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  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Today is World Water Day, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource is affecting the environmental integrity and biodiversity of our world.

    The undeniable fact is that freshwater ecosystems are the source of almost all the water we use in our cities and in manufacturing, and about half the water we use to grow crops. For many of us in developed countries good water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely pause to consider what life would be like without it. However, we know that for many of the world's poorest, clean water, on tap, is a dream.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago, we asked our members a question. Do you like being a member of the Lib Dems?

    More than 12,000 of you replied - and this is what you had to say:


    80% of you are happy being members - which is great. But we can still do better - and we'll be working hard to raise that number! We also asked you what you want to get out of your membership - and you said:

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Following a working lunch between myself and European Liberal Prime Ministers in Brussels, we have issued a joint statement.

    In that statement, the Prime Ministers said:

    "We regret Brexit, but acknowledge the choice made by British voters for the UK Government to negotiate withdrawal."

    "We further acknowledge and support the Liberal Democrats' call for the British people to have the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Mar 19, 2018

    Just a quarter of Kent roads were gritted during the recent snow emergency, forcing many schools to close unnecessarily and disrupting bus services.

    Following a question from Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education, Trudy Dean, at a meeting this week, Mike Whiting, Conservative Cabinet Member for Highways, told councillors, that only roads in the 'Primary Route' Network, which is mainly A and B roads, were salted or gritted during the snow emergency earlier this month.

  • Trudy
    Article: Mar 19, 2018

    The Cabinet Member for Highways, Mike Whiting, has agreed to review Kent County Council's response to insurance claims, to see whether KCC should be paying out more regularly when drivers' vehicles are damaged by potholes.

    Cllr Trudy Dean requested the council look again at the issue of compensation following a report on KentOnline that revealed just one in ten requests for compensation was paid by the council.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Mar 16, 2018

    'It is unacceptable that a "double-whammy" has been dealt to rail passengers in mid-Kent' were words used by the KCC Leader in response to a question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transport spokesperson, Ian Chittenden,

    At yesterday's County Council meeting Ian Chittenden asked what steps the KCC Leader, Paul Carter, is taking to ensure that the Secretary of State puts Kent's County Town back on the rail map.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Mar 16, 2018

    Kent Liberal Democrats have accused the Government of creating a smugglers' charter after the transport secretary suggested throwing open Britain's borders.

    Speaking on the BBC Question Time programme last night, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling stated that "We will maintain a free-flowing border at Dover, we will not impose checks at the port, it is utterly unrealistic to do so. We don't check lorries now, we're not going to be checking lorries in the future."

    This is an astonishing admission by one of the chief architects of Brexit. During the referendum campaign, the over-riding mantra of the leavers was 'taking back control'.

    Leader of the Opposition at KCC, Rob Bird, said: "Mr Grayling is proposing an open border at Dover, allowing anyone and anything to come into the UK. Far from taking back control, the Tories appear to be creating a smugglers charter with the country left undefended against shoddy imports and contraband.

    "The only viable way of maintaining a frictionless border at Dover, and in Ireland, is for Britain to be in a Customs Union with the EU.

    "It's time for Mr Grayling to stop making totally unrealistic promises about a post Brexit utopia and to come up with credible and viable solutions."

  • Antony Hook
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Improvements to the dangerous Brenley Corner Roundabout* could be delayed for more than five years, despite the junction being among the worst accident blackspots in the UK.

    At a county council meeting earlier today, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Economic Development, Antony Hook, asked Mike Whiting, Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport & Waste, when much-needed improvements to the roundabout were due to be made.