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  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Jan 17, 2019
    By Merilyn Canet

    Dear Friends

    As our councillors face 2019, here are three top resolutions for the New Year.

    First, the Local Plan which will shape Sevenoaks for the next 20 years needs to reflect the housing needs for young families, and for the increasing number of older people. That means more affordable family homes, and more purpose designed homes in which older people can support each other. We need both of these so that local families can stay in our community, and to make the best use of the homes we have.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    This is the beginning of the end of Brexit - Vince Cable

    Responding to the crushing 230 vote defeat for the Theresa May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

    This is the beginning of the end of Brexit. With Parliament in deadlock, it is time to to go back to the public

    Labour have finally lodged a no confidence motion, after weeks of failing to do so. I have signed it and the Liberal Democrats will vote against a Conservative Government which is now in meltdown.

    However, a General Election will not offer a way forward for the country so long as Jeremy Corbyn continues to procrastinate, backing Brexit while pretending not to. And while the Conservatives are more divided than ever, they are likely to unite with their friends in the DUP if only to keep themselves in office.

    Jeremy Corbyn must listen to Labour members and MPs, and back a People's Vote on the Government's plan versus staying in the European Union.

  • Article: Jan 9, 2019

    The online petition site, 38 Degrees, has a new petition "Keep Libraries Open in Kent" and invites everyone to add their names. You can read more and sign the petition here:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/kent-library-opening-hours-threatened?bucket=template--8_1_2019_kent_libraries_kick

  • Article: Dec 31, 2018
    Liberal Democrats

    Three crucial months: Vince Cable's New Year Message

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/cable-new-year-message-2018?utm_campaign=newyear_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=libdems

    As we enter 2019, time is ticking down on Brexit, and with it the whole future of the country.

    The history books will look back on these coming three months as critical.
    It is almost unbelievable that Parliament is waiting a further week to return!

  • Bird 2018
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Marian Bowles, Chasey Crawford Usher and other Sevenoaks Teachers

    88% of schools have endured real terms budget cuts since 2015. The average primary school is £52,546 worse off each year; secondary schools on average £178,321. Schools ask for parental contributions, the school week is shorter and teachers face redundancies as Headteachers tackle budget shortfalls.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    A new, detailed poll from Best for Britain, released on 5 December 2018, shows how public opinion has shifted towards Remain trhoughout the country. Sevenoaks and Swanley voted to Leave on 2016 but now has a majority for Remain. The full details are downloadable here.

    In the Referendum, 46.1% voted Remain, but the current figure would be 50.3%.

  • Bird 2018
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Dear Prime Minister

    Your letter to the British people outlines the Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, which I and most British people regard as unsatisfactory. It has taken two years to cover three issues - finance, citizens rights and the Irish border. There is no chance that the much longer list in the Political Declaration will be agreed by December 2020, or even by 2022..

  • Merilyn version 2
    Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Merilyn Canet

    Sevenoaks has gone a long way to do this. Our town runs on the skills of retired people! Many give time and abilities to voluntary organisations, to neighbours, in support to their families, serve on local councils, in schools and in churches.

    We are changing the narrative on retirement and the image of older people. Abolition of a compulsory retirement age helped move things along ten years ago. Many more people now work beyond their 60's. But volunteering has been crucial to Sevenoaks life for much longer. It has improved quality of life for both volunteers and those they serve.