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  • LD Plan banner
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat Manifesto was published today - setting out our plan for our Future

    Stop Brexit

    Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

    Tackle the climate emergency

    Tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

    Give every child the best start in life

    Give every child the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

    Build a fairer economy

    Build a fairer economy by providing free childcare from 9 months and giving every adult £10,000 to spend on skills & training throughout their lives.

    Transform our mental health services

    Transform our mental health services by treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

  • Election Broadcast screen
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Changing things isn't easy, but together we can. We can stop Brexit. We can build an economy that works, both for people and for our planet.

  • Justine Rutland
    Article: Nov 16, 2019

    First win of the campaign in Tunbridge Wells - a huge swing to Liberal Democrats from Conservatives in a council by-election on 14th November 2019

    Congratulations to Justine Rutland - new Liberal Democrat councillor.

    The result - Tunbridge Wells - Culverden Ward

    # Party: Votes Cast % of Votes % Change
    1 Liberal Democrats 888 46.7% +14.5%
    2 Conservatives 474 24.9% +0.1%
    3 Womens Equality Party 193 10.2% -15.2%
    4 Independent 180 9.5% +9.5%
    5 Labour 99 5.2% -5.3%
    6 Green 67 3.5% +3.5%
    - UKIP 0 0 -6.9%

    Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative; Labour came 5th!

  • Garet and Alice
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    Gareth Willis is a local user of Sevenoaks Market. He backs the traders' demand that the market be allowed to move out of its drafty car park and into the Market Place.

    All the stall holders have seen business take a knock since Tesco closed - because the number of shoppers in this end of Sevenoaks has dropped.

  • Ukonu and Gravesham LDs 1
    Article: Nov 7, 2019

    At a lively meeting of Gravesham Lib Dem members, Ukonu Obasi began his campaign to become the next MP for Gravesham.

    Ukonu lives in Gravesend. He is a Public Health Specialist with years of experience working in the NHS, local government and the civil service. He has designed and delivered services to improve the health and well being of communities across the country. Currently, he is a Lecturer, training the next generation of Healthcare managers who will run our health system.

  • getviting1
    Article: Nov 3, 2019
    By Tony Clayton

    Best for Britain has published its tactical voting guide. It recommends supporting the Liberal Democrat candidate, Gareth Willis in Sevenoaks.

    The recommendation is based on an MRP poll of 46,000 electors nationwide. It is seen as the most accurate form of polling and predicted both the last election much more accurately than conventional polling and can be seen at the website getvoting.org.

  • Gareth election
    Article: Oct 30, 2019
    By Gareth Willis

    Sevenoaks and Swanley Liberal Democrats believe that we deserve better than Johnson and Corbyn. The General Election has profound choices for the future of Britain.

    What has happened since the 2016 referendum is failure to govern for the good of the country, or address the issues that people really care about. The Conservative government ran out of ideas. It was hijacked by "No Deal" Brexiteers determined to remove us from the EU without a mandate, despite the damage to our economy, society and global status. Labour cannot articulate a position on crucial issues or challenge Boris Johnson and is pursuing an economic model that became outdated in the 70s.

  • Seven in a million ()
    Article: Oct 21, 2019

    We hope that MPs will actually read the Withdrawal Agreement Boris Johnson has brought back from Brussels before they vote on it.

    Compared to the May deal it's much worse. Gone are the legal safeguards against international tax evasion (we wonder why!) and for rules to ensure access to trade in the single market.

    Gone too are genuine guarantees on rights for employees and on environmental standards. And if your job depends on selling services into Europe, you don't get a mention.

    In comes a one way ticket to an Irish border poll, which may explain why nobody in Northern Ireland is keen to vote for it.

    This isn't a deal for a United Kingdom, so how can it unite the country?

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