Today, Liberal Democrats from across the North of England, including four council leaders, Leader of Bradford Liberal Democrats Jeanette Sunderland, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, and Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby, have written to the Prime Minister stating that the North has been "overlooked by a London-centric government".
The letter calls for a raft measures to be implemented urgently to help stop the spread of the virus across vast swathes of the country.
Some of the measures include:
- Rapidly funding local authorities to enable a local scale-up of the failing test, trace and isolate system
- Increasing support for those who need to self-isolate and cannot work from home
- Expanding furlough support until June 2021
At the latest Bradford Council Regulatory and Appeals Committee as well as other business there were only two planning applications but both were subject to correction after members received their agendas. A replacement site map was sent out for the application to build houses on the former Sun Inn site in Cottingley.
We pay tribute to David Gray, a well known Liberal Democrat councillor and former market trader who has died, at the age of 76. He is remembered fondly by Lib Dem Councillors who served alongside him for his cracking sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to working for local residents.
David Gray served as a Liberal Democrat councillor for Bolton and Undercliffe. He was First elected in 2003 and was re-elected twice more, before retiring in 2014.
Responding to the news the government has ended talks with the EU, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
Responding to reports that the Prime Minister has said it's time to 'get ready' for no deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
The Liberal Democrats today led cross-party opposition to the Government’s Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, calling a vote against the legislation in the House of Commons.
The Bill, which would create a legal basis for certain government bodies to authorise undercover agents to commit crimes in the UK, has given rise to major concerns among MPs and human rights organisations for its breadth and the lack of sufficient limits, safeguards and oversight.
The Liberal Democrats voted against Third Reading this afternoon, but most Conservative MPs backed it and Labour abstained, so the Bill passed by 313 votes to 98.
A Liberal Democrat amendment (Amdt 16) would have restricted the powers in the Bill to the police, the intelligence services, the National Crime Agency and the Serious Fraud Office – in contrast to the Government’s plans to extend them to a much longer list of public bodies including the Environment Agency, the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission and three government departments.
The amendment received cross-party backing from Labour, SNP, Green and Alliance MPs, as well as the Conservatives’ David Davis. However, most Conservative MPs voted against, defeating it 65-311 as Labour abstained.
People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They’ve lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.
We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government’s rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.
Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.
It is now clear the Government ignored calls from experts for a ‘circuit break' short national lockdown. We urge them to reconsider. No one wants to see businesses close again but if this gives time to fix the Test, Trace and Isolate system, it could be a vital step to getting the virus back under control and keeping it under control.
Alongside a circuit break, the Liberal Democrats demand Government take the following steps in order to get a grip on this crisis:
Responding to reports that London will face Tier 2 Covid restrictions from Saturday, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: