POSITIVELY LIBERAL - Drugs Policy

 

Andrew Lye

Chair - Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats

 

For over 3 years now, the national news has been dominated by Brexit and the UK leaving the EU. The referendum result claimed the political scalp of David Cameron who immediately resigned the result came through that we had voted by a narrow majority to leave. Now, 3 years on, it has claimed it’s second, Theresa May.

 

Whilst the news was dominated with the intricacies of the Brexit negotiations, it suddenly seems to have fallen off the radar and the main issue now is the drugs problem. We all know that drugs have been a serious problem for centuries. Except today, it has been the main news story for the past few days because of the past indiscretions of those hoping to become the next Tory party leader and thus our next Prime Minister. 6 contenders have made statements of their experiences and some have even called for Michael Gove to withdraw. Just now, I have read a tweet alleging Boris was busy snorting cocaine at a Knightsbridge party in the 90’s. Whether it is true or not, I guess we will find out in time as every Tory leadership contender is asked about their past.

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Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats Call Upon the Prime Minister to Fully Fund The BBC To Ensure More Pensioners Keep their Free TV Licences

Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats have expressed their concern at the decision taken by the BBC to save £450m a year from 2020, to remove the free TV licence for those over 75 years of age from those pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit. This could see 3.7m pensioners currently benefitting from a TV licence, having to start paying from 2020. The decision was made by the BBC following the government's decision to transfer the funding of licences from the government to the BBC.

 
Liberal Democrat Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson Jane Bonham-Carter said "Concessions for over 75's are a social cost which should not be paid from the licence fee, but from central Government funding. Government, not the BBC should be responsible and accountable for their social policies. If the Conservative Government does not want to pay for free licences for over 75's then they should be upfront about their policy. However, passing the buck onto the BBC is underhand and risks undermining the BBC's financial viability to provide what the license fee payer expects." 

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Alistair Cameron Calls for Urgent Changes to Universal Credit

Alistair Cameron, Welsh Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for West Carmarthen and South Pembrokeshire has called for urgent changes to Universal Credit following revelations that the number of people seeking emergency food has increased by 25% since it was rolled out in Pembrokeshire between September and November last year.

Alistair visited the Milford Haven Headquarters of Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH) where Tracy Olin said there had been a 25% increase in the demand for food from PATCH (which also provides clothes and household essentials) since the introduction of Universal Credit.

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Positively Liberal - Poverty in Britain

Philip Alston, the United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has just delivered a damning report on poverty in Britain:-

“There are 14 million people living in poverty, record levels of hunger and homelessness, falling life expectancy for some groups, ever fewer community services, and greatly reduced policing, while access to the courts for lower-income groups has been dramatically rolled back by cuts to legal aid.”

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Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Makes First Visit to Pembrokeshire

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Jane Dodds made her first official visit to Pembrokeshire on Thursday 4th April, when she met local party members at the Mariner's Hotel in Haverfordwest. Jane was welcomed to the meeting by Pembrokeshire Local Party Chair, Andrew Lye.

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Positively Liberal by Alistair Cameron - Vice Chair Pembs Lib Dems

Last Saturday, 23 coaches from Wales, including from West Wales, went to London to take part in the Put it to the People March in favour of a People’s Vote on whether we wish to leave the European Union. These campaigners joined over a million people from across the country including British citizens living abroad. Edward Sides walked from Swansea to London and others rode bikes from Sheffield to London.

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Welcome to Pembs Lib Dems

As Chair of Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats, I'd like to say Croeso / Welcome, to our website.

I hope that you will look at it's content and we aim to update it regularly to keep you up to date on our activities, as well as those of the Party here in Wales and across the UK. So please add it to your "FAVOURITES" list and come back to us. And why not contact us, or join us!

Across Wales, Liberal Democrats already hold key political positions with Kirsty Williams as Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Welsh Assembly and here in Pembrokeshire, Bob Kilmister holds the key Finance portfolio on the County Council. I sense that the strong campaigning role we are taking currently, is leading to a huge surge in our support in the County, Wales and the UK as a whole.

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Andrew Lye - Chair

Andrew was elected Chair of the Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats at the inaugural AGM and took office on 1st January 2019. He served previously as Chair of the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats from May 2016 until it 31st December 2018, when the 2 counties were split to create 2 new Local Parties.

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CLEDDAU BRIDGE - Tolls to be lifted from 1st April 2019

Cleddau Bridge Campaign Succeeds After 33 Years

At last, Pembrokeshire residents and businesses can celebrate that they will be saving money from April. For a commuter travelling to Haverfordwest from Pembroke Dock each day, it would mean a saving of over £300 a year. And for businesses, it was ironic that The Haven Enterprise Zone was separated by a toll bridge. I pay tribute to the work of Patrick Jones and others of various political persuasions and none who over the years have campaigned for the Cleddau Bridge to be toll free. At last it is about to happen, some 4 months after the Severn Bridges saw their tolls abolished. I thank the councillors and officers at County Hall who have brought this about, as well as the Welsh Government. 33 years on from Patrick Jones' campaign, it is to happen in 3 weeks time. But we must also pay tribute to the staff affected by this decision as it is a sad day for them.

The Lib Dems have been campaigning against Cleddau Bridge tolls for over 33 years and today have finally succeeded!  The image above shows a campaign leaflet we distributed back in 1986!

In 1986 Patrick Jones, Liberal-SDP Alliance parliamentary candidate for Pembrokeshire, led a march over the Cleddau Bridge to protest at the Conservative government’s failure to scrap the tolls. At the time it cost 50p to cross.

The 50-strong group of party members and supporters included a contingent of Young Liberals, dressed up in traditional Welsh costume as Rebecca Rioters.

Press reports from September 1986 quote Patrick as saying that Pembrokeshire’s then MP, Nick Edwards, had promised that the Conservatives would abolish the tolls if they won the 1974 election. As it turned out, the Conservatives lost. However, when they returned to power in 1979, they kept the tolls in place.

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Government has done no Brexit impact assessment for sheep farming

The Welsh Lib Democrats have today revealed that the Conservative Government has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.

The revelation was made after a Liberal Democrats freedom of information request to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the Department did not hold any information or documents relating to an assessment of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming.

A response from DEFRA added: “We [DEFRA] can confirm that to the best of our knowledge the information is not held by another public authority.”

 

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