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North Shropshire Liberal Democrats

  • Feb 26, 2020:
  • Feb 25, 2020:
    • EU citizens deserve the right to stay

      During the 2016 referendum campaign, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove issued a joint statement promising to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens.

      They declared: "There will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK. These EU citizens will automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be treated no less favourably than they are at present."

      Fast forward to today and the Conservatives have broken these promises, leaving EU citizens under a cloud of uncertainty.

      The Tories have broken their promises and left EU citizens under a cloud of uncertainty.

      Despite their guarantees in last year's Tory manifesto, Boris Johnson's Government has made no attempt to reassure those who are wishing to stay. Instead, they introduced a "Settled Status" scheme that has failed to provide reassurance or security.

      The Conservatives are also refusing to provide EU citizens with physical proof of their rights. Instead, they have resorted to a digital code and an online Home Office database, putting them at risk of discrimination.

      This is unacceptable.

      EU citizens who have made their lives here in the UK contribute enormously to our economy, our public services and our society.

      They are our families and friends, our colleagues and carers. Liberal Democrats are fighting for their right to stay 👇 https://t.co/HrE6Joqd8Mpic.twitter.com/kOr5GDBfH8

      - Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) February 26, 2020

      Europeans who have made their lives here in the UK contribute enormously to our economy, our public services and our society. They must not be put at risk of a new Windrush-style scandal.

      No one seriously believes that the Home Office will be able to grant settled status to everyone who's eligible by June next year. Thousands will be left effectively undocumented and subject to the Conservatives' Hostile Environment - at risk of eviction, detention and even deportation.

      Europeans who have made their lives here in the UK contribute enormously to our economy, our public services and our society.

      With the Bill I am tabling today, the Liberal Democrats are continuing to fight for EU citizens.

      We are calling for these citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, without the need to apply. They should be able to register for physical proof of their status, with no arbitrary deadline.

      EU citizens are our families and friends, our colleagues and carers. They deserve better. If you agree, show your support by signing the Liberal Democrat petition here.

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    • Help us make the Liberal Democrats more representative

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  • Feb 24, 2020:
    • Hong Kong - One Year On

      As liberals, Hong Kong's fight is our fight.

      A year on from the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government haven't budged. Beijing continues to systematically violate the human rights of people in Hong Kong, and deny the region democracy.

      But Hong Kong is not giving up. The people of Hong Kong are not going to back down from this fight.

      During the Handover, the UK promised Hong Kongers that their rights and freedoms would be enhanced and protected - including progress towards universal suffrage. Yet, just over a decade on, the 'One Country, Two Systems' arrangement has faded into a shadow of what it was supposed to be.

      I am calling on the Government to take an active approach by adopting today's Bill. It is time to do what we should have done during the Handover. If we as a country are serious about this new era of "Global Britain", this is our chance to prove it. #HongKonghttps://t.co/27F5eaxMfY

      - Alistair Carmichael (@amcarmichaelMP) February 25, 2020

      The last year has seen protesters met with police violence. Students have been kettled on campuses, live ammunition has been used against a young protester, and tear gas has been used on Hong Kong citizens.

      Thousands are facing criminal charges for fighting for the freedoms they were promised.

      Today, it is our duty to stand with Hong Kong and uphold the promises the UK made.

      And, despite being party to the Declaration that was supposed to protect Hong Kongers' rights and freedoms, the UK Tory Government is doing nothing.

      As liberals, Hong Kong's fight is our fight. My late great friend Paddy Ashdown fought for safeguards for the people of Hong Kong before and during the Handover. Today, it is our duty to stand with Hong Kong and uphold the promises the UK made.

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  • Feb 21, 2020:
    • English Local Elections Briefing

      Thank you!

      Whether you're a Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, a Mayoral Candidate, a GLA candidate, a Council Candidate or one of the thousands of Liberal Democrat activists that help get them elected, we want to say thank you.

      The time and effort you give is what makes our party tick and without you, we couldn't achieve the change at every level of government we all are fighting for. We hope you find this page useful as you prepare for the 2020 local elections.

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  • Feb 20, 2020:
    • Get ready for the action weekend!

      As you know, there are hundreds of local and regional elections happening in England and Wales in May this year, including Council, Mayoral and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

      They present us with an excellent opportunity to make huge gains across the country, and for your local party to make a big impact in your local area.

      To help you get off to a flying start with your local campaign, the Campaigns team is organising an Action Weekend from 20th - 22nd March.

      Our goal? To knock on 100,000 doors across England and Wales over the weekend.

      But to do this, we need you. We need as many local parties as possible to get involved by running dedicated events and campaigning sessions in your local area.

      This coordinated weekend of campaigning will help to boost the profile of the party across the country and build momentum ahead of the elections. It's also a good chance to get your newer members involved in campaigning for the first time.

      The first step is to get your local event on the events page to ensure members and supporters can find it and RSVP.

      Get my event on the website

      The Campaigns team have also produced a National Action Weekend Pack.

      Remember, there's at least one election happening in every area, and if you're not sure which ones are happening locally you can check on the Electoral Commission website using their postcode checker

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  • Feb 19, 2020:
    • Happy LGBT+ History Month!

      2020 marks the 15th LGBT History Month and since its inception in 2005, this has been a month of both reflection and action.

      Over the last few years, we've made some amazing leaps for equality, including seeing same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland just a few months ago. However, it is important to remember there is still a long way to go before we reach true equality.

      Over the last few years, we've made some amazing leaps for equality

      LGBT History Month is celebrated in February to coincide with the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act. This was an abhorrent act which prohibited the so-called promotion of homosexuality. This law was not only discriminatory and homophobic, but it was also a massive step back in the fight for equality. We fought this act from the onset, and the work we put into getting it repealed is something we should all be proud of.

      The repeal of Section 28 paved the way for civil partnerships in 2005, the Equality Act in 2010 and the passing of the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) Bill in 2013, amongst others. With the passing of each of these bills, we get closer to equal rights. As more rights are enshrined in law, we see a change in attitudes, and people becoming more accepting of the LGBT+ community.

      While LGB rights are have moved forward, protections for the T part of the acronym are still far behind.

      But we can't sit back and congratulate ourselves quite yet. Attitudes may have come a long way in the last few years, but we still see news stories like the horrible attack on two lesbian women a bus simply because they are attracted to the same sex. Not to mention, homophobic bullying is still taking place in schools and rates of suicide, depression and anxiety disproportionately higher within the LGBT+ community. This is not good enough.

      While LGB rights are have moved forward, protections for the T part of the acronym are still far behind. When the Liberal Democrats proposed a policy of self-identification, as a policy which allows trans people to live as themselves, it was criticised. This attitude of suspicion towards protections for trans people is one which will take time to overcome. But hopefully, as more rights become protected by law, these attitudes will shift.

      As Liberal Democrats, we will continue our proud history of fighting for the rights of the entire LGBT+ community. We will be relentless and until true equality is achieved.

      So, this month, let's celebrate the battles we have won and reflect on why those battles were necessary. Let us be mindful that full equality has not yet been achieved and keep fighting until it is.

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    • Labour leadership candidates must back our calls for proportional representation

      Liberal Democrats have long demanded fundamental reforms to the distribution of power: proportional voting, decentralisation, an elected second chamber.

      Sadly, electoral reform has been lacking entirely from the Labour party's leadership contest. That's why, this week, I've written to the three remaining Labour leadership candidates, urging them to ditch our broken voting system in favour of proportional representation.

      Read the letter in full below.

      In this general election, the Liberal Democrats' vote share went up by 4%, and we ended up with one less MP.

      The Tories had a 1% increase in support, and got a majority of 80.

      Our electoral system is broken. pic.twitter.com/771yRPBbDk

      - Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) December 17, 2019

      The last three years, more than any before, has shown politics isn't working for people. It is broken. Now is the time to hit the reset button.

      After the last General Election, 14.5 million people have an MP they didn't vote for.

      At the last General Election the Conservatives, despite only getting 44% of votes, entered the House of Commons with 56% of seats. 14.5 million people have an MP they didn't vote for, while 71% of votes were "wasted". In Scotland, the situation was even worse, with the SNP securing 80% of the seats from 45% of the popular vote.

      It is no wonder that people feel they have little or no influence on decision-making today. Our democracy doesn't need piecemeal change. It needs an urgent and radical overhaul at all levels.

      There are many issues we disagree on. But progressives right across UK, aside from Labour, agree that we have a decaying electoral system that shuts out too many from our democracy.

      With a Prime Minister in Boris Johnson who tried to silence our democracy by unlawfully shutting down Parliament, nobody can trust him to fix our broken politics or the systems that support it.

      So far in the Labour leadership contest, electoral reform has been dangerously absent.

      It therefore isn't good enough for the next Labour leader to sit on their hands and do nothing. It is past time Labour joined the progressive alliance in favour of electoral reform.

      So far in the Labour leadership contest, electoral reform has been dangerously absent. I am therefore writing to you to urge you to make clear your support to align Labour with the growing progressive movement across the UK in favour of electoral reform.

      Kind regards,

      Wendy Chamberlain

      Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs

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