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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

Vince at Conference

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  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Vince Cable has called on the government to end the benefits freeze, after figures today showed consumer inflation has reached a five-year high of 3%.

    Rising food prices made a large contribution to the change, with an increase of 0.8% between August and September 2017, compared to a 0.4% fall last year.

  • Alistair Carmichael (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Commenting on proposals reported today that peerages given to new members of the House of Lords could be limited to 15 years, Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have always advocated democratic reform of the House of the Lords. But the brutal truth is that this Government simply has no appetite for the fundamental reform which the House of Lords desperately needs.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 17, 2017

    There were 80,393 hate crimes in 2016/17, figures published today have revealed, an increase of 29% on the previous year. compared to 62,518 a year earlier

    The increase is thought to reflect both a genuine rise in hate crime around the time of the EU referendum and ongoing improvements in crime recording by the police.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Oct 16, 2017

    A no deal Brexit would cause significant price rises, a report by the Resolution Foundation has found

    Its findings show that under WTO rules, the average household would see price rises worth an extra £260 a year, while over three million families would see price rises of over £500 a year.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Vince Cable said:

    "News of this massive write-down shows our economy is in real trouble. Jobs are being lost at major employers such as Vauxhall and BAE, the pound has already lost 20% of its value in a year, our balance of trade and productivity are poor, and we have fallen to the bottom of the growth league for major economies.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Responding to comments made by John McDonnell this morning, that Parliament can stop the UK leaving the EU with no deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

    "The Lib Dems will work with any party to stop a 'No Deal' scenario and would vote against a No Deal outcome in Parliament. 'No Deal' would mean ports at a standstill with ferries unable to unload and load, aircraft stranded at airports and manufacturers operating 'Just in Time' production reduced to 'Never on Time'.

  • Southwell Minister School
    Event: Oct 21, 2017 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Southwell Minster School, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD

    East Midlands Lib Dem Regional Conference

    21st October 2017

    First timers can attend for as little as £1 - make use of this offer

    Location: Southwell Minster School, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD..

    Time: 9:30am until 4pm

    Book your place now here

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  • Mark Pack
    Article: Oct 15, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    Mark Wallace's fascinating dissection of the Conservative 2017 general election campaign also includes some insights on Labour which are very relevant to the Liberal Democrats:

    • How many disparate groups can you think of who were allied to or sympathetic to Labour in the course of the election? Count unions, charities, pressure groups, campaigning social media communities, and crowdfunded advertising campaigns, and you'll realise there are a lot. Two separate senior Tory campaigners who have been keeping tally estimated to me that the number was in triple figures - not including the many other local groups and even individuals active in specific seats. Conservative policy decisions certainly exacerbated that problem - in particular, the pledge of a free vote on fox hunting and the failure to clearly confirm support for a ban on ivory, neither of which were central issues to the national campaign, nonetheless acted as recruiting sergeants for Labour online.
    • In the online war, that gave Labour two things: reach and trust. Between them, these third-party allies were able and willing to repeat Labour-supporting messages to many millions more people than were subscribed to or targeted by the official Labour Party outlets. Compounding the impact was the fact that people are more likely to trust a message from a group which is (at least nominally) outside the orbit of a party HQ, and which they're engaged with in their regular life outside election time.
    • That was a huge boost to the Opposition, and created a sense of (small-m) momentum which a primarily paid-for Tory campaign struggled to match. "We didn't see the tide coming," admitted one source close to the Prime Minister, and the failure of the Conservative Party to nurture a wider movement beyond its own membership proved to be costly.
  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Oct 14, 2017
    By Newshound in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Writing for the Times Red Box, Nick Clegg has been warning Brexiteers about the dangers of not keeping promises you make to electorate. As he points out, he should know.

    The Brexiteers are heading for the same stormy waters, he says:

    When asked to reflect on the official Leave campaign's shopping list of promises to the voters during the referendum campaign, Duncan Smith, one of the most vocal campaigners for Brexit, dismissively replied: "We just made a series of promises that were possibilities."

  • Housing
    Article: Oct 14, 2017
    By Laura Coyle in Liberal Democrat Newswire

    As a housing legal aid lawyer, it has long been my belief that access to decent quality secure housing should be given as much priority as access to quality healthcare and education. Without a decent secure home access to quality education is undermined and health is compromised.

    For too long all of the main political parties, including the Lib Dems, have failed to develop radical policies to deal with a growing crisis in housing in the UK which is feeding a relentless growth in inequality, between rich and the poor and between old and young.

    According to the most recent available data from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in 2014 the proportion of people in the UK owning their own home had fallen to 63.5% (its lowest rate since 1987) and the proportion of households living in social housing had fallen to 18% (from 33% in 1980). Meanwhile, the proportion of households living in private sector rented accommodation rose to 19% in 2014 (from a low of 9% in 1984).

    The statistics only tell half of the story. The other half is that the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 introduced sweeping changes to the private rental sector by doing away with protected tenancies and rent control. Private sector tenants today have no security of tenure beyond an initial statutory six month fixed term, beyond which the landlord can choose to repossess and/or increase the rent.

    Vince Cable said in his speech to party conference last month that, "homes are to live in; they're not pieces on a Monopoly board". He rightly talked about taxing foreigners who acquire residential property for investment purposes and protecting rural communities from absentee second home ownership. But we also need to talk about the buy to let market. Every time a homeowner decides to buy another property to rent out they deprive another household of the opportunity to buy their own home.

    If we believe that houses should be homes and not investment vehicles then we need to disincentivise the purchase of residential property to let rather than encourage it. Since April 2017, mortgage interest deductions have been limited to the basic rate, but the Liberal Democrats should be calling for all mortgage interest tax relief to be scrapped and to encourage private landlords to provide properties to let at more affordable rents and for longer periods we should explore the possibility of linking other deductible expenses from taxable rental income to the level of rent charged and the security of tenure offered.

    Of course, we also need to build more homes, and in particular social homes. But achieving a massive increase in the social housing stock will require funding. Allowing local authorities to borrow to build new homes is one part of the answer. But we should explore others. For example, the increase in land value from the grant of planning permission is huge but current taxation rates are low. It is the state that grants planning permission and yet in doing so it often prices itself out of the market for buying land for building new homes. We should look into the possibility of introducing a new, higher tax on the capital gain deriving from the grant of planning permission which is payable direct to the local authority to fund the acquisition of land for building new social homes.

    These are just a few ideas. The main purpose of this article is to say that we need to urgently start the debate on how to tackle one of the biggest drivers of inequality of our time. We have a proud tradition in our party of developing radical liberal policies to address social ills and we should be at the forefront of doing so now.