26 February 2024 – today’s press releases

  • Lee Anderson: Sunak needs to condemn his comments for what they are
  • Bathing Water announcement: Half-baked which does not ban sewage in swimming spots
  • Wales’ Biggest Scarf? Showing Some Love to Our Care Experienced Community.

Lee Anderson: Sunak needs to condemn his comments for what they are

Responding to Rishi Sunak and Mark Harper’s latest comments on Lee Anderson this morning, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said:

The refusal of Rishi Sunak and his ministers to properly call out Lee Anderson’s extreme comments shows just how low the Conservative Party has fallen.

Rishi Sunak needs to condemn Anderson’s comments for what they are, Islamophobic and racist, and make clear he won’t be let back into the Conservative Party.

Anything less would confirm yet again that Sunak is too weak to control his party let alone govern the country.

Bathing Water announcement: Half-baked which does not ban sewage in swimming spots

Responding to the government announcing more designated bathing water locations, Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson Tim Farron MP said:

Conservative Ministers have finally buckled to Liberal Democrat demands for more bathing water sites, but the grim truth is water firms have dumped over 400,000 hours of sewage into swimming spots since 2020.

The government has yet again been dragged kicking and screaming to take action on water quality.

However, this is yet another half baked announcement, which does not ban water firms from dumping sewage into bathing water areas.

This can’t be another PR trick by the Conservative party on water quality. Right now swimmers are getting sick from sewage being piled into bathing water sites.

Wales’ Biggest Scarf? Showing Some Love to Our Care Experienced Community.

Last week, Jane Dodds MS met with care experienced young people from all over Wales at the Senedd to hear about their campaign to build a care system with love at its heart.

The young people had brought to the Senedd what they believe to be Wales’ biggest scarf.

By the time it is finished it will be made up of almost 8,000 squares – one for each child currently in the care system in Wales and will be over 700 metres long.

People from all over Wales and beyond have been sewing, knitting, and crocheting, showing their love and concern for care experienced children and their support for a care system built on love.

The scarf is a symbol of warmth and care, of the chance to build lasting loving relationships that every child needs.

Commenting, Jane Dodds MS said:

It was great to meet Jo, Brendan, and the other young people to hear about their campaign.

The scarf is an imaginative way to symbolise a care system with love at its heart.

Making a contribution of a square or two to the scarf is a great way for us all to send a message of support to care experienced children and young people.

The aim is to complete the scarf with 7,983 squares, one for each child in care, by Care Leavers Week in October.

Handicrafts aren’t something I’m good at, but I’m happy to support the campaign in other ways.

If anyone in my region of Mid and West Wales would like to contribute, they are welcome to drop squares – which need to measure 8 inches by 8 inches – off at my office (11 Lion St, Brecon, LD3 7HY) and I’ll pass them on.

Or you can send directly to Voices From Care Cymru, 45 the Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AB.

Let’s show some love to our care experienced children.

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7 Comments

  • Neil Hickman 27th Feb '24 - 9:01am

    I almost feel sorry for Lee Anderson.
    The man doesn’t pretend to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. Given the campaign that the Tories fought against Sadiq Khan in an effort to get Zac Goldsmith elected as London Mayor, how was the poor chap supposed to know that racism and Islamophobia weren’t official Tory policy…?

  • Martin Gray 27th Feb '24 - 9:54am

    LA comments were inflammatory, ill judged , & obviously wrong…
    Let’s be honest though & admit that in many communities integration just hasn’t happened as much as we like to believe. Those post industrial towns -communities can be defined through invisible boundaries….

  • Lee Anderson’s comments about Sadiq Khan were obviously wrong and stupid, but they were not racist. Islamist is a term that refers to a particular ideology – it has nothing to do with race. It really doesn’t do us any favours when MPs start gratuitously throwing the ‘racism’ word around when it’s not actually warranted.

  • Simon R 27th Feb ’24 – 11:24am….Lee Anderson’s comments about Sadiq Khan were obviously wrong and stupid, but they were not racist…..

    Try gritting your teeth and reading the Express/Mail comment sections..THEY don’t deal in semantics

  • Re. Lee Anderson
    Been here before not that long ago…
    This is about creating “news” for GBnews..

  • nigel hunter 27th Feb '24 - 5:17pm

    Roland you mean GBnews is in trouble so they have to ‘stir it’ to get an audience?

  • @nigel – it means GBnews can repeat and add to the claims because they are reporting “events” and thus build a climate of fear and reinforce the prejudices of their audience.
    Obviously, the mainstream media eg. BBC and ITV are also repeating the story…

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