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25 February 2019 – today’s press releases

Lib Dems produce Bill to properly tackle plastics crisis

Today, Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment, will present his Plastic Pollution Bill to Parliament.

The Bill will set targets to help fix our plastics crisis and require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for the reduction of plastic pollution.

The Bill has been backed by a cross-party group of MPs as well as Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institute.

Ahead of presenting his Bill, Mr Carmichael said:

Plastic pollution is the scourge of our oceans. The Government must start taking action to reduce our plastic to change our

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LibLink: Vince Cable: Labour won over young voters but it is betraying them on Brexit

It is pretty likely that Vince Cable will be our next leader. There has been some concern about his position on freedom of movement and membership of the single market. The is hardly surprising given that he wrote a New Statesman article headlined “Why it’s time to end EU free movement” back in January.

There are signs that his line on Brexit has softened since last year,  and his record is a million miles better than Labour’s. We’ll take no lessons from them  given that 80% of their MPs voted against membership of the single market last night in Parliament and Vince, like all the other Liberal Democrats voted for it.

Last week, Vince wrote a piece for the Guardian on Brexit and how Labour is betraying the young people who voted for them in the General Election.

The party could be mobilising effective opposition to a hugely harmful hard Brexit, yet contradictions abound. Spokespeople attack this hard Brexitm but then sign up to leaving the customs union and single market, which is in essence what hard Brexit means. Others, including Sadiq Khan, argue that the party should campaign to stay in the single market.

Labour was brilliantly successful in the election at mobilising young people, who were angry that their European future had been stolen from them but who perhaps didn’t scrutinise the small print in the manifesto. Before long they will. They may not know that Jeremy Corbyn ordered his troops into the division lobbies to support the extreme Conservative-Ukip Brexit, but may now notice his insistence that Brexit is “settled”. Make no mistake, on Brexit Corbyn is betraying many who followed him.

He looks at the reasons why Labour has abandoned the pro EU stance of Blair and Brown before looking at the issue of immigration. He is scathing about Labour’s stance:

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  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 18th Feb - 2:14am
    Katharine, it is a fair point about young renters. The UK has been unusual in this respect insofar as younger people have in the past...
  • User Avatarn hunter 17th Feb - 11:18pm
    Marc Poll. Yes I don't know how to communicate sometimes. I have been a clerk (pen pusher!),care worker,voluntary youth worker and a postie and joined...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 17th Feb - 10:53pm
    Addendum - the last paragraph above includes the statement, that 'by November 2017 there were one million claimants for housing benefit', which should have included...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 17th Feb - 10:38pm
    @ Nigel Jones. Great to hear you place such emphasis on inequality, Nigel. I hope you can link up with Katharine Pindar and Michael Berwick...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 17th Feb - 10:32pm
    On providing more housing, it does seem that reforming the 1961 Land Compensation Act is key for us, according to Vince Cable last year and...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 17th Feb - 10:26pm
    Chris The article from Mark Pack (linked above) linked to all the details on how to be nominated: https://www.libdems.org.uk/posts-for-election-2020 You basically had to fill out...