Lib Dems – best elections results for 15 years

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Now all the counts are it is official. The Liberal Democrats have secured their best set of election results for 15 years.

We held every single Council and Mayoralty we were defending including, Eastleigh, South Lakeland, Sutton, Cheltenham and Watford.

And we took control of Richmond, South Cambridgeshire, Three Rivers and Kingston-upon-Thames.

Topping it off, we’ve gained seats across the country in Hull, Liverpool, Cambridge, Sunderland, Gosport, Merton, Portsmouth, Sheffield, St Albans, Winchester, Bolton, Barnsley (electing our first councillor in eight years with a massive majority!) and Haringey and in many, many more!

Read the full break down here:

https://www.libdems.org.uk/local-elections-18

Happy Birthday

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The Liberal Democrats have just turned 30 celebrating their founding on the 3rd of March.

Today we stand strong, with 100,000 members, right across the UK and once again, we’re setting out the bold ideas needed to build a strong, Liberal Britain:

✔︎ An exit from Brexit.
✔︎ a new deal for social care.
✔︎ a new deal for schools.
✔︎ a new deal for services.

And a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

 

NHS Crisis: put 1p on tax to save NHS

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Our recent party political broadcast on the NHS has been included above.

Norman Lamb talking about the NHS crisis and our plans to properly fund the NHS:

 

Read more about our plans for the NHS here:
https://www.libdems.org.uk/health

5 reasons why we love the NHS

We love our NHS, but we all know it’s heavily underfunded and desperately needs more money. We have set up a cross-party commision to make sure that politics is taken out of the NHS, that it is properly funded including for mental health, and that the NHS becomes fully integrated National Health and Social Care Service.

We sometimes forget that we have such a great health care system in place, so here are 5 reasons we love our NHS.

1. Saving lives
The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years, A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

2. Value for money
Despite the fact that the UK spends relatively little on the NHS, the healthcare service has proven to be both effective and efficient. US healthcare consistently ranks lower than the UK services, yet Americans spend twice the amount on healthcare. Per capita the difference is even more drastic: US healthcare costs £7,627 and offers less comprehensive coverage, whereas the NHS costs only £2,892 per person and reaches the entire population. Although the NHS is chronically underfunded, it delivers one of the most acclaimed healthcare systems in the world.

3. Universal care, free at the point of use
The NHS was founded on the principle of universal healthcare, free at the point of use. The Liberal Democrats helped to establish the UK’s welfare system, with universal healthcare as a lynchpin. 70 years on, the NHS continues to adhere to the principle of comprehensive health care based on clinical need rather than the ability to pay.

4. Largest employer
As well as saving lives, the NHS provides many of us with a career and livelihood. The healthcare provider is the largest employer in the UK and the fifth largest worldwide. With a workforce of 1.2 million, many of us have made a career for ourselves within the NHS.

5. Specialist care
The NHS provides some of the highest quality healthcare in the world with experts specialising in a variety of fields. Some of the most groundbreaking medical milestones have been achieved by NHS doctors: the NHS pioneered in vitro fertilisation in 1977, performed the first successful kidney transplant in 1960, and the first heart transplant in 1968.