• Merilyn at Sevenoaks Hospital
    Article: Jul 15, 2018
    By Merilyn Canet

    Government has had two years from the referendum to agree what Brexit to ask for. After cabinet resignations and party splits in mid July the outcome is still not clear. How can people running real businesses and living real lives prepare while the chaos continues?

    But some big challenges for people are clear, and councils can help.

  • Jess Clayton
    Article: Jul 5, 2018
    By Jess Clayton

    22 million votes were 'wasted' in the 2017 general election, a striking figure ahead of national democracy week. It becomes increasingly clear that our current electoral system is not one that encourages democratic participation. Proportional representation is the fairest way to ensure that when people turn up to the ballot box, their vote genuinely has an impact.

  • Jim Morgan (James Morgan)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018
    By Jim Morgan - Edenbridge Liberal Democrats

    In the June 29th Kent and Sussex Courier an article called "Council refuses to reveal Brexit's impact on Kent" was published. This article refers to the stirling work being done by Rob Bird (Leader of the Opposition at KCC) to get information on the impact of BREXIT on Kent.

    KCC have been evaluating what the impact of BREXIT will be on Kent. This is very good as at least someone is looking to the future rather than hoping it will all work out OK. Last year there was an analysis of the impact on Dover of leaving the EU, by Dover Operations. The prospect is a repetition of Operation Stack on a daily basis.

  • Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Tony Clayton

    The precedent for this has been set. By overwhelming agreement of most political parties the voting age for Scotland's independence referendum was set at 16. The case for change was that this decision would affect everyone's future - and the young have more at stake than anyone else.

    Over 75% of 16 and 17 year olds turned out to vote, knocking on the head the old myth that young people are not interested in politics. Given the chance, they certainly are.

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    Article: Jun 26, 2018
    By Tony Clayton and Merilyn Canet

    In 2017 Sevenoaks commuters were promised big improvements to rail services: transfer of Metro services starting from Sevenoaks to Transport for London, to give us Oyster / contactless fares, staff at minor stations, better customer service and information completing the four year London

    Bridge rebuild with more reliable trains, and a regular timetable, new fast services from Otford to London and Maidstone, providing extra capacity by December 2018.

  • Sevenoaks Lib Dem Councillors 2018
    Article: Jun 11, 2018
    By Pam Walshe, for Sevenoaks Liberal Democrat Councillors

    Liberal Democrats are very clear - the whole point of being a councillor is to represent your community. That's what the job is about, and it's much more important than following a party line or loyalty to a group.

    Being an effective representative means you have to work hard to keep in touch with a range of local opinions, and to balance competing views. Sometimes residents can disagree quite vocally and you have to weigh up whether you are being lobbied by a truly representative voice.

  • Merilyn with Lorry
    Article: Jun 8, 2018
    By Merilyn Canet

    Sites with dangerous levels of air pollution have increased by 25 per cent in just one year according to figures released by Kent County Council.

    At May's full council meeting, Cllr Antony Hook, Kent Liberal Democrats' spokesperson for economic development, asked Cllr Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for strategic commissioning and public health, how many locations in the county have failed to meet recommended or legal standards of air quality levels.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jun 8, 2018
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at KCC

    The Government's latest proposal for a backstop 'Temporary Customs Arrangement' post Brexit does nothing to help maintain the continued frictionless movement of freight through Kent and the Channel Ports after Brexit.

    The proposal is focussed almost entirely on the desire to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is understandably a red line in the Brexit negotiations; even so, the proposal may be rejected by EU negotiators in Brussels.