22 November 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Jane Dodds is the first candidate in Wales to sign the Rural Powerhouse Pledge
  • Lib Dems condemn Farage refugee comment
  • Jo Swinson stands out as strongest voice of Remain

Jane Dodds is the first candidate in Wales to sign the Rural Powerhouse Pledge

Jane Dodds has become the first Parliamentary candidate in Wales to sign the Country Land and Business Association’s new Rural Powerhouse Pledge.

The CLA’s new campaign will see it write to every Parliamentary candidate in every constituency in England and Wales asking them to pledge support for the Rural Powerhouse.

The Rural Powerhouse pledge consists of five key themes: a fully connected countryside, a planning system designed for rural communities, profitable and sustainable farming, investment in skills and innovation and a simpler tax regime.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Parliamentary Candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire said:

I am really proud to be supporting the CLA’s Rural Powerhouse campaign, calling for a fully connected countryside and a new approach to our rural economy.

Our rural economy has such great potential, we just need to unlock it and revolutionise our agricultural industry. The rural economy contributes around £250 billion to the wider economy and, if we get things right, could contribute even more.

But to do this we need to change things. We need to support growth and innovation while ensuring our tax and planning systems work for the benefit of our rural communities.

I look forward to working with the CLA and others so that we can capitalise on the huge potential we have before us and build a true rural powerhouse here in Wales.

Lib Dems condemn Farage refugee comment

Responding to Nigel Farage’s comment this morning that “perhaps we can have a genuine debate about who a refugee really is”, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:

If Nigel Farage doesn’t know who a refugee is, I’ll tell him. It’s someone who has been forced to flee their home for fear of persecution.

We must do all we can to protect people in that awful, vulnerable position, and the UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need.

The Liberal Democrats will not let Nigel Farage or his ally Boris Johnson undermine that commitment. We will treat all seekers of sanctuary with the compassion and dignity they deserve.

Jo Swinson stands out as strongest voice of Remain

Responding to tonight’s Leaders’ Question Time, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said:

Jo Swinson’s clarity, honesty and willingness to tackle the big questions puts her head and shoulders above the old, tired politics of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

Voters deserve the chance to hear all the options before they decide who to vote for and that includes Jo Swinson, the strongest voice of Remain.

The Liberal Democrats are the only choice for people who want to build a brighter future, to stop Brexit and safeguard the integrity of our family of nations.

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  • Yousuf Farah 22nd Nov '19 - 11:53pm

    I think it’s fair to say that was a car crash, but I think it’s also clear, and I think it should be taken into account that the audience was clearly largely a Labour supporting crowd, give or take a number of SNP voting Scots. I have to disagree with John Marriott, the format was absolutely horrific, ITV got the platform right, but with a few tweaks it could be perfected. It was very obvious that Jo Swinson was unprepared, but how can you be in this format, with questions coming thick and fast from everyone, and you don’t even know what they could be about. Some questions could be coming from plants, trolls or maybe floating voters, and that’s what it felt like tonight. One woman in the crowd said that the Lib Dems were neither progressive or left-wing, and that they were actually a right-wing party, jesus wept.

  • Richard Underhill 23rd Nov '19 - 6:07pm

    The United Nations Convention includes the words “well founded” “before fear”.
    A nation-state can implement more generous policies if it chooses to do so.
    For instance the United Kingdom did so during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

  • Peter Hayes 23rd Nov '19 - 6:46pm

    Social media are already identifying regular BBCQT attendants who seem to be getting a larger than predictable number of questions. Looks like bias or audience packing by activists.

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