• Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards has been passed in the Lords.

    This is the second defeat today for the government in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    This defeat is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

    Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    April already, so local government election campaigns are getting underway!

    Thanks to all our candidates and their teams, out knocking on doors, putting up poster boards and preparing for getting out postal votes later this month ahead of polling day on 3 May.

    If you haven't got elections near you, please offer to help somewhere nearby - every pair of hands is vital, with plenty of different jobs to be done.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    2016-01-17_Isabelle_Parasram_-_Head_of_Chambers_-_Professional_photo.pngIn November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Responding to reports that Ofcom have opened 7 investigations into RT, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "RT's coverage of the Skripal poisoning, as with so many other issues, has been a campaign of disinformation and muddying the water so I look forward to a swift investigation from Ofcom.

    "It's disappointing that a former First Minister would unapologetically associate with Putin's propagandists for so long.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine MP called for "an end to political posturing" between the UK and Scottish Government in the debate following today's urgent question in Westminster on the EU Continuity Bill.

    Ms Jardine said:

    "It's time to draw this endless political posturing to a close so we can get certainty for Scottish people and businesses.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Speaking during today's debate on the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill, which would enable men to erase their convictions for same-sex activity that is now legal, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and Equalities Committee Deputy Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Alan Turing's arrest and conviction is mirrored in the stories of a thousand men and more across these islands, each steeped in persecution, humiliation and in some cases tragedy.

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