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Former Conservative Mayor backs Labour candidate in by-election

Kim Leadbeater’s campaign in the Batley and Spen by-election has won the support of former Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors in the constituency. Geoff Alvy, former Liberal Democrat councillor for Batley West, described Ms Leadbeater’s record in the community in recent years as “exceptional”.

batleynews.co.uk ,  6h 0
Former Conservative Mayor backs Labour candidate in by-election

Slum housing in Luton town centre is 'holding back revamp' says council

A blueprint to revamp Luton town centre faces two major challenges - a decrease in quality shops and a massive increase in slum housing - a meeting heard. "If you create a demographic of people who live in the town centre they're poor and under privileged, with no money to spend," said Liberal Democrat Wigmore councillor Peter Chapman.

lutontoday.co.uk ,  8h 1
Slum housing in Luton town centre is 'holding back revamp' says council

Lib Dem leader shoots down Labour's request for new alliance in awkward BBC clash

DEPUTY Liberal Democrat Leader Daisy Cooper put down suggestions for her party and Labour to form a "progressive alliance" to take on the Conservatives as she reiterated her party's belief they can take on the Tories without one. Daisy Cooper clashed with Labour MP Clive Lewis who is urging the Lib Dems, Greens and Labour to team up in an alliance to take on the Conservatives.

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Lib Dem leader shoots down Labour's request for new alliance in awkward BBC clash

Joanna Cherry loses her seat

Oh dear. While all eyes in Westminster were on the dispatch boxes at Prime Minister's Questions today, it appears an unsightly scuffle was going on just out of sight. Joanna Cherry, the onetime SNP darling sacked from her party's front bench in February, has accused the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey of 'unacceptable behaviour.'

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Joanna Cherry loses her seat

Renewed attack on 'foolhardy' Old River Lane cinema plan

Critics of East Herts Council's plans for Old River Lane in Bishop's Stortford have accused the council of risking millions of pounds on "unsubstantiated and extremely questionable financial predictions". The Old River Lane Working Group, established by the district's Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green parties to scrutinise the plans, have obtained a heavily redacted copy of the authority's business case for the new cultural quarter in the Causeway.

bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk ,  10h 0
Renewed attack on 'foolhardy' Old River Lane cinema plan

Harrogate councillor pays £2,000 of own cash to cover cost of livestreaming meetings

A Harrogate councillor has agreed to pay more than £2,000 of his own cash to cover the cost of livestreaming meetings after last year ripping up a cheque when the idea was rejected. Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Aldred first put forward the idea to livestream in-person council meetings in January 2020 but he was rejected because of claims that the "tens of thousands of pounds" needed to buy the equipment would have been too expensive.

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Harrogate councillor pays £2,000 of own cash to cover cost of livestreaming meetings

Assisted Dying Bill will not allow 'assisted suicide' in Scotland and is not a threat to people with disabilities – Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

On a long enough timeline, everyone’s life expectancy drops to zero. It’s the one absolute, the one constant in our humanity of which we can all be sure and of which we can do nothing about. The manner of that end does however vary and all too many Scots are being deprived of a good death.

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Assisted Dying Bill will not allow 'assisted suicide' in Scotland and is not a threat to people with disabilities – Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Assisted Dying Bill 'strikes fear into the hearts' of disabled people

Plans to table a Bill legalising assisted dying in Scotland is set to be fought by disability campaigners, who say international examples of similar legislation “strikes fear into the hearts” of disabled people. Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur is putting forward proposals for a Members’ Bill at Holyrood that, if passed, would permit assisted dying for adults who are both terminally ill and mentally competent.

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Assisted Dying Bill 'strikes fear into the hearts' of disabled people

Perth Beach Volleyball Club hopes to attract thousands to sport after common good funding success

The club based at Darnhall Tennis Club plans to run programmes with local school children and attract some of the UK’s top players to several international events this summer Perth Beach Volleyball Club hopes to attract thousands of youngsters to the sport after being granted funding by Perth and Kinross councillors.

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Perth Beach Volleyball Club hopes to attract thousands to sport after common good funding success

New Liberal Democrat MP arrives in Westminster with warning to Tory Blue Wall

The UK’s newest MP has arrived in Westminster with the Liberal Democrats issuing a warning to Boris Johnson that his Tory “Blue Wall” is vulnerable. Sarah Green secured a stunning by-election victory in Chesham and Amersham a seat that had been Conservative since its creation in 1974.

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New Liberal Democrat MP arrives in Westminster with warning to Tory Blue Wall

The Best Guide for the NN12 Area

NN12 news, reviews and local events in NN12 areas including Towcester, Silverstone, Whittlebury, and communities in NN12. Lib Dems: A5 Review Must Provide Clean Air Zone Author: Martin Johns - Lib Dem Published: 21st June 2021 15:02 Liberal Democrat Councillor David Tarbun says: “News that the first meeting has taken place between the Department for Transport, Highways England and local councils to discuss the possibility of detrunking part of the A5 is welcome.

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The Best Guide for the NN12 Area

A Labour/Lib Dems alliance could defeat the Tories in seat after seat

Anyone who predicts the outcome of general elections from byelections should stick to the horses. This applies especially to periodic Liberal Democrat upsets such as last week’s at Chesham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire, where they overturned a blue majority. This was nothing to do with choosing a government, rather it was passing judgment on Johnson’s “algorithmic” deregulation of rural planning in the south-east.

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A Labour/Lib Dems alliance could defeat the Tories in seat after seat

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP speaks out on topic of Assisted Dying Bill

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP has been talking about his views on a new Assisted Dying Bill being raised at Holyrood this week. Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur is launching a third attempt to pass the bill through Parliament this week -and believes that the make-up of the new chamber will succeed where previous attempts failed.

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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP speaks out on topic of Assisted Dying Bill

Hertfordshire tree strategy welcomed by Liberal Democrats

“Whilst it is good to see that there will be plans to plant more trees and to encourage others to do so, the way that the council currently deals with road side trees is simply not good enough." Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson, Steve Jarvis Liberal Democrat County Councillors have welcomed plans for a Hertfordshire tree strategy that could see more than a million additional trees in the county but called for big changes in the way the council deals with existing roadside trees.

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Hertfordshire tree strategy welcomed by Liberal Democrats

Shropshire Council Lib Dems elect new leader

The main opposition group on Shropshire Council has elected a new leader. Councillor David Vasmer said he was “honoured” to take charge of the Liberal Democrat group and pledged to be a strong voice in challenging the Conservative administration. He beat councillors Heather Kidd and Andy Boddington in a vote of the group’s 14 members, following Councillor Roger Evans’ decision to step down as leader last month after eight years.

shropshirestar.com ,  2d 0
Shropshire Council Lib Dems elect new leader

Lib Dems tell Boris Johnson to scrap planning reforms after by-election upset

The Liberal Democrats have heaped extra pressure on Boris Johnson by demanding he drops the planning reforms linked to the Tories’ shock by-election defeat in Chesham and Amersham. Sir Ed Davey described the proposals as “undemocratic” and a “free-for-all” for developers after his party snatched the Conservative stronghold in a surprise victory last week.

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Lib Dems tell Boris Johnson to scrap planning reforms after by-election upset

Third bill for assisted suicide proposed in Scottish parliament

Terminally ill patients should be ‘assured of a dignified death’, says a cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament, as Leonie Chao-Fong explains Monday 21 June 2021 07:11 Terminally ill people in Scotland may be given the right to assisted suicide under new legislation that has received cross-party support in Holyrood.

independent.co.uk ,  2d 0
Third bill for assisted suicide proposed in Scottish parliament

Assisted dying is a debate which needs to be had

There are few more emotive issues likely to be debated in the new Holyrood session. Today, a third attempt is being made to pass legislation on assisted dying in Scotland Liberal Democrat MP Liam McArthur is behind the latest attempt with a Members Bill which, if passed, would allow assisted dying for adults who are both terminally ill and mentally competent.

scotsman.com ,  3d 0
Assisted dying is a debate which needs to be had

Ed Davey says Lib Dems could win ‘dozens’ of blue wall seats from Tories after by-election win

But Liberal Democrat leader refuses to be drawn on idea of a progressive alliance with Labour The Liberal Democrats could win in “dozens” of constituencies across southern England whose needs are being ignored by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, the party’s leader has said. Ed Davey said national polling was not properly picking up a rise in Lib Dem support after the party’s activists pulled off a stunning victory in Amersham and Chesham last week.

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Ed Davey says Lib Dems could win ‘dozens’ of blue wall seats from Tories after by-election win