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  • Article: Jul 20, 2017
    By Sheree Bell and Danielle Anson in We Love Folkestone Politics

    PRESS RELEASE

    19th July 2017

    There were plenty of honks and thumbs ups from passing vehicles, including police and ambulance workers, when protesters took to the Folkestone Civic Centre to make their voices heard tonight. Angry about the 15% pay rise that KCC Councillors awarded themselves, whilst Public sector workers are offered a hard fought for 1%, a group of 20 residents participated in the demonstration. It was organised by Facebook group, We Love Folkestone Politics, which is encouraging people to make the move from the internet and on to the streets, getting people out of their lounges and bedrooms to raise awareness of political issues. Founded by Danielle Anson and Sheree Bell, the group originally started as a way of encouraging voter registration in the local and national elections and quickly grew as a platform for people of all political persuasions in Folkestone to share news and discuss the things that matter to them.

  • Event: Nov 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    The Chambers, Radnor Chambers, Cheriton Pl, Folkestone CT20 2BB

    In the fringe of the Folkestone Book Festival 2017, Shepway Liberal Democrats are delighted to welcome Baroness Lynne Featherstone to Chambers in Folkestone to talk about her new book "Equal Ever After".

    In the future, people will find it difficult to believe that until 2014, somewhere between 5 and 10 per cent of Britain's population were excluded from marriage.

  • Pride Rainbow flag flapping in the wind (By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa - https://www.flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2942525739, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14831997)
    Article: Jul 8, 2017
    By Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Pride is a colourful, energetic celebration of freedom, love and acceptance. Each year I am amazed as thousands of people of all sexualities take to the streets in the name of freedom and equality.

    I am proud to stand with the LGBT community in the continuous fight for a more open, tolerant and united society.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 6, 2017

    One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and services providing care in people's homes require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Jul 4, 2017

    Government plans to axe free school lunches have been dropped in another humiliating u-turn. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:

    "Theresa May was worried that she would go down in history as the lunch snatcher. Dropping these plans is just another humiliating climb down, in what seems to becoming a long list for the Prime Minister.

  • Carrie Hynds and Stephen Lloyd
    Article: Jul 3, 2017

    You can book your ticket now for the Liberal Democrat South East Regional Conference 2017.

    The conference will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at Reigate School, Pendleton Road, Reigate RH2 7NT

    Speakers include:

    • Tom Brake MP
    • Lord Graham Tope
    • Stephen Lloyd MP
    • Catherine Bearder MEP
    • Liz Leffman Chair of the English Party
    • Antony Hook European Spokesperson.
  • Providence Inne, Sandgate
    Event: Aug 2, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    The Providence Inne, 47-49 Sandgate High St, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3AH

    A regular meet-up on the first Wednesday of every morth for Liberal Democrat members, supporters and the Lib Dem curious in the Shepway area!

    Simply come along for a social drink and a chat: no speeches, no leaflet delivery. It's a "buy your own" event (sorry!) but come along and say hello to our Councillors, campaigners, members and friends.

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jun 16, 2017

    Shepway District Council have reviewed the Sandgate CPZ scheme installed in Castle Road and Granville Parade areas last year, and and have published a report at http://www.shepway.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=14029&Opt=0 on which they plan to go to consultation on extending the scheme.

    The new proposals cover from the Coastguard Cottage end of Sandgate High Street in the West to Enbrook Road / Southernwood Rise in the North and Radnor Cliff in the East, with almost all roads in Sandgate village being included. Restrictions vary by road, with Sandgate High Street and roads nearby offering one or two hours of free parking to all (and longer only with a permit) and other roads being permit holder only.

    There will be an "informal" consultation to all residents and businesses in the enlarged area (asking if people approve of the idea, and in some cases offering options, for example on the hours of operation).

    If that is then cleared, there is a "formal" consultation required by law open to anyone to comment. The two consultations and the works required will mean any extension won't happen until the autumn at earliest.

    Tim Prater commented:

    "The new proposals do seem to be a lot better for local residents (outside the existing CPZ) than currently. The implementation of the CPZ initially in just a few local roads has displaced parking and made parking much harder for residents not in those roads. Extending the zone to cover the whole village will at least restore equality of opportunity to park to all residents.

    "There are however a lot of details to be looked at and considered to ensure the scheme works for everyone, dealing with issues such as deliveries, being fair to local businesses (and their staff) and parking for HMO's. I hope Shepway Council will be open to suggestions and requests to deal with these issues and those raised in the consultations".

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, compassionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

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