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The only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united

"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 line of our constitution

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  • Article: Dec 19, 2018
    As councillors we are usually in the front line when it comes to complaints and problems. Quite right too. We were elected to try to help people. So small surprise that several of us have had complaints about garden waste collections.
    The Conservatives have decided to tell SERCO to stop collecting garden waste until March. This means anyone doing winter pruning, clearing up leaves, or garden maintenance won't get the green waste removed.
  • Article: Dec 17, 2018
    By Ida Linfield

    Period poverty is finally getting the publicity it deserves with several councils over the country offering sanitary products to their local residents.

    KCC has a statutory duty to look after young women as they leave care and move into adulthood and has ultimate responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

    Periods on average cost these young women £10 a month and many in Canterbury are having to resort to using toilet paper/newspaper or take sick leave. And this is in the 21st century! In Canterbury you can access products from our excellent Food Bank, a service I'm pleased to support in a small way via my members grant.

    So today I asked Graham Gibbens, the Cabinet member who would take the relevant decision, what steps he is taking to sort out period poverty for women aged from 14-21. I'm delighted to report that KCC is working with schools, but not everyone is at school and everyone else's needs were completely ignored in his answer - unless you live in Thanet where providing protection will be part of a "trial". One trial for the whole of Kent!

    I don't believe this is good enough - to end period poverty KCC should stand up to the mark and provide products without delay in libraries and community centres for local residents and not rely on local charities doing the job for them.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    There was an interesting series of interviews on 'Farming Today' on Saturday morning radio. Admittedly, I'm not a farmer and I'd rather have been asleep at that time of the weekend but sometimes I don't sleep too well.

    It was all about slaughtering animals for meat. Perhaps not the best thing to wake up to but I eat meat and so I accept that animals have to be killed to feed me.