reading Prime Minister full of bluster but offers little in the way of answers

Lib Dems vote against Coronavirus Act due to “watered down” care provision

The Liberal Democrats voted against the Coronavirus Act yesterday, because of the Prime Minister's failure to reverse the reductions in rights to care for vulnerable people, particularly the disabled. To save lives through this pandemic, the Liberal Democrats have supported and continue to support all necessary measures to keep people safe – including the lockdowns … Continue reading Lib Dems vote against Coronavirus Act due to “watered down” care provision

Davey set to make first Party Conference speech as Lib Dem Leader

Coverage of Ed Davey's speech will be live on BBC2, Monday 28th, 2.30pm-3.30pm. This link should take you to BBC 2 Live: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbctwo. Today (28/09/2020) Ed Davey will make his first speech at the Party's Autumn Conference as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.Ed is expected to pledge to become the voice of Britain's nine million carers. He … Continue reading Davey set to make first Party Conference speech as Lib Dem Leader

Lib Dems call on Govt to tackle ‘Long Covid’

At the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference, the Party has passed a motion which,  if taken up by the Government, would see the UK get a grip on the coronavirus crisis.In particular, the motion urges the Government to not only recognise 'Long Covid', but to commission research into the phenomenon and invest in rehabilitation services to … Continue reading Lib Dems call on Govt to tackle ‘Long Covid’

Lib Dems condemn health inequalities “exposed in technicolour” by Covid crisis

In her first keynote address as Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson will condemn the health inequalities “exposed in technicolour” through the COVID-19 crisis, and call for a Minister for Wellbeing to ensure that Government decisions are “fundamentally in keeping with health and wellbeing.”

COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind

Commenting on ONS statistics showing that, in August, the Government borrowed £35.9 billion – the highest amount for August since 1993 – and that national debt exceeded £2 trillion for the first time, Liberal Democrat Economy Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other that we’ve experienced – and that’s exactly why it … Continue reading COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind