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  • Article: Nov 22, 2020

    This week FPC met with an unusually light-looking agenda but we still managed to talk for two and half hours! We received an excellent presentation from Mimi Turner, Director of Strategy, Messaging and Research. Mimi talked us through the scale of the task ahead of us in terms of understanding how the Party fares when voters are asked whether we share their values; whether we'll do what we say; whether we're perceived as wanting to help ordinary people get on in life; and whether they see us as competent and capable.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020

    November's meeting opened with a discussion with Ed Davey in which he outlined his plans for the Parliamentary Party going forwards. Collectively we deliberated on how to make sure all parts of the party are collaborating effectively and making best use of Ed's overarching strategy.

    The Moving Forward Programme

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020
    By Alex McBeath

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 16th November

    Monday 16th November

    To start off the week, the Commons had a quiet day of business.

  • Pippa Heylings speaking in the debate on Plastic Pollution and UN Sustainable Development Goals (KNDaws)
    Article: Nov 20, 2020

    A campaign to make the Ox-Cam Arc the UKs first DC-enabled Zone

    Breaking News: GLD Exec Members, Cllr Pippa Heylings and Cllr Geoff Harvey recently launched a campaign to make the huge Ox-Cam Arc national infrastructure project an exemplar for clean energy infrastructure based on smartgrid DC power transmission. Working closely with South Cambridgeshire District Council Leader, Cllr Bridget Smith, who also heads up the Ox-Cam Arc Environment Pillar of policy development, Geoff and Pippa have notched-up a first success: At the Arc Conference and Prospectus Launch, on 17th Nov, to an audience of close to 500 delgates, Cllr Bridget Smith included the following aim in her speech:

  • Sarah Olney ()
    Article: Nov 19, 2020
    By Sarah Olney

    On Twitter Sarah Olney MP, the LibDem Environment spokesman says:

    10 reasons why the #10pointplan isn't as good as it seems.

    • 1.Two-thirds of the money in Boris' Climate Plan has already been pledged. Of the £12bn "announced" today, only £4bn is actually new.
    • 2. The plan continues to invest in nuclear power - this is a huge waste of time and an even bigger waste of money that we could be investing in renewable energy. The unit cost of nuclear is now far higher than the unit cost of renewables, making nuclear a poor investment.
    • 3.The £12 billion (sorry, £4 billion) pales in comparison with the investment we have seen in other countries, such as €42 billion in Germany and €35 billion in France. This sum is nowhere near what we need to spend.
    • 4. Boris has repeatedly claimed this plan is part of a highly ambitious COP26 strategy as the hosts of next year's UN climate talks. However, this plan gets the UK nowhere near the emissions reductions needed to be consistent with Paris Agreement or 1.5C warming.
    • 5. The PM mentions only one nature-based solution in his entire plan - planting trees. Clearly the Government doesn't care enough about the biodiversity crisis to invest in the UK's peatlands, wetlands or native woodlands.
    • 6. Despite promising to end petrol and diesel car sales by 2030, this plan will allow hybrids to continue to be sold - keeping fossil fuel cars on the road for at least five more years.
    • 7. This plan makes absolutely no changes to how the climate crisis is handled by the Government. There is still no Department of Climate Change to deliver the net zero commitment and no new powers for local authorities who have an important role to play.
    • 8. This plan has completely ignored the need for net zero newbuild homes yet again, as does the Planning White Paper. Since the Conservatives scrapped the net zero homes legislation in 2016, another one million homes have been built which will need to be upgraded.
    • 9. The Conservatives scrapped previous Liberal Democrat work on Carbon Capture and Storage only to come full circle back to it now. They have wasted the last five years which they could have spent investing in and developing the technology.
    • 10. Extending the Green Homes Grant for another year, doesn't give the construction industry the investment it needs to recruit and train the skills needed to deliver home upgrades on the scale needed. A much longer-term commitment is needed to provide green jobs.
  • Caroline Voaden
    Article: Nov 19, 2020

    Our vice-president Caroline Voaden (above) has written for West Country Bylines on the outcome of the recent U.S. elections and the wider lesson it gives:

    "The relief, and even joy, at Joe Biden's win in the US elections has been somewhat tempered by the spotlight it has shone on something that has been lacking in our politics for years, but is now more obvious than ever by its absence.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Federal Conference Committee met for the morning of Saturday 14 the November 2020. The meeting was designed to pick up on issues that arose from the Autumn Conference feedback meeting that took place in October.

    At the feedback meeting, the FCC had decided that Spring Conference would take place online. We will be using the Hopin platform and conference will operate in a very similar manner to Autumn Conference.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Today the Government announced their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

    Sadly, it fails to undo the damage the Conservatives have done to the UK's progress on climate change over the past five years.

    We need a long term plan backed by meaningful funding.

    Their plan not only pledges to continue selling fossil fuel powered hybrid cars past 2030 but it also extends the Green Homes Grant by just one year.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Disability History Month is an important opportunity to remember how far we have come in the battle for disability rights and equality.

    There is still a long road ahead to ensure equality and inclusion for disabled people.

    It is also a time to honour those who have led the way forward, defied stereotypes and contributed so much to the success of our country.

  • From the Chair
    Article: Nov 17, 2020
    By Keith Melton

    "Stay European" Conference examines the environment...

    Green Liberal Democrats have been asked by the campaigning group "Stay European"* to organise a fringe session for their conference on Saturday 21st November. Rather than keeping the session to themselves "Stay European" have kindly opened the session to others who may be interested. You can register for the conference here >> https://www.stayeuropean.org/conference/ and a Zoom link will be sent to you for the meeting.