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Liberal Democrat 2019 Manifesto

by Jo Swinson on Wed, 20 Nov 2019

Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

That starts with stopping Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

Labour and the Conservatives can’t offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.

The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

Our ambitious plan includes:

  • Stopping Brexit.
  • Then, investing the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequalities
  • Tackling the climate emergency
  • Building a fairer economy and transforming opportunities
  • Giving every child the best start in life
  • Transforming our mental health services
  • Adopting a public health approach to serious violence
  • Fixing the broken immigration system

Read Our Full Manifesto

Please help us spread our vision by sharing this manifesto far and wide.

Together, we can create a future for our country where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

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Our Plan for a Brighter Future

by Greg Foster on Wed, 20 Nov 2019

For too many people, things aren’t working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

The NHS can’t afford to help the huge numbers of people facing battles with their mental health. Noone’s taking the radical action needed to tackle climate change. Schools are so chronically underfunded that some can only open 4 days a week.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

 

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Trans Day of Remembrance

by Jo Swinson on Wed, 20 Nov 2019

20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

We in the Liberal Democrats stand with our trans friends. We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

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“Inexplicable and shameful.”

“Inexplicable and shameful.” - Hillary Clinton on the UK government’s refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

Yeesh. It’s almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

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The Liberal Democrats' plan to invest £10 billion in schools

by Liberal Democrats on Wed, 20 Nov 2019

Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.
 
The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.
 
In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children’s future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

Learn more about our Plan for the Future here

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Lib Dems Respond to ITV Ruling

by Sal Brinton on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

"This law needs to change. ITV needs to change."

"The Liberal Democrats' position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

"Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

"That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

"It is worrying that the OFCOM guidance allows TV Executives to decide, not the voters, whether the biggest issues of the day are debated openly in the ITV Debate.

"We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight."

"This campaign is undeniably dominated by Brexit, the single biggest issue for our country, perhaps in the last 75 years.

"Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are determined to drag this country down in the name of Brexit.

"This law needs to change. ITV needs to change.

"Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats brought this court case because our politics needs to change too."

Televised debates between political party leaders should be framed in stronger legislation.

"But more than that, our democracy should not be in the hands of invisible corporate structures, and arrangements for such debates should always be accessible and transparent.

"We will not set our principles aside, we will continue this fight.

"Not just for this General Election, but for our future democracy too."

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5 Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat

by Greg Foster on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

1. To Stop Brexit

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we’ll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.

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The Liberal Democrats' £35 billion pledge to protect the NHS

by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

We need to protect our NHS. Under the Conservative government, it's struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic under-funding and crumbling hospital buildings.

All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

The Lib Dems will tackle the NHS staffing crisis and invest in mental health services, social care, public health and more.

That's why we've set out our plan to safeguard the NHS; stop Brexit and invest an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.

The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. 

On top of this, we will use a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st century.

A Liberal Democrat government will tackle the severe staffing shortages across the NHS and end the current shortfall of GPs within five years. This will be done by retaining free movement including for the 65,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, reinstating nursing bursaries and establishing a national workforce strategy to match training places to future needs.

We are the only party with a credible plan to protect the NHS and build a brighter future by tackling the staffing crisis, investing in mental health services, social care, public health and future-proofing our NHS buildings.

Learn more about our Plan for the Future here

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Seven Ways The Liberal Democrats Will Fight The Climate Crisis

by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

Five Reasons Why Jo Swinson Is The Voice For The Future

by Liberal Democrats on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

Britain just isn’t working the way it should be. People feel disillusioned. The old parties have failed to provide find solutions for the problems we face. Britain desperately needs change.

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International Men's Day

by Ed Davey on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

Today - Tuesday 19th November - is International Men's Day.

While women bear the brunt of continuing sexism and discrimination, men can also struggle unfairly because of gender stereotyping. Societal expectations of what a man should be - stoic, emotionally distant, wholly independent - can bring their own pressures for some. Such expectations can contribute to poor mental health and isolation.

We're proud to be a feminist party, and feminism is a good thing for everyone, including men.

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Welcome to the family!

by Greg Foster on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

I’m sure you’ve noticed. It’s pretty hard not to.

There’s rather a lot of few new faces among our ranks.

In recent months, the Liberal Democrats have welcomed more and more brilliant, progressive MPs into our ranks. MPs like Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger have joined us from the Labour Party, while MPs like Sarah Wollaston and Sam Gyimah have joined us from the Conservatives.

They have joined the Liberal Democrats as the biggest movement fighting to stop Brexit and build a Brighter Future for Britain. 

But it’s just not MPs. 75,000 people have joined our party as members and supporters in recent months... and many of them are also former Labour or Conservative members!

So why are so many coming to the Lib Dem family? Well, we asked them!

Fiona Dryburgh, Former Labour Councillor

"Having been a Labour member for over 20 years, I was devastated to have to leave the party but it had become unrecognisable to me - a refusal to commit to Europe, rising anti-Semitism and a dogged lurch to the left, meant I no longer felt it was my political home.

"I wanted a party committed to the future, not the politics of the past - it was Jo Swinson's Liberal Democrats that were the obvious choice as a party to deliver a brighter future for the whole of the UK."

 

Gabriel Rozenberg, Former Conservative Councillor

The Conservatives have become a party promoting an extremist view of isolationism. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but I could no longer campaign for them.

"The Lib Dems are a proudly internationalist party and the only pro-business party left."

We are incredibly grateful to have so many fantastic new members like Fiona and Gabriel, joining our diverse, bold family. Together, we can stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

Think we can do it?

 

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Mental Health Policies Announcement

by Luciana Berger on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

We have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

Day in, day out, millions of people are affected by mental health issues across the country. But when they ask for help, it’s often not available.

The NHS has been driven to crisis point by chronic underinvestment by the Tories. Their reckless pursuit of Brexit means we have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years. 

Mental health care is one of the most neglected areas. One in ten consultant psychiatrist roles are vacant.

The Tories promised sweeping reforms to mental health. Instead, they have crippled our NHS.

This is unacceptable, and the Liberal Democrats demand better.

We have set out a bold, new vision for how we improve mental health support for everyone.

We have set out a bold, new vision for how we improve mental health support for everyone. 

In our manifesto, we commit to:

  • Treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health
  • Increase access to clinically-effective talking therapies
  • Increase the number of psychiatrists and specialist mental health practitioners 
  • Put a focus on children’s services, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders.
  • Provide 24-hour mental health services in all hospitals.
  • End the use of prison cells to hold those suffering from severe mental distress.

Through these policies, we will build a better future for those suffering from mental health issues and their families. 

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The Remain Bonus

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

Brexit has already taken far longer and cost far more than anyone said it would. But this is just the beginning. New research has uncovered a shocking figure:

Brexit will slash our economy by £50 billion over the next five years.

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Phone Banking

by Naomi Farhi on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

Come and join the phone canvassing team!

We're hitting the phones hard this election, and we need you to lend your voice to the cause.

Come and join our evening group at the new Volunteer Hub!

RSVP here

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Come help out at our Volunteer Hub!

by Naomi Farhi on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

Want to help during the election? We're open for business.

The work done here is so important - and we make it fun!

We've got a brand new Campaigns hub in Charing Cross - and we need you to join us! 

RSVP here

All you have to do is RSVP here and then come along. 

We have everything - admin, surveying, phone canvassing - to get done and less than a month to do it in!

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Spotting false news stories on social media

by Dan Schmeising on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

Dodgy Tory video clipping has set off a wave of disinformation around this General Election. Both old parties are desperate to cling onto power - to the point that some of their supporters are resorting to creating and sharing fake stories to discredit their opponents. 

The Liberal Democrats are the future - and they see us as a threat to their cozy stitch-up on power. They want to drag us out the EU and take our country backwards - we're standing in the way, and they're willing to play dirty to stop us. Fake news does real damage to our democracy and we all need to play our part in cracking down on it. Here's how to recognise and deal with it:

Telltale signs

It's too good (or bad!) to be true - it's highly unlikely that a party leader has just been caught shoplifting at their local supermarket, for example.

Suspicious Will Ferrell GIF

No credible source listed - generally speaking, party/candidate press releases about their own party can be trusted. So can articles from major national newspapers. If the source is a small blog you've never heard of before - it's probably worth further research.

Vested interests - people are less likely to do due diligence on a story if it lines up with their beliefs. Be a little more sceptical if the article someone's sharing lines up a bit too nicely with their political agenda.

New account - this can be a sign that someone has set up a lot of accounts to automatically retweet a story and give it more credibility than it actually has.

Not the bot you're looking for.

 

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This Week In Policy Announcements

by Liberal Democrats on Sun, 17 Nov 2019

The campaign is now well underway.

And the Liberal Democrats are announcing fantastic policies every single day.

In fact, we’ve announced so many brilliant ideas this week that it can be hard to keep up.

So we’ve rounded up everything we’ve announced this week right here:

Skills Wallets 💰

We will create “skills wallets” - a bold new initiative to give adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives. They will help everybody to develop the skills needed to work in a 21st-century economy.

Check it out!

Free Childcare From 9 Months 👶

We will introduce free childcare from 9 months old. That will give parents the option to return to work whenever they choose, rather than taking away the choice for parents who can’t afford childcare.

Find out more ➜

£100bn for a Climate Fund 🌍

We will spend an extra £100bn on climate action and environmental preservation over a five-year Parliament. Tackling the climate emergency is vital, so we’ll do just that.

Catch up here

Flood Resilience Fund 💪

We will create a £5bn flood prevention and adaptation fund, to prevent disasters like those seen recently in Northern England.

Read more

Plan to plant 60 million trees 🌱

We will undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history, as part of our plan to tackle the climate emergency.

Have a leaf

Tackling Knife Crime

We will invest £500 million in youth services and adopt a public health approach to youth violence.

Find out more

Equality and Human Rights 👍🏽👍🏿👍🏻

We will fight for equality and human rights with a whole host of policies.

Take a look ➜

 

As you can see, we’ve been busy!

And that’s not all - there are plenty more fantastic policies that we will announce in our manifesto launch next week!

You could be there! If you’d like to join us to celebrate our manifesto launch, RSVP here: www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto-launch

And if these policies sound right up your street, why not let us know you'll be voting Lib Dem?

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Conservative austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty, unable to afford even the most basic essentials.

Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty. 

By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

Millions of people’s lives have worsened as a result of this government - and so today, the Liberal Democrats are announcing our bold proposals to invest £6 billion per year to strengthen the welfare system over the next Parliament. 

We will prioritise tackling the crisis of child poverty by abolishing the cruel two-child limit for Universal Credit and ending the unfair benefits cap. 

A Liberal Democrat government will tackle in-work poverty by using part of the Remain bonus - the £50 billion of extra funding that would be generated by stopping Brexit - to restore Work Allowances and introduce a second-earner Work Allowance. We will also invest in boosting the Local Housing Allowance by linking it to average rents in each area.

Our plans to strengthen the UK's welfare system will protect the most vulnerable and help to build a brighter future. 

By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from. 

Learn more about our Plan for the Future here

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The Tories’ Health Record Is Shameful

by Liberal Democrats on Sun, 17 Nov 2019

This week NHS England released statistics on the NHS’s key performance measures - and they are abysmal.

Almost 1 in 5 patients attending A&E in England were not treated or admitted within four hours. This is the worst performance ever recorded since the target was introduced in 2004.

Meanwhile, just 76.9% of cancer patients are starting their treatment within target waiting times. And only 85% of patients referred for non-urgent treatment were seen within 18 weeks.

And this is not a one-off. By all measures, the NHS has done much, much worse under Tory rule.

These are not just statistics. They represent millions of patients who are not getting the quality of care that they need.

Patients waiting for hours in A&E for treatment. Patients being left alone on trolleys in corridors. Some patients even spending months waiting to begin treatment for cancer.

The Conservatives have failed patients and have failed the NHS.

They have refused to invest properly in our health service. Local hospitals are underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

Instead of working hard to address these issues, they are spending countless hours and millions of pounds on their extreme Brexit.

And they are planning to make the situation worse. The Tories want to impose the cruel nurse tax, which will drive away the European nurses the NHS desperately needs to staff services.

We have to fix this.

And the Liberal Democrats have a plan for how to do just that.

We will stop Brexit, and allow the NHS to continue to recruit the highly skilled staff it needs from EU countries.

And we will put a penny on income tax for the NHS. This will raise an extra £35 billion, to invest in the staff and equipment that are so badly needed.

Everybody deserves access to excellent healthcare, free at the point of use. For over 70 years, people in the UK have had just that.

And under a Liberal Democrat government, we will continue to have a world-class NHS for decades to come.

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