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  • Votes @ 16
    Article: Jun 24, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    The EU Referendum Bill will pave the way for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and yet the Government has not proposed any extension in the election franchise to allow 16 year-olds the right to vote.

    16 year-olds are eligible to join the armed forces, get married and pay income tax but yet don't have the right to vote.

    16 and 17 year-olds were able to vote in last years Scottish Referendum and this helped add life to the campaign. When it comes to a referendum our future in Europe and the world then Liberal Democrats believe that those who will build that future should also have their say.

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    Article: Jun 22, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Following reports that the Conservatives will cut wind farm subsidies earlier than planned, Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson Lord Purvis said:

    "Anti-wind power Tories will put up electricity bills, cut green jobs and reduce investment.

    "This is bad for the environment, it is bad for the economy and it is bad for our energy supplies. This is the sort of short sighted mistake that the Liberal Democrats consistently stopped the Tories from making.

    "The need for us to secure the greatest amount of renewable electricity as part of our energy mix is more important now than ever before.

    "This Conservative commitment was wrong to make it in the first place, it is being delivered in the wrong way and the result will be the wrong one for the renewable energy sector and for the future of our planet."

  • Article: Jun 15, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems
    A number of us are planning to go to the Hustings for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, between Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.
    The nearest hustings takes place on the 3 July at, 7pm - 9pm at Stratford School, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9DH. Travel time is about 1 hour, (M1, M45, A46 and A422.)
  • Article: Jun 12, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    A great opportunity to meet, hear and question the candidates in the running to be leader of our party.

    WHEN: Monday 6th July from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    WHERE: Djanogly Learning Trust, Sherwood Rise Campus, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham NG7 7AR

    The venue is on several bus routes from Nottingham City Centre (68, 69, 70, 71) with car parking onsite and access from Mansfield Road. This is a ground floor venue with disabled access.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2015

    The Referendum - who can and can't vote?

    June 9, 2015 11:02 AM
    By Jon Danzig in British Influence

    EU Franchise

    Citizens from over 70 nations will be able to vote in the UK referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. But most European Union nationalities will be excluded.

    A spokesman for the British Prime Minster said:

  • Article: Jun 10, 2015
    By national lib dems
    Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

    Party HQ has passed on information about the two candidates' campaigns for the party leadership.

    Tim Farron's web address is www.tim2lead.com

    Norman Lamb's is http://backnorman.co.uk

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    Article: Jun 3, 2015
    By National Liberal Democrats

    Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.

    He led the Liberal Democrats to our party's greatest electoral successes and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country against the invasion of Iraq.

    Commenting on his death, Nick Clegg has said: "He always remained modest about his huge achievements. Whenever I asked him for advice, he was unfailingly kind and wise. Most of all, I will never forget the pride and love with which he would talk about his own family, most especially his devotion to his son Donald. My heart goes out to his sister and brother and to Sarah and Donald at this tragic time."

    The Liberal Democrats, and many more outside the party, will never forget him.

    A book of condolence for Charles can be signed here.

    Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy:

    "With that cheeky smile, highland voice and a few simple words Charles Kennedy captured the political hearts of the nation. Charles had a unique combination of political talent and public affection. He had a healthy disdain for policy detail but had highly tuned political instincts.

    "He was in his element on the campaign trail - stealing the show in a TV debate on independence, a joust with opponents in a public meeting in Portree or greeting people on streets of Dunfermline. His wise counsel and gentle encouragement is something I especially valued. I will miss him so much."

    Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to Charles Kennedy.

    "We are all immensely sad to hear of this devastating news. You would struggle to meet a kinder man than Charles. He was a man who had time for everybody; a real people person and that made him stand out from all the rest. He will always be remembered for his warm personality and brilliant quick wit.

    "Charles was a giant in our party. He was robust, sincere and passionate. Never will I be more proud of our party than when Charles us led from the front in our opposition to the Iraq war. This wasn't a decision taken lightly, yet Charles was a man of principle and did what he knew was right. The party owes him a great gratitude for the position he took and the bravery he showed.

    "Above all else, our thoughts go out to Charles' family at this very difficult time."

  • Article: Jun 1, 2015
    In The Observer
    May 31, 2015 3:24 PM
    By Toby Helm and Daniel Boffey in The Observer

    A row of housesFormer top civil servant Lord Kerslake says plan is wrong in principle, in attack that will deal blow to David Cameron's pledge

    The former head of the civil service will this week denounce the government's flagship plan to extend the "right to buy" to 1.3 million housing association tenants, saying it is wrong in principle and practice and will not address the urgent need to build more affordable homes.

    Lord Kerslake (formerly Sir Bob Kerslake), who was the most senior mandarin at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) until February, when he was made a peer by David Cameron, will break cover in his maiden speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday, delivering a serious blow to a centrepiece of the prime minister's legislative programme outlined in last week's Queen's speech.

    Kerslake, who was head of the civil service from 2012 to 2014, and permanent secretary at the DCLG until weeks before the election, working on housing policy, told the Observer: "I will raise my serious concerns about the policy in its current form. I think it's wrong in principle and wrong in practice, and it won't help tackle the urgent need to build more housing and more affordable housing in this country, particularly in London."

    Now sitting as a crossbench peer, Kerslake is expected to demand that ministers hold urgent discussions with housing experts to rethink the policy, which has been widely criticised by the housing industry and business groups, including the CBI, as hugely expensive, unworkable and potentially damaging.

    Meanwhile the London mayor, Boris Johnson, who returned to the Commons as the Tory MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the election, has also warned colleagues at the highest levels of government that the plans could be a disaster for the capital unless guarantees are given that the money raised from sales of high-value properties in London is spent on building more affordable homes.

    While he backs extending the right- to-buy in principle, Johnson wants assurances that the proceeds are not siphoned off elsewhere to areas where construction will be cheaper and land more readily available. At a recent meeting of the London assembly, the mayor said it would be the "height of insanity" if the proceeds are used to fund housebuilding in areas where the shortage is less acute.

    He is also said to be worried that the policy will hurt London's "social mix" and leave key public sector workers, including nurses, teachers and others on low incomes, without places to live.

    A spokesman for the mayor said: "He has been clear that the new policy must deliver an overall increase in housebuilding in London, and that all the money generated from selling London homes is retained in the capital to help increase the supply of new homes, particularly affordable homes."

    The Conservatives announced before the general election that they would set out plans within 100 days on how to allow tenants in housing association homes to buy their properties at discounts of up to £104,000 in London and over £77,000 elsewhere.

    Ministers say housing associations will be compensated for the discounts from money raised by forcing local authorities to sell off their most expensive housing stock when it becomes vacant. They say the plan will ensure "one-for-one replacement" of affordable properties sold.

    The ideas have been widely attacked, including by housing associations, which are independent charities. Many have threatened to sue the government if forced into sales. Critics say that similar promises to replace homes sold with new affordable homes were not honoured when the right to buy council homes was introduced by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

    Whitehall sources say the Tories rushed out the announcement in the runup to the election when they believed the ideas could be shelved or watered down in any coalition with the Liberal Democrats or other parties.

    The National Housing Federation has said the policy will cost up to £5.8bn a year because compensation will have to be paid to housing associations.

    Kerslake will be joined by several other peers. One, Lord Best, another crossbencher who will speak on Tuesday, said: "There is an acute need for more affordable homes: even those on relatively good incomes are now priced out of London and much of southern England. And since we have been building enough homes each year for only half the number of new households, the position is becoming ever more critical."

    Communities secretary Greg Clark will this week tell local authorities to let go of surplus and redundant sites to allow new homes to be constructed, and will set a target for them to release enough land to build 150,000 homes by 2020.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2015
    By Northampton Lib Dems

    This is a brief guide for our new members locally and across the county.

    There are links on this website to the local party and councillors .

    We have an office in Kingsley, and there is usually someone there Monday to Friday from around 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    You are welcome to drop in but best to ring first as the office is staffed by volunteers . The number is 01604 633009

  • A New Shepway Lib Dem Member #LibDemFightBack
    Event: July 7, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lib Dem Office, 120/126 Kingsley Park Terrace, NN2 7HJ

    Come along on the first Tuesday of the month and have a chat, enjoy a hot drink. There is always something to do such as stuffing envelopes, folding leaflets or eating delicious cakes from the local bakers.