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  • Article: Mar 24, 2020

    Lib Dems have been reacting to the Boris Johnson speech yesterday evening, in which he imposed a strict lockdown.

    Ed Davey,our acting co-leader said:
    We must do all we can to stop the spread, and I urge people to play their part by following these measures, and not risk their own or others health by ignoring them.
    Many people will be anxious about the steps the govt has taken, but it is the right decision to restrict our normal way of life to tackle this crisis.
    I'm greatly relieved to see this. There are legitimate questions as to whether this step should have been taken sooner and how well the advice of experts is being communicated with the public.
    LibDems will continue to do all we can to support the most vulnerable in our communities & work to secure more support for self-employed, charities & others who still need more help from government.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    The coronavirus crisis requires unprecedented emergency measures.

    The more extreme the measure, the more carefully it must be circumscribed and the more clearly must its lifespan constrained.

    That's why the unprecedented cancellations of elections by the Coronavirus Bill are well drafted. They are necessary to protect public health; they are clearly defined; and they are clearly time-limited until May next year. Even the power to delay by-elections in the interim does not mean delay past May 2021. Come the first Thursday in May 2021, electoral normality will return.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2020
    By Peter Black

    The Guardian reports(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/private-firms-criticised-over-295-coronavirus-testing-kits )that private health firms have come under fire for profiting from the coronavirus pandemic by selling thousands of testing kits for up to £295 each - while front line NHS workers go without.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2020

    We live in strange times! The announcement yesterday that the English local elections have been deferred by a year actually has no consequence for us as (thankfully) none were due to take place apart from the Police and Crime Commissioner election .

    Although it may still seem a long way off we are soon to begin the process of selecting candidates for the County Council elections in May 2021.

  • ifs
    Article: Mar 12, 2020

    The Institute of Fiscal Studies ( IFS) the well respected independent organisation has completed its review of the Budget and has come up with some interesting conclusions, not all of which were picked up in the immediate aftermath of the Chancellors speech.

    The full report for those who want to read it is at https://www.ifs.org.uk/budget-2020 . What follows is an abbreviated summary of the key points