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  • RDG Hustings 2019
    Article: Dec 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a bold plan to end rough sleeping within five years, spanning social housing, welfare, local authority funding and legal changes.

    The package of measures to prevent rough sleeping include:

    • Scrapping the Vagrancy Act
    • Introducing a "somewhere safe to stay" duty on local authorities to provide immediate emergency accommodation
    • Abolishing Section 21 "no fault" evictions
    • Increasing Local Housing Allowance payments
    • Providing accommodation and support for survivors of domestic abuse
    • Extending the "move on" period for refugees from 28 days to 56
  • Norman Lamb C & W Mind 171116
    Article: Dec 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats will invest £11 billion in transforming mental health services, more than either Labour or the Tories, analysis by the party has found.

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto mentions mental health 59 times, compared to just three times in the Conservative manifesto and 15 in Labour's.

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear and detailed plan to improve mental health services by:

  • Rugby Library
    Article: Dec 4, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats will put creative subjects back at the heart of the school curriculum as part of their plans to build a brighter future.

    Under the Conservatives, a combination of school funding cuts, high-stakes testing and targets have squeezed creative subjects out of the classroom. Around 3,500 fewer secondary school teachers are employed in art, music, drama and design & technology compared to 2015. The number of hours spent teaching D&T in secondary schools has fallen by almost a quarter over the same period.

    Liberal Democrats will put these creative subjects back on an equal footing in the curriculum.

    The party will create an independent, expert-led body to pilot and phase in future curriculum changes in all state schools with input from teachers. The body will be tasked with designing a curriculum fit for the modern world, including creative skills, critical thinking and verbal reasoning.

    Along with boosting creative subjects, Liberal Democrats will spend £10 billion a year more on schools by 2024/25 and employ 20,000 more teachers.

  • Rana in St Cross
    Article: Dec 1, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    I am standing to be MP for Rugby for the Liberal Democrats. I have been a member of the party since 2015, I was brought up in London but have worked as an NHS Consultant Surgeon for the last 15 years in Warwickshire including at St Cross Hospital, Rugby. I am not a career politician but am a person who people have trusted with their lives for many years.

  • LD demand better
    Article: Dec 1, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    There are five top reasons to vote Liberal Democrats in the General Election on 12 December 2019.

    1. For Radical Climate Action - with a Liberal Democrat government, 80% of our electricity will be renewably sourced by 2030.
    2. To Give Every Child the Best Start in Life - we're proud to have introduced the pupil premium to help level the playing field for children from low-income backgrounds. A Liberal Democrat government will go even further. We'll invest £10 billion in our schools every year so that every child can reach their full potential. We will recruit 20,000 new teachers to solve the staffing crisis in our schools.
    3. For a Fairer Economy - we need to revolutionise our economy and make it fairer for the workers of today and tomorrow. The Liberal Democrats will give every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their life - making sure our changing job market leaves no-one behind. We'll introduce free childcare from nine months, so no new parent has to choose between family and work.
    4. To Transform our Mental Health Services - the state of mental health services in our country is a disgrace. The NHS has been starved of the cash it desperately needs to cope with the mental health crisis in the UK. The situation won't improve until we treat mental health with the same importance and urgency as physical health. A Liberal Democrat government will inject £11 billion directly into mental health services.
    5. To Stop Brexit - every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in. A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we'll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.
  • Litter Pick August 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of policies as part of a radical plan to end the UK's addiction to plastic.

    These policies include:

    • Requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use
    • Implementing a deposit return scheme
    • Ending plastic exports abroad by 2030
  • Rans Das Gupta Parliamentary Candidate (Jerry)
    Article: Nov 23, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats would replace business rates in England with a Commercial Landowner Levy based solely on the land value of commercial sites rather than their entire capital value, thereby stimulating investment, and shifting the burden of taxation from tenants to landowners.

    The change would cut taxes in 92% of local authorities and help rebalance the UK economy. This would take the cost off businesses and help to support our high streets.

  • Rugby train station
    Article: Nov 23, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats will freeze rail fares for commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years.

    The party also pledged to cancel the 2.8 per cent fare increase planned for next month if it forms the next government.

    Currently a 12-month rail pass to travel on any permitted route from Rugby to Coventry costs £1,244.00, Rugby to Birmingham New St, Moor St or Snow Hill costs £3,024.00 and the cost of a season ticket from Rugby to London Euston costs £8,380.00.

    Earlier this year, the TUC estimated the cost of train travel had gone up by 46 per cent since 2009, while wages had risen by only 23 per cent.

    A Liberal Democrats administration led by the party's leader Jo Swinson would also simplify the ticketing system, introduce season tickets for part-time commuters and bring in 'early-bird' fares.

    Liberal Democrats will also invest in commuter routes and the integration of rail, bus and cycle routes as well as improve disabled access to public transport via the Access for All programme.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidate for Rugby & Bulkington, Rana Das-Gupta, said:

    "People are paying way over the odds for what has often been an appalling service. The Liberal Democrats will save hard-pressed commuters thousands of pounds, extend Britain's rail network, improve stations and invest in modern trains."

    Fixing Britain's Railways - Liberal Democrats Plan


  • Manifesto launch
    Article: Nov 22, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 General Election Manifesto, outlining a clear plan to build a brighter future for people and the planet. The first step will be to stop Brexit and use a £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in public services and tackling inequality.

    The Liberal Democrats' ambitious plan for a brighter future, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive, includes:

  • Rana in St Cross
    Article: Nov 22, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The 95% waiting time target has not been met since July 2015 and only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

    The Liberal Democrats will put 1p on income tax from April 2020, with the revenue ringfenced for the NHS and social care. This is forecast to raise £35.1 billion over the next five years, Liberal Democrats will ringfence £11.2 billion of that money for mental health services, over 30% of money raised.

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Vote Rana Das-Gupta for Rugby & Bulkington

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More than ever the country requires leadership from the centre, with the current Conservative government ever leaning to the right and the Labour Party leaning to the left, we the Liberal Democrats occupying the centre ground must win the next General election in order to ensure the peace and prosperity for our country.

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