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Torridge and West Devon Liberal Democrats
  • Article: Mar 15, 2022

    Yesterday was a good day for all those who have argued that we should be clamping down on Putin's cronies.

    Liberal Democrats secured a significant win in emergency legislation being fast-tracked through Parliament to deal with dirty Russian money in the UK.

    Liberal Democrats have secured concession after concession from the Conservative Government when it comes to finally taking action on dirty Russian money in our country.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2022

    Torridge and West Devon Lib Dems have called on local authorities to provide support structures to enable local families to offer accommodation and assistance to displaced refugee families from Ukraine.

    At their Executive meeting last week, Liberal Democrats from across the constituency pledged their support for efforts to welcome families from Ukraine to our area and voted unanimously to request local authorities to facilitate this.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2022

    Stopping criminals from reoffending is crucial for cutting crime and making our communities safer. The Conservative Government is failing badly on that score: rehabilitation is poor and reoffending rates are far too high.

    We know that stable employment is a key factor that reduces the risk of reoffending, helping people to build lives free from crime. But the current rules around criminal records can negatively affect people's job prospects, as well as their ability to travel, adopt, access domestic violence shelters, and many other parts of civil life.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    A robust and well-functioning justice system is a foundation stone of society.

    But in England and Wales we are facing a soaring backlog of court cases.

    The backlog of outstanding criminal cases in the Crown Court stood at 59,928 at the end of September. 13,202 cases in the backlog are more than a year old.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    Our Ambulance services are at breaking point. Record long ambulance waits are leaving vulnerable patients stuck in queues outside hospitals for hours without the treatment they need. People are being left scared, panicked and with worsening symptoms, and in extreme cases dying when they might have been saved.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022

    In the midst of a humanitarian crisis in Tigray, we urgently need to provide as much support as we possibly can. But thanks to the Government's aid cut, we are fighting with one arm tied behind our back.

    The ongoing civil war in Ethiopia, primarily between Ethiopian government forces and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands; the internal displacement of at least 4 million; and at least 9 million in need of desperate help.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Tim Farron

    England's rivers and lakes are in a terrible condition due to sewage discharges.

    Water companies are responsible for this mess, not consumers.

    Water companies discharged raw sewage into our rivers and lakes 400,000 times in 2020. That's the equivalent of 3 million hours of discharges.

    This is particularly worrying given the increases in the use of our waterways by wild swimmers, paddle-boarders, kayakers and canoeists.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Layla Moran

    At this dark moment, our security depends on urgently forging a relationship that works with our closest neighbours. Countering the grave threat posed by Putin means we must stand tall with our European allies instead of needlessly antagonising them, while working closely together on issues like energy security, trade and helping Ukrainian refugees.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2022
    By Munira Wilson

    Teachers have been off for over 267,000 days due to Covid since the return of school in September, meaning children have lost out on the equivalent of 1.5 million teaching hours in just this school year.

    They have suffered enormous disruption to their education and spent months isolated from their peers.