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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: Oct 22, 2021

    Conservative MP Philip Davies has started taking a surprising interest in the Liberal Democrats' commitment to an equal parliament, and our internal selection procedures.

    Perhaps he has decided to turn his back on his sexist views, or perhaps he has a different motive.

    Read Philip Davies' letter to Ed Davey, and Ed's reply:

  • Article: Oct 20, 2021

    We did it!

    The Vagrancy Bill is a blunt outdated instrument that makes criminals of rough sleepers. It hurts the people most in need in our society.

    Liberal Democrats have been fighting to scrap it for years. And today, the Prime Minister has been dragged kicking and screaming to a point where even he admits it needs to go.

  • Heat infrared view of a house (George Miles (dicegeorge))
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Jed Marson
    In Green Liberal Democrats we are adamant. Making energy saving the nation's first priority is the best way forward.
    Compare the limited £3.9 billion announced over 3 years, to provide only 90,000 homes with a new type of hearing, with the £150 billion programme LibDem Leader, Ed Davey, proposes.
    That will insulate the social housing stock and help homeowners. How? Industry will develop new materials and switch to new products with technology we know about and some new that we don't know about now, to all but completely free us from the need for heating new domestic and commercial buildings. Changing regulations is key. If everyone has to meet the new regulations the scale of the market for sustainable tech will bring down prices in a competitive market.

    How will we pay for insulating homes?

    Vulnerability to escalating gas cost now shows that it won't take many years to recoup the cost to retrofit an existing property. The right government programme LibDems propose will result in the same quality of replacement technologies that will be m used by a newly sustainable industry supplying to new homes.
    The insulation of older homes will be much more complicated than for a new home and costly.
    Simple starts include thermal blinds until the windows need replacing. Then make it triple glazing and keep the blinds! The walls are complicated. It's the challenge every householder must tackle over time.
    Here in politics, government allows some big picture oddities. Consider this. At least two oil companies announced plans to buy back shares with spare profits. Their industry is subsidised. How's that wise? Sorry, that's a silly question with a government that talks about a new language in politics but spends more of its time covering up bad judgment and preference of donors. That could be explained by the £18 million in donations to the Conservative Party from developers.
    That means archaic building regulations will persist, with 20% plus profit margins in a cartel that sees too few homes built to bring supply up to demand, rabbit hutches and a generation that can't really afford a home.
    Then things get technical. Homes that don't include what's permitted in solar, haven't a hope of going above that level to tiles and 3 phase, to enable the whole roof of all new buildings to be covered in solar. The regulations stifle the ability for those buildings to be carbon neutral on day one. 3 phase is needed beyond the currently permitted solar panel limit.
    A government that swaps Ministers and doesn't get to the bottom of the numbers is all unfortunate for future generations and that's who we must ask to vote for us to change all this.
    Are you asking how it can it change, when lobby groups with money from the fossil fuel industry are heard and listened to, above the voice of the people, the science and reason? If we can get people to see that, their votes can help us to make the changes needed. Right now you can join the LibDems, help start and become active in a Green LibDem group in your region.

  • City of London
    Article: Oct 19, 2021
    By Lib Dems
    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has warned that the Government's new Net Zero Strategy is ignoring the "elephant in the room" by failing to include measures to stop investment in fossil fuel industries through the City of London.
    The former Energy and Climate Change Secretary is calling for new oil, gas and coal companies to be banned from the London Stock Exchange and for urgent action to stop the UK hosting the world's fossil fuel investments.
  • Article: Oct 15, 2021
    During National Hate Crime Awareness Week, LDDA executive member and wheelchair user Julie Adnams Hatch shares how a recent experience of hate crime affected her.
    She explains how to report hate crime and why it's so important to record every incident.
  • Article: Oct 14, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    In collaboration with the Liberal Democrat European Group, the Federal Policy Committee are organising regional events giving members a chance to shape our policy on Europe. We want to hear your thoughts on what our priority areas should be, what solutions you might have to problems raised and how we can continue to promote a close relationship with Europe.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The autumn party conferences traditionally mark the start of the new political season. They are a time to reflect on the past year and set out plans to succeed in the coming year.

    Both politics and coronavirus have made it a tough time since the last round of conferences. But we can look forward to this new political season with confidence that if we continue to raise our game, we can prosper. We've seen signs of that already, including with Sarah Green's fantastic win in Chesham and Amersham and also with the latest net favourability leadership polling from Savanta ComRes:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The Federal Conference Committee recently met to discuss the Conference format for 2022.

    We considered a number of options for next year's conferences and took the difficult decision to hold Spring Conference as an online conference and only returning to an in-person event for Autumn Conference. The dates of Spring Conference will be 11-13 March 2022 and we will announce the dates and venue for Autumn Conference in due course.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021
    By Mark Pack

    On Monday 18th of October the Board will hosting a surgery for all Party members.

    This is an open invitation to everyone, whether you have a burning question for us, would just like to get to know the Board a bit better, or have an issue you'd like to raise. We are all ears.

    The session will run from 18:00-19:00, please feel free to drop in and out as best fits your day, and you can register here.

  • Cressida Dick
    Article: Oct 9, 2021
    By Linda Chung in Camden New Journal and Ham and High local newspapers

    The following letter by Linda Chung to the local press in Camden, Hampstead and Highgate and published in full this week is reproduced below:

    "I attended the launch of STRIDE by Commissioner Cressida Dick on 27 September. STRIDE is the Met's strategic plan to cover inclusion, diversity, and engagement for the next five years. It was an upbeat launch, with a range of senior and junior officers talking about their work and intentions to uphold the nine principles of policing, originally set out by the Sir Robert Peel on the basis of policing by consent. Trust and confidence were the key words.