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Welsh family farms must not be left to cultivate butterflies

Martin Thomas

 

 

Martin Thomas, who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Thomas of Gresford, is our Shadow Attorney General. I mentioned his title because he hails from a small town near Wrexham and has been actively involved in Welsh politics since the 1960s.

So who better to call out Andrea Leadsom’s bizarre assertion that farmers with “big fields do the sheep, and those with the hill farms do the butterflies”.

In a speech in the Lords last week he said:

It is with a fine sense of irony, mingled perhaps with some contempt for farming interests, that  the new Prime Minister has appointed Mrs Leadsom, a lady who campaigned for the leadership of the Tory party on the basis of her experience in finance in the City since 1984.

In 2007, Mrs Leadsom demanded that farm subsidies be abolished. That would not be good for food production and for the environment, and it would lay waste upland Wales.

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LDV’s Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

7 bestMany thanks to the 16,300 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here’s our 7 most-read posts…

Daisy Benson, Claire Young and Dawn Barnes selected for former Lib Dem seats (76 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Nick Clegg to challenge Government over Brexit (32 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Paddy Ashdown to endorse new progressive, liberal movement (45 comments) by Caron Lindsay

I should have joined the Lib Dems years ago (15 comments) by Edwin Moriarty

Six Lib Dem MPs selected to fight their former constituencies (5 comments) by Caron Lindsay

Lib Dems will offer an optimistic alternative to Brexit Britain (19 comments) by Catherine Bearder MEP

Nick Clegg: We need more than warm words and bromide from May (18 comments) by Newshound

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Lib Dem Jobwatch special: Last chance to apply for internship with ALDC

The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners is this party’s foremost authority on local campaigning. They know how to win council seats and run councils like nobody else. A chance to work for them is a brilliant opportunity.

They run an internship scheme and are currently advertising for a campaigns and communications intern to work for them for a year from 1st September. Details are as follows:

This is a full-time role, paid at the UK National Minimum/Living Wage (currently £7.20 per hour for 25 year olds and over, and the applicable rate for under 25s) based at our offices in Manchester city centre.

ALDC is the national organisation for Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the work of the organisation as we continue to build on the gains in this year’s local elections and by-elections.

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Amna Ahmad selected to fight Sutton and Cheam

Selections for a potential snap general election continue. Amna Ahmad has been selected to fight Sutton and Cheam, the seat held until the 2015 general election by former health and social care minister Paul Burstow.

She announced the news in a tweet:

You can find out more about Amna and what makes her tick in an interview she gave to the Croydon Citizen when standing for the GLA for Sutton and Croydon this year:

I grew up in south London, but I was born in Pakistan, moving to London when I was less than a year old. When I was growing up, there was domestic violence in my home, and I spent some time in foster care. I spent a lot of time dealing with the authorities at a young age and realised that it can be difficult to speak up and be heard. These experiences have given me the drive to speak up for others wherever I can. That’s why I got involved in politics, and I joined the Liberal Democrats because I believed that going to war in Iraq was the wrong decision. The Liberal Democrats were the only party to wholeheartedly campaign against that war.

I believe in community politics and local decision making, which is why I am a Liberal Democrat…

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Liberal Democrat position on Police merger vindicated by Scottish think tank

The Lib Dems have form for calling things right – the Iraq War, the Credit Crunch, Mystic Clegg’s account of what would happen post Brexit vote. We also said from the beginning that merging Scotland’s eight police forces into one was a disaster waiting to happen. So it has been proven in many ways from routine arming of Police in the Highlands to the failures related to the M9 crash where two people died after being left for 3 days, to the closing down of saunas in Edinburgh, ruining years of a system that worked.

Now think tank Reform Scotland has published a report that vindicates the Lib Dem position and supports the measures for reintroduction of local accountability that we called for in our Scottish Parliament election manifesto. Its research director said:

However we remain concerned that, under the current centralised structure, there is no obvious way to actually make localism happen.

For that reason, we have proposed that both the funding and governance structure must change. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and on that principle we believe that local authorities should again be responsible for funding 50% of policing, with the Scottish Government continuing to fund the other 50%.

Furthermore, we believe that each local authority should be able to nominate a member of the Scottish Police Authority to ensure that local priorities are adequately represented.

The creation of Police Scotland was a mistake, and in the absence of any further wholesale reform we all have a responsibility to make the smaller changes which can help re-create local policing.

Liam McArthur, Scottish Lib Dem Justice spokesperson said:

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LIb Dems GAIN in Northampton

Good news from the East Midlands that few really expected tonight. A good GAIN of a Parish Council seat in Burbage along with a District Council GAIN in Westone, Northampton.

A 33% swing! Blimey!

This is the second time representing the seat for new/old Cllr Brian Markham, who originally won the seat 23 years ago and represented the area until 2011. I actually remember that first by-election win back in 1993!

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Tom Hanks, Carly Rae Jepsen, an under-the-weather Nick Clegg and a day in Gravesend

With thanks to The Times, for a headline I never thought I’d write here on LDV:

There are lots of reasons why the Liberal Democrats were wiped out at the general election. To the long list we might now add that the world never got to see Nick Clegg’s version of a pop music video in which he pretended to be Tom Hanks.

In the weeks before polling day last year the deputy prime minister spent several days, and almost £8,000 of party funds, starring in a shot-for-shot re-creation of the video for I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen, the Canadian singer.

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