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  • Article: Dec 11, 2019

    "It doesn't have to be this way."

    My message today is clear.

    To stop Brexit, we must stop Boris Johnson. We have one more day left to do it.

    To all my fellow Lib Dem activists up and down the country - I say this:

    Keep going. Keep fighting for every vote.

    And to everyone out there who has a growing pile of Lib Dem leaflets on their kitchen table: we can win where you live.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019

    "Johnson's Brexit lies have caused huge damage to our public services already."

    Boris's lie on the side of a bus was an even bigger whopper than we thought. Not only does Brexit not mean an extra £350 million a week for the NHS...

    In reality, it means £350 million a week less.

    And that's before we've even left.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019

    The economy usually features heavily in election discourse.

    But this time the two main parties have opted for silly economics instead. It's either pursuing a Brexit that we know will damage the economy or a reckless spending plan we can't afford.

    But you can't fool business. Over 60 business leaders have named us as the 'only party who have set out a credible plan for future prosperity'.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    "Almost the only people who think Johnson a nice guy are those who do not know him."

    It's a statement made by Max Hastings, Johnson's former boss at the Telegraph. He's not the only person who has worked with Boris Johnson who has gone public with their criticisms.

    Here's a collection of quotes from his Conservative colleagues:

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    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    This Thursday marks one of the most important elections in a generation. If Boris Johnson wins a majority, he will push through his disastrous Brexit plan. He will also plunge us headfirst into some of the most extreme economic policies in decades.

    This won't just ruin Christmas, like forgetting the stuffing or not taking your stockings down before lighting the fire. It will be disastrous for our country for decades to come.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    "We are the only party standing up for Remainers."

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris and stop Brexit.

    The more Liberal Democrat MPs we have in Parliament, the stronger our hand will be in stopping Johnson's catastrophic Brexit plans. We have legislation ready to go to secure a People's Vote with the option to stay in the EU.

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    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    In response to speculation that Boris Johnson might try to revive the failed 'Boris Island' airport project in the Thames Estuary, Gillingham and Rainham Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Alan Bullion said. 'I spoke up against the potential destruction of farmland and bird and wildlife sanctuaries on the peninsula in 2014 during the Euro election at a public meeting organised by the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust. We will continue to oppose any such move at all costs in order to protect our precious Kent countryside and its food production and rare species."

  • Article: Dec 9, 2019
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    Article: Dec 8, 2019
    By medway liberal democrats - Alan Wells

    Graham Colley, Liberal Democrat candidate for Rochester and Strood has today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020.

    The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU.

    Under the Conservative Party's plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. However, the plans also say Boris Johnson will not seek any extension despite overwhelming evidence showing that time-frame is near impossible.

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    Article: Dec 8, 2019
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells
    The Liberal Democrats will invest £11 billion in transforming mental health services, more than either Labour or the Tories.
    in early 2018, Medway Liberal Democrats launched a campaign highlighting the lack of local mental Health service, particularly the issue of referring patients out of area, as a consequence of closing the Mental Health Unit at Medway Maritime Hospital in 2013.

    We collected over 1200 signatures to our petition, which was handed in to the Department of Health. We believe that with a population of 270,000 people, Medway is big enough that its Health Trust should be able to provide these services to local people.

    The signatories of our petition agree with us and many have spoken to us saying that action is needed to address this and other issues affecting Mental Health provision in Medway. The petition sends a strong message calling on the Department of Health to reinstate a fit for purpose Mental Health Unit in Medway.
    The absence of such a Unit impacts heavily on our police force in that they, at a conservative estimate, spend a third of their time dealing with mental health cases. The provision of a fit-for-purpose Mental Health Unit would free up police time to enable them to deal more efficiently and effectively with these cases.
    For too long too many people have suffered as a result of the outdated Mental Health Act 1983. A Liberal Democrat government will reform the Mental Health Act in line with all the recommendations of the Wessely review. This includes introducing the principle of 'care not containment', to reduce the number of people inappropriately detained under the Mental Health Act. Reforms will also tackle the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under this law.
    Alan Bullion, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Rainham and Gillingham said "Too many people are struggling with their mental health and are not receiving the support they need.In common with our petition we have had people come forward to tell us that out of area referrals cost more and impacts on the quality of patient treatment, in that distance in many instances isolates patients from their family members who then find it difficult to travel to visit them. For many, that family support is essential in the aid to recovery. All over the country out of area treatment for Mental Health is now being regarded as standard practice and the Liberal Democrats strongly believe this is not in the best interests of patients and does not provide good quality of care.
    We have petitioned the people with the power to reinstate the unit in Medway. Medway Council does not have power to act on this issue, however we have asked questions and they responded stating that Medway Councillors opposed the closure.
    The Conservatives have failed to bring forward changes that would see mental health approached with the same urgency as physical health. Their manifesto at this election only mentions mental health three times. It is clear that - under a Conservative government - mental health will not be a priority.
    The Liberal Democrats are the party of mental health. We have the most detailed plan to improve mental health services and we will commit £11 billion over five years to make these changes. This is at the heart of our plan to build a brighter future for all."
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    Additional Notes for Editors

    ALAN BULLION

    Alan Bullion works in London for a publishing company and commutes from High Brooms station, where he successfully campaigned for a second ticket machine, as well as more capacity and fairer fares for rail and bus travellers. Alan is a former school Governor and pupil of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, and is chair of its Alumni society.

    Alan has long been active on a number of issues, such as defending recreation and sports facilities against development. Delivering additional school places and keeping social care to support older people.

    Alan has focused on issues such as safer streets and 20mph zones, especially around schools and building up care at local hospitals. Alan also is a great believer in life-long learning, having done degrees with the Open University and Southampton as a mature student.