15 October 2018 – today’s press releases…

It’s been suggested quite often in these pages that the media coverage we get as a Party isn’t that great. And, often, it is suggested that we need to crank up our media operation. So, for one week, I’ll be publishing all of the press releases that Liberal Democrat Voice receives from HQ, honouring the embargos as they are advised.

Today’s press releases are;

Welsh Lib Dems Urge Health Boards to Monitor Loneliness

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have urged health boards across Wales to monitor the scale of loneliness in their areas and treat loneliness and isolation as a health issue following an FOI request.

No health board has comprehensive data on the scale of loneliness within their area, whilst the extent to which they treat loneliness and isolation as a health issue varies substantially between each health board.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

I urge every health board in Wales to treat loneliness and isolation as health issues and to put tackling loneliness at the heart of strategies to improve health and wellbeing.

Its disappointing health boards aren’t collecting comprehensive data on the number of lonely people in their areas. It would be unthinkable for us to try and address other major health issues without knowing the scale of the issue, why would we expect to do it with loneliness?

I’m proud of the work we’re doing to combat loneliness across Wales. I know from my own family’s experience just how devastating loneliness can be to those it affects and those around them. Neither I, nor the Welsh Liberal Democrats will rest until we’ve ended the epidemic of loneliness in Wales.

Swinson and Cable call on Hammond to work with EU on taxing tech giants

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson MP has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling on him to throw his weight behind a new EU tax on tech giants.

Leader Vince Cable has co-signed the letter, which urges Philip Hammond to use the Budget to set out how he will incorporate the EU’s initiative into any Treasury initiative to tax big internet firms.

Following reports that a new European tax on internet companies could be agreed by the end of the year, Jo said:

I urge the Chancellor to focus his energy on making this EU-wide tax happen. This is a golden opportunity that we cannot afford to miss.

Tech giants are getting away with not paying their fair share of tax because we make it easy for them.

The time to act is now if we want to create a level playing field for businesses in the UK and give our struggling high streets a much needed boost.

Britain is always at its best when it brings countries together in a common cause. If we want to tax tech giants we must work together with our European allies and others around the globe.

Cable: Brexit means borders, bureaucracy and betrayal

Responding to Theresa May’s statement to the House of Commons on Brexit negotiations, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:

It is not clear why Theresa May felt it necessary to make this statement. She said nothing new, failing to add one iota to our knowledge of what is going on – and just at a time when the public wants and deserves clarity on negotiations.

In relation to Ireland, Mrs May has hopefully at least learned the following: Brexit means bureaucracy; Brexit means borders; ultimately, and worst of all, Brexit means betrayal of the Good Friday Agreement.

* Mark Valladares is the Monday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice

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  • David Becket 16th Oct '18 - 10:01am

    Thank you Mark, but it should not be up to a LDV Editor to publish the party press releases.
    This should be done from the press office. A process should be set up to distribute, by e mail, to every local party and owner of My Councillor web site who requests them. Rules will need to be established covering embargoes. Where a local party wishes to forward them to local media guidelines as to a contact need to be established. In constituencies where there are regular Focus issued these would make good national quotes to be inserted, complete with a picture of the spokesperson.
    If Vince really wants to make an impact he needs to sort out this out rather than press for an unaffordable Special Conference to discuss a controversial idea that needs a great deal of thought and discussion. This proposal, once set up, will cost peanuts and ensure our key messages reach a few more electors.

  • Stephen Booth 16th Oct '18 - 11:28am

    As someone who’s been on both ends of press releases it’s one thing distributing them; it’s an entirely different matter getting the media to publish them. Usually the only way to get attention is to follow up the distribution with a call and ideal a press conference but it isn’t easy. There’s no guaranteed way of getting coverage other than perhaps an exotic spresm or two.

    In the meantime, I get all the party’s press releases and they are useful in re-assuring members that we’re more than just an anti Brexit movement. So, newsletter editors, campaigners get on the list. It really is vital that our focuses and local Lib Dem news don’t just bang on about Mrs Wiggins’ fence or the local council’s mutlitude of failures but include an element of our national policies; otherwise, what are we here for?

  • Suzanne Fletcher 16th Oct '18 - 12:29pm

    thanks for posting, and I agree with David Becket.
    I am supposed to get party press releases, with my LD4SOS liaison officer hat on – but haven’t seen these 2, but i do get others on and off.
    Two key points :
    Agree they could be sent to those who ask, so they can be used accordingly, and quickly deleted if not relevant.
    we may not get much press coverage, but so many of our members are on social media, so things can be shared / bits taken out of and used and word got around that way. The dear, late, David Penhaligon said that if you do anything, put in on a piece of paper, and shove it through a letter box. You don’t need me to explain how that translates into what we can do now (as well, I add !).
    BUT, and it is a big BUT,
    we do need to have the e-links to press releases to be able to publish on social media. I know the press office will be hard pressed, over worked etc but if going to the bother of writing a press release, it only takes literally less than a minute for even people like me to post so it gets an e-link.
    so if anyone reading this has any influence on such please use it !

  • Adam Pritchard 16th Oct '18 - 12:56pm

    Mark – thanks for this, really useful to see what is being put out. Very important to respect embargos as you say. However, with that in mind, this useful end of day summary is something I hope you will consider extending beyond just one week.

  • suzanne Fletcher 16th Oct '18 - 8:53pm

    Dear Mark, but if the press office sent to people who asked for them ( and I presume someone at HQ is clever enough to do things like import a list, takes me forever), and sent with a link it needn’t take anyone even a minute to let people have these ! then the work that is done is shared around !!

  • suzanne Fletcher 16th Oct '18 - 10:08pm

    Well yes, Mark, but I was thinking of all the work one person had to do as well.
    radical idea – post them all on the party website !! even I can do such quickly !
    but putting them onto LDV to stir people to do something a good idea too – if you have the time.

  • David Evans 17th Oct '18 - 6:57am

    Today’s Press Release – Canada (under Liberal Justin Trudeau) legalises use of Cannabis and its regulated sale. Surely we are due an article on this on LDV and a press release from the party on it.

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