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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – The Prospects of Famine in Gaza
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-01-2024, 03:23 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party views with grave concern the increasing media reports of acute food shortages in the Gaza Strip.

The prospect of famine now looms over the region almost 6 months since the Hamas attack of 7th October 2023 unleashed an increasingly punitive Israeli response, which has now gone far beyond that needed to secure Israel’s borders.

Having effectively rendered the Gaza Strip uninhabitable with little in the way of functional public services or medical facilities, Israel now stands increasingly isolated on the internation stage due to its refusal to allow the international community to intervene on behalf of the Palestinian population.

The Liberal Party supports calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire to allow the resumption of humanitarian food deliveries to the besieged area under international supervision.

This must then be followed by intense international action to isolate Hamas, restore a viable Gaza to its civilian population and implement a 2-state solution to the regional conflict.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – The Viability of Thames Water as a Business
Posted by: ReadingLib - 04-01-2024, 03:22 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with concern increasing media reports on the long-term viability of Thames Water.

An urgently needed injection of fresh capital is reported to have been withheld by its shareholders as they believe the company to be no longer financially viable, saddled with a debt pile of over £18 billion pounds.

The Liberal Party rejects any concession being given to its owners over its refinancing, such as increasing consumer bills by 40% or a resumption of dividend payments as unjustified and unwarranted.

The Liberal Party has a well-established policy of bringing the water companies back into public ownership. This would protect both consumers and the wider environment from pollution, over extraction and the wastage of one of the most precious of natural resources, fresh water.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – Publication of the Report on Pension Inequality for Wom
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-26-2024, 08:26 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party welcomes the publication of the delayed report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman into changes to state pension age which left many women financial disadvantaged.

It is said that nothing imprisons a person more effectively than poverty in old age.
Many women affected by the change to the date they would receive their state pension have been left facing poverty and homelessness as they were not able to make provision for a delay to their state retirement age.

We acknowledge the efforts made by the campaign group, Women Against State Pension Inequality, to highlight their case and seek redress.

The Liberal Party believes that the suggested £3000 settlement should be an interim payment, pending proper compensation.

Promoted by Stephen Graham on behalf of the Liberal Party, 12 Dayworth Mews, Lundy Lane, Reading, RG30 2RR.

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  Let’s feed Liverpool - Liberal Support for Liverpool Foodbank
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-17-2024, 06:20 PM - Forum: Local Association Press Releases - No Replies

An address from Alan Tormey, Wavertree resident and Liberal Community campaigner.
“I have joined forces with a local foodbank,  LIVERPOOL FOODBANK + CIC
Firstly, I would like to thank and congratulate the team at Liverpool Foodbank for the work they do to support communities across Liverpool.
We know the cost-of-living crisis is worsening and is being felt hardest by those families already experiencing poverty and struggling to meet the rising cost of food and utilities. I have joined the team to help make sure no-one goes hungry in our city”
Alan Tormey
Merseyside Liberal Association Member
Wavertree, Liverpool

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  Liberal Party Response to the Spring Budget Statement
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-07-2024, 08:15 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Another disappointing budget from yet another lacklustre Tory Government.

The Liberal Party welcomes the 2p reduction in National Insurance; however, would also like to have seen the tax threshold increase to least 15K in order to not only make work pay but also take more lower paid earners out of paying income tax. Furthermore, the party believes the VAT threshold should have increased to at least 150,000 in order to have had any real meaningful impact on SME’s.

In addition, given the growing levels of disparity between those at the top 1% versus the rest, the party would have equalised Income Tax with Capitals Gains/Dividends Tax and slapped a 50% rate of Income Tax on anyone earning over and above £150,000.

Finally, given the budget constraints that local councils are facing and the inevitable bankruptcy, the party would have reformed Council Tax and Business Rates and would have replaced it with a Land Value Tax and also enabled local councils to raise taxation at 100% (including fees and charges) without any caps from Westminster.

Kayed Al-Haddad 
(Party Treasurer and Economic Spokesperson) 

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – The Gaza Conflict after 5 Months
Posted by: ReadingLib - 03-07-2024, 08:14 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with deep sadness the conclusion of the 5th month of the ongoing Gaza conflict and a continued failure to bring the regional violence to an end.

Whilst the Israel state has the right to protect itself, its on-going response to the Hamas attack of the 7th October has shown no boundaries and goes beyond self-defence or protection of its population.

The Palastinina inhabitants of Gaza now face acute hunger with much of the public health infrastructure and hospitals damaged beyond use and a punitive blockade preventing humanitarian aid reaching the besieged population.

The party believes that the absence of an Israeli delegation at the current Cairo negotiation to implement a ceasefire and exchange of hostages is inexcusable and shows an unwillingness to end the conflict.

The international community must act to ensure Israel meets its international obligations to protect  civilians and prevents a humanitarian disaster which will only fuel the perpetual cycle of violence, empowering terrorist groups such as Humza, rather than isolating them.

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  Merseyside Liberal Party Association – Party Leader meetsLiverpool Somaliland Commun
Posted by: ReadingLib - 02-25-2024, 07:48 PM - Forum: Local Association Press Releases - No Replies

On Friday morning party leader Cllr Steve Radford met leading members of the Liverpool Somaliland Community.  

Many of their community came tie Liverpool with service in the British merchant navy when their country was a British protectorate
We are supporting their campaign for recognition of Somaliland and it being welcomed into the Commonwealth.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement - The Ongoing Conflict in Gaza
Posted by: ReadingLib - 02-20-2024, 07:35 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party observes with increasing concern the impending Israeli military assault on the city of Rafah in southern Gaza and the increasing desperate plight of the Palestinian population.
After four months of hostilities in Gaza, triggered by the deplorable Hamas attack of the 7th October, the Israeli counter offensive has been reduced the civilian infrastructure including hospitals, to a state of collapse and the civilian population to the verge of starvation.
As the focus of Israeli action has switched from the north to the south of Gaza increasing numbers of Palestinian civilians have found themselves driven before the fighting with over half of Gaza’s 2.3 million inhabitants driven into the area in and around Rafah.
The Liberal Party believes a cessation of hostilities leading to a permanent ceasefire, exchange of hostage and prisoners and a resumption of humanitarian aid must be an international priority.
Both Israel and the Palestinians have the right to self-determination and security within their own states which is not advanced nor secured by the continued brutal campaign in Gaza.

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  Liberal Party NEC Announcement on the Role of Deputy Party Leader during the General
Posted by: ReadingLib - 02-11-2024, 06:24 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Following the meeting of The Liberal Party NEC on Saturday 3rd February 2024, it was agreed to appoint a deputy leader in anticipation of an autumn general election.

Following a vote of the NEC, party Defence Spokesperson, Allan Steele, was appointed to the role.

It is anticipated the role will be to handle media requests in a timely manner, increase our media profile and our presence in Scotland.

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  Liberal Party Leadership Election Result 3rd of February 2024
Posted by: ReadingLib - 02-04-2024, 06:22 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Following an open NEC meeting of the Liberal Party on Saturday the 3rd February in Leeds we are pleased to announce the results of the party leadership contest.

I therefore confirm the election of Cllr Steve Radford as party leader for the next 2 years.
Many thanks to Kayed Al-Haddad for standing in this contest.

A thank you to Cllr Charles Shaw and Christopher Ecclestone for arranging the ballot and Allan Steele and David Mahar for acting as independent scrutineers on the day.

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