• Article: Oct 23, 2018

    Following the all member survey and consultation on setting up a registered supporter scheme the Federal Board met on 15 and 22 October.

    At the first meeting we saw the results of the survey and at the second the rapporteur notes of the various consultation events around the country.

    We discussed these results and your comments and queries and considered the next steps.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2018
    By Baroness Hamwee

    Last night the Conservative Government was defeated in the House of Lords, with peers voting for a Liberal Democrat-backed amendment that will prevent the death penalty being used in cases where the UK has provided electronic data.

    The death penalty is cruel, inhumane and irreversible. The UK must oppose its use anywhere in the world.

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    Article: Oct 20, 2018

    In July 2016, in the aftermath of the referendum, the Liberal Democrats were a lone voice calling for a final say on whatever deal was done on Brexit.

    Today, an estimated 700,000 people marched on the streets of London, calling for a people's vote on Brexit.

    That makes it the biggest protest since the Iraq War.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2018

    On Saturday, during the People's Vote march in London, activists will be given a piece of Labour's Brexit fudge - reminding them that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is fudging its position on giving the people a final say on Brexit.

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership have defied us all with their 'Brexit fudge'. Inspired by Willy Wonka himself, the Labour's opposition to Brexit is just 'pure imagination'.

    This 'Brexit fudge' will stick in the throat of most Labour voters. Given the damage Brexit will cause, Labour's failure to oppose this Tory mess will be difficult to stomach.

    But for Brexiters, Chef Corbyn's 'Brexit fudge' will have them salivating. It will make their Brexit dreams that much sweeter. Indeed, it will go well with a glass of Raab's confusing concoction and the Eton mess being served up by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Like the Liberal Democrats, D66 is a progressive liberal party that holds its roots in the free-spirited leftist liberal party.

    On a strong Europe, Mr. Jetten said:

    "We find ourselves in an unprecedented, chaotic and ever-worsening political situation. The situation is so alarming that it not only requires the frank truth-speaking that is possible among friends, but also calls for all the moral support and consolation that friends can give."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    Today Theresa May announced that she was open to extending the transition period - a clear admittance that her Brexit deal is unworkable.

    The Prime Minister is now left to defend a policy she doesn't really believe in, which her cabinet are still squabbling over - and which is it increasingly clear she can't deliver.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    What's been happening?

    The Liberal Democrats have been dedicated more money, and more time and more of our key campaigners to stopping Brexit.

    We've still got time to stop Brexit and we're ramping up our campaign. Big time.

    And it's working. So far we have:

    • Sent 355,000 target letters to voters
    • Reached 2,200,000 voters online
    • Recruited 150,000 campaign supporters
    • Recruited 60,000 new members because of our Brexit campaigning
    • Held 2 million conversations on Brexit with voters
    • Defeated the government 17 times in parliament on Brexit
    • Been a part of 5 national anti-Brexit marches, with the 6th happening this weekend
  • Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

    The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

    Firms must become far more transparent about how they support staff with mental health issues, as well as better measure key mental health indicators such as absences.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Once again we've seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked on my campaign in the Meon Valley.

We moved from 4th to 3rd, increased the Lib Dem vote by 913 share of the vote +1.2%pts. Not everything we wanted, but a creditable result given the national trend!

So thank you!

Best wishes

Martin

Martin Tod is Chief Executive of a national health charity, as well as a Hampshire County Councillor and Winchester City Councillor.
On the county council, he specialises in health and social care, and played a leading role in opposing Conservative cuts to support for older people which, as predicted, have led to a sharp increase in bed places lost due to patients being kept on in hospital after they are ready to go home and dramatic growth in the number of cancelled operations in local hospitals. He has also campaigned for improved road safety and for the council to take stronger action on air quality and the environment.
After studying economics at Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, Martin worked in international business for P&G for many years, before joining Vodafone as a senior marketing executive. Following this, he moved to work for Shelter - the housing and homelessness charity - before joining his current charity, the Men's Health Forum in 2013.
His interests outside work and politics include travel, photography, cycling and cooking.

Martin's priorities include:
· Protecting local business and local people's jobs by stopping a damaging hard Brexit
· Better funding for our local NHS
· Stopping the proposed Conservative funding cuts to local schools
· More affordable housing
· Action on air quality and the environment