Lib Dems put forward December 9th General Election plan

Today (27th October) the Liberal Democrats announce they will propose a Bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act to hold a General Election on Monday December 9th.

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Health Committee recommends drugs decriminalisation and consumption room pilots

A new report published today by the cross-party parliamentary Health & Social Care Select Committee has highlighted the need for widescale radical change in the approach to drug use, including the decriminalisation of drug possession and recommending measures such as drug consumption rooms and drug checking services. 

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Barclays must maintain full Post Office services

James Cox is calling on Barclays Bank to reverse their recent decision to reduce banking services available to their customers through Post Office branches from January 2020.

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Record high knife crime offences in Avon & Somerset

Statistics released today by the ONS show that knife crime offences have hit a record high across Avon & Somerset, with a 14% increase in the last year - double the national average.

The region of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire recorded 922 offences involving a knife in the year up to June 2019, an increase of 110 incidents from the previous year. 

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People being 'priced out' of Bristol as rent prices rise faster than wage growth

Bristol, Leeds and Nottingham revealed as the only cities in the UK where the price of rents rose faster than UK average wage growth. 

A survey conducted by the property website Zoopla found that rental prices in the city had risen 4.5% in the last year, with younger people disproportionately impacted. 

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School funding emergency continues in Bristol

New data shows that despite the Conservative government's spending announcements, schools in Bristol continue to be in a state of emergency over funding shortfalls. 

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Councillor Tony Carey Joins the Lib Dem Team

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Former Conservative councillor Tony Carey joins Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are delighted to welcome another new councillor to their party, Brislington East Councillor Tony Carey, less than a month after former Labour councillor Sultan Khan joined them.

Cllr Tony Carey resigned form the Conservatives in July following the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative Leader and his pursuit of a ‘no deal’ Brexit at any cost.

Bristol Liberal Democrats, like the national party, have seen a surge in membership this year, gaining several hundred new members and now two new councillors.

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Tories starve local NHS Trust of £12.5 million

 

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as heartless for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust paid £12,578,657 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

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Legal aid expert selected as candidate for Bristol North West

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Legal aid expert selected as Lib Dem candidate for Bristol North West

After stunning results in the EU elections, securing two new MEPs and topping the polls in Bristol North West, the Liberal Democrats look poised for success with a top legal aid expert. Liberal Democrat members have selected criminal defence and prison law specialist Chris Coleman to be their candidate for the parliamentary constituency. Chris is an experienced campaigner and has been a county and borough councillor, holding the cabinet portfolio for the green environment on Cheltenham borough council.

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Lib Dems propose Citizens' Climate Assembly for Bristol

In the same week as the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate, the Liberal Democrats have put forward an ambitious and radical plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2045, 5 years before the government's pledge. 

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