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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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  • Ed Davey speaking at Lib Dem Rally - Stop Brexit March (Kevin Daws)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020

    A Green Economic Recovery for hope: tackling the climate
    emergency with the jobs and technology people need


    The Liberal Democrats' ambitious ten point plan for UK Net-Zero


    As we look to beat the Covid health crisis, we should be doing far more to tackle the two crises
    that will still face us - the jobs crisis and the climate emergency.

  • Article: Nov 27, 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: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 23rd November

    Monday 23rd November

    The Prime Minister's announcement on Monday did not quite go to plan. After his statement to the House on Coronavirus, delivered virtually from Downing Street, the PM's connection dropped out and the Secretary of State had to stand in his place, fielding questions from around the Chamber.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis has shone a new spotlight on the issue of child hunger, with demand for food banks soaring and almost a fifth of households with children unable to access enough food in the first weeks of lockdown.

    The Government has repeatedly overlooked the needs of children from low-income families.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    Yesterday, on Carers Rights Day, we launched our campaign Stand Up for Carers - calling on the Government to immediately raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year.

    After the Chancellor's Spending Review earlier this week, it's more important than ever that we support the incredible work that carers do.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Mark Johnston

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Simon Hanson

    Our campaign in Cradley and Wollescote is going fantastically well, and next year we have a real chance of getting back on Dudley Council. All this is funded by your generous donations, a lot of which is raised at our Annual Christmas Draw. Would you like to support our campaigns and enter into the draw? Tickets cost just £1. Thank you and best of luck. The Dudley Lib Dem team thanks you for all your support.

  • Ed Davey MP (Graham Neale)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP, Sarah Olney MP, Lord Oates, Jürgen Maier

    Dear Boris and Alok,
    We had hoped to be writing to welcome fully your government's action plan to achieve net-zero.
    However your Ten Point Plan in no way matches the scale of what is needed to generate a Green
    Economic Recovery, let alone fast track the UK towards tackling the climate emergency.
    In Government, the Liberal Democrats delivered a historic increase in the UK's renewable electricity,
    devised and led policies that have made the UK the world leader in offshore wind power and
    developed a range of global firsts, from the world's only CCS-gas power plant project to roadmaps
    for decarbonising the UK's energy intensive industries. Since 2015, we have regrettably seen five
    largely wasted years, with significant mistakes such as the scrapping of our Zero Carbon Homes law
    and our CCS projects. We had hoped your plan would be a turning point, but instead it is deeply
    disappointing and a massive missed opportunity. We urge you to revise the scale of your ambitions
    immediately
    Your investment programme of £12 billion is totally inadequate. Set against what other developed
    countries are investing, the scale of the opportunity and what you claim to want to achieve, it is
    simply not credible. Even on basic programmes, such as energy efficiency and insulation, the
    extension of the Green Homes Grant by just one year lacks any long-term thinking, when any serious
    expert recognises that industry, firms and business need much greater certainty if they are going to
    invest in skills and equipment. We all know decarbonising heat is challenging, so surely it makes
    sense to do far more on reducing the nation's heat demand and thereby also tackling fuel poverty?
    On power, it is welcome that your Conservative Government appears to have been converted to
    offshore wind, but again the detailed policies to make this growth happen are sadly lacking, whilst
    there is little serious commitment to other renewable electricity options, including onshore wind,
    solar and tidal. Moreover, the scale of ambition and commitment to technologies that support a
    radically deeper penetration of renewables, including interconnectors, battery storage, smart grid,
    demand side response and pumped hydro, is sadly lacking. Instead, despite the evidence from
    Hinkley Point C, which we know well, that nuclear power has not come down in price and remains
    very expensive once its true costs and risks are properly accounted for, you have opted to expose
    consumers and taxpayers to these much higher costs.
    On transport, your plans for zero carbon vehicles falls far short of what is needed - both to support
    the supply-side and really help the UK automotive sector to become a world leader, and to support
    the demand-side, and provide the different incentives to consumers that will be needed. In the
    aerospace industry, which is crying out for a future-focused strategy, your programme lacks any
    serious targets or direction to deliver zero carbon flight domestically and even on short haul within
    the timescale of the climate emergency and our economy demands.
    It is good that some action is at last being taken on promoting hydrogen and reversing the shocking
    lack of support for CCUS in recent years. However, once again, in comparison to other countries and
    the scale of what is needed, the proposals seem shockingly weak. These two technologies are likely
    to prove crucial both for decarbonisation and for minimising the economic challenges as Britain's oil
    and gas industry transitions, and are both sectors the UK could be a world leader in. However, it
    looks as if the scale of the opportunity may be sadly missed.
    There is another way. The Liberal Democrats have detailed plans for a Green Economic Recovery
    Our proposals are a bold and strategic bid to fast-track the UK to net-zero and to provide the jobs
    people need and deliver the technology our economy needs We want to see a £150 billion public
    investment programme to fire-up progress to UK net-zero over the next three years, and to help
    British people and businesses to become global leaders in the technologies of the future. It is good
    that the Treasury is at last addressing policies to help private capital markets play a bigger role in
    financing a green recovery and the climate transition, yet once again, the scale of the ambition does
    not meet the need or the opportunity.
    With the UK hosting the COP26 global climate talks next year, and with the international opportunity
    presented by the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, now surely is the moment for the UK to show
    true leadership in tackling the climate emergency.
    The UK must aspire to lead the world again. Our plan presents a far more optimistic vision of new
    climate economics, where people, businesses and communities across the UK can dare to hope
    again. We would be happy to share it with you and explain why you now need to make the tough
    decisions to secure Britain's green economic recovery.
    Yours sincerely,
    Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP - Liberal Democrat Leader and former Secretary of State for Energy and
    Climate Change
    Sarah Olney MP - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency
    Lord Oates - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency (Lords)
    Jürgen Maier - Chair of the Liberal Democrat Business and Economic Council and former Chief
    Executive of Siemens UK

  • Dudley Council Chamber FB
    Article: Nov 27, 2020

    A report submitted to Dudley Council on the 26th November has revealed that the council has again failed to reach national air pollution targets in several areas across the borough.

    The report reveals that air quality in Dudley's most polluted areas is improving incredibly slowly, putting the lives of residents at risk. Of the 45 sites the council measures air quality, 6 are above the national air pollution target. They include Halesowen Road, Netherton; High Street, Wordsley; High Street, Quarry Bank; Birmingham Road, Dudley; Windmill Hill, Cradley; and Hall Street, Dudley.

  • Ryan Windmill Hill
    Article: Nov 27, 2020

    A report submitted to Dudley Council on the 26th November has revealed that the council has again failed to reach national air pollution targets in several areas across the borough.

    The report reveals that air quality in Dudley's most polluted areas is improving incredibly slowly, putting the lives of residents at risk. Of the 45 sites the council measures air quality, 6 are above the national air pollution target. They include Halesowen Road, Netherton; High Street, Wordsley; High Street, Quarry Bank; Birmingham Road, Dudley; Windmill Hill, Cradley; and Hall Street, Dudley.

  • Similar houses (yourlivingcity.com)
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    CPRE and FoE want councillors and others to sign this open letter

    https://takeaction.cpre.org.uk/page/68213/petition/1


    Defend local planning and ensure your community's voice is heard

    An open letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

    This open letter is about the government's proposed changes to the planning system, as announced in August 2020 in the White Paper - Planning for the Future. It's open for signatures from currently-serving councillors and MPs from all political parties and will be sent to the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, at a later date. The purpose of the letter is to demonstrate the widespread concern at the local level about the government's plans.

    You can add your name by filling in your details . The list of signatories will be available shortly.

    The letter is being hosted by CPRE, the countryside charity, and Friends of the Earth. If you would like to find out more about the campaign we are running in opposition to the government's proposals, or if you have any general questions, please email Sam Keyte: SamK@cpre.org.uk.