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  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Vince Cable, the new Leader of the Liberal DemocratsI want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future.

    I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote unleashed.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017

    Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women.

    Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m - 2.249m).

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    The Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) has warned that even a small hit to productivity caused by Brexit could cause a £97bn hit to the UK economy in the long-term, reducing tax receipts by £36 billion.

    The OBR report also describes future tax receipts as being "particularly vulnerable" to the impact of Brexit on the financial sector, which could face up to 60,000 job losses.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    One month on from this tragedy, there is no less pain for the victims and their families, no less fear, and no less anger over the failings of the political system.

    The disaster at Grenfell Tower has left a huge scar, not just in the local community of Kensington, but across Britain. It has moved people deeply, whether they have local connections or not, and that has been reflected in the generosity shown by public donations. It has also exposed deep divisions and inequalities in our society which we have ignored for far too long. This disaster should have been avoided. How is it possible that, in a very wealthy borough like Kensington and Chelsea, dozens of people can burn to death in their own homes?

  • Pride Rainbow flag flapping in the wind (By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa - https://www.flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2942525739, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14831997)
    Article: Jul 8, 2017
    By Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Pride is a colourful, energetic celebration of freedom, love and acceptance. Each year I am amazed as thousands of people of all sexualities take to the streets in the name of freedom and equality.

    I am proud to stand with the LGBT community in the continuous fight for a more open, tolerant and united society.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 6, 2017

    One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and services providing care in people's homes require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Jul 4, 2017

    Government plans to axe free school lunches have been dropped in another humiliating u-turn. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:

    "Theresa May was worried that she would go down in history as the lunch snatcher. Dropping these plans is just another humiliating climb down, in what seems to becoming a long list for the Prime Minister.

  • Nurse with baby (By Salim Fadhley from London, UK (Sarah the Nursey Nurse) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 3, 2017

    Figures released today by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have shown a reduction in the numbers of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK.

    Commenting, Lib Dem health spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

    "These figures are extremely concerning. For the first time we have more nurses and midwives leaving the profession than joining it, with a sharp rise in U.K. nurses and midwives deciding to leave the country and practice overseas.

  • Petition: Jul 2, 2017

    The Mental Health Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital was closed in 2013 by Jeremy Hunt, this was short-sighted and a mistake.

    A third of all police time is taken up having to look after mental health patients, time that could be better spent tackling crime.

    Since the closure, KMPT (Kent and Medway's health and social care trust) has spent more than £5.6 million on out of area referrals due to a shortage of beds for patients.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2017
    By John Castle

    Dear Cllr Jarrett,

    I read in the Medway Messenger that the Information Commissioner has issued an enforcement notice to Medway Council, giving the Council 6 months to train staff.

    I find this situation rather disconcerting; that a public body has been found to be not training its staff adequately regarding their duties under data protection law. The main issue is that the laws are changing to tighten up standards and the fines are going up dramatically for non-compliance.

    It is worrying that the current rules are not being enforced, what reassurances can you as leader of the council give that it will make the changes needed for GDPR when it's already non-compliant under the existing rules?

    It is my belief that compliance starts at the top of an organisation and works down from there. This is why I've addressed the question to you as leader of the council. Can you show leadership through the transition period before GDPR comes into force to make sure all officers know the rules and there is a culture of compliance within the organisation? This culture appears to be missing and clearly needs to change.

    The reason I want answers is that the fines under GDPR will be significantly higher than previously. Currently your favourite fallback position for cuts is that cuts are all either down to Labour's profligacy or central government cuts. A fine of several millions for non-compliance would leave that argument looking ridiculous. The residents of Medway will suffer cuts to services as result of such a compliance failure and neither Labour nor central government can be blamed, that would rest on your shoulders.

    Yours sincerely,

    John Castle

    Chairman Medway Liberal Democrats

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    Kent Online article