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  Pragmatic Perfect Education Discussion Document
Posted by: ReadingLib - 01-12-2021, 09:02 PM - Forum: Party Policy Discussion - No Replies

The Liberal Party has been aproached with an educational discussion document from Mr C A W Walker which we have now made available on the party website via the Discussion DocumentS link on the homepage.

Although not party policy we are happy to make this available to stimulate debate. The sections on distance and computer learning are currently very topical.

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  Interview with Stephen Graham, The Liberal Party
Posted by: ReadingLib - 01-10-2021, 02:27 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

I was approached to do this interview on Twitter by @CapnSwiss and was happy to oblige.
The hour-long interview is at

It is also accessible via the YouTube channel link on the home page of @CapnSwiss
Please note any deviation from stated party policy is my own view or opinion.

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  Impact of Liberal Party
Posted by: Thomas Paine's Ghost - 12-30-2020, 11:00 AM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

It seems unlikely to me that the Party can have any significant impact on any political issue until it has more members

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  Why isn't Liberal Talk used more?
Posted by: Thomas Paine's Ghost - 12-30-2020, 08:37 AM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - Replies (1)

I have just spent an interesting hour reading this thread [below] on Liberal Democrat Voice [LDV]. As might be expected, it is generally accepted it was the leadership of Nick Clegg that caused the downfall of the Party. He made it clear that he thought it worth risking the Party's very survival in order to prevent Brexit - which he failed to do, but instead left to take up an extremely rewarding job with Facebook.

[Thread: The Independent View – A way forward for the Liberal Democrats

What I found most interesting about the discussion was the range of views from the contributors - mostly on whether the Party's MPs should vote against the Brexit bill, for it or abstain - although a number did address the wider issue of what was the way forward for the Party.

Apart from finding the views interesting, I was reminded how good LDV was as a site for political discussion - I used to contribute regularly before joining the Liberal Party. The question that sprung to mind while reading the thread was - why isn't Liberal Talk used in the same way by its members? Admittedly there are far fewer members of LP than the Lib/Dems, however, in my short time with the Party the site seems to be used only for Press Releases by ReadingLib even though there are plenty viewing - no one comments.

It could be that for most members comments are restricted to the Party's Facebook page. If this is the case surely LDV demonstrates that as much, if not more, can be achieved outside of the social media - without the dangers that social media can bring - particularly to the young.

The thread also shows how many talented Lib/Dem members might be attracted to the LP if the website was crisp and clear like the UKIP site. Faced with a decade of consistent effort to remedy the mistakes of the past - even if a plan can be agreed - a good number of Lib/Dems may consider a change of party in a favourable light.

I am unable to post the link - it is a pity that this feature does not work.

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  A statement from the Liberal Party – Social Media Accusations
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-28-2020, 05:34 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party is shocked to learn of the accusations of paedophilia against one of our former members, and as such we would urge anybody with information on such activities to contact Police Scotland and assist any investigations they wish to undertake. 
The Liberal Party will never knowingly accept or support any membership or affiliation to the Liberal Party of any person/s known to be Paedophiles or any other type of predators. We have actively developed policies to fight against any such abuse behaviours.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - UK/EU Trade Deal
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-24-2020, 07:43 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Whilst the detail is not yet fully understood and warrants closer scrutiny, The Liberal Party welcomes the historic trade agreement reached between the UK and the EU, which sets a forward direction providing essential balance in free trade, with political cooperation and without EU control. 
The UK should now look to maintaining our trade with the EU whilst looking to strengthen our trade and cooperation in wider global markets.

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  Liberal Party Special Assembly and Open NEC Meeting – Midday Sunday 7th February 2021
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-20-2020, 12:25 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

Liberal Party Special Assembly and Open NEC Meeting – Midday Sunday 7th February 2021 - To be run over Zoom - Motions for debate welcome - please contact a member of the NEC for a meeting invite

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  Liberal Party Policy Statement - Post Brexit UK
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-18-2020, 12:13 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - Replies (4)

The Liberal Party is confident that the period after December 2020 will be more hopeful for the UK, than at any period since the UK definitively voted to leave the EU.

We must now turn our attention to actions we can take independent of the EU.

We must encourage investment to return manufacturing and diverse and sustainable agriculture and horticulture to the UK.

We must secure our fishing waters and invest in delivering sustainable forms of fishing to our costal fishing communities.

We must support local growers to reduce waste by ensuring more of the product they grow is sent to market or to a local processing cannery to be preserved to meet future needs or export.

We must enter into trade deals favourable to the commonwealth and other developing countries and the goods and services they supply.

We must form strategic trade and reciprocal migration alliances with our closest allies. It's time for the UK to take its place in CANZUK.

We must exploit our world leading role in medical science, research, banking and other professional services to the benefit of the UK and our strategic partners.

In all endeavours, we must ensure that standards are maintained or improved.

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  Liberal Party Environmental Policy Statement - Dec 2020
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-10-2020, 07:49 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - Replies (1)

Environment Policy Motion - Climate Change

The Liberal Party acknowledges that there is now little doubt that we humans, along with most other species on the planet, will face the most challenging time in recorded history during the remainder of this century – and that challenge for each species will be survival.

We humans have a particular responsibility to do whatever we can to minimise the extent other species are being forced into extinction, primarily through climate change and loss of habitat, more so as it is we who have knowingly and recklessly created the conditions that have caused these events - which have rightly been described by Sir David Attenborough as CRIMES.

The Liberal Party accepts it is not all humans who are responsible for these criminal acts, but a select few.

The primary task for The Liberal Party and others with similar concerns, is to expose and publicise these culpable acts by all legal means available. Additionally, we must network with like-minded groupings at home and in other countries to ensure they too are working to expose global corruption and to press their government for change.

David Attenborough in his book and supporting video ' A Life on Our Planet' has set out his vision of what we must do to prevent a catastrophic mass extinction. As part of our Post Pandemic Recovery & Renewal manifesto, the Liberal Party adopts his vision to guide the establishment of policies that support the delivery and promotion of practical solutions.

Following this the Liberal Party will be revising its green and environmental policies to reflect the current scientific consensus.

Motion passed at Liberal Party Special Assembly 6th Dec 2020

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  Liberal News Winter 2020
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-08-2020, 08:12 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

The latest edition is now available on the Liberal Party website within the Liberal Library section.

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