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  • Article: Nov 16, 2015

    Plymouth's Herald newspaper today published this letter from Peter York, the President of the Plymouth Liberal Democrats:

    May I through this column express my shock and sadness regarding the sad news from Paris. I ask myself what can we do about this very serious problem?

    Though we can never right the horrific wrongs of terrorism at the hands of ISIS, or stop the devastation felt by the people who have lost loved ones.

  • Lib Dems Stuart Bonar, Steve Guy and Hugh Janes helping at the Clifton with Maidenway by-election
    Article: Nov 6, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders has been swept into office as the new councillor for Clifton with Maidenway ward on Torbay Council after winning over two-thirds of the vote in a by-election held yesterday. Adrian, who was the MP for Torbay until the General Election, stood as the candidate in his home ward after the sad death of Ruth Pentney.

  • Flag of Canada
    Article: Oct 21, 2015

    Hugh Janes, the chair of Plymouth Liberal Democrats, has pointed to the Liberal victory in Canada's general election as evidence of how liberal parties can bounce back after election disappointments. At the election, held on 19th October, Canada's Liberals jumped from the 34 seats they won in 2011 to win 184 this time. At the previous election the Liberals had seen their seat tally more than halve.

  • Liberal Democrat Europe campaign
    Article: Oct 3, 2015

    A vote for Britain to stay in the European Union when the EU referendum comes will be "the patriotic thing to do," says local Liberal Democrat Stuart Bonar, who stood in the Plymouth Moor View constituency at May's General Election.

    Speaking after the Lib Dems had launched their campaign to keep Britain in Europe, Stuart said:

  • Article: Oct 3, 2015
    By Hugh Janes

    Records were set at this year's autumn conference; it was the biggest, most well-attended in Lib Dem history - and with more new members than ever before. Everywhere I went was buzzing with anticipation and hope for the future. The dreadful election results weren't ignored but there is a definite feeling of resurgence among party faithful and those recently joined.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2015

    Plymouth Liberal Democrats will be outside supermarkets next week showing support for the new plastic bag charge that is introduced on Monday 5th October. They will be giving out their own biodegradable bags to shoppers who are hard up or who object to the charge.

    "This is a charge that Liberal Democrats in Government fought to introduce and we are showing our support for that. The charge has been introduced iun Wales, Northern Ireland and in Scotland, and it's long overdue here in England," said Hugh Janes, the chair of the party in the city.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2015

    Liberal Democrats in Plymouth have accused the Conservatives of losing no time in reversing progressive policies put into action by the Lib Dems during the Coalition, including making deep and unnecessary cuts.

    Since the General Election in May, when the Coalition ended, the Conservatives have:

    • slashed £12 billion from benefits, making the poorest carry the heaviest burden for reducing the deficit
    • cut £200 million from this year's public health budget
    • announced that they will end subsidies to the green energy sector, putting jobs and investment in danger
    • launched plans to reintroduce the Snoopers Charter, allowing the State to read your emails and know which websites you've been visiting
    • hinted they'll scrap free school meals for infants
  • Article: Sep 26, 2015

    Plans by the Conservative Government to cut subsidies to the green energy sector could mean less investment in clean energy as well as job losses, according to Plymouth Liberal Democrat chair Hugh Janes.

    Amber Rudd, the Conservative Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has announced that she wants to end the Renewable Obligation, in April 2016. This change will mean energy companies will no longer be required to buy green electricity at a pre-agreed price.

  • Baroness Judith Jolly
    Article: Sep 15, 2015
    By Hugh Janes

    After I had briefly introduced her, Judith Jolly kept the many new and old members thoroughly entertained with a talk on "The Coalition from a Lords' Point of View." Starting her peerage as the Lib Dem spokesperson on health she soon also found herself a junior government minister in the House of Lords, covering Health, Defence, Equalities, as well as Culture, Media and Sport. It was a very busy first five years in the House!

  • Lib Dems Stuart Bonar and Mathew McCarthy
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Mathew McCarthy has won a Cornish council seat in Falmouth off Labour in the South West's first electoral test after May's General Election.

    Commenting, Stuart Bonar, the Lib Dem candidate in Plymouth's Moor View seat at the General Election, said, "This is an absolutely fantastic result. I visited Falmouth to help Mathew with his campaign, and I saw firsthand just how hard he was campaigning. Many people mentioned that he was the only candidate who'd knocked on their door and spoken to them about their concerns.