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  • Rugby Stadium
    Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the Six Nations to remain on free-to-air TV as speculation mounts Sky will win the rights to show the tournament beyond 2021.

    Liberal Democrat Scottish affairs, Welsh affairs and Northern Irish affairs spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP has appealed to the UK Government to add the Six Nations to it's 'A list' of sporting events that must be available live on free-to-air TV.

    Rules stipulate that the BBC and ITV are unable to jointly bid for the rights, which is how they hold the current rights.

    Wendy Chamberlain said:

    "The Six Nations is an annual highlight for millions of loyal fans across the UK. The games have been on free-to-air channels for twenty years and it would be absolutely outrageous to restrict them to those who can afford an additional TV package.

    "If we want to keep young people engaged in sport and encourage them to take it up, televised games should be accessible to all.

    "The Liberal Democrats are calling on Six Nations organisers to ensure the tournament remains free to watch and for the rules to be relaxed so BBC and ITV can once again jointly bid for the right to broadcast it.

    "The chance to view our treasured tournaments shouldn't be threatened on a rolling basis. The UK Government should put an end to this reoccurring issue by adding the Six Nations to the list of sporting events that must always be free-to-watch live."

    The Six Nations tender document ruled out a joint bid, the format which had previously allowed the BBC and ITV to pool their funds in order to keep the competition on free-to-air TV.

    At present the rugby league challenge cup and the rugby union World Cup final are Category A events which must be made available to free-to-air channels.

  • Lib Dem Budget Yellow Box
    Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the Budget, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "This Budget reveals the UK economy was alarmingly weak even before Coronavirus. The Government is desperate to blame anyone or anything but the reality is that it's the Conservatives' Brexit which is costing Britain's economy dearly.

    "Whilst the Government is taking some action to deal with the Coronavirus, after five years of Tory governments the NHS and our social care sector are chronically under-funded, under-resourced and under-staffed, just at the moment we need them most. Nothing is being done to fill the care sector's staffing needs here and now.

    "With COP26 around the corner this government has fundamentally failed to show any real global leadership on dealing with the climate emergency. Rather than create a green infrastructure plan for the future, Ministers have hidden their infrastructure strategy because it was not compliant with tackling the climate emergency and getting to net zero. The Tories are investing too much on roads and nowhere near enough money on electric cars, charging points and insulating homes."

  • Jamie Stone MP and Cllr Tim Douglas
    Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone will today 11th March 2020 lead a debate in Parliament where he will urge the Government to "make it easier for veterans and their families to access peer-led mental health support."

    The Highlands MP, who is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Defence, secured the Westminster Hall debate after winning cross-party support for his Bill which would require the Government to ringfence mental health spending for veterans and members of the armed forces.

    The campaign led by the Liberal Democrats comes in response to cuts which have left mental health charities, such as Combat Stress, no longer able to take on new referrals in England.

    On the day of the Budget, Mr Stone will use his debate to raise awareness about the increasing challenges faced by veterans trying to access mental health support.

    Speaking ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat Defence spokesperson Jamie Stone said:

    "Since introducing my Bill to Parliament, many veterans have been in touch to tell me that armed forces personnel need access to care provided by people who know how mental health impacts people who have served.

    "Most of us will never be able to understand what our veterans have been through. That is why some of the best care available comes in the form of peer to peer support groups. However, Conservative cuts are making it harder for these services to exist, nevermind be set up.

    "It's not rocket science. The Government should make it easier for veterans and their families to access peer-led mental health support. I therefore urge Ministers to get serious and back my Bill."

    Supporting Mr Stone's campaign, Chief Executive of Combat Stress Sue Freeth, added:

    "82% of the veterans treated by Combat Stress have tried to engage with NHS services but their needs have not been met. The government needs to ringfence funding for specialist services such as ours, that understand and can successfully treat those veterans with complex PTSD."

    The Bill:

    Short title:
    National Health Service Expenditure Bill

    Long title: A Bill to require expenditure on mental health services and on health services for veterans and members of the armed forces to be identified separately in National Health Service expenditure plans and outturns; and for connected purposes.

    So far, the co-sponsors are:

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Mar 8, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the Health Secretary's letter to MPs announcing his plans for cross-party talks on a long-term solution for the social care crisis, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Our country faces a social care crisis. One in 11 care worker roles are reportedly unfilled and people have been spending exorbitant amounts of money funding their care, with many being forced to sell their homes.

    "People deserve better. It is disappointing, therefore, that in seeking cross-party consensus, the Government has not bothered to set out any of their own thinking, analysis or even some criteria and principles.

    "If this process is to be truly cross-party, the Government must commit to being open and transparent.

    "In any future care model, the Government must not be allowed to forget the collective principles underlying our NHS: that our society benefits when we pooling the risks of one of us being ill or needing long term care.

    "Liberal Democrats have long called for such an approach and we are ready to play our part in ensuring that all adults who need social care receive the support they need."

  • Layla Moran Conf
    Article: Mar 4, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Responding to the Education Policy Institute's report on teacher shortages, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:

    "Children living in our most disadvantaged areas are losing out from the Conservatives' failure to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis. In schools where more children are on free school meals, fewer teaching posts are filled, more experienced teachers are moving on and staff take more days off because of stress and workload.

    "It's time that the Government started valuing our teachers. The increase in starting salaries is welcome, but our experienced teachers also need a proper pay boost to keep them in the profession - and schools can't be expected to pick up the tab.

    "Liberal Democrats would guarantee teachers high-quality professional development and put an end to the constant political meddling in our curriculum, testing and inspections system. It has placed too high a burden on teachers' workload and mental health.

    "Children will lose out if the Conservatives don't start treating teachers like the highly-valued professionals that they are."

    The Education Policy Institute's report, 'Teacher shortages in England: analysis and pay options', can be found here: https://epi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Teacher-shortages-and-pay_2020_EPI.pdf

  • R&O litter pick
    Article: Feb 26, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Despite the wet and windy weather, Liberal Democrat Councillors for Rokeby and Overslade have been out on a litter pick.

    The Team cleared the bridleway running between Wentworth and Saunton Roads in Overslade.

    To report any issues please contact your local Rokeby & Overslade Councillors:

    Cllr Carie-Anne Dumbleton carie-anne.dumbleton@rugby.gov.uk

  • RBC Chamber
    Article: Feb 26, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    At the budget debate at Rugby Borough Council on Tuesday 25 February 2020, the Conservatives failed to support the Liberal Democrats' proposals to add a further £1.5 million to the £500,000 already agreed by Rugby Borough Council to tackle climate change.

    Collectively, this money would have created a special fund totalling £2 million at no extra cost to the proposed Council Tax levels. The £1.5 million comes from the one-year delay of the reset to the Business Rates system.

  • RDG & Local Party Sept 2019
    Article: Feb 23, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Ahead of the budget debate at Rugby Borough Council on Tuesday 25 February 2020, Rugby Liberal Democrats are putting tackling the climate change emergency as their number one priority.

    The Liberal Democrats are proposing to add a further £1.5 million to the £500,000 already agreed by Rugby Borough Council to tackle climate change. This would create a special fund totalling £2 million at no extra cost to the proposed Council Tax levels.

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: Feb 19, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Borough Council agrees a rolling programme of scrutiny reviews. The aim is to select topics where there is scope for making a real impact for the benefit of the borough's residents.

    Your local councillors are keen to receive suggestions for scrutiny topics on matters of local interest and concern from organisations and individuals.

  • Warwickshire LDs
    Article: Feb 18, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    This is the message that the Lib Dems will give at the budget debate on Tuesday 18 February to the Conservative administration at Shire Hall Warwick.

    The Lib Dems will be calling on the Conservatives to not waste this opportunity and to deliver on:

    • Climate Change investing in buses, walking, cycling and supporting our local businesses to change how they work.
    • Families and young people tackling child poverty making it a priority investing in SEND / children's services.
    • Healthy Communities investing in supporting older people and prevention no more cuts to public health
    • Safer Communities supporting our Police and tackling drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse.