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Today, the Liberal Democrat bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility has passed in the House of Lords. The Bill, introduced by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords Navnit Dholakia, will amend the age of criminal responsibility in the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 from ten to twelve. The UN […]

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Tories must own up to BBC licence fee decision

by Jackie Porter on 10 June, 2019

Responding to the announcement that the BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, Liberal Democrat DCMS Spokesperson Jane Bonham-Carter said: “Concessions for over-75s are a social cost which should not be paid for by the licence fee, but from central Government funding. Government, not the BBC, should be responsible and accountable for their social […]

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http://www.bettertransport.org.uk Campaign for better transport review The Campaign for Better Transport undertook a major study to inform the Government’s review of rail travel. The report of the results are in this link above. Interesting that the results show that nearly half the public feel that rail should offer a direct alternative to car travel, but […]

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Food bank usage rockets up under Tory cuts

by Jackie Porter on 26 April, 2019

 ‘Winchester Basics Bank is a lifeline’ says JackieData published today by the Trussell Trust reveals that a record number of people are being forced to turn to foodbanks. Foodbank usage in Winchester reaches a record high as the Government cuts support for the poorest households, even for those who are working. A record number of people in the […]

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Following cross-party talks, opposition parties have called for a People’s Vote to be a priority and to keep the option to revoke Article 50 on the table to avoid a no-deal Brexit. In a joint statement, our Lib Dem Leader, Vince Cable, along with Liz Saville Roberts, Ian Blackford, Chuka Umunna and Caroline Lucas said: “The UK is […]

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Following the works carried out since March 4th, the County Council has placed information about the implementation should it be needed on the Hants.gov.uk website. Essentially it explains that contraflow cones will be placed on the roads overnight, and the whole road will be closed with just a crossing at Orrs Meadow and I hope, […]

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Today Liberal Democrat Lords inflicted two significant Government defeats on a bill which could have allowed healthcare deals offering access to the NHS to be signed in return for trade deals. The two cross-party amendments, which restricted the application of the Bill to the EEA and Switzerland and also restricted the scope of the regulation making powers, were […]

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PM’s authority is in tatters…

by Jackie Porter on 13 March, 2019

Vince Cable says,’ PM’s authority is in tatters… we do not want a ‘friendless deal’. Responding to the large Government defeat in the House of Commons on the meaningful vote, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said: “The Prime Minister’s authority is in tatters while Brexit as a project is also in tatters. “We now need to […]

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The notice to do the works on the A31 from Ladycroft to Percy Hobbs was very short. A lot of residents have contacted me, most angry, at the short notice as it affected their journey and their working day- as the ‘Brexit effect’ starts to bite here. Further to all of our queries regarding the […]

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There is a proposal to build an industrial incinerator/energy from waste plant at Barton Stacey. There is no planning application yet. As a National Infrastructure Project, it will be managed by the Govt Planning Inspectorate, but HCC will be a consultee. I understand it is likely to be proposed as an application late 2019/early 2020, […]

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