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South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats cover the parliamentary constituencies of South Holland and The Deepings, and Grantham and Stamford.

The constituencies are part of South Holland District Council and South Kesteven District Council areas. There are a number of major towns within the South Lincs Liberal Democrats area including Bourne, Grantham, Holbeach, Market Deeping, Spalding, Stamford, as well as a host of beautiful villages.

If you want to know more about our work here in South Lincolnshire contact our chair on chair@southlincslibdems.org.uk or to be part of the Lib Dem fightback join here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/join

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Grantham and Stamford

South Holland and the Deepings

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  • Brexit banner
    Article: Jun 24, 2017
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    One year ago today, 17.4 million voters (out of 46.5 million) won the referendum to leave the European Union. This month the UK started with the negotiations. The difference between June 2016 and 2017 is staggering.

    On June 24, 2016 the Leavers were jubilant. The country bought their vision, and all the scare stories predicted by Remainers did not happen. The future was bright and rosy. Theresa May was to unite the nation.

  • Michael Mullaney (Photo by Richard Minkley)
    Article: Jun 24, 2017
    By Michael Mullaney in Soclal Liberal Forum


    Having spent months out campaigning, first for the County Council elections, and then the general election, I took a break afterwards by examining the election results! It is clear the Liberal Democrats made good progress in terms of seats: a 50% increase from 8 to 12 MPs compared to 2015; and, agonisingly, fewer than 500 votes away from doubling our seats to 16. (1) This was achieved, however, against a slightly lower vote share of 7.4%, compared to the already-low point of 7.9% in 2015, and an accompanying further decline in our vote in many seats.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Jun 24, 2017

    A lot can change in a year.

    On 23rd June 2016, I was left heartbroken after a tough and exhausting referendum campaign saw a victory for an insular nationalist vision of Britain.

    The vote to Leave has divided our country in a way even 'Project Fear' could never have imagined.

    After the referendum, we were told that the populist right was on an unstoppable rise. Geert Wilders, Netherland's answer to Donald Trump, would storm to victory in the Dutch general election; Marine Le Pen would triumph over the established political consensus in the French Presidential election; and the Liberal Democrats' fight to keep Britain in Europe was laughed off.

  • Tim Farron 2017
    Article: Jun 24, 2017

  • Gas Flares (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jun 23, 2017
    By Steve Mason

    Briefing: Fracking - An attack on local democracy

    Though not in the Queen's speech, the changes proposed by the Conservative Party to the planning laws surrounding the development of onshore oil and gas exploration, plus the further commitment to develop the shale gas industry (fracking) are alarming.

  • Queen's Euro Hat (https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/jun/21/queens-hat-alludes-to-brexit)
    Article: Jun 23, 2017
    By Steve Bolter
    • The Repeal Bill will turn European Law into UK law and repeal the European Communities Act 1972. Supposedly to allow for technical editing out of references to EU institutions, it will give the Tory government sweeping powers to change British law without votes in Parliament MPs - all in the supposed name of speed.

    • It is our fear that the volume of Statutory Orders will be so great that effective scrutiny will be impossible, thus potentially allowing the removal of measures to fight climate change and other environmental protection.

    • The Agriculture Bill will set up a "system to support UK farmers and protect our natural environment". It is essential that the legislation does properly protect the environment. It must also protect the consumer and agricultural workers. It should encourage (relative) localism.

    • The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will try to boost Britain's electric cars - already 100,000 of them - by paving the way for compulsory charge points at motorway services. It will also set up a common set of standards to ensure charging points are consistent across the country.
      Brexit will not close down ferries or the Chanel Tunnel. Electricity charging points need to be to European standards. While hydrogen vehicles are not yet as common as battery-electric vehicles, the bill should commit to a European standard for hydrogen vehicle connectors.

    • The Nuclear Safeguards Bill will hand over responsibility for nuclear safety to an expanded Office for Nuclear Regulation. It will also support international efforts not to expand nuke stockpiles
      Our UK standards will have to remain high to protect the operation of nuclear facilities. This doctrinaire move will be much more expensive remaining in Euratom.

    • The Smart Meter Bill will commit to offer smart energy meters to every home and firm by 2020.
      However, the Smart Metering scheme has been a farce, with unnecessarily complex infrastructure and a lack of proper standards. Government should explore existing market solutions rather than continue to pour consumers money into a failing infrastructure development.Smart Meters must conform to stable and well-scoped standards which will allow them to send control signals to all electrical appliances designed for world-wide distribution. This may require new British Standards to support the UK unique energy supplier driven system.

    • A promise on the Paris Agreement.
      The Queen said "My government will continue to support international action against climate change, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement."

    • With so many climate change deniers in the Conservatives and the DUP, it will take the combined efforts of those Tories who are environmentally responsible and members of the opposition parties to ensure that our part of that international action remains on track.
      As Green Lib Dems, we will continue to do our part to hold this government to their word.
  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Theresa May as "cold and heartless," following the shock revelation she blocked attempts to guarantee the right to stay for EU nationals immediately after the referendum.

    In a scathing editorial in the Evening Standard today, George Osborne revealed that "in the days immediately after the referendum, David Cameron wanted to reassure EU citizens they would be allowed to stay. All his Cabinet agreed with that unilateral offer, except his Home Secretary, Mrs May, who insisted on blocking it."

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats have set out a list of four demands that must be addressed in the government's paper on the rights of EU nationals on Monday, including ending the "bureaucratic nightmare" faced by EU citizens applying for permanent residency.

    A recent report revealed that at the Home Office's current workrate, it will take around 11 years to process the millions of expected residency requests from EU nationals.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jun 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for Britain to stay in the single market and customs union.

    The party is now calling on both Labour and Conservative MPs to support the amendment and inflict a historic defeat on the government, forcing Theresa May to soften her extreme approach to Brexit.

  • Wind Power (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Julian Pycraft

    Mankind has managed to bring famine, plague and war under control due to phenomenal economic growth, which provides us with abundant food, medicine, energy and raw materials. But this same growth has destabilised the ecological equilibrium. Despite all talk of pollution, global warming and climate change, most countries have yet to make any serious economic sacrifices to improve the situation. Politicians choose growth over ecological stability. To avoid catastrophe and survive, mankind has to acknowledge and address the enormous environmental challenges ahead.

    Scientific progress and economic growth take place within a sensitive biosphere, and as they gather steam, the shock waves destabilise the ecology. Progress and growth is destroying the ecosystem, wiping out fauna, flora, forests, seas and posing an existential threat to humans. An ecological meltdown will cause economic ruin, political turmoil, a fall in human standards of living and threaten the very existence of human civilisation. There is no justice in history. When disaster strikes, the poor almost always suffer far more than the rich, even if the rich caused the tragedy in the first place. Some of the refugee flows into Europe originate not only from conflict, but also from places where there are food shortages, which will get far worse as climate change continues.

    Food production is the leading driver of greenhouse emissions, even larger than energy production. The path to a sustainable future will require unleashing the creative power of our best scientists, engineer, entrepreneurs, backed by public and private investment, to deploy new innovations in climate-smart agriculture. Better seeds, better storage, crops that use less water, grow in harsher climates, mobile technologies that put more agriculture date - satellite imagery, weather forecasting and market prices - into the farmer's hands. We can help ensure food security, producing the food to produce billions of people and not destroy the planet in in the process.

    We need to create a food culture that encourages a demand for healthier, more sustainable food, alleviating huge increasing medical costs such as obesity. We need to set aside politics in favour of clean air, sustainable food and water. People naturally understand the connection between smokestacks and energy production and greenhouse gases. Most people aren't as familiar with the impact of cows and methane. Animal agriculture and its by-products contributes to 51% ("Cowspiracy") of global greenhouse gases when our entire transportation; cars, trucks, trains, planes all put together which contributes 13%. Animal agriculture is clearing 1-2 acres of rainforest every second, making it responsible for 91% of the Amazon destruction. 110 animal and insect species are lost every day from rainforest destruction, animal agriculture now making itself the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction,

    Renewable technologies use natural energy to make electricity - including wind, wave, marine, hydro, biomass and solar. These renewables currently produce over 20% of the UK's electricity and whilst that figure is slowly rising there is a greater need from them if climate change is to be reduced.

    The highest safe level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is 350 parts per million. We're now at 400. Air pollution causes 40,000 premature deaths each year as well as all the health risks involved it also has a catastrophic effect on our environment, contributing to acid rain, haze, ozone depletion, effects on wildlife, crop and forest damage, global climate change and more.

    Increasing air pollution increases climate change and adds to global warming. It's been calculated that the least we could hope to do without it having catastrophic implications as far as drought, famine and other disasters are concerned would be around a 2 degree increase in temperature which we are rapidly approaching and with all the built-in carbon dioxide that's in the atmosphere we're easily going to exceed that. If action isn't taken now it won't be until whole countries go under water because of sea level rise and whole countries find that there's so much drought that they can't feed their population and as a result they need to desperately migrate to another country or worse, invade another country. There could be potential climate wars in the future.

    One of climate change's biggest victims are our oceans. Oceans regulate our Earth's temperature and provide 50% of the World's oxygen. The Earth's oceans have increased in temperature. One of these consequences is the increase in ocean acidification. This is the direct effect of dissolved Co2. This higher acid content is putting the entire ocean food chain at risk also. 80.4 million metric tons of fish are pulled from the ocean each year, it's bad news for the one billion people that rely on the ocean as its primary source of protein.

    There's not one solution to climate change. We need to live by the assumption that what is good for the world, is good for us. We're part of the cause, we can also be part of the solution

    Julian Pycraft

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Norman Lamb MP in The Guardian

    Some voices in the party say I want a hard Brexit. I don't - what I want is an end to the gross inequality that has made me angrier than ever

    Liberal Democrats are faced with electing a new leader after Tim Farron's resignation last week. I have come to the conclusion that I will not be putting myself forward as a candidate for that vacancy. That might seem strange given the support and encouragement I have received from party members - indeed, from many people outside the Lib Dems.

  • Tim Farron 2017
    Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Lib Dem Press Office has issued a veritable storm of press releases in response to the Queen's Speech today. Here's a round-up of what our key figures said about their areas of expertise.

    Tim Farron looked at the whole speech and was unimpressed:

    This slimmed down Queen's Speech shows a government on the edge.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Chris Higman, LDEG member based in Germany

    In February, as I was writing an earlier article in this series, construction workers on a site near Frankfurt airport found an unexploded bomb from the Second World War. Motorway and railway connections to the airport had to be interrupted while the bomb was being defused. In April, on the eve of the Boat Race, a similar incident occurred in London near Putney Bridge. Last month (May) saw further cases in Hannover (with 50,000 people needing to be evacuated), Gießen 70 km north of Frankfurt and again in Frankfurt itself.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The Trade Bill announced in the Queen's speech is simply a job creation scheme for Liam Fox, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said: "In reality this is an Anti-Trade Bill, as it means leaving the single market and customs union, despite clear opposition from the Chancellor and the Bank of England.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Ministers are to consult on reforming the system of social care funding in England after Conservative plans were slammed as a Dementia Tax during the election.

    Commenting, Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: "Social care is in a state of total crisis. A million older people are missing out on care they need and services face a funding black hole of billions in this year alone.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have vowed to oppose any attempts to weaken workplace rights, health and safety standards and environmental protections as part of the government's Repeal Bill.

    The party is also calling for proper oversight and transparency over the Repeal Bill, after the government's White Paper hinted at a power grab by ministers through the use of so-called Henry VIII powers.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Donald Trump's state visit to the UK appears to have been shelved for at least two years after it was not included in the Queen's speech.

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael commented: "It took Theresa May just seven days to offer Donald Trump a state visit, it's taken her 145 days to officially postpone it.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Letting agents fees look set to be banned in this year Queen's Speech following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

    The fees cost on average £223 per tenancy but under the new plans they will be banned and tenants will be given the opportunity to recover illegal fees imposed upon them.

    Lib Dem peer Olly Grender, who has led a campaign against the fees, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the ban on letting fees set out in my Private Members' Bill is now being proposed as law.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Brexiters claim that 82% of voters supporting the Tories and Labour validated Brexit in the recent General Election. This has a grain of truth in it. However subsequent polls found issues such as health, the economy, and security were more important to voters. Furthermore, the election marked a return to two party politics in which smaller parties, including ours, were squeezed. A vote for Labour was not necessarily a vote for its ambiguous Brexit stance, but arguably one for hope and an end to Tory austerity.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Jo Swinson has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The result was announced on Tuesday evening at the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party meeting.

    Jo will continue in her role as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    Jo said: "I am very proud to have been elected by a newly energised and strengthened parliamentary party.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Theresa May is reported to have dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils from tomorrow's Queen's Speech.

    It comes after the Liberal Democrats strongly criticised the Conservatives during the election campaign over their manifesto plans which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty.

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