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West Suffolk Liberal Democrats

  • West Suffolk House (Photo by Helen Korfanty, wslibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Dec 17, 2018

    St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath Councils merge in May 2019

    The ward boundaries will change so that the number of councillors will reduce from 72 to 64. The aim is to make savings of around £800,000 per year.

    • Will fewer councillors mean less representation?
    • How much of the savings will go on increasing the Councillor's allowances rather than spending on local services?
    • How will the new council be led and from where?
  • Article: Nov 28, 2018
    In East Anglian Daily Times

    West Suffolk LibDems condemn the state of mental health services in Suffolk as Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is out into special measures again. Chair of West Suffolk LibDems says'

    "LibDems demand better for the users of mental health services. The link between long waits for treatment and patients self-harming or worse is very worrying. People, our neighbours, are waiting up to five years to be seen, during this time they are at risk of self-harm or even suicide. The Care Quality Commission found "Inspectors found that staff were sometimes 'downgrading' referrals from urgent to routine without ensuring that it was safe to do so. There were instances of people who had significant needs being denied a service and records showed some patients harmed themselves while waiting for contact from clinical staff."

  • Article: Nov 21, 2018

    "I am delighted to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London.

    I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative

    I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative to London's tired two party politics.

    Sadiq Khan isn't delivering the right solutions to violent crime and only the Liberal Democrats can provide a genuinely public health approach. The Tories have shown how out of touch they are with London's values by selecting an illiberal, pro-Brexit candidate.

    Only the Lib Dems have truly stood up for Londoners against Brexit and we will continue to be a strong, liberal voice for our city." Siobhan Benita

  • Article: Nov 20, 2018

    Local government is the bedrock of our communities. It is central to people living happy, healthy and productive lives, and if properly funded, has the potential to solve some of the biggest problems in our society.

    Local government is the bedrock of our communities.

    Local government faces many challenges.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Within hours of Theresa May speaking to Parliament about the deal she negotiated, hundreds of Lib Dems gathered on Parliament Square to make clear they opposed it.

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give people the final say on the Brexit deal in a People's Vote, with the option to remain in the EU. And Thursday was a big day. It was the day that turned a People's Vote from a possibility into a probability.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on the deal with the option to remain in the EU.

    Parliament has seen the deal that Theresa May has cobbled together. We have a real chance to derail the Conservatives' damaging and chaotic Brexit.

    So this Autumn, I'm are asking you to do three simple things:

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • The system clearly is not working
    Article: Apr 3, 2018

    St Edmundsbury Borough Council fails to use full powers to help tackle homelessness

    Shocking figures have revealed that St Edmundsbury Borough Council has failed to use its full powers to help bring empty homes back into use.

    Helen Korfanty and the Lib Dems have pressed for this information to be released. It shows that over 250 homes in St Edmundsbury are currently standing empty and unused. A third of these have been vacant for at least two years and some are still empty after 10 years.

  • Ambulance and Telegraph quote
    Article: Apr 2, 2018

    Operations delayed, hospital beds full, record numbers left waiting in A&E.

    In Bury St Edmunds, A&E ran into the buffers after Christmas. West Suffolk Hospital hit 100 per cent capacity at the start of the new year.

    Across the country, patients faced cancelled operations and long delays at A&E as the NHS struggled through another winter crisis. Almost 1 in 4 people had to wait more than four hours at A&E - the highest number on record. Staffing shortages and a lack of beds are blamed on the Conservatives' failure to invest.

  • Helen listens to local people
    Article: Mar 31, 2018

    Concern for local people over St Edmundsbury Borough Council cuts

    The Conservative-led Council has been constantly cutting services to local people. At the same time it has been putting up the charges that we have to pay. Helen Korfanty says:


    In recent years St Edmundsbury Borough Council has been introducing new charges on services such as some types of waste bin collection and car parking for disabled people. It has also been increasing existing charges.