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    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    Every child deserves the best start in life.

    That's why children's charities have asked every party leader how their policies will help children and generations to come.

    Here are five things the Liberal Democrats will do to build a brighter future for every young person:

    1. Stop Brexit

    Brexit is a disaster for our young people. It limits our ambitions and our horizons.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    "We must stop Boris Johnson ramming through a damaging Trump trade deal."

    The US trade team is offering PR tips on how to force chlorinated chicken down our throats.

    That tells you everything you need to know.

    Leaked documents from the US-UK trade deal talks have revealed the truth. The US team agreed to share their "public lines" on chlorine-washed chicken.

    Why? They argue it's to "inform the media narrative."

    In reality, it's "how to sell the lie."

    These trade talks hang in the balance due to Brexit. US negotiators had 'the most angst' about EU limits to the use of chemicals in food production. They want a no-deal Brexit so we can break from EU regulations on food standards.

    The Tories' desperation for a trade deal with Donald Trump risks leading to lower standards for the food on our tables. A hard Brexit means fewer regulations and standards on the quality of our food.

    This will not just be damaging to our health. It will be incredibly damaging to our food production industries, too.

    We must stop Boris Johnson ramming through a damaging Trump trade deal. It will do great damage to both British consumers and farmers.

    We will stop Boris, stop Brexit and uphold our world-leading food standards.

    Our country's health is at the heart of our vision for a brighter future.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019

    Today, a document was released that lays out the details of talks involving UK and US officials.

    The documents are horrifying.

    They reveal what looks like a deal cooked up between the Tories and Donald Trump that puts our NHS on the table. This, despite Johnson's repeated insistence that the NHS is not for sale.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    "Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson."

    When I meet children and teenagers in schools, they often ask me what you need to be good at to become a politician.

    And my answer is always this:

    Being able to write a press release and understand legislation is important for the job. But you can learn all of that.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    More than 700 people die while homeless each year. It is the most shameful example of the failure of our housing and welfare systems.

    The Conservatives just don't seem to care. They are sitting on their hands, failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

    The latest government figures show that, under the Conservatives, the number of rough sleepers in England on a single night has risen by 31% since 2015, to 4,677. In 2018, 1,320 people were prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act, according to the homelessness charity Crisis.

  • Bus stop
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Hannah Perkin

    Our roads are jammed, our towns are choked with fumes. But hardly anyone takes the bus these days. Why?

    In the past few weeks I have visited many areas in the Faversham & Mid Kent constituency. I have usually had to travel by car. It is just impossible to get around by bus or other public transport. Lenham is just 10 miles from my home in Faversham but it can take almost 1 ½ hours to get there by public transport. It takes me over an hour to travel the 20 miles to our county town, Maidstone.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    The UK produces 2.26 million tonnes of plastic packaging every year.

    Less than half of this is being recycled.

    The Conservatives claimed they will cut plastic pollution. They announced a deposit return scheme in 2018, but it is currently due to be implemented by 2023.

    In reality, all the Tories have done is try to get headlines with piecemeal bans on straws and stirrers.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    "We will put the UK at the heart of global efforts to protect our marine environment."

    Our marine environment is in crisis. Programmes like the BBC's Blue Planet 2 have revealed the scale of the threat.

    The world's beloved marine species like whales and turtles face numerous threats. Plastic pollution, over-fishing, high volumes of shipping traffic, and rising temperatures are but a few.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    "The UK under Johnson will become President Trump's poodle."

    Johnson is desperate to secure a US trade deal to make up for the damage done to our global standing if Brexit happens.

    Close alignment with US rules and regulations will be demanded. We risk becoming a vassal state of the US if Boris Johnson gets a majority.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. More women are killed or incapacitated by violence against them than by cancer. Every week, two women in England in Wales are killed by a current or former partner.

    Faced with these facts it seems almost impossible to imagine the mountain we need to climb to end violence against women. We need to take bold action now to tackle this crisis. This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I'm proud to set out the Liberal Democrat plan to protect women from violence.