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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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  • Young European Movement UK (Young European Movement UK)
    Article: Feb 28, 2017
    By Stefan Pidluznyj in Lincolnshire reporter

    A new movement has been set up in Lincolnshire campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the European Union.

    The Lincolnshire branch of the European Movement was established on February 14 in Spalding, and the organisation boasts over 50 members in the county within its first two weeks.

    Lincolnshire voted decisively to leave the EU in the referendum held last June, but chair of European Movement East Midlands George Smid said that the organisation was there to provide a voice for the tens of thousands of Remain voters in the county.

    He told Lincolnshire Reporter: "Yes, I do respect the result of the referendum. The result is a fact.

    "The reason why European Movement is campaigning to remain in the EU is simple: Theresa May wants 'the best for Britain'. We want 'Better than the best'.

    "And the yardstick against which we are going to evaluate 'the best' is not what the ministers can negotiate.

    "The measurement must be against what we already have."

    Smid, who is a member of the Liberal Democrats, also described Prime Minister Theresa May's approach to leaving the EU as "Blindxit not Brexit".

    He added: "Just look at all the adjectives coming out from the ministers describing Brexit: soft Brexit, hard Brexit, over-the-cliff Brexit, full Brexit, crash Brexit, red-white-and-blue Brexit. Take the last one as a statement of strategy or future trajectory. What does it mean?"

    "With the recent fall in the pound and oil price increase you and I (and everybody else, including all the Leavers and all the Remainers) pay approximately 10p per litre more for our petrol and diesel then we needed to.

    "So far it has not been Brexit. It has been Blindxit. European Movement aims to change that."

  • Anita Day
    Article: Feb 28, 2017
    By Anita Day in Postcard from a Lincolnshire Liberal

    Last week's by-elections in Stoke-on-Trent & Copeland - both Labour, & strong Leave areas - were interesting.

    In Stoke, Labour won comfortably in what was primarily billed as a 'Stop Paul Nuttall' vote despite 70% Brexit support, and where Dr Zulfiqar Ali, the Lib Dem candidate, doubled his vote-share and came over as having more integrity than the 2 main protagonists combined.

    But the Copeland result was more remarkable… and more depressing. Why did Copeland vote Tory? And how did the Lib Dems beat UKIP into 4th place? Perceived wisdom was that: this was a fight between campaigning for the NHS (Labour) vs safeguarding the nuclear industry (Conservative); Jeremy Corbyn's leadership makes the Labour party unelectable; the 62% Brexit support last summer meant that Labour were always going to do badly (despite Corbyn's seeming support for a hard Brexit); and a list of things per Shami Chakraborty including:

    • neglect by previous Labour MPs (probable)
    • a revolt against the establishment (but aren't the Tories the establishment??)
    • 'apocryphal' stories that Corbyn opposes nuclear power (actually, per his 2015 policy document, this is fact!)
    • a disunited Labour party (true)
    • the media (huh??)
    • Peter Mandelson (huh??)
    • attacks on Jeremy Corbyn (yes, well…)
    • the weather (affects Labour voters more than others, it seems)
    • its remoteness (see above)
    • Labour not being given the opportunity to communicate its policies (Really?! Speaking as a Lib Dem, when I look at the typical composition of a Question Time panel (and the prominence given to UKIP vs us in the media), I find that a bit rich!)

    I jest, but the fact remains that a government gained a seat in a by-election for the first time in 35 years (and for a comparable swing, you'd have to go back to 1878)! So why?

    My own view is that this is a story which is partly about Corbyn, but mainly about the decline of UKIP… not because Copeland voters did not support UKIP policies any more, but because they no longer had to! Theresa May's descent into a 'more UKIP than UKIP' political agenda offers Kippers a home in the Conservative party. I don't think it is a coincidence that UKIP's vote share fell by 9% whilst the Tories rose by 8.5%, and I suspect that we will see further declines in the UKIP vote in coming months.

    Given the lack of any proportional representation in our voting system, Labour's ineffectualness and UKIP's demise, I fear that the establishment of a one-party state for the foreseeable future has become much more likely.

    So what should we do?

    Firstly, let's communicate clear policies on the issues which underpinned the vote last summer: the impacts of austerity, NHS, social care, education, housing, job security, lack of opportunities in former industrialised communities. Let's not allow the government to use Brexit as a distraction!

    Secondly, moderates from all parties need to work together, whether in formal alliances or not. The Lib Dem battle-cry 'Open, Tolerant, United' never mattered more, and we need to show we mean it!

    Take care, and speak soon

    Anita

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    Membership Development
    South Lincs Liberal Democrats
    Tel: 07410 709338 / @AnitadayA / FB: Anita.Day.LD
  • Sue Miller in her kitchen with garden produce she has grown
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Sue Miller talked about her worries about peace and security and that Brexit would hasten the rise of nationalism and populism in Europe. She also highlighted concern for EU nationals and the distraction that Brexit causes from other issues which need to be dealt with.

    My Lords, one effect of growing up as a post-war child was hearing the amount of discussion and determination among the political classes that we would never have another war in Europe. At the top of my list of worries about Brexit is that we shall see an insular, narrow-minded nationalism taking hold and turning us from an outgoing, internationalist nation into an inward-looking nation.

  • Baroness Shas Sheehan
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    As you would expect from Shas, who has done so much to speak up for and help refugees, she mentioned the border with France and asked what happens to the Le Toucquet agreement. She also pointed out the irony of Boris Johnson's comments that Brexit would be like sunlit uplands. When Churchill used that phrase, he was talking about a united Europe.

  • Baroness Lindsay Northover
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Lindsay Northover concentrated on the cake and the eating of cake that is inherent in the Government's position - and points out that Government is unlikely to get what it wants. She looks at the effect on trade and universities.

    My Lords, with 190 of us speaking, there are about 23 of us for every line of this short Bill, but that shows how important the Bill is. There were powerful speeches yesterday, including from the noble Lord, Lord Malloch-Brown, who spoke at 12.07 last night. There was even unprecedented applause from the Public Gallery for my noble friend Lady Smith of Newnham after her passionate defence of EU citizens living here. There have been brave and passionate speeches today, such as those from the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, and the noble Lord, Lord Liddle. But, for me, the most moving speech yesterday was that of the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, who likened the debate to an elegy. The UK's involvement in the European project might turn out to be, he said,

  • Baroness Kishwer Falkner
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    This speech was the exception as Kishwer is the one peer who will be supporting the Bill. We covered earlier in the week her decision. Here she explains her position and says that we should just leave now and then re-engage with the EU in a different way further down the track.

    My Lords, I need to make a few declarations. The first is that I have the privilege in this House of chairing the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee. I would say this, but in my opinion it is the most significant committee at this point in terms of the angles that it is looking at, such as financial services and the EU budget. My other declaration is more personal. I am married to a German, I have lived and worked in France, and I have a house in Italy. So I have a big dog in this fight, not a little whippet.

  • susan kramer
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Treasury spokesperson Susan Kramer concentrated her remarks on the financial services industry and the impact of its decisions on our economy and the current £75 billion we take in tax from it.

    My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lamont, said that he is very sympathetic to EU nationals in this country. However, he is perfectly happy for them to be used as a bargaining chip. Frankly, I do not think that is consistent with the view of this House or with British values.

  • House of Lords
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Former Tory MP John Lee slammed the government over its failure to offer the right to stay to EU nationals. He also became one of the few Lib Dem rebels. He doesn't support our position on a referendum although that seems to be because he thinks the right wing press would stir up trouble.

    My Lords, increasing anti-European sentiment was a prime reason for me to bid farewell to the Conservative Party in 1997, 20 years ago, after 13 years as a Member of Parliament, from 1979 to 1992. That sentiment continued unabated, and finally resulted in the 2015 Conservative manifesto commitment, and of course the 23 June referendum. At the referendum, a simple question was put: in or out? There were no sub-questions on hard or soft Brexit, the single market or the customs union. Of course, there were exaggerations and untruths, many voted for all sorts of reasons, and many did not realise all the implications. But all that, I am afraid, is true of all elections and referendums. As we now know, there was a clear, albeit small, majority to leave-a decision I bitterly regret in so many ways, and a tragedy both for our country and for Europe. Looking back, the referendum was fundamentally flawed. Clearly, we should have given young people a vote-after all, it is their future-and I suggest that a higher barrier to leave than just a simple majority would have made sense. However, all that is hindsight; we are where we are.

  • Malcolm Bruce MP ()
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Malcolm talked about Scotland's situation and argued that independence was an even worse prospect than it was before. As someone who has extensive experience in international development, the Government's plans to use the aid budget to sweeten Eastern Europe really upset him - despicable, he called them.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Lynne Featherstone was characteristically pithy, slamming the government's position on EU nationals as "no way for a decent country to behave" and was quite clear that the people must be given the final say on the deal - and wonders what would happen if public opinion changed on Brexit. Would the brexiteers be so happy to listen to the will of the people then? She said the Lords should do what the Commons didn't have the nerve to do and amend the bill to guarantee EU nationals' rights, membership of the single market and that referendum on the deal.

  • Sharon Bowles MEP
    Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Sharon Bowles outlined all the uncertainty in the Government's White Paper and said that they had no mandate to drive us off a cliff if the negotiations don't turn out as people would want.

    She also talked about uncertainty around our status within the European Atomic Energy Community and said that this needed to be clarified. This was of particular interest to her as her father was an atomic engineer.

  • Vice Chair Tony Vickers (left) talks to a delegate
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    To get our message across ALTER has run a stand for the second South Central Conference in a row. Tony Vickers and David Cooper manned the stand, and there was considerable interest from some delegates. As a result a number of new ALTER members were recruited.

  • Christine Humphreys
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    Christine Humphreys talked about the impact of Brexit on Wales, on the loss of EU funding unlikely to be replaced by our low tax economy. She also challenged the government on their idea that we should all just line up behind them and meekly tug our forelocks as they choose our destiny for us, saying: "The first steps to unity can come from the Government accepting that voters have the right to be part of the decision-making process."

  • Jonny Oates (Lord Oates)
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    This was an absolute barnstormer from Jonny Oates and one of the highlights of the debate. He rode a coach and horses through the Government's plans. He warns of the dangers of passing the Bill unamended: "it will grant the Executive unqualified and untrammelled power to negotiate an exit deal from the European Union on any terms, however pitiful the deal is for our country, however damaging it is to our economy, however much it strips British and other EU citizens of their existing rights and however much it tears up their lives."

  • Joan Walmsley
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    Joan Walmsley, after responding to Michael Forsyth's intemperate rant about the evils of the Liberal Democrats, talked about healthcare - and how important the single market is for research network which are already been damaged by the Tories' plans. She also explained why Donald Trump's America First policy means that we should stay in the single market.

  • Julie Smith
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    Julie Smith made the very strong point that it was important to take into account those younger people who were going to have to live with the consequences of Brexit.

    She went on to talk about the peace and security issues in which she is expert and on the rights of EU nationals. Now, she says, is the time for the UK to lead on this.

  • lester
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    My Lords, after attempting unconstitutionally to rush to the Article 50 exit without legislative authority, the Government have produced this simple Bill, which is no better than a Motion to approve in legislative clothing, and a White Paper that fails to explain the Government's strategy or to answer the key political and legal questions.

  • Ming Campbell
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    My Lords, I am the 16th speaker in this debate, and I am already reminded of the explanation why the conventions of the Republican and Democrat parties in the United States last for four days, when two would be sufficient. The answer is that because usually, after two days, everything has been said but not everyone has said it. By the time we come to close of play tomorrow evening, that may be even more obvious.

  • Jonathan Marks
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Mandelson, in this debate. This is the most important issue that this House has debated in a generation. Yet there are voices out there who say that we should just get on with it and vote the legislation through unamended so as not to frustrate the will of the people. Many of us believe that we are about to make our biggest foreign policy mistake in decades, so just getting on with it and voting it through is not an option. As my noble friend Lord Newby eloquently asserted, we cannot and should not stay silent simply because the leave campaign won. That would be just as true even if it had won by a substantial majority.

  • Lord William Wallace (Alan Williams)
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    My Lords, the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, makes it quite clear that the country is divided-in some ways more divided now than it was before the referendum-and that this process as it continues could lead to the country and its regions becoming increasingly divided. That gives us a great responsibility in how we contribute to the debate.

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