17 October 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Welsh Lib Dems: Brexit deal must be put to the people
  • Record high knife crime offences shows Tories failure to act
  • Lib Dems: Brexit deal must be put to the people

Welsh Lib Dems: Brexit deal must be put to the people

Commenting on reports that a deal has been agreed between the EU and the UK Government, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds, said:

It is remarkably clear that Boris Johnson’s deal would be bad for our economy, bad for our public services, and bad for our environment.

His deal will create a hard border down the Irish Sea, hurting Welsh farmers and businesses – as well as causing chaos at our ports. The deal is so bad even the DUP have said they won’t back it and no Welsh MP should be supporting it either.

The next few days will set the direction of our country for generations, and I am more determined than ever to fight to stop Brexit and protect Wales’ place in Europe.

This deal must be put to the public, with the option to remain. When this deal comes before Parliament, I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues will do all we can to make sure we get a People’s Vote.

Record high knife crime offences shows Tories failure to act

Responding to the statistics released today from the ONS that show knife crime offences have hit a record high in England and Wales, rising 7% in the last year, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:

To hear that knife crime has hit a record high in England and Wales demonstrates more than ever this Tory Government’s failure to tackle the rising violence across the UK.

Far too many young lives are being lost due to this epidemic of serious violence. Rather than talking tough, it is time Boris Johnson looked at the evidence and made changes that will actually help cut crime.

The UK already imprisons more people than any other country in Western Europe, and whilst the Conservatives have already tried to introduce tougher prison sentences for knife crime, knife crime has continued to rise.

Instead of wasting money on measures that aren’t working, the Conservative Government must invest in measures that will actually make our streets safer, such as community policing and youth services. To continue to fail to act is to allow more lives to be tragically lost.

Lib Dems: Brexit deal must be put to the people

Commenting on reports that a deal has been agreed between the EU and the UK government, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson, said:

The fight to stop Brexit is far from over.

Boris Johnson’s deal would be bad for our economy, bad for our public services, and bad for our environment.

The next few days will set the direction of our country for generations, and I am more determined than ever to stop Brexit.

When this deal comes to Parliament we will use every possible opportunity to give the public a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal that includes the option to remain in the European Union.

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10 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 18th Oct '19 - 10:11am

    The BBC is reporting that Mark Field MP is standing down.
    https://www.mark-field.org.uk/

  • nigel hunter 18th Oct '19 - 10:18am

    Boris,s deal will be good for his backers. Farms go out of business and the ‘big boys’ will reap the rewards of buying up farms on the cheap to expand their own

    Talking tough on knife crime pays to his voter base (and helps his backers papers to enrich themselves). Tories like money and power and do what is in THEIR interests.

  • Richard Underhill 18th Oct '19 - 10:58am

    Sam_Gyimah has confirmed on BBC TV that the Tory whips office telephoned him to ask him to vote for Boris Johnson’s deal. It was a brief conversation. Sam said that this is a bad deal and he would vote against it. He declined to speculate on whether the Tory Whips office know that he had changed parties or whether Tory Whips would be ‘phoning other Lib Dem MPs
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Gyimah

  • Richard Underhill 18th Oct '19 - 12:23pm

    BBC tv Brexitcast reported on the Financial Times (£) findings
    318 MPs in favour
    Belfast Newsletter headline “A Great Betrayal”

  • Dennis Wake 18th Oct '19 - 1:09pm

    nigel hunter: Most farmers voted for Brexit so if farms go out of business whose fault is that ? There might be a lot of others who will be going out of business or out of work because of how they voted but they all seem quite happy about it. No one voted for poverty – you are joking – of course they did.

  • Andrew McCaig 18th Oct '19 - 1:48pm

    This deal is indeed a “great betrayal” of the protestant unionist community in N Ireland. This is why it is dangerous to peace just as much as a hard border with the Republic. The whole of the UK staying in the SM and CU was the only safe option.

  • Richard Underhill 18th Oct '19 - 4:53pm

    8th Oct ’19 – 12:23pm Financial Times (£) findings 318 MPs in favour 321 against.
    Other forecasts are available.

  • Richard Underhill 18th Oct '19 - 5:00pm

    18th Oct ’19 – 12:23pm FT forecast(£)
    318 MPs in favour 321 against.

  • It will be a tie. Speaker to decide, ouch!!! Precedent says he stays with status quo which presumably means staying as we are!!! Can you impagine the rumpus that would cause.

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