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Lib Dem Councillors have today tabled formal challenges to two decisions taken by the Conservative Cabinet last week to downgrade library services across Bath and North East Somerset.
The Conservative plans would see the Bath One Stop Shop merged into Bath Central Library at the Podium, whilst Parish Councils, Town Councils and community groups would be expected to take charge of library provision in rural and suburban areas (e.g. Moorland Road, Weston, Paulton, Radstock, Saltford and areas currently served by the mobile library).
Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary, has created a new Board of Trade, and made himself its only member.
The government's Customs Bill sets out plans for a "new and time-limited customs union between the UK and the EU Customs Union," as well as setting out contingency plans for if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated outcome on customs. Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake has responded to its details, describing the plans as unnecessary and unrealistic, and motivated by Liam Fox's desire to "jet around the world".
Tom Brake, MP.
Liberal Democrat MPs have called for the immediate ending of the benefits freeze in Parliament. Inflation and the flawed roll out of Universal Credit is hitting the poorest the hardest, and even back bench Tories have joined the Lib Dems in the criticisms. Labour, in contrast, have remained silent.
Stephen Lloyd MP has spoken out on the issue.
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual State of Care report has warned the NHS and care system is ‘straining at the seams.’ The crisis in funding is reducing the quality of care, and the Lib Dems have called on the Government to drive a cross party solution which will deliver long term results.
Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael has successfully called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons today, Tuesday 10th October, over whether the government is abusing parliamentary process.
This follows opposition day motions on public sector pay and tuition fees, which were both motions passed without division and were then ignored by the government.
Alistair Carmichael, MP.
Thousands of pubs hit with crippling hikes to their business rates still haven’t received any funding from the government’s flagship relief scheme, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Commenting on news that new car sales have fallen for a sixth month in September, with the industry on course for their first annual decline since 2011, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:
“This is a worrying indicator from the car industry. Uncertainty over the Brexit process and outcome is leading to a deepening erosion of confidence, which is harming our economic prospects.
“The Government must give some much needed certainty to business and industry, most crucially by committing to continuing our membership of the single market and customs union beyond any transition period.”
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed signs from Labour that they want to join in demanding a referendum on the facts at the end of the negotiations.
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the watering down of fire safety regulations under privatised control, and are fighting for the enforcement of better, more strict standards. MP Wera Hobhouse has called out the "systematic failures" which resulted in the tragedy, and she has been echoed across the party.