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    Article: May 2, 2021
    By Alan Collins Rosell/ Alan Wells

    In these challenging times, we believe that the future of mental health care should be community-based and locally focused, helping people experiencing mental ill health not just survive, but thrive. We are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and will continue to campaign for better mental health care this week and all year round.

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    Article: Apr 22, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Commenting on an article in the Kent Messenger Online "Pet thefts in Kent: Protection officer and dog theft laws must be strengthened, says Lib Dem PCC candidate"

    Graham Colley LibDem Police and Crime candidate for Kent said: "Let me, firstly, say I make no personal criticism of my Conservative opponent. However, this issue, of a dedicated police officer gives a fundamental example of the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative approach. The Police and Crime Commissioner election is about policing strategy. The differences between Conservative approach and mine, as a Liberal, are stark.

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    Article: Apr 20, 2021
    By Alan Wells/ Medway Liberal Democrats

    During these unprecedented times, it is worth remembering that a stroke will continue to strike every five minutes in the UK. May is 'National Stroke Awareness Month', an observance that highlights the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

    Time is of the essence in terms of suffering a stroke, as this month highlights and we want critical stroke services that best serves the health needs of Medway residents to be secured. Liberal Democrats have called for local stroke services, to be retained at Medway Maritime Hospital.

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    Article: Apr 18, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, LibDem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Kent and President of LibDemLawyers welcomed Luisa Porritt's manifesto commitment to reforming "Stop and Search ". Luisa is the LibDem candidate for Mayor of London

    Graham said one of the 10 principles of policing ascribed to Sir Robert Peel was:

  • Legal Justice
    Article: Apr 18, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, Liberal Democrat PCC for Kent and also President of LibDemLawyers, expressed concern at reports that the European Commission had decided to oppose the UK Government attempt to rejoin Lugano Convention, an agreement which decides which countries courts have jurisdiction over civil and disputes that cross borders.

  • Hoo Consultation
    Article: Apr 12, 2021
    By John Castle

    Medway Lib Dems have reviewed the proposals in the Hoo - Routes to Good Growth consultation document and made a comprehensive submission to the HIF Team Our proposals contained major upgrades to the Rail section and are intended to be constructive.

    The most glaring issue is the absence of the Higham Curve, preventing a train service covering Hoo and the rest of the Medway Towns. The implication is that the only connections required are to London, which will not serve the needs of Medway in the long term. Focusing on London ignores the idea that more people will be remote working in the future and therefore less demand for commuting to London.

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    Article: Apr 12, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, LibDem Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent candidate, is supporting a Liberal Democrat petition calling for a dedicated Police Officer to be responsible for Pet Protection.

    Graham Colley said "Over 50% of Kent residents are pet owners. I understand just how heart breaking it is to lose a pet and it must be even more so when that pet is stolen. Dognapping has increased, because of the pandemic and a dedicated pet crime officer can co-ordinate, educate and fight pet-napping."

    "Owners are left traumatised after a pet is stolen, with emotional impacts. The theft of a pet brings considerable heartache and stress as a member of the family disappears. Sometimes even resulting in depression, anxiety and PTSD. This petition calls for a dedicated police officer to be appointed for Kent as they have done in Nottinghamshire."

  • Hoo Consultation
    Article: Apr 11, 2021
    By Andrew Millsom/John Castle

    Medway Lib Dems have reviewed the proposals in the Hoo - Routes to Good Growth consultation document and made a comprehensive submission to the HIF Team. The proposals in the consultation document were found to be weak and deemed poor in their effectiveness in serving the residents of Hoo and the surrounding areas. Our proposals are intended to be constructive.

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    Article: Apr 10, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    In response to the news about HRH Prince Philip, Graham Colley LibDem PCC candidate for Kent said:

    "At this time, my heart goes out to the Queen, not as my head of state, but as a fellow being. She has lost not only the husband she loved, but her closest support, confidant and consort.

    Since learning of the sad news, I have spent time thinking about what HRH Prince Philip meant to me and to all of us. Perhaps, above all, I admired his sense of duty to those in the country of his adoption (he was, after all, in effect, a refugee). Unfortunately, our society appears to have moved from Prince Philip's notion of duty, to promotion of self.

  • Police Image
    Article: Mar 29, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Graham Colley, Liberal Democrat PCC for Kent welcomed the comments in the Guardian of Martin Hewitt, the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) in recognising that the police's legitimacy is so low in black communities it is damaging the effectiveness of law enforcement.

    Graham Colley said the start of solving any problem is to recognise what it is: