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  Liberal Party NEC statement - The UK's military assistance to the NHS
Posted by: ReadingLib - 01-13-2022, 07:56 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party is grateful to hear that member of the United Kingdoms armed forces have been deployed to assist the NHS during the current pandemic.

Whilst such support is welcome in times of acute national need, the country’s military personal risk being seen as a 4th emergency service, distracting them from their dedicate role of national defence.

Much of the strain being felt in our national health service comes from staff shortages driven by poor levels of pay for nursing staff aggravating the loss of staff and a lack of trainees who are UK long term residents.

These are long-term issues which cannot be resolved by simply relying on our military to plug the gaps on an open-ended basis.

The Liberal Party believes that the Government should concentrate on tackling the wider issues in the economy of recruitment, training and career development be it in the NHS, or logistics such as tanker drivers rather than repeatedly reply on are our equally over-stretched armed forces.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - UK Energy Prices and Consumer Choice
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-30-2021, 06:10 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party welcomes the latest talks between the UK energy sector, Ofgem and the Government to address looming energy price rises which could potentially double bills in 2022.

UK consumers, both domestic and business face a perfect storm of rising prices, potential supply shortages and a loss of choice from the bankruptcy of 26 independent energy companies.

This has been largely the result of an ill-conceived attempt to contain prices by implementing a price cap which in-turn prevented firms passing on wholesale price rises leading to their failure.

Consumers of failed firms have then found themselves moved to larger suppliers consolidating their dominant position and reducing consumer choice.

The party believes that the Govt should reverse the £20 a week cut to Universal Credit to ensure those most at risk of fuel poverty are able to maintain their supply and see’s merit in reducing VAT on domestic bills.

However, with the need to de-carbonise the UK energy sector and economy means that reducing or cancelling green levies sends the wrong signal about our commitment to tackle climate change and should be protected.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - Further Covid Restriction in the UK
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-21-2021, 07:26 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the media speculation created by this weekend’s Cobra committee meeting to discuss the government’s response to a potential surge in Covid cases over Christmas and the New Year, driven by the Omicron variant.

Any such re-imposition of restriction on gatherings and social interaction should be evidence based and proportionate to the threat to the NHS and the need to prevent the service being overwhelmed by hospital admissions.

The party believes that the UK hospitality and entertainment industries need immediate assurances from government that they will be assisted to remain viable during any period of restriction at a key time of the year.

We fully support the Government and NHS’s voluntary vaccine campaign which we believe remain the most effective way to protect the nation during this latest surge in cases and urge all those eligible to take up the offer of vaccination.

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  Liberal Party Statement - Time for UK should reflect and apologise to India and Bangl
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-18-2021, 06:48 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Letter to the National Press - Time for UK should reflect and apologise to India and Bangladesh
Dear Editor

It is fifty years since the War of Liberation in Bangladesh.

It is a good time for the UK to reflect on the UK response to the brutal repression by the Pakistani Military to civil protests in what was East Pakistan.

Academic studies have suggested that the Prime Minister at the time, Edward Heath and his cabinet were Eurocentric and as the Commonwealth and other external priorities receded into the background, Europe dominated the government’s foreign policy, absorbing the greater part of its attention.

The historian Moses makes a key point: government officials insisted on portraying the conflict exclusively as a civil war, despite reports indicating that systematic persecution by Pakistani forces—or ‘genocide’—was taking place.

Without doubt the UK could have done more to challenge the brutality of the Military and the targeting of violence against the Hindu Minority in East Pakistan.

Following the surrender of Pakistani Forces the UK did recognise the new government of Bangladesh following India and Bhutan.

The recognition for a democratic national movement to overthrow a military state has been a dilemma for many nations in international affairs and we should learn from our reluctance and apologise for not being more supportive earlier.

We should also praise the intervention of Indian Forces was vital to enable the majority of the 10 million refugees to return home and prevent the brutal repression continuing.

Cllr Steve Radford

Leader of The Liberal Party UK

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  Liberal Party Statement on he political and military situation in the Ukraine
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-12-2021, 06:11 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal party notes the conclusion on the 7th Dec of the video conference between US President Biden and Russian President Putin, and discussion’s on the ongoing military escalation in the eastern Ukraine.

The low intensity skirmishing, and aggression being orchestrated by Russia in its dispute over control of the Crimea and Donbas region threatens to destabilise both the Ukraine and the wider region.

Large scale Russian troop build-up’s, reported to be in the region of 90000 troops, represent an unwise act of intimidation and brinkmanship. Any uncontrolled escalation or conflict in the region could very quickly encourage other regimes from Belarus to Iran and even China to embark on similar paths of aggression with unpredictable results.

The Liberal Party calls upon all sides to de-escalate and participate in talks under the guidance of international mediation, be it the UN or another body, to resolve the 7 years dispute in eastern Ukraine recognising both Ukraine territorial sovereignty and Russian regional security concerns over NATO’s eastern expansion.

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  Liberal Party statement on Vaccine Mandates
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-12-2021, 06:09 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with concern the move towards vaccination mandates and restriction on personal freedoms being adopted by some European nations as they attempt to mitigate increasing numbers of Covid cases.

Much of Europe’s slow vaccination uptake has been the result of the slow procurement process, mixed message over which vaccine are best suited to different age groups, concerns over potential side-effects and unsightly disputes over access to vaccine supplies.

We believe higher vaccination uptake can be encouraged by better public education and a clearer messaging around the benefits of vaccines, and we believe compulsion undermine trust in healthcare systems and Government whilst emboldening those with alternative domestic agendas.

Whilst the UKs response to the Covid pandemic has been criticised in many aspects, the NHS has responded to an unprecedented situation with a comprehensive vaccine campaign which despite resource shortages has left the nation in a better position over the coming winter.

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  Liberal Party Calls for Tax Threshold Increase up to £20000
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-09-2021, 09:21 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Tax Threshold Increase up to £20000
As a party we are proposing that we increase the Income Tax threshold from the current £12,500 phased to £20,000.
There is a tripartite argument in favour of such a proposal:
It would incentivise work and encourage the work ethic’ back onto the agenda.
it would take people out of the lower end of the income spectrum out of paying tax completely. Free up 6 million people from income tax, by lifting the minimum threshold to £20,000, from £12,500 pa.
This is 1 in 5 taxpayers. Basic income tax rate stays at 20%. This would be paid for by a tapered progressive tax rate
Would, stimulate the economy: tax cuts should be focused on low- and middle-income households who tend to have a higher propensity to spend high degree of their income than high-income households.
Motion passed at the Liberal Party Special Assembly Saturday 20th November 2021.

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  Letter to the National Media from Liberal Party Leader - Local election results
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-04-2021, 08:11 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Dear Editor

The recent by-election in Old Bexley and Sidcup showed a 10 % anti-government to Labour swing.

With the Government's contempt and arrogance seeking to change the anti- sleaze rules rather than face up to one of the members being found guilty, this swing should be welcomed by anyone wanting clean politics.

The most profound outcome of the by election is the meltdown of the Lib Dems vote to a mere 3%.
In 2010 the Lib Dems secured 15.2% of the vote.

This is not surprising given that the LIb Dems are fixed with their betrayal of their voters in the 2010 Tory Coalition and their obsession with supporting re-joining the EU, joining the euro and supporting even greater EU centralisation.

On the 18th November the continuing Liberal Party fought 3 diverse by-elections.

In the rural North Yorkshire marginal seat of Cropton we held the seat despite Labour and Green intervention.

On the same day in two north Liverpool working class Labour strongholds wards. The Liberal Party made progress against Labour whilst the Lib dems were wiped out.

In the Clubmoor ward Labour lost 8% , down to 54%.

The Liberal Party gained 3% to come clear second at 22% The Lib Dems came 6th with 2%.

In the Anfield Ward Labour won with 56% having lost 11%. 

The Liberal Party came a clear second with 26% up 11%, whilst the Lib Dems came in at 7% in a seat they represented in the not too distant past.

The Lib Dems abandoned their Liberal inheritance for naked opportunism and are damaged goods
It is time for all good Liberals to return home to The Liberal Party.

Cllr Steve Radford
Leader of The Liberal Party

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  Liberal Party Leader Steve Radford on Liverpool by-election results
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-27-2021, 05:53 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Following the resounding progress by the Liberal Party in The Old Swan By election and May's Mayoral elections the team made significant progress in the Anfield and Clubmoor by- elections on 18th November
Anfield Ward By-Election
Labour Party                               604 56% Elected              down 11%
Jimmy Richardson Liberal Party    281 26 %                        up 15%
Liberal Democrat                           73 7%                           up 2%
Green Party                                  72  7%                          down 1 %
Conservative Party                        42 4%                            down 1%
Independent                                 9   did not stand previously but a different Independent  Did                                
Clubmoor By-Election

Labour Party                                             787 54.50% Elected     down 8%
Liam James Buckley Liberal Part                  324 22.%                    up 3%
Laura-Independe                                       167 12%    (did not stand previously)
Walsh Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition   54   4% 
Green Party                                                45   3.%                    down 5%
Liberal Democrat                                         34  2.%                     down 4%
Conservative Party                                       33  2.%                     down 3%
In both by election The Liberal Party came a clear second and increased our vote. It does show - despite a news blackout, The Liberal party is the clear challenger to Labour in the north working class communities whilst the Lib Dems push fell flat on its face.
Cllr Steve Radford
Leader of the Liberal Party

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - The Glasgow COP26 Summit Final Agreement
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-16-2021, 08:04 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party welcomes the final agreement of the COP26 summit in Glasgow but notes that it has failed to deliver the immediate cuts to global emissions need to prevent global temperature change of more than 1.5C.
Whilst we support steps to reduce the use of coal as a fuel, the trajectory of climate change without further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions still leaves the world facing a bleak future along with many coastal and island states.
The Liberal Party fully recognises that governments in the developed world have pressing economic and social commitments during the current Covid pandemic, but they must double their efforts to promote green technology at home and assist developing countries to do likewise.
To this end the failure of the developed world to deliver on promises of financial aid to vulnerable countries is a gross economic injustice.
When the world convenes for COP27 in Egypt in one years’ time efforts to tackle climate change will necessitate further steep cuts in global emissions to stay on track for a sustainable and inhabitable planet.

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