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As part of Lib Dem Voice’s tribute to Jo Cox, they are linking with the article below in the Yorkshire Post, published last Friday. In it, Jo Cox very persuasively argues that Brexit will not solve concerns over immigration. She accepts that those concerns are genuine – sincere worries about pressures on GP surgeries or […]

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Why Britain is better off in the EU

by derekdeedman on 10 June, 2016

There is a positive, patriotic case to be made why Britain is better off in Europe. Together we have delivered decades of peace and prosperity and created the world’s largest ever trading area that has led to cheaper flights, lower mobile roaming charges and the opportunity to live, work and retire across the continent. Together […]

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By Caron Lindsay | Wed 11th May 2016 – 9:41 pm I’m about as pro EU as it’s possible to get and even I have been dismayed by the constant barrage of negativity coming from Britain Stronger in Europe. People might actually want to follow the Scottish version which so far has got it right. […]

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EURef Talking Points: being positive. Hope-mongering.

by derekdeedman on 22 April, 2016

By Antony Hook | Fri 22nd April 2016 – 9:39 am I have taken part in hundreds of debates, canvassing sessions and media interviews about Europe. At the moment I am doing several debates per week. My experience is that to be persuasive you have to be positive. Leave campaigners try to suggest that we are campaigning in […]

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Government defeats in the Immigration Bill

by derekdeedman on 14 March, 2016

On Wednesday the Government was defeated twice on the Immigration Bill. Liberal Democrat peers were instrumental in voting to allow asylum seekers to work in the UK if they have not had a decision on their application after six months, an issue that has long been Liberal Democrat policy. Brian Paddick and Sally Hamwee both had […]

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Many people are already getting tired of listening to the Conservatives bickering with each other over Europe and resorting to scare tactics to make their case. So it’s vital we fight a positive, patriotic campaign that is based on hope not fear. There is so much we have achieved already in Europe. Together we have […]

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By Baroness Kath Pinnock | Thu 4th February 2016 – 5:55 pm Who is going to look after the children? One of the biggest worries for working parents is finding high quality and affordable childcare. It is also one of the biggest barriers, especially for women, to getting back into work. So, when the chance came to […]

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This week saw votes on the Welfare Bill as the Government tried to push through further damaging cuts to welfare. Liberal Democrats opposed a new range of Government cuts to Universal Credit. The attack on low earners, which was described by Tim Farron as “tax credits mark two” would see hundreds of thousands of the […]

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Featherstone have both laid motions in an attempt to block the government’s controversial feed-in tariff cuts. The Labour leader laid an early day motion (EDM) … at the same time Baroness Featherstone laid a non-fatal motion within the House of Lords in an attempt to annul […]

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Spending Revue Reviewed ‘You make your own luck,’ goes the saying. In which case, and only in this respect, George Osborne truly has started a “march of the makers” because he’s one hell of a lucky Chancellor. Had the independent Office for Budget Responsibility not lavished on him a £27 billion fiscal (and notional) windfall, […]

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