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27 November 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Lib Dem poster attacks Johnson for lying to Queen, Parliament and people
  • Lib Dems: Trump to profit from Brexit Britain
  • Lib Dems – Immigration detention must be absolute last resort
  • Welsh Lib Dems welcome votes at 16
  • Leaked documents show US offered PR advice to UK over chlorinated chicken

Lib Dem poster attacks Johnson for lying to Queen, Parliament and people

The Liberal Democrats will today unveil a poster attacking Boris Johnson for lying to the Queen, Parliament and the people.

Another poster will show Boris Johnson flanked by Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, stating: “Brexit is good for …

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Baroness Sally Hamwee writes…Another win for humanitarians in the Lords

I bumped into the Lords Home Office minister immediately after one of the Government’s socking defeats on the Trade Union Bill, consoling himself that losing by 17 in the vote on an Immigration Bill amendment time-limiting immigration detention was almost a victory.

But the Government lost – we won!  The amendment was led by crossbencher Lord Ramsbotham, who was Chief Inspector of Prisons and so knows whereof he speaks, supported by the Labour and the Liberal Democrat front benches: 63% of our peers voted compared with 46% of Labour’s.  Of course it may not stick.  The Bill will go back to the Commons where the Government could ping it straight back to the Lords (parliamentary ping-pong), or propose a compromise or changes ranging from the substantive to the technical (or accept it unchanged – but that almost never happens), but it cannot be ignored.

There is much to be said about immigration detention and the conditions in immigration removal centres.  I will simply note the paradox which causes detainees so much despair: You have no hope, as you don’t know when you might be released, and at the same time you have no certainty as you might in fact be released tomorrow.

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  • User AvatarBarry Lofty 13th Dec - 4:25pm
    A very good speech Jo, hope you can at least enjoy a well earned rest with your family. I wonder if the message planted in...
  • User Avatarmalc 13th Dec - 4:15pm
    I think Jo needs to realise that most of the millions who voted for the Tories, Labour, the Brexit Party and the SNP are decent...
  • User AvatarDj Pocock 13th Dec - 4:12pm
    Tbh I just don't think the appeal is broad enough. As a working class liberal I feel like the only one here at times. We...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 13th Dec - 4:10pm
    John Marriott Do you remember when Cameron agreed to accede to his Lib Dem coalition partners’ insistence on a referendum on voting reform? First they...
  • User AvatarHywel 13th Dec - 4:08pm
    This hasn't aged well either. Again making easy conclusions based on 'the feel on the ground'. This was apparently the most data driven campaign the...
  • User AvatarSean Hyland 13th Dec - 4:04pm
    As a Lib Dem supporter but not a party member can i respectfully offer some views. I can in some respects see why a focus...
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