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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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  • Wendy Chamberlain (Official Portrait Wendy Chamberlain - https://members.parliament.uk/member/4765/portrait)
    Article: Sep 11, 2021

    North East Fife Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain moved a "Westminister Hall" debate (transcript here) on Wednesday 8th September criticising the closure of offices of the British Council, an important cultural institution financed by the British Government. As Wendy noted "the British Council was created [in 1934] in response to a changing global stage: the United Kingdom was losing its traditional forms of influence, extreme ideologies were on the rise around the world and there was a global economic crisis." Wendy continued that "those problems may not sound unfamiliar to the Minister and others here today as he and his Cabinet colleagues seek to re-establish the UK as a global power outside the EU, respond to extreme ideologies at home and abroad, as we have devastatingly seen over the last few weeks, and tackle the economic and social implications of the pandemic and the climate crisis. Clearly, the British Council remains as relevant today as it has ever been."

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    Article: Sep 11, 2021
    By Janice Turner, Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Campaign for Racial Equality in LibDem Voice

    More than a year has passed since the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stunned the world into vowing to take racism more seriously.

    Tackling racism, however, always needs to begin at home, and both Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE) and Liberal Democrats Black Lives Action Committee (BLAC) had hoped BLM would propel the party into making faster progress to increase membership and electoral support from ethnic minorities.

  • boris
    Article: Sep 10, 2021

    Dudley, Stourbridge, and Halesowen Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

    The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

  • ESEA Heritage month
    Article: Sep 9, 2021

    An energetic group of young people have launched ESEA (East and SE Asian) Heritage month in September to complement Black History Month in October. https://www.besean.co.uk/esea-heritage-month

    According to the founders of ESEA heritage month, this "would be a way not only to foster community cohesion among ESEA people themselves, but to bring ESEA culture and heritage to the forefront of narratives toward the government objective to foster a modern and diverse Britain."

  • Merlene Emerson PAF background
    Article: Aug 30, 2021
    By Merlene Emerson

    This September marks the 15th anniversary of the Chinese Liberal Democrats. It was during the autumn conference of September 2006 during Sir Menzies, Lord Campbell's leadership of the party that CLDs was launched with Linda Chung as the first Chair. The late Lord Paddy Ashdown was of course a Patron with Sir Menzies with his history of association with work in China and the championing of the rights of HKers.

  • Bauhina flag
    Article: Aug 28, 2021
    By Dr Yeow Poon

    Recently, the Chinese Liberal Democrats received a message expressing the following:

    "I really appreciate the Liberal Democrats for the solid support given to us Hongkongers!

    However, I'm worried about the safety of Hongkongers moving to the UK, especially if supporters of the Chinese Communist Party gain political influence or get invited as a consultant to handle affairs regarding Hong Kong immigrants. There's a real risk that these people will cooperate with the Hong Kong or Chinese government to extend their oppression in and outside Hong Kong. I hope the Liberal Democrats can take some action regarding this and protect the safety of Hong Kongers who're seeking freedom and new lives in the UK."

  • Article: Aug 27, 2021

    Every day of this year's Autumn Conference holds important debates and events that are of special significance to us, covering

    • Friday - Conversion therapy;
    • Saturday - The right to dignity and chose at the end of life, for the terminally ill;
    • Saturday - Global abuses of the human right to freedom of religion or belief;
    • Sunday - Religious school assemblies;
    • Monday - Recognition in our party's constitution of religious and non-religious belief.
  • Article: Aug 24, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    The Conservative Government's decision to cut development spending has done extraordinary damage to Britain's reputation with our allies and partners from across the globe.

    In a week which will see the eyes of the world on the UK as we host the G7, now is the time for leadership - but instead, the Conservatives want Britain to hide from its responsibilities during a global pandemic.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2021
    By Lisa Smart

    Last week saw Jeremy Hargreaves (Federal Policy Committee Vice-Chair) join us to discuss policy development from the perspective of the FCEC and the impact our recent research projects have made on this work.

    We noted that whilst we needed a great deal of support from Liberally inclined Tory voters next time, it is imperative that we retain our core vote and are able to draw people from the Labour party as well.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2021

    Global leaders should hang their heads in shame.

    We've all watched the heartbreaking scenes at Kabul Airport showing citizens of Afghanistan trying to escape from the terror of the Taliban. Their situation is desperate.