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  • Article: Jun 4, 2020

    The Prime Minister must condemn President Trump's behaviour

    British foreign policy must always promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law all over the world. The USA is no exception.

    The UK has a moral duty to speak out when the freedoms and rights of the people of the US are under attack.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020

    The murder of George Floyd has led to a global outpouring of anger and grief.

    From Windrush to Grenfell, from Stephen Lawrence to Mark Duggan, we are not short of our own examples of institutionalised, deep-rooted injustices that shame us all

    Racism has been exposed in the most shocking and tragic of ways in Minneapolis but make no mistake - it exists in Britain too.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020

    Callum Robertson, Chair of the East of England Policy Committee, interviews Ed Davey MP.

    Photo credit: Uk Parliament licensed under CC BY 3.0.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020

    The disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from BAME groups is extremely alarming.

    My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have written to the Prime Minister to express our grave concern at the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds and are urging the government to take urgent action now to address this.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2020

    In the week since the death of George Floyd in the United States, the grief and anger of black communities in the US and closer to home has been clear.

    The Liberal Democrats extend our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Protests against the killing of black people by police have erupted everywhere from Floyd's home state of Minneapolis, USA, to the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. The world knows George Floyd's name, and his death has fuelled a movement to end police violence against black people.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    Our late former Leader Paddy Ashdown argued at the time of the Hong Kong handover that without the added right to live in the UK for those holding British National Overseas (BNO) Passports, Beijing could ignore the Joint Declaration.

    We have a duty to act and protect those we vowed we would.

    In 2020, this is becoming a tragic reality. 'Beijing's new law will trample over the 'one country, two systems' framework, crushing Hong Kong's autonomy.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    With social-distancing rules relaxing in England we are able to start delivering leaflets again, and we want to help people do that.

    That's why the LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team have now produced a Coronavirus Focus template for seats in England - find the answer to all your questions below.

    If you would like to take advantage of the bulk buy print deal or the Royal Mail paid delivery option, you need to complete this form by 5pm, Friday 5th June.

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    Article: May 27, 2020
    Following presentations to the County Council from Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk's director of public health, and other senior officers, Norfolk Liberal Democrats have renewed their call for an independent local enquiry in order to tackle the next phase of disease in the most effective and socially just way possible.

    "I listened attentively to the presentations given by senior officers, all of whom have clearly committed significant time and expertise to their various areas of work, and to sustaining Norfolk County Council's response so far" said Cllr Steffan Aquarone, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Norfolk County Council.

    "But questioning senior officers alone cannot provide the people of Norfolk with the answers that matter most: what will happen next, who will take the lead, and how will Norfolk's economy seek to recover as quickly as possible?

    "When we called for an independent local inquiry back at the start of May, we made it clear that this should be anchored in the future, and centered on the people of Norfolk, who will return to 'normal life' at different speeds. There will be different levels and lengths of the ongoing effects of the virus on different groups in society and yet without a proper recovery plan we will push tens of thousands of people in Norfolk into poverty when the Government money runs out.

    These questions come as the committee heard, in response to a question from Cllr Steffan Aquarone, that the number of Covid-19 deaths in Norfolk was expected to be 'too small to analyse meaningfully' and 'within the rolling 5-year average of what we would see in winter'.

    "The County Council is already facing a £20m shortfall in the few short months it has been dealing with this crisis, and a return to the programme of brutal 'business as usual' cuts is unrealistic." added Deputy Group Leader Dan Roper. "But there are also many opportunities to use what we have learned in the crisis, to support a green economic recovery, celebrate our beautiful environment, and build compassion and kindness into the way we run our public services. To develop this plan confidently, and protect the most vulnerable, we still need to know what the overall number of excess deaths in Norfolk has been, and what the learnings actually are from the debriefs we've been assured are taking place. Good strategy needs detail as well as leadership - and both these things have been lacking from the County Council's Tory leadership."
  • Article: May 26, 2020

    Millions of people are worried for their loved ones. They have made heartbreaking sacrifices every day since lockdown, including missing family gatherings like weddings and funerals.

    People are rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    We cannot allow coronavirus to blind us to the injustice that is unfolding on Hong Kong.

    Beijing's new national security law is a naked power-grab. It bypasses Hong Kong local law-making processes and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the Joint Declaration. Clearly China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.