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  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:


    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 11, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat group at County Hall was unable to support the budget proposed by the Conservative Administration, see keynote speech by Lib Dem Group Leader, Trudy Dean, in previous article.

    However, both the budget amendments, which the Liberal Democrat introduced during the budget debate, received overwhelming support from the Council.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    Trudy Dean's speech at the Kent County Council budget debate on Thursday 11th February

    I received an email a couple of weeks ago from a constituent thanking me for KCC neglect. He said that he had got off a charge of speeding because the speed limit signs were so dirty the court deemed them impossible to read.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a fight to guarantee the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK following the triggering of Article 50.

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    They will be fighting to ensure the terms of the final deal goes to the British people. The amendment has been signed by Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords as well as Labour and Conservative peers.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    Figures show that Theresa May's Government does not appear to care about the NHS.

    • 38 Trusts facing serious pressure
    • More beds closed due to Norovirus
    • Cancelled operations up 15%
    • 9 hospitals had no available beds on some days in February

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of the Weekly Situation Report for the week ending 5 February 2017 reveals that:

    • 38 trusts are facing major pressure that could lead to poorer care. The NHS themselves describe this as leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
    • Bed occupancy rates were 95% or 96% every day between 1st February and 5th February - significantly higher than the official 'safe' threshold of 85%.From the 1st-5th February 3,517 beds were closed due to Norovirus.
    • 21,249 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. This is 15% up on the previous year. 1551 of those cancellations still had not been treated within 28 days.

    The data, released today by NHS digital showed in February that 9 hospitals had no General and Acute beds available on certain days.

    Commenting on the data, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "Day after day we hear more stories about the NHS struggling to cope and yet we hear silence from Number 10 and the Department of Health. What is it going to take for them to wake up. Enough is enough.

    "I don't know how bad the figures need to get for them to actually take action.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats are prepared to make the case that we may need to raise tax to pay for the NHS and social care services patients deserve."

    The Liberal Democrats called for an additional £4bn of funding for NHS and care over the next year to help cash-strapped services cope with the impending winter crisis and ever-increasing demand for services."

    Norman Lamb, Shadow Health Secretary added: "The NHS is facing a perfect storm, with unprecedented demand for care and a chronic lack of funding. Bed occupancy is at dangerous levels, A&E units are struggling to cope, and patients in severe pain are having to wait longer for operations because resources are over-stretched. Patients are being seriously let down, and this has gone on for too long.

    "Sir Robert Francis has warned that the NHS is facing an existential crisis, and even the Health Secretary has admitted that the current situation is unacceptable.

    "Although there is no silver bullet to these problems, it is impossible to see a solution that doesn't involve additional funding. The Government must listen to the views of patients and healthcare staff, and release extra cash for social care and the NHS in next month's Budget. They must also trigger a cross-party process, engaging with the public, to come up with a long-term deal for the NHS and social care."