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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: May 18, 2022
    Crisis in cancer care: Third of patients facing two month waits for treatment
    • Lib Dems call for urgent plan to improve cancer care after NHS targets missed in worst ever performance

    • Over 2,000 people are missing out on a timely diagnosis every day while 15,000 are left waiting two months or more to start treatment

    • Ministers accused of "sitting on their hands" while people are being left in pain

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to come forward with an urgent strategy to improve cancer care, after new statistics revealed that NHS England has yet again missed all four of its major targets for cancer waiting times.

    Analysis by the party shows that from January to March 2022, nearly 150,000 people waited longer than two weeks to see a consultant after an urgent referral from their GP, or an average of 1,600 per day.

    It means only 78% of people saw a consultant within two weeks of a GP referral, way below the NHS target of 93%.

    The figures also show that almost 200,000 or 29.5% of people waited longer than 28 days to get a cancer diagnosis from their specialist after an urgent referral from a GP. This means the target of 75% of people getting their diagnosis within this time was missed and that the equivalent of over 2,000 people per day missed out on a timely diagnosis.

    Over 6,000 (7.7%) patients waited a month or more to begin their first treatment after a decision to treat the cancer, almost double the 4% target.

    Meanwhile, 15,000 or over one third of people waited two months or more to start cancer treatment after a referral from their GP. This means a target of 85% of people starting treatment within that period is being badly missed by 21 points.

    It comes after no reference was made to improving cancer care in last week's Queen's Speech. Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech, calling for a comprehensive strategy to be put forward on how the Government plans to meet a commitment for 80% of patients to be seen within two months by 2023. The party is also calling for the Government to hire more health staff, particularly specialist cancer nurses.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron said:

    "This Conservative Government has no real plan to fix the crisis in cancer waiting times. Ministers are sitting on their hands while people are being left in pain, or have to watch their loved ones suffering.

    "The Conservatives have taken the NHS for granted for years and have their heads in the sand over huge staff shortages. The Queen's Speech didn't mention cancer care and Boris Johnson hasn't even brought forward any new legislation to tackle this mess.

    "He needs to bring forward a plan now - people bravely battling cancer deserve far better than being abandoned by a Government that doesn't do enough to ease their burden."

  • Article: May 17, 2022
    Emergency budget: £38m tax bill for every day of inaction
    • Every day without an emergency budget costs the squeezed-middle £38 million extra in taxes

    • Households pay extra £1.6 million in tax for every hour Parliament debates Queen's Speech

    • Lib Dem MP calls the debate "the most expensive waste of time by Parliament I have ever known"

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found the additional tax hikes introduced by this Conservative Government is costing households £38 million a day.

    The figures come as Michael Gove denied the Government would be introducing an Emergency Budget this week despite hints from the Prime Minister in Parliament yesterday.

    Today, Parliament will be debating the Queen's Speech, yet hard-pressed families will be forking out an extra £1.6 million per hour in tax hikes. These tax increases include the hit from National Insurance Contributions increasing and the Government freezing the income tax thresholds, which impacts the squeezed-middle.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for an Emergency Budget to slash VAT which would save the average family £600 a year.

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

    "The squeezed-middle are drowning in tax hikes and spiralling energy bills yet Rishi Sunak is nowhere to be found.

    "Imagine watching the news today and seeing MPs talk for hours on end about a bunch of new laws that will not save you a single penny. This is the most expensive waste of Parliament's time I have ever known. Every second that ticks by ratchets up the tax bills for hard-pressed families.

    "Now is the time for an emergency budget to slash taxes and save hard-pressed families on the brink. Dark clouds are looming over our economy and every day of inaction from this Chancellor will force more people to make the heartbreaking decision between heating and eating."

  • Election Results ()
    Article: May 7, 2022

    Well done to everyone elected on Thursday, amazing net gains of 189 councillors, more gains by far than any other party and gaining in England, Scotland and Wales.

    There are too many places who did amazingly to list in this short email, but Somerset (up 37), St Albans (up 20), Westmorland and Furness (up 13), Merton (up 12) and Powys (up 10) lead the pack.

    We successfully defended all our majority run councils (Cheltenham, Three Rivers, Eastleigh, Winchester, Mole Valley, South Cambs, St Albans, Watford (including the Elected Mayor - winning in the first round with 55%) Sutton, Richmond and Kingston.

  • Farming UK
    Article: May 1, 2022
    • Former Conservative Councillor and outgoing NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts becomes member of the Liberal Democrats and will help write the party's new farming policies
    • Stuart joins Ed Davey on farming visit in Hampshire ahead of the local elections
    • New analysis reveals farming income in the South dropped by £61 million, the lowest in four years

    Today the outgoing Deputy President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has announced he has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    Stuart Roberts recently finished his high profile role at the NFU to become politically active. He will join Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey today visiting an agriculture college in Hampshire. Well-known vet and Liberal Democrat candidate for Winchester Danny Chambers will also join them.

    Stuart, who owns and manages a farm in Hertfordshire, has held numerous senior positions in the NFU and the food and farming industry.

    He was previously a Conservative Councillor in Hertfordshire but has joined a growing number of farmers who are no longer supporting the Conservative party.

    Today's announcement follows last year's political earthquake in North Shropshire where local farming communities voted Liberal Democrat for the first time. Ed Davey is visiting farms in Southern "Blue Wall" constituencies as rural areas switch from Conservative to Liberal Democrats.

    It comes as new analysis by the Liberal Democrats reveals farming income in the South of England has fallen by £61 million in just one year. In Hampshire alone farming income has dropped by £22 million . The Government's new overseas trade deals have been partly blamed for the hit to the region's farming industry and farmers are now coping with spiralling costs.

    Stuart Roberts commented on his decision to join the Liberal Democrats:

    "It is time politicians spoke up for rural communities who urgently need help and support.

    "The Liberal Democrats have proved they want to listen and engage with farmers who have been taken for granted by the Conservative party. What I have heard from Ed Davey and rural Lib Dem MPs such as Tim Farron is a party determined to campaign for policies which support the farming industry. I will be delighted to help the party's newly formed Food and Farming Working Group in developing the right policies for farmers and consumers across the country.

    "British farmers and food producers are amongst the best in the world and they are ready to deliver high quality, sustainable food produced in harmony with the environment and animal welfare. Yet time and time again this Conservative Government has badly let down farmers and rural communities.

    "This is a pivotal moment for farmers with food security never a more important issue than today."

    Ahead of the visit Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Leader said:

    "Stuart is a stalwart of the farming community and I am enormously proud he has joined the Liberal Democrats. He is a champion for British farming and animal welfare. The Government should start listening to farmers like him.

    "The Tories simply don't understand farmers - they have taken them for granted for too long. The Government's trade deals aren't worth the paper they are written on and a betrayal of rural communities.

    "In recent months I have visited farms and rural communities across the country and heard real anger at this Government. What I heard from farmers in North Shropshire is what I hear in places such as Hertfordshire and Hampshire in the South."

    Notes

    Source: Total income from farming for the regions of England - 1st March

    Total income from farming for West and East Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire and Swindon £ million real terms (adjusted for inflation)

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    305

    398

    360

    364

    375

    276

    250

    373

    330

    353

    292


    About Stuart Roberts:

    Stuart was elected to the post of NFU Deputy President in February 2020 after serving two years as Vice President. He previously chaired the NFU Hertfordshire branch and served on both the East Anglian livestock and combinable crops board. Stuart has also previously served on the boards of Red Tractor and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.


  • Event: Jun 16, 2022 7:00 PM

    The Leicester Liberal Drinks will take place on Thursday 20th January as usual.

    The venue will be announced shortly.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    We now have a criminal Prime Minister.

    Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.

    While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.

    Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2022

    Responding to the announcement of P&O Ferries laying off 800 workers with immediate effect, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

    "Today's underhanded action by P&O is an attack on workers. It is an absolute outrage.

    "This is simply not an acceptable way to treat employees and the government must step in urgently to help reduce tensions and bring people back to the table.

    "If the current owners cannot manage this company properly then the government needs to consider how a more responsible owner can be brought in.

    "Clearly the Conservatives also need to tighten up rules about how registered ships treat workers to ensure this doesn't happen again."​

  • Article: Mar 20, 2022

    Liberal Democrats have exposed a claim by Herts County Council about cutting the council's carbon emissions which is completely untrue. The council has delivered copies of its "Your Hertfordshire" magazine to every house in the county including the claim that by switching the fuel used by the Fire Service to a type known as GTL (Gas-To-Liquid) it will save 90% of previous carbon emissions. The council has now admitted that this is untrue.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2022

    My trip to Eastern Poland, where I spent time meeting refugees fleeing Ukraine and the charities supporting them, was harrowing.

    I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war.

    Although I've watched the scenes of Ukrainians fleeing their homes from my television screen, it was a completely different experience speaking to these families in person. I witnessed firsthand the very human consequences of this war. Families with their belongings stuffed in plastic bags. Children clutching their teddy bears as they arrived at the train station. Exhausted cats and dogs being held by their families who couldn't bear to leave them behind in Ukraine.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2022

    Yesterday was a good day for all those who have argued that we should be clamping down on Putin's cronies.

    Liberal Democrats secured a significant win in emergency legislation being fast-tracked through Parliament to deal with dirty Russian money in the UK.

    Liberal Democrats have secured concession after concession from the Conservative Government when it comes to finally taking action on dirty Russian money in our country.