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Pride

Happy Pride 2020 to all members of the LGBT+ community!

The first Pride was born out of protest and we must keep speaking out against all forms of oppression and injustice.

Though there will be no parades this year, the fight for equality continues. 🏳️‍🌈


We are a band of dedicated individuals pledged to keep liberal, democratic values flourishing locally, nationally and internationally; to promote greater equality, environmentalism and to fight for the people of Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen. We care about community-based local politics, and we work hard to get individual Liberal Democrats elected to all levels of Government, with a focus on Dudley Council especially. Our aim is to keep in touch with the local communities through residents' surveys and by distributing our local "Focus" leaflets, not just at election time but all year round.

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  • Article: Jun 5, 2020

    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: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 1st June

    This week in the House of Commons the Corporate Insolvency Bill, the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill and a motion relating to our future relationship with the European Union were debated and discussed. However, these were not the main stories this week. As much as I would like to get my constitutional nerd on and tell you all about the reasoning behind the structure of Parliamentary constituencies. Some things are more important.

  • trees
    Article: Jun 5, 2020

    "Climate change is greatest threat to life on earth that our species has ever faced, and it is the responsibility for us to act at every level of society, including local government, in order to ensure that the next generation is not the last generation.

    The Coronavirus pandemic has shown that when faced with a existential threat our society is able to respond, but unlike Covid-19, the climate emergency has crept up on politics and our institutions have been slow to respond where they have responded at all.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2020

    HQ press release

    Following the latest round of Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier today made it clear that there has been no significant progress on numerous issues including Level Playing Field commitments and fishing.

    Urging the government to extend the transition period, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

  • Pencils
    Survey: Jun 4, 2020
    1 question

    The Liberal Democrats have called out the Government's "ill-thought-out" decision to reopen schools amidst the COVID-19 crisis, as new statistics from an NEU survey show that a large proportion of primary schools in the West Midlands remain open only to children of key workers.

    In West Midlands some 32% of primary schools remain closed to all except the children of key workers, despite the Government's attempt to reopen schools to more year groups at the start of this week.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on Ministers to ensure that parents, teachers, headteachers and governors are fully prepared for a phased return and have the support they need to reopen safely, taking into account specific school contexts.

    To help facilitate social distancing, the Liberal Democrats have put forward plans for the creation of "spare space registers" at a local level, which would open up office space, community halls, sports-grounds and more to allow schools space for social distancing, with the Government stepping in to cover associated costs.

    Ryan Priest, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Halesowen and Rowley Regis said:

    "It's no surprise 32% of primary school headteachers and governors in the West Midlands have not yet been able to open their doors to more pupils, given confusion around the Government guidelines and the immense challenges social-distancing presents in many school contexts.

    "The vast majority of people in our community want to see pupils back in the classroom, but safety is paramount. Where it's been possible, many teachers, headteachers and governors have bent over backwards to safely reopen to some year groups. However, not all schools have the facilities or means to do so - the Government must recognise that no two schools are alike.

    "Ministers must also learn from this that schools must have more time to prepare for future changes. Ministers must ensure all schools have greater support if they choose to move towards the next phase of reopening."

    Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson, said:

    "The rushed move to reopen schools without the full backing of unions, or real clarity around the scientific guidance governing this decision, was ill-thought-out. It has created a real crisis for many headteachers and governors.

    "The current situation, with so many schools yet to open their doors, is a product of the Government's dismissive approach towards the education sector during this crisis, its failure to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, and it's failure to fully take account of the wildly different school contexts that exist across England.

    "With inadequate support for schools attempting to overcome huge logistical challenges, and real concerns about the premature easing of lockdown, it's no wonder that many school leaders have had no choice but to keep their doors closed a while longer.

    "Ministers must take a more constructive approach going forward to put this right and ensure every child can get back to school safely."

  • Article: Jun 4, 2020

    The Prime Minister must condemn President Trump's behaviour

    British foreign policy must always promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law all over the world. The USA is no exception.

    The UK has a moral duty to speak out when the freedoms and rights of the people of the US are under attack.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2020
    By Jason T Johnson

    We have had a couple of quizes online on Zoom,

    and have started a facebook group to inform those interested of other quizes

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gldquiz/

    Please join us.

    The next Quiz is on Friday 5th June at 19:45 for an 20:00 start

    The theme is general knowledge with a bit of Harry Potter mixed in

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020

    The murder of George Floyd has led to a global outpouring of anger and grief.

    From Windrush to Grenfell, from Stephen Lawrence to Mark Duggan, we are not short of our own examples of institutionalised, deep-rooted injustices that shame us all

    Racism has been exposed in the most shocking and tragic of ways in Minneapolis but make no mistake - it exists in Britain too.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2020
    By Sanne Dijkstra-Downie

    Man Riding Bicycle on City Street

    When I first moved to the UK from Holland almost eighteen years ago, someone told me I had to use the bus lane as a cyclist - I laughed. Then I realised they were serious.

    Over the past few weeks, this country has seen a massive increase in cyclists on the roads - young and old, fast and wobbly. With fewer cars around, many - often tentatively - have given cycling a go for the first time. Bike shops are doing a roaring trade.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020

    HQ press release

    Responding to news that the Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a motion calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period given the COVID-19 crisis, Liberal Democrat Brexit and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "The Conservatives' proposed Brexit will have a profound impact on the people and businesses of Northern Ireland.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020

    The disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from BAME groups is extremely alarming.

    My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have written to the Prime Minister to express our grave concern at the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds and are urging the government to take urgent action now to address this.