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  • Launch of SW Lib Dem Europe referendum campaign
    Article: Jan 31, 2016

    Liberal Democrats from across the South West were in Exeter on Saturday to launch their party's regional campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union. Speakers included former MEPs Sir Graham Watson and Lord Robin Teverson, who have both represented the city of Plymouth in the European Parliament.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2015

    Plymouth Liberal Democrats have paid tribute to Baroness Shirley Williams as she retires from the House of Lords.

    Hugh Janes, the chair of the party in the city, said, "Shirley Williams has been an inspirational figure to me. She has brought a rare level of good common sense to the most complex problems and been a guiding light to liberals - as well as Liberal Democrats - for many years. I wish her all the very best for her well-earned retirement and want to ler her know she will be greatly missed."

  • Plymouth Liberal Democrats delivering pro-European leaflets, December 2015
    Article: Dec 10, 2015

    Liberal Democrats were out in force last weekend, launching their party's local effort to keep Britain in Europe by delivering thousands of leafets to homes in the city.

    Within the next two years Britain will go to the polls in a referendum to decide whether or not the country remains a member of the European Union.

  • 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