The Conservatives have savaged our police force – inflicting deep cuts that have left officers struggling to respond to crime and weakening their ability to protect our communities.
Reports today show just how deep Conservative cuts have savaged the police – with reports suggesting that the Police need at least £1.3bn a year more to fight terrorism and crime.
Despite the government promising to protect police budgets we have seen cuts year after year which have resulted in fewer police patrolling our streets and, as a consequence, crime going up.
It is time that Amber Rudd did her job and defended the police against further cuts.
She should be spending the weeks in the run up to the budget getting guarantees from the PM and Chancellor that they will fund community policing properly and start fixing the mess they have made.
The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high.
As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in international attempts to tackle climate change.
If we continue as we are, we will miss the Paris Agreement targets. So the British government needs to go further and faster than their recent Clean Growth Strategy with far greater investment in home energy efficiency and an acceleration of renewable energy now it is clearly the cheapest.Ministers should use the Budget to announce the go-ahead of tidal lagoons and reverse their opposition to onshore wind farms, which the Conservatives have banned even though they are now the cheapest form of power.
The Liberal Democrats recently launched a ground-breaking report that sets out a series of bold measures to tackle climate change – that are so desperately needed.
If climate change is to be taken seriously, Britain needs the Liberal Democrats – a party that understands what bold measures must be taken and has the will to press ahead to a clean, green and carbon-free future.
If you believe that climate change is real, and you want to take action, join our campaign today.
By Liberal Democrats, Oct 19, 2017 4:10
• 83 of 150 local authorities in England will see per pupil funding fall in in real terms during 2017-18, i.e. once inflation is taken into account.
• England as a whole will see spending per spending per pupil fall by £29 (0.65%) in real terms.
• Local authorities with some of the worst school results in England, including Blackpool, the Isle of Wight and Poole, will be hardest hit by the funding cuts
• The South East will see the largest real-terms fall, with funding per pupil falling by £131 (3%.)
Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, commented:
“Conservative school cuts are putting the futures of young people across the country at risk.
“After the election the government promised to protect per pupil funding, but these figures show many areas are still set to lose out in real terms.
“We need an education system that broadens young people’s horizons and equips them with the skills they need to be part of the workforce of the future. This is something our government should be proud to invest in.
“Instead we are seeing school spending slashed, resulting in a narrowing curriculum and in dedicated, hardworking teachers being forced out of the profession they love.
“Ministers must urgently reverse these damaging cuts and invest to protect school budgets in real-terms.”
With rumours circulating in Whitehall that the EU Withdrawal Bill has now been pushed beyond the mini-recess, Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman has written to David Davis, offering him an olive branch.
Mr Brake will be willing to work with the Secretary of State to smooth the Bill’s passage through Parliament, in return for David Davis’s support for a number of critical Liberal Democrat amendments.
“It is clear the Government no longer have a majority on this Bill. To ease the Government’s pain and to provide some direction to their Marie Celeste of a Bill, I will be willing to work constructively with David Davis to improve the Bill.
“This would be in return for the Secretary of State supporting some critical Lib Dem amendments, including providing for a vote on the final deal and enhanced scrutiny of the Bill.
The full text of the letter reads:
I am writing to you regarding the Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill which have been tabled by the Liberal Democrats.
As I am sure you are aware, the Liberal Democrats are greatly concerned that the EU Withdrawal Bill in its current form grants ministers control over legislation with little scrutiny and signals an extreme Brexit on the horizon for the UK, bringing with it economic chaos and confusion for businesses, EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.