Record high hate crimes must be combatted

The Liberal Democrats are calling on anyone "with the privilege of a public platform – including Government Ministers" to "condemn the irresponsible and divisive rhetoric that inflames hatred", as new official figures show hate crimes have risen to a new record high.

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The Home Office figures, released today, show that:

  • 105,090 hate crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2019-20 – a new record high.
  • There was a particularly big increase in hate crimes against LGBT+ people, with a 19% year-on-year increase in sexual orientation-based hate crimes and an 18% increase in transphobic hate crimes.
  • There was a big spike in the number of racially- and religiously-motivated hate crimes in June and July 2020.
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Rising unemployment shows Chancellor must do more

Responding to the statistics released this morning showing that unemployment has reached 4.5%, the highest level in over three years, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Update on new Government COVID Tier System

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PM has failed the north of England and the whole country

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement of new coronavirus guidelines, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

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Tories must stop dragging their feet on ethnicity pay gaps

The Liberal Democrats are calling on Conservative Ministers to “stop dragging their feet” and require large employers to publish their ethnicity pay gaps, as new figures released today from the Office for National Statistics show that, on average, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and certain mixed-race groups are paid 15% less than white people.

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Morrisons 5 Lane Ends / Girlington moving to 24-hour opening

Morrisons at 5 Lane Ends and Girlington has submitted an application to extend their license to sell alcohol 24 hours a day as part of plans to extend opening hours.

The reason for the change is given as "Morrisons believes that moving forward, there will be significant customer demand to shop through the night in order that customers may maintain social distancing and the company is therefore seeking the variation to allow customers to shop when they feel most comfortable".

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Sunak's offer does not go far enough

Responding to the Chancellor's announcement that those who work for firms forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions are to get two-thirds of their wages paid for by the Government, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Help us build a fairer, greener, more caring future

This is an incredibly difficult time for people. Right across our country, coronavirus has caused enormous upheaval and uncertainty.

Too many have lost loved ones. Too many have lost their livelihoods.

In many ways, this crisis has amplified pressures in our communities that have for too long been ignored. That must change.

Ed Davey spent the last month as Lib Dem leader touring the country, meeting people and listening to their problems and fears, hopes and dreams.

You can see what he learned and meet some of the people he met in our new video:

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Slow economic growth reinforces need for furlough extension

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend furlough as new figures reveal growth in August was slower than the expansion seen in both June and July. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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GP practices are still there for anyone who needs them

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, GP practices are still there for anybody who needs them.

Doctors, nurses and all healthcare staff have been fantastic in recent months and we owe them our thanks. However, we have had some reports of people not being able to access the care they need, which local Lib Dem Councillor, Alun Griffiths, who was a GP until August this year, wanted to address in this video:

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