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North Shropshire Liberal Democrats

  • Nov 20, 2019:
    • The top 5 steps in our plan for Britain's future

      The Liberal Democrats have officially launched our 2019 General Election Manifesto!

      In it, we have outlined a clear plan to build a brighter future, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

      Don't have time to read the full manifesto right now? Here, we explain our top 5 steps:

      1. Stop Brexit

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      Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit.

      The national humiliation of Brexit puts so much at risk; we know that it would be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

      Jo Swinson is the only candidate for Prime Minister who unequivocally believes that the UK is stronger as part of the EU.

      By keeping the UK in the EU, we can get on with tackling the real issues facing our country, and we can do this by investing the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

      2. Tackle the climate emergency

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      We are the first generation to know we are destroying the environment, and the last generation with a chance to do something about it before it's too late.

      Liberal Democrats offer a new plan to innovate our way out of crisis. To mobilise every community in the country, and the resources of both the public and private sector to achieve it. To turn the birthplace of the industrial revolution into the home of the new Green Revolution.

      This starts by generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

      3. Give every child the best start in life

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      Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

      The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

      Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers - so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

      This is an investment in our children's future.

      4. Build a fairer economy

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      In an ever changing workplace people often need to develop new skills, but the cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.

      Liberal Democrats will create a new era of learning throughout adult life with Skills Wallets for every individual, providing them with £10,000 to spend on education and training at various stages of their lives.

      With Skills Wallets, we will empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the technologies and industries that are key to the UK's economic future and prosperity.

      Another key factor in building a fairer economy is by providing free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four, for 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year. This offer is extended to children aged between 9 and 24 months where their parents are in work.

      This offering will finally give parents more choice about when they return to work and unlock their untapped potential for our economy.

      5. Transform our mental health services

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      Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. But for too many, treatment is a postcode lottery.

      No one should be forced to travel unreasonable distances away from home, and that's why Liberal Democrats will invest £11bn into mental health to provide parity of urgency with physical health.

      We want to break down the barriers of stigma and shame, which leave those suffering, alienated and isolated, and we want to make the UK a world leader in keeping our nation well with our push for greater emphasis on wellbeing.

      Only Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats have a plan to stop Brexit and build a brighter future for everyone.

      The post The top 5 steps in our plan for Britain's future appeared first on North Shropshire Liberal Democrats.

    • Watch Jo Swinson's manifesto launch speech

      Last night, we held our Liberal Democrat manifesto launch event in Camden, North London, where Jo Swinson laid out our ambitious government plans for both people and the planet.

      In her speech, Jo emphasised that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can take votes away from the Conservatives, the only party that will stop Brexit and the only party that can build a brighter future for our country.

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      She also laid out the key points in our Plan for Britain's Future:

      1. Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

      2. Tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

      3. Give every child the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

      4. Build a fairer economy by providing free childcare from 9 months and giving every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their lives.

      5. Transform our mental health services by treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

      Watch Jo's full speech above and learn more about our Plan for a Brighter Future here.

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  • Nov 19, 2019:
    • Liberal Democrat 2019 Manifesto

      Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

      This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

      That starts with stopping Brexit.

      The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

      Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

      Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.

      The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

      Our ambitious plan includes:

      • Stopping Brexit.
      • Then, investing the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequalities
      • Tackling the climate emergency
      • Building a fairer economy and transforming opportunities
      • Giving every child the best start in life
      • Transforming our mental health services
      • Adopting a public health approach to serious violence
      • Fixing the broken immigration system

      Read Our Full Manifesto

      Please help us spread our vision by sharing this manifesto far and wide.

      Together, we can create a future for our country where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

      The post Liberal Democrat 2019 Manifesto appeared first on North Shropshire Liberal Democrats.

    • Our Plan for a Brighter Future

      For too many people, things aren't working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

      Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

      The NHS can't afford to help the huge numbers of people facing battles with their mental health. Noone's taking the radical action needed to tackle climate change. Schools are so chronically underfunded that some can only open 4 days a week.

      It doesn't have to be like this.

      On day one of a Liberal Democrat government, we will Stop Brexit. Then, we can get back to what really makes a difference to people's lives. We'll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in our public services and tackle inequality.

      On day one of a Liberal Democrat government, we will Stop Brexit. Then, we can get back to what really makes a difference to people's lives.

      We'll take bold action on the climate emergency. By 2030, we'll generate 80% of electricity from renewables. Low-income homes will all be insulated by 2025.

      With a Liberal Democrat government, every child will get the best start in life. We'll recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year or schools. Free childcare will be available from just 9 months. We'll make sure that government subsidies reflect the true cost of high-quality childcare.

      Our changing job market shouldn't leave anyone behind. We'll create £10,000 Skills Wallets for every adult to be able to train and gain new skills throughout their life. A Liberal Democrat government will transform our mental health services. We'll bring standards, urgency and waiting times in line with those of physical health.

      The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for Britain. To find out more, take a look at our full manifesto:

      Our Plan

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    • Trans Day of Remembrance

      20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

      We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

      We in the Liberal Democrats stand with our trans friends. We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

      It's why we continue to fight against the unfair Spousal Veto - where a married trans person has to bow to the will of their partner in regard to being allowed to transition. Being forced to seek permission from another in order to express your personal identity is plain wrong. Layla Moran, our MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, announced the Liberal Democrats' policy of abolishing the Spousal Veto at our party conference, and Baroness Barker, Lib Dem Peer, recently introduced a Private Member's Bill to do just that.

      In the past year reports of hate crimes against trans people have risen by 81%

      It's why we call for reform of the Gender Recognition Act - a system where a trans person must pay a prohibitive amount of money and provide 'evidence' to a panel of bureaucrats who decide whether they are trans enough to be legally recognised as their gender. The government's cowardly bending to the anti-trans rhetoric in the media has led to the abandonment of any reform plans for the foreseeable future.

      Trans people can't wait until it's politically convenient for them to exist.

      In the past year:

      • Reports of hate crimes against trans people have risen by 81%
      • 28% of trans people have suffered domestic abuse
      • 36% of trans students have been harassed or discriminated against by their own university staff
      • 41% of trans people have been the victim of a hate crime

      On Trans Day of Remembrance we remember the lives lost as a result of transphobia. Today we are reminded that transphobia is never funny or trivial, & that it can be fatal. Let us end anti-trans violence & discrimination for good. pic.twitter.com/H0cccIuAgX

      - Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 20, 2019

      The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a brighter future for the LGBTQ+ community, and today we pause to remember those taken from us along the way.

      Trans people can't wait until it's politically convenient for them to exist.

      We need to sort this out now.

      Trans rights are human rights.

      The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a brighter future for the LGBTQ+ community, and today we pause to remember those taken from us along the way.

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    • The Johnson government will not publish the Russian interference report.

      "Inexplicable and shameful."

      "Inexplicable and shameful." - Hillary Clinton on the UK government's refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

      Yeesh. It's almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

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      Hillary Clinton knows first-hand what it feels like to go up against Russian interference into elections. While investigations are still ongoing, many close to Trump are already in jail - for collusion with Russian politicians during the 2016 Election.

      So when Clinton tells the British public that we should worry about our government, we must listen.

      Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister.

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      He has lied to the Queen, lied to Parliament, and lied to our country.

      Boris Johnson wants to take us back to the past

      And now he is lying again - if they had nothing hide, the Tories would have released the report already. By refusing to publish the report into Russian interference before we go to the polls, Johnson is denying us access to all the facts.

      Boris Johnson is once again trying to deceive the public. He is not fit to be Prime Minister.

      The post The Johnson government will not publish the Russian interference report. appeared first on North Shropshire Liberal Democrats.

    • The Liberal Democrats' plan to invest £10 billion in schools

      Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

      The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

      Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

      It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

      Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

      ❌Tory cuts to school funding since 2015 have meant that children & teachers have had to pay the price.

      ✅A LibDem Government will recruit 20,000 new teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

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      - Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) November 20, 2019

      Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

      The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.

      In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

      This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children's future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

      Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

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  • Nov 18, 2019:
    • Lib Dems Respond to ITV Ruling

      "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change."

      "The Liberal Democrats' position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

      "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

      "That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

      "It is worrying that the OFCOM guidance allows TV Executives to decide, not the voters, whether the biggest issues of the day are debated openly in the ITV Debate.

      "We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight."

      "This campaign is undeniably dominated by Brexit, the single biggest issue for our country, perhaps in the last 75 years.

      "Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are determined to drag this country down in the name of Brexit.

      "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change.

      "Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats brought this court case because our politics needs to change too."

      Televised debates between political party leaders should be framed in stronger legislation.

      "But more than that, our democracy should not be in the hands of invisible corporate structures, and arrangements for such debates should always be accessible and transparent.

      "We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight.

      "Not just for this General Election, but for our future democracy too."

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    • 5 Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

      1. To Stop Brexit

      Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

      A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we'll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.

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      2. For Radical Climate Action

      We are in the middle of a climate emergency. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a radical, credible and detailed plan to tackle climate change.

      The Liberal Democrats presided over the UK's biggest ever increase in renewable energy. But we need to go even bigger. With a Liberal Democrat government, 80% of our electricity will be renewably sourced by 2030.

      Check out our full plan to protect the planet for our children's future 👇

      Our Climate Plan

      3. To Give Every Child the Best Start in Life

      We're proud to have introduced the pupil premium to help level the playing field for children from low-income backgrounds. A Liberal Democrat government will go even further. We'll invest £10 billion in our schools every year so that every child can reach their full potential.

      We will recruit 20,000 new teachers to solve the staffing crisis in our schools. We'll ensure that every pupil has the support they need to thrive.

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      4. For a Fairer Economy

      Things aren't working as they should. We need to revolutionise our economy and make it fairer for the workers of today and tomorrow.

      The Liberal Democrats will give every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their life - making sure our changing job market leaves no-one behind. We'll introduce free childcare from nine months so no new parent has to choose between family and work.

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      5. To Transform Our Mental Health Services

      The state of mental health services in our country is a disgrace. The NHS has been starved of the cash it desperately needs to cope with the mental health crisis in the UK.

      The situation won't improve until we treat mental health with the same importance and urgency as physical health.

      A Liberal Democrat government will inject £11 billion directly into mental health services. Not to mention the boost the NHS will get from the Remain Bonus. We will make sure that everyone in this country gets the help they need as soon as they need it.

      And that's just our top 5 reasons to vote Lib Dem!

      There are endless reasons why millions of people are voting Lib Dem on 12th December. Will you join them?

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    • The Liberal Democrats' £35 billion pledge to protect the NHS

      We need to protect our NHS. Under the Conservative government, it's struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic under-funding and crumbling hospital buildings.

      All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

      The Lib Dems will tackle the NHS staffing crisis and invest in mental health services, social care, public health and more.

      That's why we've set out our plan to safeguard the NHS; stop Brexit and invest an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

      The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax.

      On top of this, we will use a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st century.

      A Liberal Democrat government will tackle the severe staffing shortages across the NHS and end the current shortfall of GPs within five years. This will be done by retaining free movement including for the 65,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, reinstating nursing bursaries and establishing a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

      We are the only party with a credible plan to protect the NHS and build a brighter future by tackling the staffing crisis, investing in mental health services, social care, public health and future-proofing our NHS buildings.

      Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

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