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West Suffolk Liberal Democrats

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  • HoC
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    Find more about Matt Hancock and his financial links to the horse racing industry plus: LibDem's £150bn green recovery plan to get past Covid-19 with a brand new start. Just visit our Facebook pages West Suffolk LibDems VHQ and https://www.facebook.com/WestSuffolkLibDems/notifications/

  • Wendy Chamberlain MP
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    Responding to reports that the Prime Minister will announce later today that the Foreign Office and Department for International Development are set to be merged, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Development Wendy Chamberlain said:

    "Not content with depriving disadvantaged kids of their free school meals, the Prime Minister is now choosing to abolish the department whose job is to support the most vulnerable people around the world.

    "UK aid prevents suffering. The Liberal Democrats have always made absolutely clear our unequivocal support for Britain's role as a world leader in providing aid to those most in need. By working internationally we can achieve so much more than we can alone.

    "This decision shows the extent of the Prime Minister's determination to see the UK turn its back on the world."

  • School meals ()
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats accused the Government of being "callous and heartless" for spending £120m on a Festival For Brexit, when the same amount of money could be spent on extending free school meals over the summer.

    Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson, Layla Moran, made the intervention ahead of an opposition debate today on calls to extend free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak. The Government recently confirmed that the Festival for Brexit will be going ahead in 2022, with £120 million of taxpayers' money earmarked for the event. This is the exact same amount it would cost to extend free school meals to all eligible pupils over the six-week summer holiday.

    Just a few hours later the
    Prime Minister's performed another u-turn, this time on free school meals, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

    "Too many vulnerable children face falling through the cracks. We are grateful to Marcus Rashford and all those campaigners who have helped force the Prime Minister to rediscover his conscience, but it should never have been needed.

    "The Government must now work cross-party and with parents, teache rs and local governments to do more. We must ensure no child is left behind.

    "That starts with Liberal Democrat proposals to combine the free school meals voucher scheme with an emergency uplift in child benefit and a 'catch-up premium' to ensure every child has the best start in life."

  • Release the Russia Report
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    A cross-party group of MPs have written to Prime Minister Johnson urging him to publish a long-delayed report into Russian interference in UK elections.that was finished eight months ago

    The report was sent to Johnson in October 2019, but the Prime Minister refused to publish it before the general election.

    Indeed a notification was released on 13th December 2019 stating that No 10 approved the release of the intelligence committee's report into Russian interference in the UK *literally the day after* the general election once a new intelligence and security committee was appointed. Yet 6 months on from the general election and still no new intelligence and security committee has been appointed.

    Meaning that Eight months on, Johnson's UK government is still yet to release the report.

    The group of MPs have written to Johnson, warning him that failure to release it "raises serious concerns and questions about the transparency and integrity" of UK democracy.

    The letter, organised by the Liberal Democrats, says it'd be "untenable" for the report to stay confidential.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-russia-report-affront-to-democracy-cross-party-letter-2020-6?fbclid=IwAR34kU-ijRVKI-JLtyqcQla_Ch9JPxovJE54gqYu_x6BILhPYPiB_BIrTxs&r=US&IR=T

  • Christine Jardine (Christine Jardine)
    Article: Jun 18, 2020

    Responding to Public Health England's report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups, which highlighted the adverse effects of the Government's Hostile Environment policy and 'No Recourse to Public Funds' rule, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    "The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented threat, leaving the most vulnerable in society at risk. We must ensure that BAME communities are not left behind by the Government's response to this crisis.

    "The Government must act urgently to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on BAME communities, and to solve the deep-seated inequalities and injustices they face.

    "It is appalling that the Conservatives' discriminatory Hostile Environment policies and their refusal to suspend the 'No Recourse to Public Funds' rule are preventing migrants and other BAME people from accessing the healthcare they need during this pandemic.

    "If the Government is serious about tackling racial injustice, the Home Secretary must end the Hostile Environment and give migrants access to Universal Credit during this crisis."

  • Pride
    Article: Jun 18, 2020
    By Coralie Ayala
    Pride was spearheaded by black and trans women who put their lives at risk for others.

    On the morning of June 28 1969, police raided an underground gay bar in New York city called Stonewall Inn. The raid wasn't unusual but that morning the response was.

    This time, as the police got violent, the people in the Stonewall Inn fought back.