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  • 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.

  • Plymouth Lib Dem New Members Event
    Article: Jun 23, 2015

    Dozens of members of Plymouth Liberal Democrats gathered on Saturday afternoon to welcome some of the many new members to the local party. There was a clear buzz of optimism and enthusiasm from everyone and it was good to see many young faces in the group.

    Chair Hugh Janes welcomed everyone to what he called, "The biggest gathering of Plymouth Liberal Democrats in over five years." He introduced the other speakers, Stuart Bonar, Graham Reed and Steve Guy, then spoke of his pride at Lib Dem achievements in government, especially the Pupil Premium and the raising of the threshold at which people start to pay Income Tax. Both had been policies on the front page of the party's 2010 election manifesto.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2015
    Plymouth will this Friday play host to the Devon and Cornwall hustings for Liberal Democrats choosing their new party leader. It is the first in a series of hustings events to be held across the country.
    Lib Dem MPs and leadership contenders Tim Farron and Norman Lamb will set out their visions for the party and answer questions from party members. Both candidates have made it clear that they are very keen to support the rebuilding of the party in the region after a very bad set of results for the Liberal Democrats at last month's General Election.
  • Article: Jun 2, 2015

    Plymouth Liberal Democrats have expressed their sadness at the sudden death of Charles Kennedy, the party's former leader. His death at the age of only 55, was announced this morning and came as a shock to many members.

    The party chair, Hugh Janes, said, "Quite a few members of the local party had met Charles over the years and everyone had been positive about the experience. I was introduced to him in Scotland some years ago during an Edinburgh Festival and he was delightful company. He was very interested in how Liberal Democrats were doing in Plymouth and, of course, had visited the West Country on many occasions to support the MPs here. He was also very funny. His strong and reasoned stance against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is the reason I, and many others, joined the Liberal Democrats."