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  • Article: Jan 15, 2020

    Do you think we care well enough for the more vulnerable in our society?

    Have we figured out how best to care for people who've experienced bereavement, people who get ill in old age, those with mental ill-health or adults with learning disabilities?

    My own personal experience tells me we haven't. Whether in my own life or for many constituents in my advice surgeries over 20 years, all too often the care and support systems either don't work well enough or aren't even there at all.

  • DEBENHAMS CHATHAM HIGH STREET
    Article: Jan 14, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells
    Medway sees the closure of Debenhams Chatham store this month, its loss having a huge impact on the look of the town centre.
    Nationally, Liberal Democrats are demanding reform to protect High Street retailers. Responding to news that Beales Department Store may have to call in administrators, Sarah Olney MP, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson, said: "We've seen Mothercare close its last branches, Debenhams shutting more outlets and now Beales announcing that they are at risk of collapse. Every closure will see people around the country face the bleak prospect of losing their jobs and livelihoods.
  • medway maritime hospital
    Article: Jan 14, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Responding to NHS England figures which have revealed A&E waiting times hit their worst-ever level in December amid growing pressures on the NHS, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "The crisis in A&E is worsening month on month under the Conservatives. Patients are suffering with the worst-ever A&E waiting times but the Conservatives are determined to make the situation worse. The Tories' extreme Brexit including ending freedom of movement, will deprive the NHS of the vital EU nurses and doctors hospitals and A&E's rely on."

    During the festive period, some Medway patients have had to wait up to 16 hours to get through a hospital's emergency department. Patients have waited hours from the point of being initially seen to being admitted for further treatment.

    We recognise that during the festive period, like many NHS organisations across the UK, our hospital was under significant pressure, with dedicated staff working very hard in challenging circumstances to maintain urgent and emergency care needs.

    Dr Alan Bullion, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Gillingham and Rainham said "Although Boris Johnson has talked about restoring nursing bursaries which they cut and training up more vital healthcare staff, the stark reality is that as in farming there will be a severe shortage of frontline doctors and nurses both in our hospitals and GP surgeries for several years to come as a direct result of Brexit".

    Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to stop a no-deal Brexit at the end of 2020 to protect the NHS. It is essential that the transition period can be extended to ensure freedom of movement is maintained.

    ENDS.

    Notes to editors:

    NHS England statistics can be found here.
  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    I want to thank you for all your hard work over the last six weeks. Everyone did everything they could in this campaign but the result has been deeply disappointing.

    Despite Liberal Democrats gaining 1.2m votes and our share of the vote increasing in every region of the UK, we are now one seat down compared to 2017. Under a proportional system, we would now have 84 MPs.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson's government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.

    Whether its putting people's livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson's promise to unleash Britain's potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    We haven't even left yet.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Boris Johnson's government has set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards.

    Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis.

    The fact that radical climate action has been ignored is a hallmark of a government which is setting all the wrong priorities.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Voting reform is not about the electoral advantage of any party.

    It is about better democracy.

    As politicians we have a responsibility to ensure voters across the UK do not feel disenfranchised.

    In this election the Liberal Democrats increased their vote share by 4%, more than any other party, but achieved fewer seats in Parliament.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Boris' bad Brexit bill is before the House of Commons today.

    So what are we doing to fight the damaging and dangerous effects it will have on democratic scrutiny, workers' rights, the battle against the climate crisis, and more?

    Today, we tabled an amendment to block the Withdrawal Agreement Bill because:

  • Document: Jan 12, 2020