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    Article: May 1, 2019
    By Tom Morris

    Local elections should give voters an effective voice in how their community is run. For thousands of people that's not happening. For many there isn't even a vote.

    This year over 200 parish, town and District councillors were elected unopposed - right here. Thousands are denied a choice in who makes vital decisions about their local area.

  • Candidates 2019
    Article: Apr 30, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats lineup for Sevenoaks Town:

    Sevenoaks Eastern

    Tony Clayton, Elizabeth Purves, Ed Waite, Tom Morris,

    Sevenoaks Northern

    Merylin Canet, Ed Waite, Claire Shea, Victoria Granville Baxter,

    Sevenoaks Town & St Johns

    Gareth Willis, Lise Michaelides, Tom Morris

    Sevenoaks Kippington

    Doreen Kinsler

  • Ilona Palmer-Sterling
    Article: Apr 25, 2019
    By Iola Palmer-Sterling

    Exam season is not only stressful for students, it can also put a strain on the whole family. As parents, it can be hard to know what is the best way to offer some additional support for your children,so here are five ways that you can help relieve some of the pressure.
1. Set aside time each week to help them. Some young people might like help being tested on the information they've learnt, or from going over a practice essay they've done. Others might just prefer to go on a short walk with you to get out the house.
2. Help them learn how to revise. This is crucial, as learning is a very individual process and it can be discouraging if a person feels as if they're putting in 100% and not seeing results. If you're not sure of different revision techniques then there are plenty of YouTube videos that cover this topic.
3. Gently encourage them to revise. Nagging will only cause friction, resentment and often discourage revision. A good way to subtly motivate them can be taking them to buy a few items of stationary, this won't cost a fortune but might make the prospect of revising slightly less boring!
4. Make sure family time doesn't revolve around revision. Whilst it's tempting to keep asking about how their revision is going at mealtimes and other family events, this can often add to the stress that they're already under, try to limit the amount of time you spend talking about exams.
5. Encourage them to get enough sleep and exercise. Although cramming works for a lucky few, it is not a suitable technique for the vast majority of us, with both sleep and exercise proven to be pivotal in regards to performance.

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    Article: Apr 25, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    The funding system for Social Care since 2016 - adding an extra £100 to £150 to most Council Tax bills - happened by accident. Teresa May's idea for a tax collapsed during the last election, and was replaced in a hurry.

    A promised White Paper setting out long term policy is two years overdue, a Brexit casualty. The cash helps, but a permanent solution is needed.

  • Marguerita and Merilyn
    Article: Apr 25, 2019
    By Merllyn Canet

    The rising level of alcohol related crime must be related to the level of excessive alcohol abusers , about 3.2million people in UK.
    Alcohole is involved in 25% of accidents , 30% of hospital admissions are alcohol related and 5% of suicides.
    We think that this serious level of addiction to a commonly and legally available substance is a medical and a social problem. How does it help to criminalise some behaviour such as drinking in public places ? Surely it merely moves the alcohol drinking into the home where it can be responsible for 1/3 of domestic violence. Half of families have one or more alcohol abusers in them, a massive problem.
    There needs to be better access to treatment centres and more mental health care. These are areas of the NHS that are being cut or reduced.
    Pubs are closing where some level of control was exercised. The increase in opening hours , taxes and other overheads have pushed publicans out of business. Now it is easy and cheap to buy alcohol from supermarkets so no social restraint is needed, your friends and neighbours need never know that your drinking is out of control and that you need help urgently.
    Loneliness and social isolation is prevalent in our society so " drowning your sorrows "might seem like a good idea. Older people may be doing this more and reducing their healthy eating because it is too much bother, leading to malnutrition.
    Liberal Democrats would look at this alcohol use in a more holistic way with education , treatment centres and friendlier places to meet with alternative drinks available. Many younger people are already making these changes in their behaviour, they want to able to drive safely.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    Carol Cadwalladr's TED talk summarises the challenge facing everyone who believes in Liberal Democracy.

    "This is no longer about left or right, leave or remain, Trump or not, it's about whether it is any longer possible to hold free and fair elections.

    And I don't think it is. This is what happens when 100 year old electoral law is disrupted by technology.

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    Article: Apr 11, 2019
    By Tom Morris

    On June 24th 2016, my fiancée woke up, turned on her phone and swore. The United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. That day, I joined the Liberal Democrats.

    Almost three years later, I am still a member. Writing this at end March, it is no clearer how or even whether we plan to depart from the EU. Whatever the decision, it will take decades to deal with its full ramifications.

    There is a danger that we have become immune to this confusion. Rather than face the chaos of Brexit head on, many have opted to ignore it.

    People are also put off by fanatics. The binary options of remain and leave do not offer a middle ground. This has left many feeling lost, unengaged and disenfranchised.

    However, large groups of people now interact with politics on a daily basis. What's more, their interest has spread beyond our membership of the EU.

    That's because Britain's vote to leave was never just about our relationship with Europe. In fact, most polls before the referendum showed that people were far more focused on austerity, the NHS and immigration.

    But the Leave campaign harnessed these concerns and made Brexit seem like a solution. The tragedy is, these issues will remain in place after Brexit. In many cases, Brexit will make them worse.

    Since 2016, masses of people, young and old, have realised this. And it has driven them to act. In the last two years, both Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have reported increases in party membership of over 20,000. What's more, these are normal people getting involved, not career politicians.

    The desire to see real change from representatives of our own community has never been stronger. Local elections on May 2nd are your chance to make that happen.