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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 1, 2020

    In the week since the death of George Floyd in the United States, the grief and anger of black communities in the US and closer to home has been clear.

    The Liberal Democrats extend our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Protests against the killing of black people by police have erupted everywhere from Floyd's home state of Minneapolis, USA, to the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. The world knows George Floyd's name, and his death has fuelled a movement to end police violence against black people.

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    Article: May 31, 2020
    By Stewart Reddaway

    The current virus has temporarily reduced carbon emissions, but climate change is still important.

    Carbon offsetting is used to enable an organisation or person engaged in an activity that emits CO2 (or other Greenhouse Gas (GHG)), such as flying, to pay to support project(s) that reduce emissions so they can claim a neutral net effect on climate change. There is a wide range of such projects on offer commercially, an example being planting trees. The cost in £/ton of CO2 varies very widely, and the control and auditing of the validity of their claims is weak. Naturally, both organisations and people are tempted to opt for the cheapest, so there is pressure on projects to overclaim or be dishonest. An offsetting project must lead to additional GHG reductions over what would have happened anyway; for example, if it is profitable without subsidy (most wind or solar projects are now profitable) or is part of a country's Paris commitment, it is not valid. Double counting is of course dishonest.

  • police officers
    Article: May 31, 2020

    A daming report into police use of Stop and Search reveals that BAME people are almost 3 times more likely to be stopped than a white person in the West Midlands, despite no difference in the proportion of resulting arrests.

    This report, pubished by the government, reveals a worrying trend of discrimination in the use of stop and search powers by the police. Yet despite this, the government has signalled that it will expand the use of stop and search with no evidence that it is effective in reducing crime. Research has consistently shown that Stop and Search powers are counter productive, it marginalises minority communities, destroys their relationships with the police, and pushes young people into the criminal justice system.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    Our late former Leader Paddy Ashdown argued at the time of the Hong Kong handover that without the added right to live in the UK for those holding British National Overseas (BNO) Passports, Beijing could ignore the Joint Declaration.

    We have a duty to act and protect those we vowed we would.

    In 2020, this is becoming a tragic reality. 'Beijing's new law will trample over the 'one country, two systems' framework, crushing Hong Kong's autonomy.

  • soil picture 1
    Article: May 29, 2020
    By Veronica-Mae Soar

    When I was growing up there was a catchphrase often bandied about (with a suitable rustic accent) - "The answer lies in the soil." There have always been some who understood the importance of soil; but it has now become an imperative, as we are told that if we continue as we are then we have around 60 years worth of harvests left to us.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    With social-distancing rules relaxing in England we are able to start delivering leaflets again, and we want to help people do that.

    That's why the LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team have now produced a Coronavirus Focus template for seats in England - find the answer to all your questions below.

    If you would like to take advantage of the bulk buy print deal or the Royal Mail paid delivery option, you need to complete this form by 5pm, Friday 5th June.

  • Nurse
    Survey: May 28, 2020
    1 question

    The Coronavirus will leave a deep scar on our medical and care staff, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this awful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma, and while we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the impact of this pandemic on the individuals on the frontline will last a lifetime.

  • People in Facemasks
    Survey: May 27, 2020
    2 questions

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for more support for mental health services across the West Midlands as new figures from the ONS expose the enormous mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In the West Midlands an estimated 81% of adults have reported feeling "stressed, anxious or worried about the future" or "that their mental health had become worse" between 3 April and 3 May 2020.

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    Millions of people are worried for their loved ones. They have made heartbreaking sacrifices every day since lockdown, including missing family gatherings like weddings and funerals.

    People are rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    We cannot allow coronavirus to blind us to the injustice that is unfolding on Hong Kong.

    Beijing's new national security law is a naked power-grab. It bypasses Hong Kong local law-making processes and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the Joint Declaration. Clearly China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.