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  • Article: Sep 19, 2020

    Boris Johnson promised an "oven-ready" Brexit deal. Instead, he's risking British jobs and our international reputation with his reckless Internal Market Bill.

    By Ed Davey MP Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The union flag flying next to the EU flag.

    Let me be clear about this: I am passionately pro-European.

    I am proud that we stood by our pro-EU values throughout the Brexit process, giving voice to the millions of Remainers who didn't see themselves included in the future that Boris Johnson was trying to build.

    I could not have predicted the almighty shambles that we are seeing now with Brexit.

    As Liberal Democrats, we took our argument to the streets and to the halls of Parliament. We didn't fudge the issue or let the Conservatives off the hook.

    Sadly, after Johnson's General Election success, it became clear that Brexit was happening.

    But I could not have predicted the almighty shambles that we are seeing now.

    Tory MPs who were told in December that they had to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement are now being told they have to vote against it.

    They are being told to break international law.

    The UK cannot expect other countries, like China and Russia, to respect international treaties if we don't do the same when it comes to the Withdrawal Agreement.

    The @LibDems will always be a pro-European party. The PM promised a good deal - now he is asking MPs to vote to break the law and risk a no deal. We will vote against the Internal Market Bill. https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/ed-davey-on-boris-johnson-brexit-proposals-1-6839918

    The Internal Market Bill is a reckless, dangerous ploy from a Government that cannot get its act together.

    Abandoning the Withdrawal Agreement also makes No Deal more likely. The British people deserve better than this uncertainty.

    People across the country are trying their hardest to follow the rules during coronavirus. Meanwhile the Conservatives are trying to break the rules of their own Brexit deal with the Internal Market Bill.

    So although we acknowledge that Brexit may be coming, Liberal Democrats will not be silent.

    We are going to call out the Conservatives when they try to go back on their promises and ignore the rule of law.

    We will do everything we can to stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit, or a rushed deal that would endanger British jobs and vital supplies during this health emergency.

    The Internal Market Bill is a reckless, dangerous ploy from a Government that cannot get its act together. The British people deserve better.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 15, 2020

    Leader's speech in 2nd reading debate of UK Internal Market Bill on 14 September 2020 : as quoted in Hansard

    "I agree with the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell): this Bill breaks the rule of law. It is against the national interests, and my party will oppose it. That might not surprise people. We have argued for Britain to work with our European partners at the heart of Europe, but in our opposition to the Bill, I am determined that we represent the views of leave voters as well as remain voters.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2020

    The Government must be stopped from breaking international law.

    We have tabled amendments to the UK Internal Market Bill - due to be debated today - that will remove controversial clauses breaching the Northern Ireland Protocol (part of the EU Withdrawal Agreement).

    By Liberal Democrats, Sep 14, 2020 3:09

  • Christine Jardine (Christine Jardine)
    Article: Sep 2, 2020

    By Christine Jardine, MP

    Those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it.

    Like the rest of our wonderful NHS and care staff, hundreds of thousands of people from other countries are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, putting themselves in harm's way to make sure we get the care we need.

    We cannot thank them enough for the brave and tireless work they are doing in such difficult circumstances and under such intense pressure.

    The Government has announced a one-year visa extension for around 3,000 health and care staff with visas due to expire before 1st October. However, this excludes many of those on the front lines, such as hospital porters, cleaners and social care workers.

    Even those who are included will be forced to renew their visas next year - at a cost of around £700 per person - or leave the country. That's not good enough.

    The UK should say, loudly and unequivocally, that those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it.

    The idea that anyone who has worked so hard to save lives during this emergency might one day be forced to leave should be unthinkable.

    That's why the Liberal Democrats are fighting to give all NHS and care staff from other countries the right to stay in the UK.

    I'm tabling a Private Members' Bill to grant them and their families the right to settle here

    And today, I'm tabling a Private Members' Bill to grant them and their families the right to settle here without the costs or bureaucratic hurdles that usually involves.

    We've already secured support from MPs of other parties for our proposal, and I really hope the Government will back my Bill.

    It would be a small way to recognise and celebrate the enormous contributions that people from all over the world make to our NHS - and to our society, our economy and our communities more broadly.

  • Survey: Aug 18, 2020
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    The local Liberal Democrat Focus team would like to know your views on local issues.

    I would be grateful if you could please fill in this survey and let me know your thoughts.

    I look forward to hearing from you

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  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Jul 22, 2020

    The Russia report, released on 21st July has concluded the Government failed to prepare or conduct any proper assessment of Russian interference with the 2016 Brexit referendum,

    This watershed report confirms an alarming truth: this Conservative Government has failed to take the Russian threat to our democracy seriously, even despite the clear evidence they interfered to help Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Boris Johnson has finally agreed to hold an independent inquiry into his government's response to the coronavirus crisis.

    When asked by Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey during PMQs on Wednesday 15th July, the Prime Minister finally accepted his Government will "learn the lessons of this pandemic" and confirmed there will be in independent inquiry.

  • AC
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

    Responding to reports the UK Government will tell the EU on Friday it is not going to seek an extension to the Brexit transition period, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Food shortages, medicine shortages, and an unprecedented hit to jobs and livelihoods: that is what the UK is facing if we crash out of the EU without a deal.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jun 6, 2020
    By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

    Following the latest round of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier has made it clear that there has been no significant progress on numerous issues including Level Playing Field commitments and fishing.

    Urging the government to extend the transition period, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

  • Tewkesbury High Street (Bob Embleton / Tewkesbury High Street / CC BY-SA 2.0)
    Article: May 28, 2020
    By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

    The County Council has just announced a new scheme (funded by Government) that will be introduced in the next few weeks to make social distancing easier and safer outside.

    The 4 test sites will be on London Road in Gloucester, on Bath Road in Cheltenham, on the Tewkesbury High Street and in Bourton on the Water.

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Tewkesbury Constituency covers most of the Borough of Tewkesbury ( except West of the Severn) but also parts of Cheltenham and Gloucester City. It is one of the 91 constituencies where the Liberal Democrats are in second place, following a strong showing in the Dec 2019 General election. With a gain of 6 councillors on Tewkesbury BC in May 2019 we are the main opposition group, and also contribute 2 councillors to the ruling LD group on Cheltenham BC. We are part of the active LD opposition of 15 councillors on Glos County Council. There are currently no Labour councillors at any level in the Constituency, and it is clear that we are only viable alternative to the Conservatives in this area.

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