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  • Article: Aug 10, 2020
    By Alistair Carmichael

    The world has watched in horror as the persecution of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang has been revealed. From the initial reports of mass surveillance, to evidence of up to 3 million people forced into so called re-education camps, the situation is bleak and all too familiar.

    We remain clear that the UK has a duty to act.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2020

    During the war in Afghanistan, a number of Afghan civilians served with British troops as interpreters. These brave men and women risked their lives to enable our Armed Forces to do their jobs.

    It was our own Paddy Ashdown who fought to ensure that the Government didn't forget the service of these Afghan heroes.

    Many of them were no longer safe in Afghanistan, facing reprisals for their service to the UK.

    So I was proud that, when the UK began withdrawing our forces in 2012, it was our own Paddy Ashdown who fought to ensure that the Government didn't forget the service of these Afghan heroes.

    Back in 2013, he spoke powerfully about the "debt of honour" we owe them, and argued that they must be offered the chance to live in the UK.

    Thanks to Paddy's campaign and the efforts of Liberal Democrat Ministers, we secured a scheme to allow interpreters to move to the UK.

    However, they faced fierce resistance from Conservative Ministers, who set tight limits on who could benefit from the scheme.

    Only those who were still working for the UK in December 2012 were eligible, and they could only bring family members with them if they moved at the same time - spouses and children could not join them later.

    This left far too many interpreters stuck in Afghanistan and at serious risk of violence, or in the UK but separated from their families.

    So we kept campaigning and, in 2018, the Government promised to expand the scheme to include all interpreters who have served on the frontline with British troops since May 2006.

    It claimed that up to 200 more people would be able to benefit from the changes - but, two years later, just two translators have been able to come to the UK under the new rules.

    The Government also promised in March last year that interpreters who have relocated to the UK would now be able to bring family members to join them.

    Brave individuals in Afghanistan who put their lives at risk for our country deserve the right to stay in the UK.

    Sadly, however, not a single family member had been relocated to the UK under the new rules more than a year after that change came into force.

    These failures represent an appalling breach of the debt Paddy spoke of back in 2013.

    These courageous interpreters must not be left to live in fear of reprisals for their service, nor must they be cruelly separated from their families.

    So, along with my Liberal Democrat colleagues and a number of MPs from other parties, I have written to the Defence Secretary and the Home Secretary, urging them to put this right without further delay.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2020
    By Peter Jones

    Let's Forget the Local Plan

    The controversial draft proposals to build 5,000+ homes around Chesham, Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Peter - aka the Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan 2036 - have reached something of a stalemate.

    Rather than persist with a plan to build on Green Belt, which no one really wants and actually goes against the Conservative Party manifesto, I think it's time we took a fresh new look at an old idea: the garden city. Let me explain why.

  • Klina Jordan (Klina Jordan)
    Article: Aug 6, 2020
    By Klina Jordan

    System Change Not Climate Change

    There is a growing sense that the current political system in the UK is not fit for purpose. Many newspapers have written about the broken system and the lack of accountability in Westminster to the demands of the citizens. This flawed democracy has an impact on many areas, including how we deal with the climate emergency as a country.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    A complaint has been made about Ed Davey's campaign's conduct in its communication with members as to their voting intentions, specifically that they instructed canvassers not to disclose the identity of the campaign they were actually calling on behalf in calls made on the 11th and 14th of July 2020.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    Throughout this terrible disease, people have not only faced heartbreaking loss of life, but also crushing anxiety over their livelihoods.

    Lockdown has been necessary to prevent an even greater catastrophe, but the economic shutdown has thrown millions of people into financial hardship.

    Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make sure people do not feel left behind as the country slowly recovers. We cannot allow this to create a new wave of inequality in Britain; the damage done to businesses and jobs falls harder on some than others.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020
    By Layla Moran

    Like many young people and students in the early 2000s, I first joined the Liberal Democrats because of Charles Kennedy's brave stance on the invasion of Iraq.

    Charles played a courageous role in steadfastly opposing military intervention, putting both his and the party's reputation on the line. I joined a million others marching on the streets in protest, pleading with Blair's Government to change course.

  • Alan Bacon
    Article: Aug 4, 2020

    It was fun and games for the first meeting of the new unitary council on 15 July, but there was bad news for the climate change crisis.

    Councillors had to meet virtually because of Covid-19, and the meeting began half an hour late because of inevitable technical problems - not a good start and the technical problems continued throughout. It's not helped either by having 200 councillors taking part - that number is set to reduce to 147 after next May's elections, but it's still too many for all to get a chance to participate properly.
    Anyway, as a shadow portfolio holder it was possible for me to ask some questions about what is happening with Covid-19 in Buckinghamshire, especially about care homes and about Test, Track and Trace. So that was useful, but it was frustrating for other opposition members who did not get to ask their questions or make their points.

  • Mohammad Fayyaz
    Article: Aug 4, 2020

    Since this article was written, the work on the brick pavers which Mohammad Fayyaz has been campaigning for, has been done. I hear complaints all the time about the state of our roads here in Chesham: the lack of drain maintenance causing floods, the potholes, the streetlights not working and so on.

  • Sept conference 2019 (Mark Johnston)
    Article: Aug 2, 2020

    Preparations for the LDEG fringe event the this year's autumn Party Conference continue apace and will be annouced during the second half of August.

    Until then please reserve Saturday 26 September from 1 pm to 2 pm in your diary.

    Access to our event is only possible as part of access to the wider on-line Party conference platform.