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  • air quality image1
    Article: Jul 20, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Liberal Democrats are alarmed by a report looking into the environmental impact of plans to close Chatham Docks. The report by ArcelorMittal Kent Wire, stresses that 'Rezoning Chatham Docks from industrial to mixed use will worsen Air Quality by 300% from its current level' and 'Air Quality levels will be so harmed that Chatham will become one of the worst affected areas in the UK outside of Central London.'

  • aerial shot chatham docks
    Article: Jul 14, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Local Liberal Democrats are alarmed by the findings of a report produced by the University of Kent, that states that 'Chatham Docks is the largest single source of private sector revenue in Chatham' and that 'the loss of the port would cost £258 million to the local economy and result in 2,000 job losses both directly employed and in the supply chain.'

  • world youth skills day UN logo 2020
    Article: Jul 1, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    On 15 July, UNESCO-UNEVOC will join the global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). The aim of WYSD is to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges.

    Local Liberal Democrats strongly support the work of the National Citizen Service (NCS). The NCS is an opportunity for young people in the Medway Towns to take on new challenges, meet new friends and develop personal and social development skills for work and life. Medway has already benefitted from NCS experience, with inspiring social action projects, which helps develop the skills not taught in school and being a part of the NCS can be life-changing experience for 16-17 year olds.

    We have participated in a number of 'Political Question Time' panel discussions organised by NCS. The breadth and quality of the questions asked is always impressive and reflects the civic-minded nature of NCS participants. We have seen for ourselves how well the NCS is run and know that they ensure that there is a social mix of participants, which builds a greater tolerance, empathy, acceptance and understanding of others within the community which helps to foster greater cohesion.

    The NCS has provided a means for young people in our area to meet different people within our community, respect diversity and equality of others by contributing to a wider society and life in Medway. It also encourages young people from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures, classes and different parts of the Medway area to mix, develop team work skills and work together.

    In these challenging times, when more young people are experiencing anxiety over their future and employment prospects, the NCS wants to make its programme of activities and experience safe and open for everyone taking part. The latest news from the NCS is that its repositioned its summer programme to the autumn.

    Liberal Democrats know that once restrictions have been lifted, the work and role of the NCS will contribute to our community and in a post-COVID-19 Medway, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

    For more information on the role of the NCS please visit: https://wearencs.com/ and its 'Staying Connected' hub 'no you can't' into 'No We Can' and for up to date news on their summer programme.

    ENDS

  • obscure pub table
    Article: Jun 30, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Graham Colley

    Drinking establishments will reopen their doors this Saturday, but senior police officers warn that restrictions should have been lifted on a weekday to reduce the risk of chaos on what is forecast to be a warm and sunny day for much of the country.

    Commenting on the government's decision to reopen pubs on Saturday, Graham Colley, who has been selected to be the candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Kent, said:

    "One must question the wisdom of reopening pubs after such a long break on a Saturday, the day when people 'go to town' . It may be Independence Day, in America and a libertarian government may see this as restoring freedom, however, one person's freedom can be another person threat if self-control isn't exercised. Self-control and excess alcohol do not go together.

    We must consider, not only the safety members of the public, but of our police who we will be asking to try to control matters. It is unfair to put them at risk for the sake of libertarian dogma.

    It would have been far better to open pubs and a day which is not one where which is considered to be the day for "a night out". It should have also been accompanied by government information messages to discourage take advantage of "Independence Day". Such messaging would have prevented, or, at least, eased the scenes of crowding on beaches when there are many other places people can go for fresh air and to enjoy the sun."

    The National Police Chiefs' Council's lead for alcohol licencing urged people to "remember that coronavirus is still a serious risk to health" and follow guidance. The key advice is to know your limits, plan your day and consider how you will get home safely. Anti-social and criminal behaviour is not acceptable and police continue to work with the night time economy to maximise safety and cut crime. The public have shown support for their key workers during lockdown - they can continue to give support by behaving sensibly now. "


    ENDS

    NOTES FOR EDITORS:

    Graham is a very active campaigner for the Lib Dems and enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and does a great deal of voluntary work in the community.

    Graham is President of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association-/Rights-Liberties-Justice (Newsletter editor and former Chair).

    • He studied Law at Aberystwyth and European Law at the College of Europe and has an MBA from City University Business School. Graham has recently completed a research degree in Banking Reform at the University of Kent.

    • He has been a Legal Aid lawyer in Lambeth, Westminster and Chatham and now has a practice specialising in Wills and Inheritance issues.

    • Graham has shown years of service to the Party in Kent fighting for Liberalism and the European ideal, fighting to help overcome the divisions in Society.

  • Graham Colley
    Article: Jun 22, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Graham Colley has been selected as their candidate at the next Police and Crime Commissioner election, due to take place in May 2021. Graham has been a vocal supporter of Kent Police and will campaign for more frontline officers, community policing and improved visibility of police, especially in rural areas of the county.

  • coney banks, chatham, kent
    Article: Jun 17, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats/Viv Parker

    Medway Council have now confirmed that the Coney Banks, Daisy Banks, Barnfield and Bishops Hoath Wood have been given village green status which the area is protected from development for posterity. This is the result of a successful 9-year campaign on the part of local Liberal Democrat, Viv Parker, which started when the Daisy Banks were threatened with being sold and built on.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    Our late former Leader Paddy Ashdown argued at the time of the Hong Kong handover that without the added right to live in the UK for those holding British National Overseas (BNO) Passports, Beijing could ignore the Joint Declaration.

    We have a duty to act and protect those we vowed we would.

    In 2020, this is becoming a tragic reality. 'Beijing's new law will trample over the 'one country, two systems' framework, crushing Hong Kong's autonomy.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    With social-distancing rules relaxing in England we are able to start delivering leaflets again, and we want to help people do that.

    That's why the LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team have now produced a Coronavirus Focus template for seats in England - find the answer to all your questions below.

    If you would like to take advantage of the bulk buy print deal or the Royal Mail paid delivery option, you need to complete this form by 5pm, Friday 5th June.

  • UN World Environmental Day
    Article: May 29, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    World Environment Day on Friday 5th June raises awareness on environmental issues and challenges. Local Liberal Democrats have vigorously campaigned to protect Medway's environment and recently have opposed developments on orchards located in Lower Rainham and rural land in Capstone Valley.

    We want to protect these spaces as a vital local asset for everyone and have called on the Council to improve environmental standards in our towns. Adopting a coherent, credible Local Plan would help protect the surrounding environment against developments of this nature, by building on 'brown build' sites as opposed to destroying Green Belt sites.

  • UK Bike Week logo
    Article: May 29, 2020
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells

    Medway Liberal Democrats are supporting UK Bike Week 6th - 14th June, which gives an opportunity to promote the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling around our towns.

    As the UK economy recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 'lock-down' cycling has an even more important role as a healthy and green method of transport. It provides an attractive alternative to car and public transport, enabling social distancing to be fully observed.