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  • Lord William Wallace (Alan Williams)
    Article: Mar 14, 2017
    By Lord William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The pitch which the Leave campaign successfully made to the poorest 10% of UK citizens in last June's EU Referendum was that their problems of low pay, insecure jobs and waiting lists for affordable housing were all due to competition from immigrants, and would be eased by leaving the EU. The budget, with little on social housing and less on funds for schools or other public services in deprived areas, has made their situation worse, rather than better. Labour has been hesitating about how far to buy into their grievances about immigrants. How should Liberal Democrats respond to their resentments and needs?

  • Spring Conference 2016, York - Cliffords Tower
    Article: Mar 14, 2017
    By Keith Aspden in Liberal Democrat Voice

    As the countdown to party conference continues, I would like to say how pleased I am to be welcoming Spring Conference back to York.

    Visit York estimate that the weekend will boost the city's economy by more than £600,000. And I know that pubs, hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, and restaurants will be reporting soaring demand. Added to the short-term economic boost is the long-term impact that the continued national exposure will bring. It is a showcase for York as a destination for conferences and events. York is a beautiful, well-connected city with the potential to hold many more big political and business conferences.

  • Spring conference 2017 Agenda
    Article: Feb 21, 2017
    By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The agenda for the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York 17-19th March is now available here.

    We already knew the topics to be covered from Zoe O'Connell's report three weeks ago, but this is the first chance for most members of the party to see the full texts to be debated and consider proposing amendments.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    One thing to note for people thinking about coming to Lib Dem spring conference for the first time, and so not familiar with its usual timings - the consultation sessions start on Friday afternoon and the formal business on Saturday morning.

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    For more about conference, including why it's a great event for any Lib Dem member to come to, see Liberal Democrat conference: what you need to know.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2009

    A report-back from the parliament.

    Two important votes are approaching

    1. the General Election in Germany on 27th September

    2. the referendum in Ireland on 2nd October about the Lisbon Treaty

    One of our Irish Liberal MEPs emailed : "Many people have been asking me whether they can help in any way in the Irish referendum campaign, and the answer is that a national referendum is, by definition, an internal national matter, even where, as in this case, the repercussions have an effect across Europe.