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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – The Resignation Honours List of the Former PM Liz Truss
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-31-2023, 05:49 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes the publication of the resignation honours list of the former PM Liz Truss's as part of the traditional new year’s honours.

We believe that nomination of members of the House of Lords as a parting gift to former prime ministers adds nothing to the function or competence of the upper chamber.

The Liberal Party believes that whilst performing the same role of scrutinising legislation, the upper chamber should be entirely elected, with seats reserved only for representative from Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

This would allow candidates to be subject to proper scrutiny of their suitability by the electorate and democratic approval at the ballot box.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – The Financial Viability of Thames Water
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-29-2023, 08:31 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with concern the recent admission by Thames Water that the company does not have the £190 million needed to re-pay an outstanding loan due in the summer of 2024.

The party takes this as a tacit admission that the company is not financially viable long-term. A much heralded £800 million injection of funding from its shareholders now appears to have been in the form of an interest-bearing loan.

The party calls  for the UK government to nationalise Thames Water.

Water is a natural commodity. As such, the party believes in public ownership of the water industry to ensure that all revenues are re-invested to secure the nation’s clean water supply.

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  Liberal Party to field candidate at By-elction for Sheffield City Council
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-23-2023, 07:34 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

The Liberal Party will be fielding a candidate at the Stannington Ward by-election for Sheffield City Council on Thursday the 18th January 2024.

Many thanks to local candidate Rod Rogers for offering to represent the party at the polls.

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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – A 2 State Solution for the Palestinian Nation
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-19-2023, 08:04 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party notes with dismay the recent comments by the Israeli Ambassador to the UK that Israel will not accept a two-state solution in the West Bank or Gaza Strip nor support an immediate ceasefire to restore humanitarian aid whilst its military operations continue.

The party believes that a long-term solution to the Middle East conflict can only be achieved by the creation of a viable Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza, free to develop its own cultural identity and economic independence.

Whilst Israel has the right to defend itself from armed attack to include the deplorable attack by Hamas on 7th October, it does not have the right to inflict disproportionate harm on the Palestinian civilian population nor deny them statehood.

The Liberal Party reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Israeli forces to their internationally recognised border. We see merit in a United Nations presence in the Gaza Strip to restore humanitarian aid to the civilian population and prevent further provocation by either side in the region.

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  An open letter from Liberal Party Leader Cllr Steve Radford – Gaza Crisis
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-16-2023, 05:22 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The following has been circulated to councillor who we are aware of who have rejected their own party’s stance on a ceasefire in Gaza.
 
Dear Councillor
 
I appreciate your principled stand on the issue of Palestine.
 
Here in Liverpool, we were thankfully able to get a consensus among all the 5  parties, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, Community Independents, and my own Liberal Party Group.
 
Please find some press  coverage  which I hope you find encouraging.
 
I  know how difficult it may be outside one of the 3 mainstream parties and if we can assist you overcome the hurdles which will be undoubtably be put in your way please feel welcome to contact me
 
Regards
 
Cllr Steve Radford
Leader of The Liberal  Party
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  Liberal Party NEC Statement – Continuation of the Gaza Conflict
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-09-2023, 12:21 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

The Liberal Party has watched with increase despair the resumption of violence in Gaza following the recent pause in hostilities to facilitate prisoner exchanges.

The brutal Hamas attack of the 7th October has unleashed an Israeli response which now threatens to reduce the Gaza Strip to an uninhabitable condition, threatening to envelope its 2.3 million inhabitants in an humanitarian disaster.

This operation has now exceeded any military justification other than to inflict unrecoverable damage on the Palestinians, reducing civilian infrastructure including hospitals to ruin.

According to a UN spokesperson, 5 out of 6 Palestinians have now become a refugee in their own land, driven from one end of the Gaza Strip to the other as the Israeli army continues its operations.

The Liberal Party again calls for an immediate ceasefire, and the resumption of  humanitarian aid to Gaza. We believe that the only viable long-term solution to the cycle of conflict is the implementation of a 2-state solution which provides for a viable Palestinian State.

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  Liberal News Winter 2023 and Party Leadership Elections
Posted by: ReadingLib - 12-04-2023, 09:00 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

The Liberal Party is currently undertaking its elections to the party NEC and party leader.

There are currently 2 candidates seeking nomination for the role of party leader:

Kayed Al-Haddad from Glasgow, who is the party treasurer and resides in Glasgow

Cllr Steve Radford from Liverpool, the current office holder

If any members are interested in serving in any capacity with the party, please let a member of the NEC know.

Contact details are on the party website.

Regards

Stephen Graham
Liberal Party NEC Member and Nominations Officer

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  Liberal Party NEC - 3rd February 2024 - Christ Church, C of E, Sandford Close, Leeds
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-29-2023, 08:30 PM - Forum: General Discussion - News and Views - No Replies

 
The next open Liberal Party NEC will be held on the 3rd February 2024 at the Christ Church, C of E, Sandford Close, Leeds, LS15 8EY.

It is envisaged this will be the first meeting of the newly elected NEC and will cover party business and is open to both party members and general observers.

A Zoom video conference  facility will be available, and a link can be request6ed prior to the meeting.
Travel options for the venue are available via he Traveline website.
 
For further details please contact the Secretary of the NEC, Stephen Graham

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  Autumn Budget Statement November 2023 - A Liberal Response
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-26-2023, 05:40 PM - Forum: NEC Press Releases - No Replies

Jeremy Hunt’s Budget was unfortunately a lot more anti-climatic than what it ought to have been.

Fiddling round the edges in terms of national insurance contributions and uprating benefits might be welcome, but unfortunately, he was a long way off the mark in terms of delivering something substantial for the ordinary person or indeed small business owner.

The Institute Fiscal Studies (IFS) has already warned that the chancellor was able to reduce NI in part because he had not increased spending on public services and taking into account inflation, unprotected departments would face budget cuts of more than £20bn by 2027-28.
 
Given the realities of the cost-of-living crises and the anaemic growth rates that the country has been facing for the best part of 15 years, the chancellor should have been a lot more radical in terms of delivering for the British people - he was far from it!

As a party, we would like to have seen the personal tax threshold increase to at least 15K (with NI scrapped altogether), the rate at which small businesses start paying corporation tax to at least 100,000 (20% rate thereafter), replacing Business Rates/Council Tax with LVT and finally equalising Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax/Dividends Tax.

It is no surprise that the Conservative chancellor has failed to deliver again and we thus as a party encourage those looking for a radical but moderate approach to economics to join The Liberal Party.

Kayed Al-Haddad

Member of the NEC and Economics Spokesman 

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  Motion for Debate Liverpool City Council Meeting - Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023 5.0
Posted by: ReadingLib - 11-18-2023, 08:00 PM - Forum: Local Association Press Releases - No Replies

15a Humanitarian crisis in the Middle East by Councillor Steve Radford, Liberal Party,  seconded by Councillor Tom Crone, Green Party

Liverpool City Council recognises the significance of the tragic situation in the Middle East to our city. We have Jewish and Palestinian communities and, if the crisis were to escalate, we could be required to offer sanctuary to refugees.

Liverpool City Council condemns the massacre of Israeli civilians and the taking of hostages by Hamas on October 7th.

We further condemn the collective punishment of the Palestinian people that has ensued, costing the lives of over 9,000 people, 3,500 of them children. Innocent Palestinians should not have to pay the price for the atrocities of October 7th. There is no purely military solution to the 75-year-long crisis in the region, rooted in the occupation of Palestinian land, as recognised in United Nations resolution 2334. The indiscriminate levelling of areas of Gaza is totally unacceptable. An immediate ceasefire and the return of all hostages are preconditions for a renewed peace process.

Palestinian and Israeli citizens have an equal right to live free from fear and insecurity.

We call on the UK government to renew efforts to end attacks on civilians and to return all hostages immediately as a precondition for a lasting peace.’

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