Lib Dems call on Govt to extend furlough to boost economic recovery

The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to extend the furlough scheme “for all those who need it” until the end of June 2021, to avoid mass unemployment and accelerate the UK’s economic recovery.

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Speaking in Parliament today, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP urged the Government to extend the furlough scheme until mid-2021 as the best way to protect people’s livelihoods and to safeguard the UK’s economic recovery.

Liberal Democrats have warned that the furlough bridge currently doesn’t lead anywhere, with thousands already facing redundancy. As well as extending the furlough scheme, the Party is calling on the Government to invest in a Green Recovery Plan to create new jobs for the future.

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Lib Dems call out PM's "brazen hypocrisy" on rule of law

The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Prime Minister explain his "brazen hypocrisy" given his Government's readiness to break international law with the Internal Market Bill, while expecting “everybody in this country to obey the law."

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The accusation follows an exchange at Prime Minister’s Questions today where Liberal Democrat MP Munira Wilson asked "If Ministers think it is acceptable for this Government to not obey the law, how on earth can the Prime Minister expect the public at home to do so?"

Despite confirmation yesterday from the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis that the proposed Northern Ireland customs legislation "does break international law", the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that he expects "everybody in this country to obey the law."

The Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham has called on the Prime Minister to make a statement clarifying his Government's "precise position" when it comes to upholding the rule of law.

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Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

New Coronavirus measures from 14 September

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Lib Dems condemn Govt for "destroying" UK reputation on the world stage

Responding to comments from the Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis that the proposed Northern Ireland customs rules legislation will “break international law”, Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

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Latest resignation shows damaging consequences of PM's Brexit approach

Responding to news that Sir Jonathan Jones, head of the UK Government’s legal department, has resigned following the Government's decision to introduce legislation which would undermine key aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

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Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Bradford Council COVID-19 statement on local restrictions

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3 in 10 still not being contacted to isolate

Responding to the Government missing its 80% target for a tenth consecutive week, with more than 3 in 10 close contacts of people testing positive for COVID-19 not being contacted, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

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Education Secretary must come clean about what he knew, and when

Speaking after the Chair of Ofqual told MPs today that it was a "fundamental mistake" to believe a controversial algorithm initially used for A-level and GCSE results would "ever be acceptable to the public", Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

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Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Local restrictions

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Bill introduced to give health and care workers right to remain

The Liberal Democrats will today introduce a Bill calling on the Government to offer indefinite leave to remain to foreign nationals currently working in the health and social care sectors.

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Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine, who is moving the Ten Minute Rule Bill, has warned it is unacceptable that people who put their lives on the line during Covid-19 should not be welcome to stay.

The Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support from Labour, Conservative, SNP, Green, Plaid, DUP and Alliance MPs.

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