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Canterbury Cathedral June 2016

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity." Opening sentence of our constitution.


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Recent news

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • Lib Dem Conference Directory September 2016
    Article: Aug 23, 2016

    Canterbury and Coastal Liberal Democrats are hosting their pre-national conference event at Bekesbourne Village Hall, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, on Saturday 3rd September.

    At the event, we will be discussing the policy motions on the agenda for the party's national conference in Brighton, which takes place later in the month.

    Our meeting gives local members the opportunity to hear about these policies, but also to propose any amendments to their wording. If local members agree on an amendment, the local party will send this to the conference committee which then decides whether it should be debated at conference.

    Our meeting on the 3rd is a good way to hear more about Liberal Democrat policies, how they are made, and how to influence them!

    Policy motions at national conference this year include:

  • springlanecanvassing
    Article: Aug 22, 2016

    It's time to let you know what your local Lib Dem teams and councillors have been up to in the past couple of weeks:

    Clear skies and warm weather, as the Canterbury Lib Dem team went door knocking on Spring Lane Estate:

    We delivered and collected surveys, asking local residents for their views on a number of issues. Issues such as the availability of affordable housing, the care available to elderly people, and the balance of funding between mental and physical health.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    What European Country should you study in? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • Mike Sole - Grass Cutting Reduction August 2016
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    News that Kent County Council is proposing to reduce grass cutting from 8 times to 5 or 6 times a year has been slammed as irresponsible by Lib Dem campaigner Mike Sole.

    "Just a few years ago our verges were cut up to sixteen times a year," said Mike. "In future years it is proposed to be less than a third of this. Long grass on the verges and overgrown hedgerows restrict vision for drivers and obscure pathways for pedestrians and cyclists."