Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC for North Shropshire

Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC for North Shropshire

Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) for North Shropshire by Members at a packed meeting in Wem. Members at a well-attended meeting in Wem voted to select Helen as their PPC.

LIB DEMS CHOOSE DYNAMIC CANDIDATE TO FIGHT ELECTION

Helen Morgan, a Chartered Accountant, mother and community campaigner has been selected by local North Shropshire Liberal Democrat members as their candidate to fight the next General Election. Helen Morgan, who lives with her young family in Harmer Hill works for a prominent North Shropshire business as their accountant.

Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC for North Shropshire
Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC for North Shropshire

Speaking about her selection Helen said:

“I am delighted that members have selected me to be their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election. The General Election could happen in a matter of weeks. Both the Conservative and Labour parties are gripped by crises and infighting.

“Not only is Brexit likely to be a disaster for North Shropshire, it has led to increasing extremism in British politcs, with trust in politicians at a historic low.  Many voters feel that the two main parties of the past century no longer reflect their values.

“We need politicians who will act in the interests of their constituency and country, whose standards of behaviour are civilised, whose motivations are not clouded by personal ambition or financial gain, and whose opinions withstand rational challenge. I can meet these standards, and with the positiive message of the Liberal Democrats, inspire voters of all ages, defend our liberal values and make a difference at a local and national level.

“Under Jo Swinson’s leadership, I believe that the Liberal Democrats are strongly placed to respond to the needs of the country and more locally in Shropshire. Britain rightly demands better than the mess we are in.”

David Walker, Chair of North Shropshire Liberal Democrats, said:

“The Liberal Democrats are surging nationally and locally with booming membership levels following our best ever Local Election and European Election results. In North Shropshire, our membership has grown by over 44% since the beginning of May. In Shropshire, we came 2nd in the European Elections and returned Phil Bennion to the European Parliament.

“In local council by-elections up and down the country Lib Dems are gaining seats with massive swings from the Conservatives. We were leading in one national opinion poll and are consistently now on a par with the old parties. The recent addition of Chuka Umunna and victory in Brecon and Radnorshire shows that the Liberal Democrats are also back in the game at Parliamentary level.

“We are overjoyed to have such a high calibre PPC as Helen to take on the Conservatives at the next General Election. For far too long the electors of North Shropshire have been taken for granted at local and parliamentary level. Helen will allow us to build upon our growth and campaign for the open and fair society we all need and demand.

“People are working hard, paying their taxes, doing their part, and yet, for far far too many people, they’re not able to get a fair wage, afford a home or generally build a good life. That’s not how it should be.

“We will be the voice for millions of voters who feel powerless and frustrated at the direction our country is taking. The Liberal Democrats demand better and will deliver real change. Helen will have a critical role to play in delivering that change.”

Phil Bennion MEP and Helen Morgan at a recent talk to members in Market Drayton
Phil Bennion MEP and Helen Morgan at a recent talk to members in Market Drayton

Farmer and MEP Dr Phil Bennion said:

“I am delighted by Helen’s selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire.

“Brexit has caused the biggest crisis in our politics since the war and a general election this autumn is very possibly the only way we are going to break the impasse which is paralysing our government. Thousands of people who never thought of themselves as political before are now joining us, hundreds in Shropshire alone.

“Helen has experience and commitment and understands the perspective of ordinary North Shropshire people who do not buy into the extreme Brexit ideology for which their current MP has become a high priest.

“I am convinced that Owen Paterson’s faith in a no deal Brexit, which is not what he promised in the two debates I had with him during the referendum, is not shared by a majority of his constituents. They stand to lose so much from local disruption to agriculture and trade.

“With Labour hopelessly split, Helen offers a serious challenge as the leading candidate for Remain.”

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Announcing the new Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Now more than ever, people are crying out for a new vision for our country.

They want an alternative to creeping nationalism and populism. People want a new vision for our country, and only the Liberal Democrats can supply that. That’s why today, we’re announcing our new Shadow Cabinet to stop Brexit.

People want a new vision for our country, and only the Liberal Democrats can supply that.

The Conservatives want no deal Brexit, no matter the cost. Labour is more interested in winning a General Election than remaining in the EU. Only we can be the real alternative our country so desperately needs.

This is a team that’s ready to offer solutions to the big issues people are facing, like rampant inequality, the climate crisis and a cash-strapped NHS. But Brexit has starved these issues of oxygen. And whenever we do head into the next General Election, we’ll do so as the biggest, strongest Remain party. Our new Shadow Cabinet is ready to secure a People’s Vote – and win it.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet

Jo Swinson

Leader

Ed Davey

Chancellor of the Exchequer

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Chuka Umunna

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

International Development

International Trade

Christine Jardine

Home Department

Justice

Women and Equalities

Deputy Chief Whip

Tom Brake

Duchy of Lancaster (prep for No Deal)

Exiting the European Union

Jamie Stone

Defence

Scotland

Vince Cable

Health and Social Care

Layla Moran

Education

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Wera Hobhouse

Climate Change

Environment & Transport

Tim Farron

Housing, Communities and Local Government

Work and Pensions

North of England (Northern Powerhouse)

Alistair Carmichael

Chief Whip

Northern Ireland

Jane Dodds

Wales

Food & Rural Affairs

Catherine Bearder

Europe

Siobhan Benita

London

Willie Rennie

Scotland

Kirsty Williams

Wales

Dick Newby

Leader of Lords

Sal Brinton

President of the Liberal Democrats

Norman Lamb

Chair of Science & Technology Select Committee

Sarah Wollaston

Chair of Health and Social Care Select Committee and Liaison Select Committee

EU citizens need their right to stay guaranteed

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

With every announcement, the government is making clear that they intend to leave the EU without a deal on 31st October – and EU citizens are going to be left in the lurch.

Over the weekend, the government announced that they intend to end Freedom of Movement on October 31st – despite promises from Theresa May’s government that there would be a two-year transition period.

At the moment, there are 3 million EU citizens living in the UK, and 2 million have not yet got Settled Status.

Door-knocking yesterday I met a charming elderly woman.

She was a German national who’s lived here for decades. She had no idea she needed to register for settled status.

Probably tens of thousands in the same situation.

What a slap in the face #Brexit is for ppl like her.

— Tom Brake MP 🔶 (@thomasbrake) August 17, 2019

Service providers, landlords and employers will become responsible for distinguishing between EU citizens who do and do not have Settled Status.

If they don’t have Settled Status, employers could be fined for giving a job to an EU citizen.

If they don’t have Settled Status, landlords could be fined for renting a home to EU citizens.

If they don’t have Settled Status, EU citizens, many of whom work in our NHS, could be charged for accessing healthcare.

“Both the Leave campaign and the Conservative Government promised that their rights would not change after Brexit, but this policy would deprive more than 2 million of their right to NHS care, free at the point of use.” @EdwardJDaveyhttps://t.co/3n9EZLRk05

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) August 14, 2019

This is the UK’s hostile environment policy in action.

The government isn’t kicking out every EU citizen from the UK come October 31st – but they might as well be.

Many EU citizens have lived in the UK for decades, paid their taxes, contributed to their local communities, and made the UK their home.

Nobody should question their right to stay in the UK.

Agree? Back our campaign.

Whittington level crossing closure

David Walker in West Felton

As many people will be aware, but worth repeating for those that don’t, Whittington level crossing closure is happening from the 30th of August to the 9th of September. This was published in the Shropshire Star in July: Shropshire village to be cut in half for 10 days

The closure is to rebuild the level crossing. This is welcome as the crossing certainly isn’t very level for road users. However, the disruption will be significant. The reconstruction of the crossing means a complete closure for 10 days.

Whittington level crossing closure for 10 days for reconstruction works. Diversion route mapWhittington level crossing closure for 10 days for reconstruction works. Diversion route map

The designated diversion route is via Station Road, Holyhead Road to Queens Head, the A5 back up to Whittington Road roundabout and back towards Whittington. This route does present a couple of problems:

  • Its length means many people will take the shorter route via the Orthopaedic and Park Hall.
  • School and service buses (70 / 70A) will need to reroute as well. If these buses follow the designated route it will be a lengthy double back either side of the diversion. Arriva haven’t published online any details of the route changes they want to make. School and service bus disruption isn’t particularly helpful during the first week of the new term. School buses from West Felton to The Marches school stand to be significantly delayed.

The complete closure with run from 10 pm on Friday the 30th of August until 7:30 am on Monday the 9th of September.

Roadworks on A495 Oswestry Road, Whittington, Shropshire https://roadworks.org/?112894856

West Felton PC August meeting

David Walker in West Felton

On Tuesday evening I chaired the August meeting of West Felton parish council. Below is the summary report I have sent to the parish magazine:

With Marion Hesketh on holiday, David Walker chaired the meeting.

With a high number of people away we discussed whether meetings in August were wise. The Clerk said that she could use her time better to manage the back office workload. Most councils don’t meet in August or September. We will look at this again at a future meeting including the need for a good scheme of delegation if this happens. The police weren’t able to attend so we received a report on crimes in the area. There were no other reports from Shropshire Council or any outside bodies or meetings.

On planning matters the Threshing barn at Woolston Road was on the agenda again. In previous months the Parish Council had objected to the design and character in the context of The Mound , moat and church yard and the removal of the footpaths. Last month we received representations from the developer to ask us to consider withdrawing our objections, having altered the design and were protecting the footpaths. We also heard from a resident about the location of a manure heap. We modified our objection to support the application, but asked that Shropshire Council protected the footpaths and the setting of the Mound by condition. This month the application returned with revised drawings, a relocation of the manure heap and more comments from consultees. The resident had withdrawn their object as their concerns had been addressed. So the Parish Council deleted those references from their previous decision. The Council is in favour of the application and still wishes to see the footpaths and the setting controlled by condition.

The Parish Council received updates on the School Expansion project, the Bench at Grimpo, Bus Shelter seating and Smartwater. Notice was received of the overnight closure of two sections the A5 – at Queens Head, and between Mile End and Whittington roundabouts. The closure will be for 2 weeks from the 30th of September starting at 8pm. The diversion will be through West Felton, Whittington and rejoining the A5 north of Gobowen.

Smartwater signage is being upgraded at no cost to the parish. David Walker is meeting Tim Williams on the 21st to help upgrade the signs. Residents had also asked for Smartwater kits and David agreed to take them some kits. If you would like a free kit then please contact the Clerk.


Cllr David Walker, Vice-Chair.

London 2020 : Better with Benita

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

London is a liberal city. Over 250 languages are spoken in the capital, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. As host to one of the largest Pride events in Europe and the biggest carnival outside Rio, London and its residents celebrate diversity and embrace difference.

London is also a Remain city. It is home to a third of all the EU citizens living in the UK and every sector in the capital – from hoteliers to health-workers, builders to bankers – relies on EU migrants to thrive.

So the frustrating conundrum until recently, was why weren’t more Londoners voting for the Liberal Democrats? Well, the European elections have changed all of that.

With our unambiguous, anti-Brexit message, we topped the poll in London, securing three of the eight London MEP seats and winning 16 boroughs outright. It was an unprecedented win for the Liberal Democrats in London. We are now the popular and credible choice for voters across the capital.

And it keeps getter better. Our membership in London continues to surge. More than 5000 Londoners have joined the party since the European elections and our membership currently stands at around 25,000. That’s a massive increase on the 8,000 members that we had in 2016 when we last went into the Mayor of London election.

Something else has changed as well. With a new and dynamic leader, a significant by-election win in Brecon and now two high-profile MPs having defected to us (welcome Sarah!), more and more people have begun to look at the Liberal Democrats – to really look at the Liberal Democrats. Our stop Brexit message continues to gain us support in London but it is not stopping there. Increasingly, voters want to talk to me about other policies like the environment, crime and policing and education. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explain what we stand for. It’s even more wonderful to see so many people realising that the Liberal Democrats represent their values more than any other party.

As the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London in 2020 this is all very exciting indeed. When I was selected in November last year, I already knew that this would be an interesting election for us. Traditionally, our candidates have struggled to cut through, squeezed by two high-profile individuals, one Labour and one Conservative. In this political climate that simply isn’t going to be the case. The Conservatives failed to select a big name for this election. They are running a little known candidate who is also, quite remarkably for someone standing to be Mayor of London, a Brexiter. Our recent analysis shows that a significant proportion of liberal Tories in London, many of whom: are vehemently opposed to Brexit, are not fans of Boris Johnson, voted for us the European elections, can be persuaded to vote for us again in the Mayoralty.

Sadiq Khan, the incumbent Mayor of London has announced that he will run again. Sadiq will be a tough opponent but he is absolutely not unbeatable. Having failed to reduce knife crime, having failed to deliver Crossrail, having failed to tackle homelessness, his popularity has been steadily declining. In a recent YouGov poll, Sadiq’s satisfaction ratings were negative for the first time, with only 32% of Londoners saying they were satisfied with his performance, compared to 33% who were dissatisfied.

Sadiq Khan has not delivered a new vision for London.

In addition, Sadiq has not delivered a new vision for London. Unlike Mayors before him, he hasn’t delivered any recognisable improvements or innovations during his time in City Hall. And his association with Corbyn’s anti-Semitic Labour is also losing him the support of many moderate Labour voters across the capital.

This all means that as we look ahead to the Mayoral election in May next year, we do so knowing that we can run a winning campaign. I am delighted to be supported by a fantastic and diverse list of London Assembly candidates, headed by the superb Caroline Pidgeon.

I also have an amazing core team, including Anood Al-Samerai (Campaign Director) and Chris Maines (Chief of Staff) who are working with an ever-expanding team of volunteers from across London. Using the richest data that we have ever had in London about voting intentions we are building a fantastic “ground war” team and strategy. I am already incredibly grateful to everyone from the 31 local parties in London who is helping out in some way or another.

We held our first phone banking session for the London campaign on the 13 August and I was blown away by the number of people who attended. We also have a truly awesome group of communication professionals who are working on everything from social media, to marketing and messaging.

I want to be the Mayor of London because I believe we can create a better, kinder capital

In parallel, we are developing our London manifesto. For better or worse, I’m convinced that the Mayoral election is won on personality and values as much as it is on good policy and our liberal values will certainly feature prominently in the campaign. But the reason I want to be the Mayor of London is that I believe we can create a better, kinder capital, one in which no child feels so scared that have to carry a knife. One is which the air we breathe is not a silent killer. An affordable, equal city that supports aspiration, is the global capital of business and innovation and the world leader in wellbeing. Our policies will encompass these objectives and I welcome ideas as we develop the final manifesto.

The scale of the London 2020 operation is immense, reflecting the scale of our ambition. A stunning result in London will have a huge impact on the party as a whole. To achieve everything that we know we can do, I need the support of as many members as possible. If you would like to get involved in any way at all – even if you are not entirely sure what that help might be – then please contact me at Siobhan@londonlibdems.org.uk.

Or via the website at:

Volunteer now

Every single Tuesday evening, we are making calls from the London office to recruit more campaigners and win more votes. If you can join us in August, sign up here:

You can also donate to our £20 for 2020 crowd funder:

Donate now

In the meantime, please do follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page. The more activity I have on social media, the better!

Facebook

Twitter

I look forward to seeing you all on the London campaign trail.

Sal Speaks

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Congratulations to Jane Dodds and the Welsh Lib Dems for the brilliant result in Brecon and Radnorshire! Thank you to everyone of you who helped, both by appearing in the constituency to knock on doors and deliver leaflets, and for those who phoned, helped with admin tasks from a distance too. Jane is already showing that she will be an exceptional MP, joining Jo Swinson’s parliamentary party.

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Sal with Jane and team in Ystradgynlais during the campaign

And Jo has made her presence felt with vigour since she won the Leadership election: it’s so obvious that she is providing the real opposition to Boris Johnson both in and out of Parliament.

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Jo has been clear that we need to work together with other parties and politicians who share our views on fighting for a People’s Vote and for Remaining in the EU. We thank Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Green Party for standing back for us in Brecon & Radnorshire.

And it’s absolutely brilliant that Sarah Wollaston MP joined us this week! Sarah is an impressive and parliamentarian and person, a huge advocate for Britain remaining in the EU – and I’m hopeful that even more Remain-supporting MPs will make the Lib Dems their new home.

Given the actions of Boris Johnson in the short time since he became Prime Minister, the Federal Party (with the support of the States Candidates Chairs) has triggered the candidate arrangements for a snap general election. The States Candidates Chairs will be working with local parties (and the regions in England) to ensure that in the event that a General Election is called our candidates are in place and ready.

And this is even more important than in 2017 because our position in opinion polls has remained high at 20%+. This means we will be fighting many more seats to win, and we will need everyone to help!

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In the meantime, the absent MP for Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara, has indicated that he will stand down at the beginning of September and call a by-election. Our excellent candidate, Laura Gordon, is ready with the brilliant Sheffield Hallam team and needs your help now. If you are one of our newer members and want to learn how to help in an election, jump on a train to Sheffield and join Laura’s team for a day. I’ve been campaigning with Laura for the last year and a half, and she is excellent! This is a seat we can win, and we need to pull out all the stops right now!

Finally, if you are taking a holiday in August, I wish you well and hope you returned refreshed. We will return in September to a febrile political scene where our new Prime Minister is threatening unconstitutional methods to get a no-deal Brexit through. The Liberal Democrats are going to fight to stop him, and I believe we can! Let’s do it together.

Trump or Johnson: who said it?

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

There are plenty of similarities between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery – maybe it’s Johnson’s way of sucking up for that trade deal. Which probably makes him the only person in the country looking forward to chlorinated chicken.

In fact, in a speech a while, Trump said “they call [Johnson] Britain Trump and people are saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there.”*

*poll after poll has found that British people definitely do not like him.

Trump’s administration has been open in how much they want Johnson’s no-deal. They can’t wait for American corporations to get their hands on our NHS and flood our supermarkets with low-quality produce.

Anyway, another one of those similarities is their history for remarks ranging from dodgy to flat-out bigoted. So here’s our challenge to you: Trump or Johnson, who said it?

Get the latest on Sheffield Hallam

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Coming straight off the back of the Brecon and Radnorshire campaign, we launched our election campaign for Sheffield Hallam at the weekend, with more than 100 people who joined us to knock on doors, deliver leaflets, and help with clerical work in the office.

It seems like promising Lib Dem by-elections are like buses – you wait for a long time and then two come along at once!

We have a serious opportunity to win here – and get another Liberal Democrat MP elected.

What’s going on?

A few weeks ago, the current MP, Jared O’Mara, announced on Twitter that he was going to be resigning as MP when Parliament returned in September.

Whilst we have no guarantee a by-election will be going ahead until he actually resigns, we are working hard to make sure that we have the best possible chance of winning the seat if he does.

And we have a serious opportunity to win here – and get another Liberal Democrat MP elected.

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg used to be the MP for Sheffield Hallam, and we just lost the seat in 2017 to Labour.

All but one council seat is Liberal Democrat.

Every other party is miles behind us.

But even though we are winning again nationally, there is a strong Yorkshire Labour force in Sheffield Hallam. So we need to make sure we can match their efforts, campaign hard in the seat, and win.

Who is the candidate?

Laura Gordon is the Liberal Democrat candidate in Sheffield Hallam, and she is the definition of a local champion.

She has spent her life running humanitarian aid programmes in Africa and the Middle East – supporting refugees and communities affected by disease and drought.

She was an instrumental part in stopping Sheffield Council from cutting down thousands of trees, including war memorial trees dedicated to local soldiers who fought in WWI.

She ran a successful campaign to keep the local NHS walk-in centre open.

And she has been supporting constituents in resolving local issues while the MP has not been here.

Laura has three main priorities that she will fight for if elected:

  • Protect and securing more funding and support for education, particularly special needs education
  • Tackle the climate emergency, and ensure it receives the primacy and attention it needs from politicians to reverse the harmful direction we are moving in
  • Stop Brexit

This campaign is a chance to show that we are winning again – and we are taking seats off of both Labour and the Conservatives.

Campaigning against Labour

The current MP, due to illness, hasn’t been able to fulfil the obligations of an MP, attend Parliament or help his constituents – and as a result, he has announced he is standing down as MP.

And the new candidate that Labour has put up is another Corbyn supporter. It’s clear Corbyn’s Labour just aren’t pushing to keep Britain in the EU.

This campaign is a chance to show that we are winning again – and we are taking seats off of both Labour and the Conservatives. It is a chance to show that there is an alternative to Jeremy Corbyn’s dithering and Boris Johnsons determination to force us off the cliff edge of no deal.

How you can help

There are a few different ways we need your help.

Come to Sheffield Hallam

Come to the by-election HQ any day from 10am-7pm. There will be canvassing, delivery and clerical work to do from the office every day, and we are holding action days every weekend. You can find the address of our office and RSVP at the link below:

RSVP to join us

Make calls

If you can’t make it to the seat then please try and make some calls. Our phone bank is now up and running and you can find the latest phone bank code here:

Make Calls

If you’ve never made calls for the Lib Dems before, head to Lib Dem Phone Campaigners to find out more and get set up

Donate

We need to raise as much as we possibly can to start spending as soon as possible. You can contribute to our Sheffield Hallam campaign, and to the Shetland campaign, by heading to the link below.

Donate now

Thank you!

We must work together to stop no deal

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

People are fed up of seeing politicians arguing for things that put their party’s interest above the country. We have to come together to prevent Boris Johnson crashing us out the EU without a deal. I’m proud of the work that the Liberal Democrats have done with MPs from all parties and none to make stopping Brexit a real possibility.

I have made several suggestions of a way forward. From amending legislation that already exists to new laws, or an emergency government led by the two most experienced MPs in the House of Commons.

Jeremy Corbyn’s demand to lead any emergency government shows that he’s only willing to oppose no-deal on his own terms.

But for this to happen, red lines drawn up to suit personal ambition have to be cast aside. We called on Jeremy Corbyn to table a motion of confidence before the summer recess. He failed to do so. His demand to lead any emergency government, even if he could command the numbers to do so, shows that he’s only willing to oppose no-deal on his own terms.

Fortunately, there are other alternatives. I’d be more than happy to support, for example, Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman as a caretaker Prime Minister. Across their careers, they have always made an effort to build bridges between parties, not burn them. They have the experience and the connections necessary to navigate these difficult times.

I know that we can stop Brexit. I know that we can stop Boris Johnson’s plan to trash our country to ensure his party’s survival. But this is bigger than any one politician. There is no time for personal ambition and the sooner some MPs in the Commons realise this the better.

We can stop a no deal Brexit

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

In just eleven weeks, however, our country faces an immediate crisis: crashing out of the EU without any deal. The most cavalier and catastrophic of Brexits: putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs , public services including our NHS , and even our national security.

So in this moment of national emergency, I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government.

Despite saying that No Deal was a million to one chance, that is clearly the destination Boris Johnson is headed towards.

He was prepared to say anything in his selfish quest to become Prime Minister at all costs. And there will be costs. Because let’s be frank – a no deal Brexit is an utterly irresponsible pursuit.

No decent public servant should even contemplate risking that level of damage to our country.

A no deal Brexit will be a bad deal for our public services and our economy.

So bad that we’ll have to stockpile medicines, accept food shortages, and spend taxpayers’ money bailing out otherwise healthy businesses.

Read the full text of the speech here.