New Privacy and Fair Processing Notices

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Specifically, the Privacy Policy and a set of Fair Processing Notices (FPN). Both are vital to telling people how we will use, store and collect their data. This is a major milestone in our preparations for GDPR. All information gathered under the new legal notices will be compliant.

You can view the notices and related guidance here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/privacy-advice

An online webinar covering the specifics of the notices has been arranged for Thursday 10th May from 6.00pm. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8679668325408153603

Amendments to the legislation have meant publishing has taken longer than hoped. For our lawyers and the Project Team, it’s meant some late nights.

Now is the time to start adding a suitable version of the new FPN wherever you are gathering information. Be this online, in emails or on leaflets. The next step is the reconsent campaign, asking email recipients to opt-in to receiving communication. You will receive advice on this shortly.

For parties using Nationbuilder or Prater Raines websites, the information will be auto-updated. However, if your local party is on a different system then please let us know at help@libdems.org.uk immediately.

Single Market defeat sends a clear message

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

The Government have received their eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth defeats in the House of Lords during the Report stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

A vote on an amendment to ensure our future interaction with EU law and agencies was passed by a cross-bench majority of 298 to 227

A further vote on an amendment to remove the exit date from the bill passed by a cross-bench majority of 311 to 233.

And finally, an amendment that would keep Britain in the single market passed with a cross-bench majority of 245 to 218

These votes were a victory for common-sense.

Of course if the UK wishes to remain in specific agencies, such as Euratom, it should be able to. This allows us to replicate EU law and means that we can continue our role in any agency that we wish to if it is of obvious benefit.

The Government needs to swallow its pride and keep the benefits of being in European agencies.

Furthermore, the victory on the single market amendment sends a clear message to those sat around the Cabinet table that Parliament won’t just sit back while Theresa May leads us towards a hard Brexit.

245 Peers from all parties and none have voted to stay in the Single Market and protect the UK economy, defeating a Government hell-bent on pursuing ideology over prosperity.

Decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal is reckless and short-sighted

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Trump’s decision to scrap US participation in the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and short-sighted.

The deal is far from perfect, but it is better to work with our partners to make changes than to pull out altogether and risk heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Trump’s careless actions serve as another reminder of the enormous value of our EU partners.

Iran has signalled that it is willing to consider upholding its end of the nuclear deal if other partners remain party to the agreement.

Boris Johnson’s attempts to reason with Trump fell on deaf ears, but together with our EU partners, it is possible that the Iran nuclear deal can be upheld and an escalation in tensions can be avoided.

Oswestry Maternity Unit Saga Drags on

David Walker in West Felton

Residents, parents, local Conservatives, Lib Dems & Greens continue to express outrage as the ongoing Oswestry Maternity Unit saga drags on. After a prolonged closure due to staff shortages at Telford – when expectant and recovering mothers were expected to use Telford or Wrexham units instead – we are now into a new set of more temporary closures. This ran for several months last year.

Whilst these suspensions are more than just frustrating for the parents they may also be a cynical ploy to run the service down to the point where the Midwife-Led Units close. Repeated suspensions aren’t good for parent’s peace of mind at critical times of pre and post-natal care. Parents rightly expect to plan ahead and this mess can’t continue. MLUs should be open 24/7.

Oswestry Maternity Unit Saga Drags on. David outside the Oswestry Maternity Unit said: "Parents rightly expect to plan ahead and this mess can’t continue. MLUs should be open 24/7"
David outside the Oswestry Maternity Unit said: “Parents rightly expect to plan ahead and this mess can’t continue. MLUs should be open 24/7”

SaTH is seeking people’s views on temporary suspensions, and whether rotating 4-week suspensions of inpatient services is a ‘Good’ solution to the staff shortages problem.

If you are on Facebook and you haven’t signed up to follow the Save Oswestry Maternity Unit page then I would urge you to sign up and support the campaign to keep the MLU open 24/7.

Oswestry Maternity Unit saga drags on. David Walker marshalling at the 2nd march against closures last year
Marshalling at the 2nd march against closures last year

Plastic roads: Are they the answer

David Walker campaigning for Wheelie bins collections for plastic recyclables

Plastic Roads: are they the answer to pothole and plastic problems? I think they are. Shropshire Council can recycle more, save money, repair more roads and prevent potholes appearing.

David Walker, campaigning for better recycling and reuse of plastics thinks plastic roads may well be an answer for that and our pothole problems and wants Shropshire Council to investigate it
David Walker, campaigning for better recycling and reuse of plastics thinks plastic roads may well be an answer for that and our pothole problems and wants Shropshire Council to investigate it

Cumbria County Council thinks they are the answer. They successfully completed trials in the use of recycled plastics to build long-lasting and stronger roads. Liberal Democrats run Cumbria council as part of a Joint administration.

 

Plastic Roads: Are they the answer?

Plastic waste that doesn’t normally have a recyclable use is heated to turn it back into the oil that it was made from. This oil can then be used to replace the bitumen used to bind the aggregates of an asphalt road together.

If recycled plastic can cut costs and the use of fossil fuels to create bitumen, produce stronger longer lasting roads, stop plastic going to landfill and reducing our plastic waste problems, then we really should be pushing hard to use plastic roads. In the long run, we should be taking plastic out of the equation entirely. Until then we have to recycle more of the plastic which has already been made.

Did you know?

  • Between 1950 and 2015 only 9% of 6.3bn tonnes of plastic made has been recycled;
  • Only 44% of plastic bottles are recycled;
  • Only 12% of household waste is reprocessed;
  • Roads comprise of about 90% rocks, limestone & sand for strength & grip, and 10% bitumen made from crude oil to bind it together;
  • Oil from recycled plastic pellets are used to replace the bitumen;
  • Pellets are made from household, commercial and farm waste;
  • Most commercial waste & 70% of farm waste goes to landfill or is incinerated.
  • 500m of road offsets 500,000 plastic bottles or 8000,000 carrier bags

If you would like to know more about Green Liberal Democrats and what they are doing to promote Green issues please have a look at their website and consider joining them.

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 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

Fantastic night for the Liberal Democrats

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

On Thursday, England went to the polls in the local elections – and going in the pundits weren’t exactly predicting a great night for us:

Net seat changes prediction from @StephenDFisher at Oxford (and also of the GE exit poll team):

CON +8

LAB +131

LD -83https://t.co/wzhjyaUwi6pic.twitter.com/5QxOtforCy

— Number Cruncher Politics (@NCPoliticsUK) May 2, 2018

But we’ve defied the pundit’s expectations and had a phenomenal night – our best local election result in more than FIFTEEN years.

Frankly – as they came in, this is how the results made us feel:

Vince Cable Dancing

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!

All told, we’ve made net gains of +75 and elected 536 Liberal Democrat Councillors.

The night started off well, with a phenomenal result in Sunderland’s Pallion ward:

Pallion (Sunderland) result:

LDem: 60.1% (+57.0)

Lab: 29.4% (-18.4)

Con: 7.3% (-7.0)

Grn: 3.1% (-1.7)

LDem GAIN.

No UKIP (-30.1) as prev.

— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 3, 2018

The team in Sunderland went on to elect three Lib Dem Councillors – a truly smashing achievement.

Lib Dems, the UK’s only exclusively pro-EU major party gains 3 seats in Sunderland, a city which was 61% in favour of leave in 2016.

Best example yet that some Labour leave areas are beginning to go cold on Brexit. #LocalElections2018https://t.co/UadfZlXp5i

— Corey Albone (@cwalbone) May 4, 2018

And the night and next day only got better from there – and here are a few of our favourite results, starting with electing an extra 7 Lib Dems on Hull City Council (and we missed out on adding a few more by a handful of votes as well!)

7 gains! Thank you to ALL of the residents in Hull who supported us! pic.twitter.com/swXPHKVKr5

— Hull&Hessle Lib Dems (@libdemsinhull) May 4, 2018

Fantastic progress in Sheffield – including taking every single ward in Sheffield Hallam:

So as a little aside – every single ward in Jared O’Mara’s constituency returned a Lib Dem councillor tonight – can’t see a by-election being called anytime soon… https://t.co/ExHerlt1Tt

— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) May 4, 2018

We also elected a whopping 32 Liberal Democrat Councillors in Cheltenham (including one of our own here at LDHQ, Jonny Brownsteen:

Lib Dems strengthen their control of Cheltenham, picking up 2 from Independents and 1 from Tories. New council: Lib Dems 32, Con 6, Ind 2. #Election2018

— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) May 4, 2018

We took control of Richmond borough in truly spectacular style:

Lib Dems GAIN #Richmond from Con in what I think is fair to term a landslide victory.

Greens also gain 4 seats in a local Green-Lib Dem pact that together reduced the Tories from 39 cllrs to 11. pic.twitter.com/ib8zsarsNG

— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) May 4, 2018

Took overall control of Three Rivers:

Huge win for the Lib Dems as they take overall control in Three Rivers. The sooner the party starts to run councils successfully again, the better.

— Neil Monnery (@neilmonnery) May 4, 2018

We fought off a tough Conservative challenge to maintain control of Sutton – a Council we’ve now run for 32 years:

Amazing result from Sutton. @SuttonLibDems have done a tremendous job. Thanks to all the volunteers and voters who made this happen #LibDemsWin#WinningHerepic.twitter.com/MXhVWtFXNN

— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) May 4, 2018

Elected six Councillors in the London Borough of Merton:

And it’s a win for the full slate in West Barnes! Congratulations to @bc_hina@Eloise_58@carlquilliam – bringing our total to 5 councillors so far! #FreshStart4Mertonpic.twitter.com/tbkZb9GDBt

— Merton Lib Dems (@MertonLibDems) May 4, 2018

Made three gains from Labour in Liverpool:

Summary of Liverpool’s local election results. 3 gains for the Lib Dems, which Liverpool Leader @cllrkemp says is partly due to the unpopularity of Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson #Election2018https://t.co/Gh9Jpg60CL

— Layla Wright (@laylawright_) May 4, 2018

And doubled our group on Manchester City Council (and only just missed tripling our group by 22 votes!):

The Liberal Democrat’s double their councillors on Manchester City council. John Leech and Richard Kirkpatrick will represent West Didsbury. pic.twitter.com/LTIyHSit0H

— BBC Radio Manchester (@BBCRadioManc) May 4, 2018

And a gain from a standing start – 0 votes last time – up to 46% of the vote this time in Aylesbury!

Lib Dems GAIN #Quainton from Con in #Aylesbury Vale by-election. pic.twitter.com/qFvRGf8uCo

— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) May 3, 2018

And we gained 21 Councillors to take overall control of Kingston-upon-Thames:

Magnificent Lib Dem victory in Kingston crowns a very strong set of results across the country. Once again, predictions of the death of Liberal England are premature…

— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) May 4, 2018

Sadly, it wasn’t all wins – but some of our candidates came incredibly close to winning – including

.@Finn_Conway and @ConorMcKenzie deserve special mention for fantastic campaigns in oxford. Holywell is almost exclusively student, and Carfax has a huge student majority. Labour take young votes for granted, but they better watch out because @LibDems are coming! pic.twitter.com/KVR5YyXx7T

— Andy McKay (@andygmckay) May 4, 2018

Very sorry that @CllrGarethKane has lost his seat by just 12 VOTES. Gareth was easily the hardest-working and most popular candidate and councillor, serving his local constituents superbly for 14 years. Hopefully he will be back soon!

— Stephen Psallidas (@spsallidas) May 4, 2018

Woking was just 10 votes away from ending Conservative control of the Council. If we had received 10 more votes to gain Goldsworth Park the Council would be in no overall control.

— Cllr Ann-Marie #FBPE (@CllrAnnMarieB) May 4, 2018

And some of them really came down to the wire, we lost by just ONE vote in it in Derby:

Abbey ward, @DerbyCC

Labour 1295 (Paul Hezelgrave)

Lib Dems 1294

Conservatives 547

Greens 148

UKIP 95#LocalElections2018pic.twitter.com/CPfgO8uBj8

— Chris Doidge (@BBCChrisD) May 4, 2018

And we can’t finish without mentioning the fantastic result in South Cambridgeshire – pulling off a stunning surprise win, election 30 Liberal Democrat Councillors (including 13 women) and taking control of the Council. They were also some of the most, ahem, exuberant, victors of the evening:

Your new #SouthCambs District Council boasts 13 #LibDem women Councillors

#RepresentingDiversitypic.twitter.com/SfnwpgDung

— SCLibDems (@SCLibDems) May 4, 2018

Jubilant Lib Dem’s as party wins control of South Cambridgeshire District Council from Tories @BBCLookEastpic.twitter.com/TFKO6sXR4F

— Louise Hubball (@LouiseHubball) May 4, 2018

There are some very happy Lib Dems here… pic.twitter.com/hqFWyKfMwI

— Adam Care (@AdamCareCN) May 4, 2018

Lib Dem councillors celebrating @SouthCambs@BBCCambspic.twitter.com/FfmLOZ7cJg

— Jessica Foster (@JessZoeFoster) May 4, 2018

This is how it feels to get all 3 members of an amazing team elected in a really closely fought seat (we only beat popular sitting independent by 4 votes) pic.twitter.com/LfjsoPOykw

— Mary Regnier-Wilson (@MaryRegW) May 4, 2018

All in all, the results were fantastic, right across England. Liberal Democrats, whatever the result they got, worked incredibly hard and defied all the odds to pull off a fantastic night.

In the end, even Guido Fawkes had something sort of nice to say about us:

LibDems alive! pic.twitter.com/SancVGKN9s

— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) May 4, 2018

Well done to everyone who stood, helped and encouraged on a great night.

Get some rest, enjoy your long weekend and let’s start back fresh on Tuesday and get started on another record-breaking election year in 2019!

Local Elections: Your morning briefing

Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats on Europe March 2017

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in these elections.

Whether you got the result you hoped for or not; you have done a fantastic job. Thank you.

So far it looks like we’re on course for a great set of results.

We’ve defended our Councils in Eastleigh, Cheltenham and Sutton. We have also pulled off a spectacular victory in taking control of Richmond.

We’ve made gains in Hull, Liverpool, Sunderland, Gosport, West Oxfordshire, Cambridge, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Winchester and St Albans. We’ve held our ground in places like Southwark.

And it’s not over yet – today there are many more results to come.

For the other parties – it’s clear that Labour will be disappointed on the results so far. They haven’t made the gains they’d been expecting.

With the Conservatives making a mess out of Brexit, the Windrush scandal and Theresa May’s weakness as Prime Minister, Labour needed to be making more significant gains than this.

The Conservatives will be feeling relieved – they aren’t facing the scale of losses they’d been expecting, but they haven’t exactly made progress either.

But for many of you, I know that one of the highlights of tonight will be the complete collapse of UKIP. All across England, their vote is in freefall; and they are losing councillors left, right and centre.

Sadly, many of those votes are going to the Conservatives – a damning indictment of what Theresa May’s Brexit Conservatives have become.

For us, tonight sees a major step forward to rebuilding our local Government base – we’re hoping for solid gains in Councillors and an increase in the number of councils we control (fingers crossed!).

This has been a great night and we’re moving in the right direction.

Thank you again to everyone who has played their part in this result.

Why people are voting Lib Dem today

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FAQs: Giving the people the final say on the Brexit deal

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What was the amendment on Monday evening?

Amendment 50 of the EU Withdrawal Bill Report Stage in the House of Lords put the option of the public final say on the deal before the House of Commons. This would include an extension of Article 50 so that there would be time for the vote to be held before the UK is due to leave the EU.

The amendment was a cross-party initiative, the lead names on it were Lord Newby (Leader of the Liberal Democrat group in the Lords); Viscount Hailsham (Conservative), Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru), Lord Butler of Brockwell (Crossbencher).

Why should the public be given the final say?

Theresa May and the Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit.

When a deal is finally agreed we still believe it should be the public, not politicians, who have the final say.

You should be able to choose whether the deal is the right deal for Britain’s future. If it’s not, then you should be able to reject it and remain in the European Union.

Why did the amendment get voted down?

If Labour had supported the amendment, it would have passed. But the Labour frontbench sat on their hands and made it harder to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

What does this mean for Brexit?

It means that, for the time being, the public have not been given the final say on the Brexit deal. The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to give the British public the final say and the chance to Exit from Brexit.

Will the EU accept the outcome of a vote on the deal?

Key EU figures have said that they would welcome the UK’s decision to remain in the EU. French President Emmanuel Macron has said “the door remains open” for Britain to change its mind about Brexit.

What happens next?

The Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for an Exit from Brexit. To help us win that fight, donate to our campaign today: