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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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  • Mark Pack
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    My old Campaign Corner series looked to give three tips about commonly asked campaign issues. The pieces still have a lot of relevance, so welcome to my latest periodic update to previous posts - and do get in touch if you have any questions you would like to suggest for future posts.

    Today's Campaign Corner question:

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Layla Moran

    The Conservatives are turning back the clock on sex education. They're abdicating responsibility and our children will pay the price.

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2018
    In Electoral Reform Society

    In the centenary month of women securing the franchise, looking back on the politics of previous decades throws up some grim reminders of discrimination.

    Take just one: when Janet Fookes was first elected to represent Merton and Morden in 1970, she was interviewed about her appearance and love life - rather than her policies or priorities.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    More and more people are getting tired of the Conservatives mishandling of Brexit. It's why we need a referendum on the deal.

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

  • Streetlight
    Article: Feb 17, 2018
    By Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter in Lincolnshire Reporter

    Three quarters of respondents to a Lincolnshire County Council survey were negative or extremely negative about the authority's controversial changes to street lights in the county.

    Over half of Lincolnshire's 68,000 street lights were reverted to a 'part-night' lighting system, saving the council £1.7 million per year.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018
    By Menzies Campbell

    Theresa May's speech on post-Brexit security to the Munich Security Conference shows that staying in the EU is what's best for Britain.

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

  • Vince Cable valentine ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Sir Vince Cable in The Times

    Love may be in the air but there is little of it lost between cabinet colleagues this Valentine's Day. With Britain negotiating as a disunited unit of one against a united block of 27 countries, the prospect of either 'no deal' or a very poor deal is growing. The prime minister's reaffirmation that she is negotiating to leave the customs union as well as the single market guarantees that there will be a hard and disruptive form of Brexit.

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Merlene Emerson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On 13 February, eve of Valentine's Day, members of the Race Equality Policy Working Group met for the first time at LDHQ. I mention Valentine's Day because this is very much a labour of love for those of us who have volunteered to assist the Party in its policy making on this important subject.

    The first meeting was also timely for another reason: it follows the issue last week of Lord Alderdice's report on Race, Ethnic Minorities and the culture of the Liberal Democrats and an email from our leader, Vince Cable MP, calling on each and every member to play their part in changing the culture of the Party.

  • wheelchair
    Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Kirsten Johnson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, the government published the latest Work and Pensions Select Committee report on PIP and ESA Assessments.

    The benefits system is clearly failing - asking a claimant how they caught Down's Syndrome is appalling. One lady was put down as able to walk her dog, even though she did not own a dog and could hardly walk.

  • Lorely Burt
    Event: Feb 24, 2018 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM
    City of Derby Academy, Farmhouse Road, Derby DE24 3AR

    SPRING REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2018
    DERBYSHIRE

    City of Derby Academy, Farmhouse Road, Derby DE24 3AR

    Saturday 24th February 2018 - 9:15-4:30pm

    Come and join us at our Spring gathering! The Conference will be opened by Baroness Lorely Burt!

    Following on from membership feedback we have lined up the following so far:

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    A bumper set of fourteen council by-elections this week. None of the seats up are Lib Dem held. Rather, seven are Conservative, four Labour, one is an increasingly rare Ukip seat, one SNP seat and one is a residents group vacancy.

    After last week's disappointing dip this time there are eleven Liberal Democrat candidates (79%). That's up four on the last time all these wards were contested.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Conference Team

    EAST MIDLANDS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
    SPRING REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

    Saturday 24th February 2018 - 9:15-4:30pm

    City of Derby Academy, Farmhouse Road, Derby DE24 3AR

    Come and join us at our Spring Gathering

    The Conference will be opened by our morning keynote Baroness Lorely Burt

    Our afternoon keynote speaker is Baroness Susan Kramer

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    The last few weeks have been horrifying. The Prime Minister and her cabinet have tacked even closer to the extremist-fringe of the Leave Campaign.

    Leaked Government reports have revealed that leaving the Customs Union will wreck our economy and cost hundreds of thousands their jobs.

    It's more important than ever to stand up and make our voices heard. Without us - the UK might, willingly, plunge off a cliff-edge on the 29th March next year.

    When Parliament returns, MPs will be debating the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill. In that bill is a great chance to stop Theresa May's Conservatives taking us out of the Customs Union. But to do that, we need MPs to back amendment NC1.

    Will you contact your MP today and ask them to do that?

    Contact your MP

    Amendment NC1 (which you can read in full here) would attempt to ensure the UK Government negotiates with the EU to keep the UK in the Customs Union.

    We're 100% behind it - and we're working with MPs from all parties to make sure it passes. We're joining Conservative MPs Anna Soubry & Ken Clarke and Labour MPs Chris Leslie & Chuka Umunna in trying to pass this.

    As we saw with the EU Withdrawal Bill, with the backing of Conservative, Labour and the Lib Dem MPs, there's a real chance we can pass this amendment.

    But to make this happen, we'll need your help. We need you to contact your MP and ask them to support amendment NC1:

    Contact your MP

    Staying in the EU is still the best option for Britain - it's why we're campaigning for an exit from Brexit. But a Brexit where Britain leaves both the Single Market AND the Customs Union is the absolute worst outcome.

    This shortsighted, ideological decision will wreck our economy for decades to come and cause countless thousands of people to lose their jobs.

    It's a bad idea - and we have to do all we can to avert it. So please, contact your MP today:

    Contact your MP

    Thank you,

    Tom

    Rt Hon Tom Brake MP
    Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

  • Asylum
    Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Lord Roger Roberts in Liberal Democrat Voice

    There was a time when a letter in support of an Asylum claim from an MP or Peer would be pretty certain of a reply from the Home Office. People have received permission to stay in the United Kingdom following such letters. Deportation decisions have been reversed. It is not too much to claim that lives might have been saved.

  • International students (Photo: Geoff Caddick/PA)
    Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Paul Walter in Liiberal Democrat Voice

    On Tuesday the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, joined academics, students, business leaders and other politicians at a rally in support of international students. London Frist's "Stand up don't be counted" campaign aims to take students out of the UK's net migration target.

    The photo above shows Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, Paul Currran, President of City University, Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Tulip Siddiq MP attending the rally in Torrington Square, London.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    On BBC 2's Newsnight on Tuesday, Vince made a very good job of laying out why a hard Brexit is far from liberal here from 7 minutes in.

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

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