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  • Ken Clarke - former Conservative Home Secretary and Minister with portfolio (By Ministry of Justice [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 4, 2016
    By Europe and You magazine - Jan / Feb 2016

    Being in Europe, working together and sharing intelligence with other EU countries, is essential to Britain's national security - according to former Home Secretaries and senior police.

    "The threats we face today are global in nature - whether it is ISIS, cyber-crime, a more assertive Russia or even climate change," said Sir Hugh Orde, who was President of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

  • Millions of jobs outside of the EU (Liberal Democrats, UK)
    Article: Feb 4, 2016
    By Europe and You magazine - Jan / Feb 2016
    • Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to our trade with the EU - that's one in every ten UK jobs.
      Source: Office for National Statistics, House of Commons Library
    • Being in the EU means lower prices in our shops because it's cheaper to trade and there is more choice - saving you on average £450 a year.
      Source: European Commission
    • While being in the EU costs each household less than a pound a day, independent experts estimate the benefits are worth £3,000 a year to the average household, due to lower prices and more jobs, trade and investment.
      Source: CBI, Office for National Statistics
    • We are safer thanks to the European Arrest Warrant, which means we can arrest criminals across the EU - we would lose this if we left.
    • 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU - helping them create jobs here in the UK.
      Source: HMRC
    • The UK gets £66 million of investment every day from EU countries - creating even more jobs and opportunities for UK families.
      Source: Office for National Statistics
  • Fire engine
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Following the Conservative government's response to the consultation on emergency services collaboration and the proposed legislation that could transfer governance of fire authorities to Police and Crime Commissioners, Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Fire Service and Chair of the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee, which represents all 46 fire authorities in England, said:

    "Local councillors who sit on English fire and rescue authorities do a tremendous job. The LGA believes there is no pressing need to change this status. The fire and rescue service is one of the best public services that we have, and we should cherish it.

    "Firefighters are ready to work closely with the other emergency services - as they always have. The Government should not impose change for change's sake."

  • Anood Al-Samerai
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Watch the new video about Liberal Democrats across the United Kingdom making a difference in their community.

    The best kind of politics is done by real people in the streets up and down the country, in living rooms, in community centres; where people live their everyday lives.

    We don't just turn up every four years asking for a vote. Liberal Democrats immerse ourselves in the community we're part of. Our job is to make a difference. That's why we're involved in politics in the first place.

  • Books and DVDs (Mike Pearce | Deep Reality)
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    Local Lib Dem Gary Fuller has reacted with shock at Kent County Council's (KCC) plans to halve the number of mobile library visits to the Golden Valley. In a consultation document, published this month, KCC propose to reduce the frequency of mobile library visits to the Valley from weekly to fortnightly. Commenting on the plans, Gary said:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Bedford Borough Mobile Library
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    KCC is currently undertaking a consultation on its mobile library service which will more than halve the number of current stopping points.

    The consultation is entitled "Making best use of the Mobile Library Service" and can be downloaded at http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/mobilelibraries/consultationHome. The deadline for comments to KCC is 5pm on Friday 4 March. KCC advise that no decisions have been taken and that they want to hear what you think of their proposal.

  • Division boundaries
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has today published its final recommendations for future electoral arrangments in Kent County Council.

    The Commission carried out the review to ensure "electoral equality for voters in local elections". The main aim being that each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors. Prior to the review, some councillors represented many more, or fewer, electors than others in the county.

  • Kent County Council
    Article: Jan 26, 2016

    The next elections to Kent County Council (KCC) will take place in May 2017, and Shepway Liberal Democrats are starting the process of selecting their candidates for those elections in the next few weeks.

    To commence the process, the Shepway Lib Dems are inviting initial 'Expressions of Interest' from those interested in standing as candidates for the 2017 KCC elections by 13th March 2016.