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    Article: Mar 4, 2021
    By Alan Wells/Rob Bird

    Kent and Medway Liberal Democrats are responding to the NHS report which shows that Kent and Medway are one of eight communities singled out by the Government as "worst affected by suicide". The report found "that while suicide rates have fallen since 2014-2016, they remain above the national average".

  • Splashes closed for refurbishment
    Article: Feb 19, 2021
    By Stuart Bourne

    Medway Liberal Democrats are shocked and dismayed that the planned and much needed refurbishment of the Splashes leisure centre is being delayed indefinitely. The £5 million refurbishment project, which was needed to desperately update the facilities within the centre, was announced by the council leadership and the Rainham Councillors as a great victory for them and the community. Councillor Martin Potter, who has been on the task force to deliver the project, said 'We look forward to Splashes once again being a quality, fun family leisure pool for all of our community to enjoy'. Yet here we are 8 months later, and the same council has announced they will no longer be continuing the project, mentioning unspecified structural issues with the project.

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    Article: Feb 5, 2021
    By GC/AW

    Commenting on the decision to increase council tax by 7.4% to pay for the Policing in Kent, Graham Colley, PCC candidate for the Liberal Democrats said:

    "I could achieve cheap political points by immediately criticising my opponent at the next election for the increase. No one wants to pay more than they did! However, at the same time, for the people of Kent to have a caring and safe community and the maxim "you get what you pay for", must also be considered.

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    Article: Jan 29, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Paul O'Neil

    February is LGBT+ History Month and this year's theme 'Mind, Body and Spirit', highlights five faces representing LGBT+ History, Lily Parr - a footballer, Mark Ashton - a trade unionist, Maya Angelou - a poet, Michael Dillon - a Buddhist and Mark Weston - an athlete.

    It's a month to promote equality and diversity and raise awareness about matters that affect the LGBT+ community. February also sees the start of Medway Pride Radio a new radio station to support Medway Pride, and LGBTQIA+ communities across all of Medway & Kent.

    In these challenging times, Medway Liberal Democrats are proud to celebrate the activism, strength and spirit of our entire LGBT+ community across our towns. We have consistently been on the right side of history on LGBT+ issues, and have been unequivocal in our support for equality, championing diversity and strengthening efforts to give meaningful attention to LGBT+ history.

    Key historical Liberal Democrats moments on LGBT+ issues:

    • Opposing Section 28: We opposed Section 28 (a discriminatory law which prohibited the so-called promotion of homosexuality) right from the start.
    • Trans Rights & the Gender Recognition Act: We were the first political party to support trans people changing their legal gender, today we are still campaigning to streamline the law to allow individuals to self-identify without unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles
    • Same sex marriage: We fought hard for the introduction of same sex marriage in coalition government. Because of our campaigning more thousands of same-sex couples have been able to get married.

    Paul O'Neill, Diversity Officer for Medway Liberal Democrats said, "Significant strides have been made over the past 50 years, and we have progressed from a climate of illegality and fear to much more positive and open times. But must never forget we still have to defend those achievements as well as facing new challenges in our daily lives, today we are fighting campaigns for not just equal treatment but appropriate treatment, respecting the diversity within our LGBT+ communities.

    For all the progress that has been made, there is still undoubtedly more to be done. Increases in hate crimes, worrying levels of transphobia in mainstream media and disparities in social and health care provisions are proof that the battle for equality is far from over. Liberal Democrats will continue to fight until everyone is able to live without fear of hate or discrimination."

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    Article: Jan 25, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats are pleased to see that the infection rates within Medway have continued to drop since the start of the 3rd national lockdown. However, with over 380 deaths recorded in Medway since the 1st November there has to be questions raised the how the council has handled the communication during this crisis.

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    Article: Jan 19, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Wednesday 27 January 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, every year on that day Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place, a day that will give an opportunity for people from our towns and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    Dr Alan Bullion, spokesperson for Medway Liberal Democrats said, "Reading the recollections of a relative whose family fled Germany in the 1930s with the rise of Hitler, we should be alert to the signs and symptoms of discrimination and prejudice in the modern world. Fortunately he was able to reach Britain and served as an interpreter in the war years. But we need to continue to remember all those who perished in Nazi Germany and other ethnic and religious genocides across the world."

    The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is 'Be the light in the darkness'. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to 'be the light' before, during and after genocide.

    Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of 'darkness', for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of 'being the light', for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.

    Increasing levels of denial, division and misinformation in today's world mean we must remain vigilant against hatred and identity-based hostility. Rapid technological developments, a turbulent political climate, and world events beyond our control can leave us feeling helpless and insignificant. The utterly unprecedented times through which we are living currently are showing the very best of which humanity is capable but also - in some of the abuse and conspiracy theories being spread on social media - the much darker side of our world as well.

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    Article: Jan 18, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats

    Medway Liberal Democrats are concerned about lax enforcement measures being undertaken by Medway Council and their failure to impose fines or remove licences in the face of breaches of the Covid-19 regulations.

    Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have called on the Home Secretary to ensure Government guidelines, which currently lack clarity, are crystal clear and understood. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP said, "The police cannot respond to every potential breach of the rules and so it is up to all of us to respect one another and take personal responsibility for keeping our communities safe."

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    Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By SB/AW 2021

    Medway council are in the process of reviewing whether to move Rainham Library to new a location within Rainham, with the idea to merge it with other council facilities to form a Community Hub. These have been proven in other parts of Medway to be a good use of building facilities to save costs and potentially increase the number of people using our libraries. Medway Liberal Democrats believe they are a good idea and continue to support their use throughout Medway.

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    Article: Jan 8, 2021
    By Graham Colley/Alan Wells

    Kent Liberal Democrats have attacked local Conservative boasts about police funding as "smoke and mirrors" that dress up a potential Council Tax rise as if it were extra funding from the Government.

    Local Conservatives have claimed that "Kent Police is set to receive an additional 19.5 million in its funding, thanks to the Conservative Government's increase to police budgets." However, detailed Home Office figures reveal that the Government is only giving Kent Police an extra £10.1 million for the financial year 2021-22.

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    Article: Dec 29, 2020
    By GC/AW

    Brexit means that the UK will no longer be a member of 30 EU criminal justice bodies which every day help keep people in Kent and across Europe safe.

    Graham Colley, who has been selected by Kent Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election said: "The country will lose its access to some very important databases. Whilst it will have continued access to others, for example the system which checks fingerprints across the EU, Security cooperation, such as through the Schengen Information System (SIS2), will no longer be based on a "real time" basis. In tracking crime, delay can facilitate escape.