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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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  • Event: Jul 21, 2022 7:00 PM

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

    The venue will be announced shortly.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2022

    The Conservative government's failure to deliver for Leicestershire and its taking people in Leicestershire for granted has left the County Council in a dire financial situation.

    On Friday at a meeting of Leicestershire County Council's cabinet the leader of the County Council describes it's financial situation as "frightening"

  • Article: Jun 22, 2022

    "Tory Block Vote keeps Council Report Secret"

    "Councillors Ordered out of Meeting and Refused Right to Listen to Debate"

    Tensions are running high in Harborough as a Conservative Block vote stopped all but a handful of Councillors from seeing a detailed confidential report.

    In an electric atmosphere Lib Dem Leader on Harborough District Council, Cllr Phil Knowles, backed by his Deputy Cllr Roger Dunton took the fight to get the report released to all councillors to the heart of the Council Chamber. Click the link to read the Harborough Mail Article

  • Article: Jun 9, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have joined with Liberal parties from across Europe to condemn the British government's proposals to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    The annual ALDE Congress last weekend in Dublin called for genuine, workable solutions to the Protocol as opposed to the current ideological approach.

  • Article: May 26, 2022
    Sunak scam: Families being hit with £800 tax hike

    Whilst Chancellor Rishi Sunak' has announced further help with energy bill today he's also still levying a £22.4 bn tax bill:

    ● £13.8 bn in personal tax rises this year - through the National Insurance rise and the freezing of Income Tax thresholds

    ● £8.6 bn in extra VAT due to inflation this year

    There are 28 million households in the country. This means the £22.4 billion amounts to a total tax hike of £800 per household.

    According to the latest Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast from March 2022, the Government will raise an additional £13.8 billion from personal taxes in 2022-23. This comprises £2.9bn from the freezing of Income Tax thresholds and £10.9bn from the National Insurance increase. This takes into account the increase in NI thresholds announced at the Spring Statement.

    The additional £8.6bn VAT hit is based on the latest forecasts for VAT receipts from the OBR, compared to its previous forecast published last year. VAT receipts forecasts are taken from the OBR's Economic and fiscal outlooks for March 2021 and March 2022. The difference between the March 2021 and March 2022 forecasts amounts to an additional VAT hit of £8.6bn in 2022-23.

    Responding to the Chancellor's announcement on the cost of living, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

    "The Chancellor is hammering families with a £800 tax hike this year, more than wiping out what he announced today.

    "It is the Sunak scam, promising you help but picking your pockets while you're not looking.

    "Soaring inflation and devastating tax rises have left proud families who never dreamed they would find themselves in trouble struggling to pay the bills.

    "The British people need help right now, but instead have been left abandoned again for months on end.

    "The simplest way to help people right now would be for Rishi Sunak to scrap his unfair tax hikes, starting with VAT. That would put money now back into people's pockets, boost the economy and support struggling businesses."

  • Article: May 24, 2022
    Dentist shortage "time bomb" revealed as one in eight nearing retirement
    • One in eight (13%) NHS dentists are approaching retirement, at a time when NHS dental appointments are scarce

    • Top 10 worst areas for NHS dentist retirement timebomb includes rural areas cut off from health services

    • Liberal Democrats have warned of a NHS dentist "retirement time bomb" facing local communities

    One in eight NHS dentists are approaching retirement, research by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party warned the figures show the dentist shortage crisis could soon get worse, especially for rural communities.

    The data reveals that 3,416 dentists who carry out NHS work in England are over 55 years old and therefore close to retirement. This amounts to 14% of the 23,733 dentists carrying out NHS activity in 2020/21.

    The figures also show the number of NHS dentists has fallen by almost 4% from 24,684 in 2019/202.

    Areas at the greatest risk of an exodus of dentists include rural areas such as North East Lincolnshire in the North, where 29% of dentists are approaching retirement, and in the South West, with 20% of dentists in Cornwall and 17% of those in Devon and Dorset aged 55 or more. The other worst affected areas are Morecambe Bay in Cumbria (23%), Norfolk and Waveney (21%), and East Sussex (19%).

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to get a grip of this potential 'retirement time bomb' by improving access to NHS dentists. The party is also calling on the Government to ensure there are enough NHS dentists in coming years by reforming the current NHS dental contract and committing to long-term workforce planning.

    It comes as the government admitted it does not know how many dental practices applied to access an extra £50m of funding announced earlier this year. Responding to a parliamentary question tabled by the Liberal Democrats, Conservative Health Minister Maria Caulfield MP admitted that the government does not know how many dental practices applied to access the funds or how many of those applications were successful. The Liberal Democrats said the response showed the government is "asleep at the wheel" on the dentist crisis.

    Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson, Daisy Cooper MP said:

    "The shortage of NHS dentists is a scandal and is now set to get worse with this retirement ticking time bomb.

    "It is sadly no wonder people are desperately turning to DIY dentistry and being forced to spend hundreds, if not thousands, on private care.

    "Remote rural areas already get a raw deal on health services. Ambulance services are at breaking point in the South West, and now areas like Cornwall and Devon are most at risk from a dentist retirement crisis.

    "All ministers have been able to cook up is a botched funding scheme which it seems has made no impact. It shows this Conservative Government is asleep at the wheel on the NHS dentist shortage crisis and is completely failing patients.

    "The Liberal Democrats are demanding action now to recruit more NHS dentists, so people can get the treatment they need."

  • 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.