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  • Johnson and Cummings by twitter
    Article: May 26, 2020

    The Liberal Democrat Acting Leader has written an open letter to Conservative MPs urging them to "end the distractions" and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go, so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency.

    In his letter, the Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey urges all Conservative MPs to "put the interests of your constituents and country first, tell the Prime Minister that Dominic Cummings must go and end the distractions away from the fight against coronavirus.

    The call comes as Opposition Parties demand an inquiry and as several Conservative MPs have broken cover to call for Dominic Cummings to quit, amid claims he broke coronavirus lockdown rules twice.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Millions of people have made incredible sacrifices to stop the coronavirus. Even if the Prime Minister keeps his blinkers on, Conservative MPs cannot be oblivious to how angry people are with Dominic Cummings.

    "Each minute the Prime Minister fails to act is another minute the Government is distracted from upscaling Britain's testing capacity, securing PPE for frontline workers and preventing the tragic deaths in our care homes.

    "All Conservative MPs must stop defending the indefensible and put the health, well-being and economy of our country before efforts to save the Prime Minister's adviser."

  • Schools ()
    Article: May 21, 2020

    Responding to reports that the scientific advice on the safety of reopening schools will be published tomorrow, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

    "Parents, children and teaching staff are worried about the threat of coronavirus and need reassurances ahead of reopening schools.

    "Liberal Democrats have demanded from the outset that the Government publish the scientific evidence behind their decision to reopen schools. Yet, with just ten days before schools are due to open, parents and teachers are still being kept in the dark.

    "This announcement is so long overdue. We all want to get children back in school but the public need answers, particularly the likely impact on the infection rate of these measures."

  • Daisy Cooper MP
    Article: May 18, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are at the forefront of a cross party call to protect pubs in the face of the "unique combination of challenges" created by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Liberal Democrat MP Daisy Cooper, alongside MPs from the Tory, Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green parties, are calling for Ministers to ensure pubs - a "cornerstone of British culture" - are in a position to reopen once social distancing measures are eased.

    The group have written to the Chancellor to demand bespoke support for the industry including calls to:

  • Houses of Parliament skyline
    Article: May 18, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment in the House of Commons that would prevent the Government's Immigration Bill from progressing.

    The party is opposing the Conservatives' plans to end free movement at the end of the year, with Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine arguing that, during the coronavirus crisis, "we should be celebrating the enormous contributions that workers from all over the world make to our NHS, social care and across our society."

    The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, which would end EU free movement, will be debated in the House of Commons on Monday. The Liberal Democrat amendment would refuse to grant the Bill its Second Reading, stopping it from becoming law.

    The "reasoned amendment" sets out the party's opposition to the Bill - including its failure to fully guarantee the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK, something Boris Johnson repeatedly promised to do. It also criticises the Government for failing to set out "an immigration system to replace free movement that would allow businesses and public services to recruit the workers they need".

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine, who tabled the amendment, said:

    "It is hard to believe that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservatives are still pressing ahead with their destructive plans.

    "Now more than ever, we should be celebrating the enormous contributions that workers from all over the world make to our NHS, social care and across our society. Priti Patel may consider care workers to be 'low skilled', but they are on the front lines protecting us and our loved ones every single day.

    "If the Conservatives go ahead with these plans, they will deal a massive new blow to the NHS and British businesses, just as the economy is beginning to recover from the coronavirus crisis.

    "Liberal Democrats are opposing this Bill and arguing instead for a fair, effective and compassionate immigration system that works for our economy and treats everyone with the dignity they deserve."

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: May 15, 2020

    Responding to the reports that the European Commission has launched legal action against the British government for its "failure to comply" with European Union rules on free movement, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    "It is beyond frustrating that it has got to the point where the UK Government is facing legal action to protect the rights of people who contribute so much to this country. The fact that the Commission feels it has to take this action to protect rights after the transition period reflects terribly on the UK government and their actions.

    "The current crisis has made it clear just how vital immigration is. For our NHS and social care systems, EU workers are key.

    "Liberal Democrats will continue to call on the Government to scrap its damaging immigration plans and instead build a fair, effective immigration system that treats everyone with dignity and respect."

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: May 14, 2020

    Responding to figures released by the OBR which show the economy could shrink by up to 35% this quarter, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Families across the country are facing great hardship with millions furloughed and on universal credit.

    "The Government must continue to support businesses and families through this crisis. It must not add to their difficulties by freezing pay for the many public sector workers that have been on the frontline of tackling this pandemic.

    "There must be no austerity after the coronavirus crisis and we must instead build a fairer greener economy for the future."

  • Vote on Hunger
    Article: May 7, 2020
    By Southampton Liberal Democrats

    Understandably, the local elections scheduled for today were postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In normal circumstances they would have been an opportunity to think about the future and the future of our city. For now though the immediate priority is to support our neighbours and communities through the hardship caused by the pandemic and the lockdown.

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: May 6, 2020

    Responding to the Prime Minister's promise to reach 200,000 tests for coronavirus a day by the end of May, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "The Health Secretary's target of 100,000 tests per day for coronavirus was always going to be a hostage to fortune, and the truth is, Hancock missed it.

    "Even on their dubious accounting, the Government has not made the target on a single day since 30 April. The Prime Minister's new commitment to 200,000 tests by the end of May must be accompanied by a proper strategy and must not be a headline chasing PR stunt.

    "Rather than setting another arbitrary target, we need a clear plan that sets out how widespread community testing will be scaled up and easily accessible to all who need it. A large-scale testing programme is an essential part of the plan to test, trace and isolate to keep people safe and save lives, as we ease the country out of lockdown."

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Mar 20, 2020

    Today, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Chancellor urging him to set up a Citizen's Income, which should act as a minimum income guaranteed to all UK adults, as part of the government's response to the coronavirus crisis.

    In the letter (below) he also sets out proposals for a subsided salary scheme, a self-employed income guarantee and a boost to Statutory Sick Pay.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "The threat the Coronavirus crisis poses to our country is the greatest many of us will have ever experienced. And every day that the government fails to take adequate action to help workers and the self-employed is another day that millions of people are worrying about how they are going to put food on the table.

    "It is the Government's duty to do everything in its power to protect those facing destitution as a result of this pandemic. That is why I am calling on the Chancellor to back these measures - measures that could be instantly deployed to help all those in desperate need during the crisis.

    "By subsidising salaries for workers, guaranteeing incomes for the self-employed and boosting sick pay we can ensure that we are not only protecting our economy, but our society. That is why am I also urging the Chancellor to back a Citizen's Income, and quickly, to ensure those most in need have financial security.

    "The government must act to stop millions falling into destitution, the consequences are too great otherwise."

  • Ed Davey MP
    Article: Mar 18, 2020

    Today, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has called on the Prime Minister to suspend Brexit talks and seek a delay to the transition period so that the government can focus efforts and resources on the developing Coronavirus crisis.

    He said in the letter "this request is not about ... past debates. This request is designed to help you and the country navigate our way through the current crisis".

    Ed Davey also called for Boris Johnson to ensure the UK is present at vital information sharing meetings with other EU leaders and health ministers.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey said:

    "At a time of unprecedented strain on our NHS, our economy and millions of jobs across the country, the government must take immediate steps to limit the pressure and impact.

    "Delaying the Brexit talks and the deadline for the end of the transition period is key to this. I am urging Boris Johnson to do the sensible thing and put Brexit on hold.

    "We must focus whatever resources we have on stopping the spread of this virus and protecting the most vulnerable.

    "Coordination with our closest neighbours will also be vital to tackling this virus. Johnson must ensure the UK is present in EU health ministers' daily briefings as the situation continues to develop."