Tories must "wake up to reality" and do the right thing on Free School Meals

Responding to comments from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, speaking on today's Andrew Marr show, suggesting that the Government will not change its position on Free School Meals, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said:

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Apperley Bridge Station Update

We have had a fair number of enquiries about the unauthorised encampment at the station, which should have been removed by now.

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Image source: Mtaylor848.

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PM's failure to listen to scientists has made family Christmas less likely

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister's "ambition" is for people to celebrate Christmas with their families, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

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Lib Dems push for expansion of Hong Kong citizenship offer

A Liberal Democrat Bill to grant all Hong Kong Citizens a pathway to UK citizenship and ā€œstrengthen the UKā€™s historic bond with the people of Hong Kongā€ is scheduled to have its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons today.

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The Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael, Chair of the APPG on Hong Kong and Patron of Hong Kong Watch, would create a route to UK citizenship for all Hong Kongers.

By expanding British National Overseas (BNO) status to all Hong Kongers, the Bill goes well beyond the Conservative Governmentā€™s current citizenship commitments, which extend only to specific groups currently eligible to claim BNO status.

The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Home Officeā€™s ā€œdeceptiveā€ claim that the cost of a five-year visa for Hong Kongers will be just Ā£250, as the true figure will be well over Ā£3000 once the Immigration Health Surcharge is taken into account.

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Apperley Bridge and Holme Wood deemed "future growth locations"

As reported in the Telegraph & Argus, two areas of Bradford have been identified as "future growth locations" by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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Tracing failures shows Hancock needs to overhaul test and trace

Responding to figures released showing that the Test and Trace system has had its lowest weekly figure since the scheme began, with less than 60% of people in England reached in the week ending 14 October, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

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Economic support plans made "on the hoof" are failing millions

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Chancellor of "making up plans on the hoof" when it comes to financial support for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. Responding to the Chancellor's statement in the House of Commons today, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Buck Mill Bridge Repair Delay

If you are not already aware the bridge has been closed because of safety concerns. We have learned that the repairs may not be done for as long as six months! This is clearly unacceptable and we are asking for an urgent response from council officers.

** UPDATE **

It has now been a week since we asked the Council to step up and repair this bridge and we have had no response! Please add your name to our petition to help keep up the pressure for action:

https://www.bradfordlibdems.org.uk/repair_buck_bridge_now

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Govt must stop playing politics with lives and livelihoods

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement that Manchester will face tier 3 restrictions from Friday, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

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Lib Dems secure Govt commitment to publish test and trace agreement with police

Today, Liberal Democrat Peer Paul Scriven has secured a commitment from Health Minister Lord Bethell to publish the agreement between the Government and police chiefs over the decision to share test and trace data.

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This follows the Health Secretary's refusal to make the Memorandum of Understanding public when Liberal Democrat Health and Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson asked him to just yesterday.

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