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  • Memorial gates
    Article: Mar 17, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Civic leaders, including local Liberal Democrat Councillors, marked one hundred years since Rugby's war memorial gates were dedicated on Saturday 12 March 2022.

    Councillors Bill Lewis, Neil Sandison, Jerry Roodhouse and Sue Roodhouse attended a short ceremony at the gates in Whitehall Recreation Ground, one hundred years to the day since they were dedicated. Rugby's war memorial takes the form of a pair of wrought iron gates with gold decoration, supported by two Portland stone piers with ornamental mountings. The names of the men of Rugby who fell in the major wars of the twentieth century are inscribed on the piers. The gates were unveiled on Sunday 12 March 1922 by Field Marshal Earl French of Ypres, assisted by Mr and Mrs Hardman, who had lost three sons in the war. The gates were then dedicated by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Dr A A David, a former Headmaster of Rugby School. Mr Tom Reynolds, a local builder who had also lost three sons in the war, formally opened the gates with a large key presented by Foster and Dicksee, a local firm of building contractors. He was allowed to keep this key as a souvenir. After Mr Reynolds had walked through the gates, those assembled sang "O God our help in ages past", and the ceremony concluded with the laying of wreaths. A hundred years on, Mr Reynolds' granddaughter, Mrs Barbara Coleman, will be in attendance for the re-dedication ceremony. The centenary ceremony carried an extra poignance as a major European conflict once again takes place. The conflict in Ukraine was marked during the ceremony with the laying of a wreath in Ukraine's national colours.

  • Newly elected leader Ed Davey
    Article: Mar 17, 2022

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey used his Spring Conference speech in York on Sunday 13 March 2022 to call for stronger international cooperation to counter the threat posed by Putin's Russia. He also called on Rishi Sunak to reverse tax rises and cut VAT to help tackle the cost of living crisis.

    On Ukraine, Ed Davey said:

  • Ed Davey, Lib Dem MP: Carers Bill
    Article: Mar 17, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    To recognise Young Carers Action Day 2022, Warwickshire County Council and its partners are keen to highlight the support available to young and young adult carers throughout the county.

    Isolation is the theme for this year's campaign, something all vulnerable groups, including carers, will have experienced during the pandemic. Those who have a caring responsibility are 7 times more likely to feel lonely or isolated than the general public. Warwickshire County Council and partners want to reassure young carers that help and support is available to anyone struggling with their mental health and any feelings of loneliness.

  • LD image - Slash VAT
    Article: Mar 17, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded an emergency cut to VAT to protect families from soaring bills and the worsening cost of living crisis.

    • Ed Davey calls on the Chancellor to slash VAT from 20% to 17.5% for one year to tackle soaring bills.
    • The move would save families an average of £600 as the cost of living crisis hits hard.

    • Slashing VAT would boost struggling local high streets and the economy while keeping spiralling inflation down.

  • Rugby Lib Dem diamond
    Article: Mar 6, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following campaigning from Rugby Liberal Democrats, Rugby Borough Council has joined forces with Beam to pilot the enterprise in the borough, supporting the homeless and residents at risk of homelessness into training and employment via a unique crowdfunding platform. And just a week after launching her campaign to raise nearly £1,300, Cynthia - the borough's first resident to benefit from Beam - has already reached her fund-raising goal to become a support worker. The council's Community Advice and Support Team, together with organisations from the borough's voluntary and charitable sectors, work with Beam to identify residents who can embrace employment and training opportunities with the social enterprise's support. A caseworker from Beam works with each resident, helping to create a public crowd-funding campaign on the social enterprise's website where members of the public can donate towards job training, work tools, travel or childcare and leave messages of encouragement. Beam's caseworkers provide residents with CV support, interview skills training and access to a range of top employers, and continue supporting the resident through the first three months of employment. Cynthia, whose identity has been protected, has worked with Beam following a difficult year which saw her and her children having to start from scratch. In her campaign story, Cynthia explains: "It feels like my own dreams and ambitions have taken a pause during everything that's been going on. "Sometimes I wonder whether it will ever be possible for me to find work... I wonder how much of this is down to a lack of skills or whether it's a lack of confidence due to everything that's happened and how long I've been out of work. "My dream for the future is peace. Peace for my children, my family and my own peace of mind. And I'd like to focus on my career. I want to become a better version of myself and to be financially independent." Cynthia successfully crowdfunded £1,298 via Beam from 30 members of the public to pursue a career as a support worker, with the money going towards a laptop, childminding training course, travel, work clothes, smartphone and a DBS check. Working with Beam, the council aims to offer support to 50 residents during the pilot, with the potential to extend the project.

  • Ukraine
    Article: Mar 6, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Mayor of Rugby has sent a letter of support to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In it, Cllr Deepah Brojomohun-Roberts highlights Rugby's support of Ukraine as a sovereign, self-governing state and expresses a wish that the nation would experience peace soon. Separately, Rugby Borough Council's Group Leaders have issued a joint statement expressing shock and condemnation of Russia's invasion, describing it as an attack on democracy and freedom. The statement has been sent to Ms Melinda Simmons, British Ambassador to Ukraine. The flag of Ukraine is also now flying from Rugby's Town Hall, alongside the Union flag and flag of St George. The Mayor's letter to Mayor Klitschko said: "As Mayor and First Citizen of Rugby, on behalf of Rugby's residents, I wish to express Rugby's concern regarding the current situation between Ukraine and Russia, and share Rugby's solidarity with you and your people. "Rugby is a proud, multi-racial and diverse town and home to people from many different countries, all of whom are part of our communities. Rugby supports Ukraine as a sovereign, self-governing state and hopes that the situation will be peacefully resolved soon. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the conflict and we must stand together with our Ukrainian friends at this desperate time. "Cllr Deepah Brojomohun-Roberts, Mayor of Rugby." The Statement from Group Leaders reads: "We are shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We stand united in condemnation of this senseless war, which is an attack on democracy and freedom not just in Ukraine, but around the world. We stand in full solidarity with the democratically elected president, parliament and government of Ukraine and with the brave people of Ukraine who are now defending their homeland. Our thoughts are with all those killed, injured and displaced by this conflict, and with their families. The world is not free and safe without a free and independent Ukraine. Peace must prevail. Our thoughts are also with the people of Russia who too are victims of this conflict and intimidation. "Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council and Leader of the Conservative Group Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group Cllr Maggie O'Rourke, Leader of the Labour Group" Residents who wish to support Ukrainians affected by the invasion can find details of local collections and charities on the ground and seeking support at www.rugby.gov.uk/Ukraine .

  • LD plan to cut bills by £100 per year.
    Article: Feb 6, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has called on Boris Johnson to hold a cost of living summit in Downing Street with the bosses of top energy and other utility companies.

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that the Prime Minister is "missing in action," and too busy trying to save his own skin rather than working to help struggling families.

  • Warwickshire CC Offices
    Article: Feb 6, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire Liberal Democrats are proposing an amendment to the Tory budget at Shire Hall. They have reduced the unfair council tax that residents will have to pay. It still means that by 2027 that over £65 million pounds will come out of the organisation. The Government is failing to support local authorities and has only given 12 month settlement.

  • Ed Davey with Banner
    Article: Jan 8, 2022
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    In his New Year's message for 2022, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP said:

    "Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you had a great Christmas. I am so looking forward to 2022 - I hope it's the year we will finally beat Covid, that Liberal Democrats will keep beating the Conservatives as we did in two historic by-elections last year, and England will win the World Cup.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Dec 20, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    A new online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe has been launched by the Government with support from the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

    Hosted on the national policing website police.uk and aimed primarily at women and girls, the tool, named StreetSafe, will enable members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that caused them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe.