Spring Conference is next weekend. Got something to say? Let everyone know through LDV

Our Spring Conference begins next Friday and continues across the weekend. There is, as always, a busy agenda. Among the topics on Friday are local government, Covid-19, lifting barriers to work for disabled people and a speech from Jane Dodds. Saturday there will a Q&A with Ed Davey, debates on utilities, the Russia Report, Covid-19, Brexit and a speech from Willie Rennie. Sunday will see the leader’s speech and debates on autism, international development, accessibility in education and on refugees.

If you have views on these topics why not write an article for Lib Dem Voice? We expect to publish several articles towards the end of next week.

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  • Helen Dudden 5th Mar '21 - 9:41am

    I wanted to highlight the Housing issue’s for Power Wheelchair Users.
    There are at least 25, 000 waiting suggested by Aspire Housing.
    It seems that no exact numbers because they don’t appear on Housing Statistics.
    There are guidelines on health and safety this also means it’s more difficult.
    Wide enough doorways, and adequate charging are another issue as with the cost of making changes.
    We have a serious housing issue’s anyway, but this is subject is simply not being addressed.
    I asked why was the properties being advertised not labelled as being suitable, the answer, they aren’t.

  • I’d like to ask about Ed Davey why the Liberal Democrats have apparently failed (correct me if I’m wrong) to take up the issue of the ridiculous 1% NHS pay rise. Not a peep that I can find. Instead Keir Starmer has been left to make all the running :

    “Starmer calls for NHS ‘heroes’ to get bigger pay rise after …www.theguardian.com › society › mar › unions-attack-…… 15 hours ago — The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, has called for NHS staff to get a bigger pay rise after the government decided on 1% next year, despite Boris Johnson’s effusive praise for their efforts during the pandemic…”.

    Surely, at the very least, Lib Dems could point out that on BBC Breakfast TV this morning there was no sign of Matt Hancock – it was left to the hapless Nadine Dorries as a junior minister to face the flak.

    There’s a serious lack of apparent fight and moral fervour in what’s left of this party now. It will continue to sink into oblivion until there is. Has the Top Brass just given up ?

  • Helen Dudden 5th Mar '21 - 11:50am

    Most certainly the local Libdem councillors are giving there all as we continue to issues like disabled housing.
    The situation has been ridiculous over lack of treatment and the cronyism.
    I feel this is the saddest time in politics I’ve lived through in my 70 years.

  • David Evershed 5th Mar '21 - 12:38pm

    What policies do we have that show we are socially liberal and economically liberal and how do we promote outselves better as being liberal?

  • Federal Spring Conference is being held between 19th and 21st March. Next weekend if we include Friday is 12th to 14th March. Clearly Federal Spring Conference is not being held next weekend!

  • Joseph Bourke 5th Mar '21 - 7:25pm

    The Scottish LibDems conference gets going today. The conference will be briefed on plans to replace property-based council tax with a locally administered land value tax https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19128655.scottish-liberal-democrats-draw-council-tax-rural-homes-plans/ and a five point blueprint for a federal UK https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19124706.scottish-lib-dems-draw-five-point-blueprint-federal-uk/

  • Just checked – still nothing from the Lib Dems about the derisory 1% pay offer to NHS staff…… though on occasion they’ve had the odd clap at 8.00 pm. Keir Starmer’s all over the media about it….. but not a peep from Sir Edward (though maybe he’s holding it back for his big speech at Conference).

    Just thought I’d add that the Nadine Dorries (where’s Matt Hancock ?) who is defending the 1% pay rise for nurses on behalf of the Government is the MP who bunked off parliament to earn £82K in ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here’.

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