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  • Article: Jun 24, 2017

    Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week. Well, what a couple of weeks we have had. The election two weeks ago produced a result no-one expected and since then so much seems to have happened. The horror of Grenfell Court will resonate for many years. Nevertheless I hope that people were as inspired as I was by the huge response of the public to help. This sort of tragedy really can bring out the very best in people.
    After all the politics of the last few weeks I have decided to concentrate this week on events and leave any political comment for the future.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2017

    One year on from the referendum result, Vince Cable has warned that the country is facing a "Brexit crunch" unless Theresa May changes course.

    The Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, who is widely credited with predicting the 2008 financial crisis, has issued a stark warning that an extreme Brexit outside the Single Market and Customs Union would lead to heavy job losses and a slump in growth and living standards.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    Shock revelation May blocked EU nationals' right to stay is a "badge of shame"

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Theresa May as "cold and heartless," following the shock revelation she blocked attempts to guarantee the right to stay for EU nationals immediately after the referendum.

    In a scathing editorial in the Evening Standard today, George Osborne revealed that "in the days immediately after the referendum, David Cameron wanted to reassure EU citizens they would be allowed to stay. All his Cabinet agreed with that unilateral offer, except his Home Secretary, Mrs May, who insisted on blocking it."

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Theresa May as "cold and heartless," following the shock revelation she blocked attempts to guarantee the right to stay for EU nationals immediately after the referendum.


    In a scathing editorial in the Evening Standard today, George Osborne revealed that "in the days immediately after the referendum, David Cameron wanted to reassure EU citizens they would be allowed to stay. All his Cabinet agreed with that unilateral offer, except his Home Secretary, Mrs May, who insisted on blocking it."

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats have set out a list of four demands that must be addressed in the government's paper on the rights of EU nationals on Monday, including ending the "bureaucratic nightmare" faced by EU citizens applying for permanent residency.

    A recent report revealed that at the Home Office's current workrate, it will take around 11 years to process the millions of expected residency requests from EU nationals.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for Britain to stay the single market and customs union.

    The party is now calling on both Labour and Conservative MPs to support the amendment and inflict a historic defeat on the government, forcing Theresa May to soften her extreme approach to Brexit.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    New homelessness cases in England have risen by by 48% and the numbers of families living in temporary accommodation is up 61%, according to government figures published today. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has blasted the Tories over the news and said it is 'stain on our nation's conscience.'
    Councils accepted 59,090 households as homeless and in 'priority' need of housing in 2016/17 - compared to 40,020 in 2009/10.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Today in the House of Commons the Rt Hon Ed Davey secured a commitment from the Home Secretary that the Commission for Countering Extremism would listen to voices from all communities who are willing to work with the Government to defeat extremism.

    Commenting after the statement in the chamber Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary said:

    "It is absolutely vital that the Government works with the communities most likely to be affected by counter extremism and de-radicalisation programmes. For all the good the Prevent strategy may have achieved it has been fatally wounded by the lack of trust the Muslim community has in it and the toxicity surrounding the brand.

    If we are determined to defeat violent extremism then we must be sure to work in partnerships with all communities who share our vision and not alienate the very communities that are likely to be able to offer the best intelligence and the strongest counter-narratives.

    The Liberal Democrats will follow the process of the establishment on the Commission for Countering Extremism to ensure it is inclusive and avoids making the same mistakes as the Prevent strategy."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Today the government announced the shortlist of bidders for the HS2 franchise, amongst them was a joint venture with Chinese company Guangshen Railway company and MTR. Commenting on the news Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said:


    "Our vital infrastructure should not just be flogged off to the highest bidder.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Tim Farron will meet Liberal Prime Ministers and leaders in Brussels today to make the case for Britain's continued membership of the Single Market. Tim's discussions come after the Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech, the first defeat on Queen's speech since 1924.
    Speaking in Brussels, Tim will say:

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The Trade Bill announced in the Queen's speech is simply a job creation scheme for Liam Fox, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said: "In reality this is an Anti-Trade Bill, as it means leaving the single market and customs union, despite clear opposition from the Chancellor and the Bank of England.