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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: Jul 8, 2021

    What is UK Black Pride?

    UK Black Pride is Europe's largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQI+ people. It took place last weekend and, in this article, I wanted to detail the history of the event and its importance to those of us who live in the LGBTQI+ and Minority Ethnic intersection.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2021

    As you may have noticed, this Conservative Government doesn't like to be challenged.

    Just look at how angry and red-faced Boris Johnson gets at Prime Minister's Questions every week. Just listen to how often Ministers rail against lawyers and the courts, because judges sometimes rule against them. Just remember how they refused to do interviews with journalists who might dare to ask difficult questions.

  • Red Brick Wall
    Article: Jul 4, 2021
    By Michael Bukola

    Amongst the fallout of the Batley & Spen by-election, previously a safe Labour seat, the Lib Dems reflect on our own campaign where we finished 4th with 3% of the vote, behind both the Labour and Conservative candidates and George Galloway's Workers Party. The only televised hustings aired on British Muslim TV was represented by our very own Cllr Shaffaq Muhammad, former MEP for Yorkshire and Leader of the Opposition in Sheffield, 30+ miles away!

  • LDCRE Chesham action Day (LDCRE)
    Article: Jul 3, 2021

    Mohsin's July Chair Update

    It's been a really busy month in LDCRE.

    We've continued to work on making a case for the Rooney Rule - this is a rule change that would ensure at least one Black Asian and Minority Ethnic minority individual is shortlisted on any given PPC shortlist. Exec members, led by Chris Annous, have fed into discussions with the Party on the legalities of this and are now preparing our responses back to this. We will also be holding events to raise awareness of the Rooney Rule - watch this space.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2021
    By Christine Jardine

    Why support them for this long and then not see them through to the end?

    Furlough is beginning to taper away and the business rates holiday is also coming to an end on July 1st. However, restrictions are set to remain in place until 19th July.

    This Government seems incapable of hearing the many voices telling them loudly and clearly how desperately small businesses need support to help them cope with the extra period of restrictions, and beyond.

  • Andrew KP Leung
    Article: Jun 26, 2021
    By Mr Andrew KP Leung

    One Country, Two Systems was conceived by Deng Xiaoping, architect of China's Open Door Policy, as a formula not only for Hong Kong's reversion to China's sovereignty but also for Taiwan's ultimate unification with the mainland.

    Under a so-called "1992 Consensus" reached between Beijing and the Kuomintang (KMT), both mainland China and Taiwan agreed to uphold the "One China" principle subject to different interpretations.

  • Keith Melton's Chair (Keith Melton)
    Article: Jun 24, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Green Liberal Democrats are keen to flag up to the world that the Liberal Democrats have been GREEN to the core right from the outset. When the Liberal Democrats were formed in 1988 we inherited strong environmental credentials from the Liberal Party formed over many years. It seems these have been missed by the `Lord Finkelsteins` of the world and we need to restate our values strongly.

  • Bauhina flag
    Article: Jun 23, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson in Libdem Voice

    This week's news included an early "obituary" for Apple Daily, the eponymous newspaper founded by Jimmy Lai, a long-time critic of the Hong Kong and Beijing Governments.

    The prediction of closure of the pro-democracy paper by the end of the week followed the arrests of the executives (including the editor-in-chief and the chief executive) and freezing of the assets of the parent company, Next Digital. All the staff of the publication are expected to resign this week and the last issue may be the June 26 edition.

    This news is remarkable to me in 2 respects:

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021
    By James Belchamber

    Our first community think-in event, titled "Abolish BAME", was run on June 9th - and was an opportunity for members to lead the discussion on the issue. Members took turns to "take the stage" and say what they thought, with opportunities to respond to each other and discuss in the text chat as well. I took a back seat, taking notes and ensuring everyone that wanted to had a say - and we kept the event going until everyone that wanted to talk had a chance to.

    My summary of the event is as follows - and please stick through to the end, because we have a survey to gather feedback both on this summary and responses to it. Three threads appeared in our discussion, which I will try to summarise in turn:

    1) Don't call me BAME: Many people expressed a strong dislike of BAME being used as a noun to describe them, and shared stories of other people expressing similar views. BAME is not an ethnicity, and using it in place of people's ethnicity erases their identity. By using it in statistics it also erases sometimes quite significant inequalities between ethnic groups (an effect that's also noted within the broad "white" group). "BAME" has become another way of saying "not white" - othering everyone that fits in the category. People should be considered as part of the diversity of our country, instead of cast as simply "white" or "BAME".

    2) BAME is a tool: A lot of people saw BAME as a tool to talk about racism, and the commonality of experience that comes with being "not white" in a country that has both a white majority and a racism epidemic. A racist doesn't see "Afro-Caribbean" or "Bangali"; they see brown skin and they act based on that. Victims of racism need a word to describe themselves as a group with that in common; other words could be "ethnic minority" or simply "non-white", but both have problems. Erasing e.g. "BAME Officers" will probably also erase specific efforts to tackle racial injustice in organisations, mixing them instead with a more general diversity/equality remit.

    3) This is a distraction: Some saw this as a distraction, amplified by the government to get an "easy win" and by racists to "divide and rule". The language in the Sewell report specifically was criticised for using "Abolish BAME" arguments to claim racism doesn't exist at all, and that every ethnic group was separately responsible for their own oppression. People are talking about "what to call us" instead of focusing on the real issues of racial injustice - and that's probably by design.

    This is a composite summary, and most people only expressed one or two of these views.

    What I will be doing now is attempting to piece together a position for the campaign to take that both gives strong, unambiguous direction for the party and commands popular support of the membership. This must not be a hand-wavey compromise, but a consensus-built stance that we can all get behind - something that might be hard to do, but if we can achieve it then the prize is a stronger and more united racial justice movement in the party. There is probably consensus to be found between these views, but I would first like the membership to validate the summary and give a chance for people to raise other points for us to include.

    Regardless, one thing the campaign has taken away from this experience is that we should run more of these events. The Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality is a member-led organisation - we have elections every year and our members choose who leads us. But through these events we have an opportunity to tap into the membership more regularly, building cast-iron responses infused with knowledge, expertise and lived experiences.

    It feels very much like the kind of consultation we demand in our local areas - and maybe that was why so much of the input was thoughtful and thought-provoking. As a party we have that kind of consensus-building, community-led approach to politics coursing through us - if we can channel that towards eradicating racial injustices then that adds another string to the campaign's bow, and strengthens the party's hand in leading the fight.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with.

    Last night Liberal Democrats gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing our 12th MP, Sarah Green.

    We struck at the heart of the Conservatives' blue wall and took one of their safest seats.

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with. We have a team to match anyone.