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Stunning result in Sandford-on-Thames by-election

October 18, 2015 8:21 PM

Lib Dem Simon Thompson came within 43 votes of beating the Tories as the Lib Dem vote surged from 20% in May to 37% now. The by-election was for the South Oxfordshire district council ward of Sandford & the Wittenhams. Voters switched from all other parties to the Lib Dems, putting the party within a few percentage points of victory.

Sue Cooper, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate in May said, "It shows that the actions of the Conservative Government since May, coupled with their poor stewardship of Oxfordshire County Council, are causing increased dissatisfaction in south Oxfordshire. As a result, Lib Dem membership is rising. Now is the time to join the fight back."

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  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Vote Leave Bus pledging £350m a week more for the NHS
    Article: Aug 7, 2016
    By Patience Wheatcroft in The Guardian

    The day after I suggested that the House of Lords may try to delay Britain's exit from the European Union, my inbox filled with angry rants against such an attempt to thwart the will of the people. They decried the idea as an outrage against democracy and raged against "the metropolitan elite", that phrase much bandied around in the anti-EU media. Gradually, however, more reasoned messages of support have been landing, reflecting the despair felt by many in this country, and not just in the metropolis.

  • Fruit and vegetables on sale at a covered market in France.
    Article: Aug 6, 2016
    By Damian Carrington in The Guardian

    Many of the country's biggest producers say that without a scheme for seasonal workers, homegrown produce would all but vanish from the shelves.

    British fruit and vegetables would all but vanish from shops if Brexit means the foreign workers who pick virtually all the home-grown produce are no longer able to come to the UK, according to some of the country's biggest producers.

  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Aug 5, 2016
    By Christopher Mitchell in Washington Post

    On June 23, the British people voted to leave the European Union, a victory for "Brexit." The short-term reaction from markets was panic, as stock values crashed and the pound dropped to levels not seen since 1985. The longer-term consequences for British exit from the E.U. remain unclear - but one clear problem area for Britain is financial services. London is now the financial hub of Europe and a key driver of the British economy. It may lose this crucial role after Brexit.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the high court ruling that NHS England can fund the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:



    "The Liberal Democrats warmly welcome the Court's decision, which is a landmark moment in the fight against HIV. PrEP is a revolutionary treatment which has the potential to save thousands of lives, and it is absolutely right that this should be funded by NHS England.



    "I am now urging the Government and NHS England to work together to ensure that PrEP is made available to all individuals at the highest risk of infection without any further delay."

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • 2016 EU Referendum
    Article: Aug 2, 2016

    The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the lessons that can be learned for future referendums.

    It follows the result of the EU Referendum, and builds on Public Administration Select Committee's (PASC) work in the last Parliament on the conduct of the Scottish independence referendum (PDF 622 KB).

    Read more and make a submission.

  • Parliament photo
    Article: Aug 1, 2016
    By A C Grayling in The New European

    Those who say that parliament can note and learn from the outcome of the 23 June advisory referendum, yet not choose to take the UK out of the EU, are accused by those who supported Leave of being 'anti-democratic.'

    It is vital to understand why it would not be 'anti-democratic' for parliament to decide to retain the UK's EU membership. It is especially vital that our MPs should be reminded of these considerations, because the future of the UK and the EU is now wholly in their hands.

  • Tom call for a charge on single use plastic bags
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Plastic bag usage has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.