How we have supported local communities during the Pandemic

Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, Liberal Democrat Councillors in Bradford have been playing our part to help and support members of our community through the crisis. We have worked alongside Bradford Council, local organisations and hundreds of volunteers to support the most vulnerable. Key workers and volunteer have gone above and beyond to support our community. We have complete admiration for all their efforts. 

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Govt must guarantee schools' funding boost isn't at expense of anything else

Responding to news that the Government has announced plans, including a tutoring scheme, to help pupils catch up on lost learning as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 crisis, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

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Govt must regulate big tech companies' use of COVID-19 app data

Responding to reports that the Government is now shifting to a COVID-19 tracing app based on technology provided by Apple and Google, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture Media and Sport spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

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Lib Dems use Urgent Question to challenge Govt on DFID merger

Liberal Democrat International Development spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain has today challenged the Foreign Secretary on the “wrongheaded” decision to merge the Department of International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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In an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, Wendy Chamberlain blasted the Prime Minister’s description of DFID as a “cashpoint in the sky”. She also raised mounting concerns about future funding for DFID projects and the risk of job cuts for current DFID staff in the midst of a public health emergency and economic crisis.

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Lib Dems slam Govt's ÂŁ900k makeover of RAF Voyager as "absurd waste"

Responding to reports that the Government is set to spend ÂŁ900k to repaint RAF Voyager in the colours of the Union Jack flag, Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesperson, Jamie Stone MP said:

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PM must think again on DFID in face of COVID-19 global health emergency

Responding to today's COVID-19 update from the Prime Minister, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

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Govt must go beyond u-turn on free school meals to give every child best start

Responding to the Prime Minister’s u-turn on free school meals, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

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Govt must act to address disproportionate impact of pandemic on BAME communities

Responding to Public Health England’s report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups, which highlighted the adverse effects of the Government’s Hostile Environment policy and ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ rule, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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PM's decision to scrap DFID shows Govt turning its back on most in need

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister will announce later today that the Foreign Office and Department for International Development are set to be merged, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Development Wendy Chamberlain said:

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"Not content with depriving disadvantaged kids of their free school meals, the Prime Minister is now choosing to abolish the department whose job is to support the most vulnerable people around the world.

"UK aid prevents suffering. The Liberal Democrats have always made absolutely clear our unequivocal support for Britain’s role as a world leader in providing aid to those most in need. By working internationally we can achieve so much more than we can alone.

"This decision shows the extent of the Prime Minister’s determination to see the UK turn its back on the world.”

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Govt deliberately moving away from expert advice

Responding to the press conference at Number 10, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

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