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    Article: Mar 14, 2021
    By Graham Colley

    Liberal Democrats have welcomed the key protections being introduced today in the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill that would extend the crime of revenge porn to include threats to share intimate images, and widen the ban on cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse in the civil courts.

    Commenting on the amendment outlawing threats to share private sexual images, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: "Revenge porn is a despicable form of abuse. The number of people who have received threats from a partner or ex-partner to share intimate images is truly shocking, and the harm it can cause is appalling.

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    Article: Mar 12, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Graham Colley

    Every 21 March the United Nations raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

    Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of access to green spaces and nature for physical and mental health for those who live alone across our towns, or without access to gardens, balconies, or green space. This is why Medway Liberal Democrats strongly supports the 'International Day of Forests' on 21st March, and this year's theme ' a path to recovery and wellbeing' .

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    Article: Mar 9, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Stuart Bourne

    Local Liberal Democrats strongly support 'Global Recycling Day' on 18th March. Recycling plays an important part of keeping our environment safe and clean across our towns and we have consistently been unequivocal in our support for raising awareness of local environmental issues.

    Last year Liberal Democrats outlined a series of pledges, including a 70% recycling target and proposal to end waste plastic exports by 2030. These measures would be delivered under a Zero-Waste and Resource Efficiency Act and strengthen incentives to reduce packaging and waste sent to landfill and incineration.

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    Article: Mar 8, 2021
    By Medway Liberal Democrats - Alan Wells/Stuart Bourne

    Having looked at the consultation, we are concerned that the environmental proposal lacks detail and is non-committal. We found that the consultation material was "slick" and showed planning naivety in relation to developing a Country Park for the Peninsula.

    An area of concern are details of a new spur "relief" road from a new roundabout on Peninsula Way, which would effectively destroy the western end of Deangate Golf Course and split it in two.

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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".

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    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.