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  • Water Leak
    Article: Aug 13, 2022
    By Bryan Lewis

    Water company bosses should be banned from giving themselves bonuses until they fix leaking pipes. 2.4bn litres of water leak in England every day.

    New figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats found that England's water and sewage company bosses have awarded themselves about £27m in bonuses over the past two years.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.

    The next general election

    With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    We need bold and urgent action to help families pay their bills and heat their homes this winter. There is no other choice.

    Families and pensioners across the country are in the grip of a cost-of-living crisis. We have already seen energy bills rise by £700 this year. They simply cannot afford another, even bigger rise of £1,400 in October.

  • House of Lords
    Article: Aug 4, 2022
    By Bryan Lewis

    There are reports that the Boris Johnson is planning to hand out 20 or more peerages to his supporters when he leaves office. His plan to avoid challenges to the party's legislation is corrupt and fails to understand the basic principles of a second parliamentary chamber.

    David Cameron appointed more peers per year than any other prime minister before him and Boris Johnson is set to do more. This isn't just about appointments, but Johnson's willingness to break rules that don't suit him.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2022
    In The Guardian

    Guardian Money examined prices of popular items at pan-European retailers including Ikea, Apple, JD Sports, and H&M, as well as Zara and Decathlon. It compared prices in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Ireland.

    It found that none of the retailers had generally lower prices in the UK, some, such as JD Sports, had prices broadly similar across Britain and the EU countries but others had prices in the UK that are markedly higher.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2022
    By Bryan Lewis

    Liz Truss was once a passionate Remainer but is now an ardent Brexiter. She was right first time.

    Rishi Sunak was always a Brexiter but from his time as chancellor he should have realised that the Treasury's hostility to Brexit was right all along.

    Neither of them is facing up to the consequences of Brexit and have resorted to promising major tax cuts. They both inhabit a fantasy world while the truth that dare not speak its name in right wing circles is that improvements to public services will not come though tax cuts.

  • Grandparent and grandchild
    Article: Jul 22, 2022
    By Harry Marston

    It is very significant that the Conservative leadership hopefuls chose not to prioritise the climate emergency.

    Why?

    Because the electorate a) Tory MPs b) Tory Party members, don't care sufficiently about the issue.

    Liberal Democrats, and many others, know that this is clearly the most important long-term issue and must be a priority.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2022

    When will the next general election be?

    Sorry, I don't know. But I do know that the range of plausible dates is wide open - from only a couple of months away through to January 2025. And that whenever the date is, we also have a massive round of local elections in May.

    Which is why we need to step up our campaigning, capacity building and planning through the second half of this year. Even if this Parliament goes its full term, the benefits of extra canvassing, member recruitment and training this summer will still be considerable.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2022
    By Bryan Lewis

    With a dozen or so Tory MPs offering themselves as the new Party leader there will be a ballot and the obvious way would be First Past The Post wouldn't it? Quick, simple and easy to understand!

    Hell no. That's for ordinary people in ordinary council and parliamentary elections. Astonishingly, Conservatives who loudly proclaim the merits of FPTP reject it for their internal election.