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  • Rugyb Lib Dems 10 questions survey
    Article: May 2, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats want to make Rugby an even better place to live, work and enjoy.

    We were the first to call for a new cultural quarter including hotel and conferencing facilities to be incorporated into the redevelopment of the town.

    We have called for a bus and coach interchange in the town and brought forward proposals for such a facility using Council owned assets. Both Conservatives and Labour have chosen not to support our ideas.

  • Jerry Roodhouse
    Article: Apr 24, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Commenting on the passing of Rugby Borough Council's Housing Allocations Policy at Full Council on Tuesday 23 April 2019, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group, Cllr Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) said:

    "Liberal Democrat Councillors supported the passing of Rugby Borough Council's revised Housing Allocations Policy, but the true test will be how and what impact it has on Rugby's housing waiting list.

  • Tim and Noreen Litter Pick March 2017
    Article: Apr 24, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Commenting on the passing of Rugby Borough Council's Single Use Plastics Policy at Full Council on Tuesday 23 April 2019, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Group, Cllr Tim Douglas (Paddox) said:

    "After proposing a motion with Councillor Noreen New to look at ways Rugby Borough Council can reduce its use of single-use plastics, Liberal Democrats welcome this much needed policy. It is a step in the right direction, but the Council must not delay and begin engaging with partners, suppliers and the local community. We've all got our bit to do in reducing plastic waste.

  • LD website protest
    Article: Apr 17, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have announced the list of MEP candidates in the West Midlands for the EU elections on the 23 May 2019.

    The diverse list of candidates includes former MEPs, current Councillors and other hard-working community activists.

    List of Liberal Democrat candidates in the West Midlands:

    1. Phil Bennion
    2. Ade Adeyemo
    3. Jeanie Falconer
    4. Jenny Wilkinson
    5. Jennifer Gray
    6. Beverley Nielsen
    7. Lee Dargue
  • Rok Over clean
    Article: Apr 14, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners in Rokeby and Oversalde have reported fly-tipping near Saunton Road.

    There was a very large pile of filled black sacks and other litter and rubbish which had been dumped in the undergrowth on a green open space between Saunton Road and Wentworth Road.

  • B and C
    Article: Apr 14, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    As a result of a recent suggestion by local Liberal Democrat Councillors in Rokeby and Overslade an abandoned site that long ago contained garages is being cleared of vegetation by the Council.

    The work is being done to allow topographical and geotechnical surveys to be undertaken in connection with the future use of the land.

  • Cylinder 3
    Article: Apr 7, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Councillor Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox) has reported and raised his concerns about empty cylinders left at the GEC car park on a Sunday morning and also at Buchanan Road and Whinfield rec car park.

    Commenting, Councillor Roodhouse, said:

    "It seems clear to me that we are not tackling the problem of nitrox oxide (laughing gas). I can see no education on the subject going on and no tightening of the laws. The cylinders can be bought on line with no checks. The Government needs to do more. Evidence is suggesting that the use of this gas does damage brain cells, whilst leaving them lying around spread across areas could lead to unintentional consequences."

  • PB ()
    Article: Apr 3, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 28 March 2019, the Liberal Democrats led a debate in the House of Commons calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government's proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their "historic rights of self-determination."

    The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK.

  • Norman Lamb C & W Mind 171116
    Article: Apr 3, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On 2 April 2019, the House of Commons debated the Mental Capacity Bill which now includes huge concessions the Liberal Democrats secured from the Government.

    The Bill aims to reform the process in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for authorising arrangements enabling the care or treatment of people who lack the capacity to consent, which give rise to a deprivation of their liberty.

    The Liberal Democrats led a cross-party effort which secured a huge concession from the Government to remove their exclusionary definition which would have led to people not being protected when deprived of their liberty, and further includes a commitment to review the Code of Practice.

    Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Judith Jolly said:

    "This Bill when it was first introduced was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever to be considered by Parliament.

    "What was proposed by the Conservative Government would not have fixed any of the issues we see at the moment in authorising care for those who can no longer consent, and instead would have ridden roughshod over their rights.

    "Through consistent, hard work over the past few months, the Liberal Democrats have secured key concessions to the Conservative Government's shoddy legislation. Today's win removes the Government's exclusionary definition of deprivation of liberty to protect the rights of those who are not capable of consenting.

    "Liberal Democrats demanded better of the Government, and secured better for all those in care."

  • Layla Moran MP and Cllr Tim Douglas May 2018
    Article: Mar 18, 2019
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Lib Dem Education Spokesperson Layla Moran MP launched a new independent Education Commission on 15 March 2019. The Commission, chaired by Teach First co-founder Jo Owen, will work with the teaching profession, researchers and wider industry to develop a more radical and pragmatic vision for a future-perfect education system. While Layla convened the Commission she does not sit on it, nor does any other elected politician.

    Speaking at the Association of School and College Leaders' Annual Conference in Birmingham at lunchtime, Layla said that "funding cuts have exposed the underbelly of the system" that has "a toxic culture of over-testing, over-burdensome inspections … and senseless numbers-based competition driven by league tables."

    In response to the impact of recent education reforms on schools, she highlighted the "need to challenge the fundamentals of our education system", led by the Commission.

    She has issued a call to arms to politicians of all parties to work together to build a common vision that they can all work towards.

    Speech to ASCL Conference (check against delivery):

    Good afternoon everyone,

    I'm so happy to be here. I'm Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, and have been the Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon since 2017.

    But I'm still a school governor and before that, for well over a decade, I was a maths and physics teacher and Head of Year.

    And I miss it like hell.

    Despite all its challenges, it was a job I loved.

    I am sure I don't need to tell any of you in this room, just how fantastically rewarding it is. To see that spark when something clicks and they suddenly go AAHHH.

    But also, when you can make a real difference in their lives that has nothing to do with what you've been technically hired to teach them.

    While the rewards can be unparalleled - it is also no secret that in our state system a combination of real-terms budget cuts and excessive workloads has taken much of the joy out of teaching in recent years.

    Nearly a quarter of teachers that have qualified since 2011 have now left the profession.

    Add the impact of funding cuts to schools and local authorities including children's and youth services, and it means schools are picking up more and more of the pieces of our society - with no extra resource to do it. For many of our colleagues, these pressures have proved too much altogether. I am sure many of you will have found it harder and harder to hire and keep talented staff in your schools.

    But looking deeper, the funding cuts have exposed the underbelly of the system. A system that, in so many ways, I believe has been fundamentally broken for a long time.

    We have a toxic culture of over-testing, over-burdensome inspections that all too often miss what is fantastic about our schools, and senseless numbers-based competition driven by league tables.

    My question has always been, surely the ONLY question must be: do any of these things actually help students learn?

    Yet all too often in politics today, that's the last question that's asked. And the evidence doesn't support it either.

    Which is why, since I was elected, I have made it Lib Dem policy to scrap SATs, replace Ofsted and ban league tables.

    Let's talk about assessment. We are leaving children whose learning style is not best reflected by exams to sit in silence, making them feel like they are failures. I would like to thank ASCL for their campaign on the Forgotten Third of children who leave school with a grade 4 or less in their English and Maths GCSEs - denying them the dignity of a qualification.

    In this country, rich as it is, to leave any pupil without the basic skills of reading and writing is nothing short of a burning injustice. I know you all know this. But here is something the Government will never admit: that the system itself is wrong if this is an acceptable outcome, and they are to blame. For this injustice and so many others.

    This is what made me want to be an MP.

    Let's start with what schools should be.

    To my mind, schools should be supportive, liberating environments; where every child is empowered to grow into a happy, healthy and confident adult.

    And that where they go shouldn't depend on where they come from.

    But this ideal is feeling increasingly out of reach.

    And that is why I'm determined to use the platform I have in Parliament to fight for the changes I believe are sorely needed. There must be a better way of doing things.

    So in that spirit - I will give some credit, where I think it is due, to the Education Secretary. After all, everyone needs a bit of positive reinforcement once in a while.

    I think the new sex, relationships and health curriculum guidance is a leap forward in terms of helping young people to be masters of their own minds when it comes to sensitive issues.

    Giving them the chance to have open and informed discussions about sex, relationships, health, mental wellbeing and online content… just some of the minefields our students have to navigate these days, must be a good thing.

    To carry on the theme of positive reinforcement, let's go back to Ofsted.

    Since its beginning Ofsted has driven a culture of "teaching to the test", of off rolling, and of stifling any real creativity in the profession. There have been some welcome sentiments from the Education Secretary about fixing this through reforms to the Ofsted inspection framework. There is now a consultation - so I guess he at least admits there is maybe a problem. Let's see what they actually do.

    Don't get me wrong, there should be inspections, but they have become the be-all-and-end-all for too many teachers and parents. Every school, every leader is different.

    I welcome change, but it has to be right.

    We all know how easily education reforms - the good and the bad - can come and go at the whims of a variably informed education secretary.

    And that's why I think we need to challenge the fundamentals of our education system.

    Whether we're talking about changes to inspections, to the curriculum, to exams or to grading structures… ultimately all of these changes cause massive disruption and increase the workload of teachers during any transition.

    And that would be worth it, of course, if there was reason to believe any given set of changes would genuinely improve a child's education.

    But instead, these disruptions are, more often than not, just driven by political dogma. By the government of the day, made up of ministers with usually no front-line experience, or heed to real evidence.

    So that is what I think really needs to change.

    We need to find a way to put people like you - the experts who know this profession better than anyone - in a position to lead future reforms, if and when they are needed.

    And we need to find a way to put evidence, not political point scoring, at the heart of those reforms.

    We need a system which enables all children to become fully engaged participants in an exciting but unknowable future. Many of the children being born now will live to see the 22nd century. We cannot drive to the future by looking to the past: we need a clear vision of the future perfect and then build a road map for how we get there. Parts of our system are already seen as world class: let's make sure the entire system is world class.

    To achieve this, I am delighted to announce today the formation of an independent Education Commission to develop a vision for the education system of the future. My hope is that this Commission will change the debate about education.

    Less party politics. Less tinkering. Less doing things to the profession. More consensus, more working with the profession and more radical, more pragmatic ideas.

    And I practise what I preach about political interference. Though I have convened the Commission, I want to make sure it is not party political. So I have decided not to sit on it, nor does any other elected politician.

    Instead, I have asked leading practitioners and thinkers to come up with these ideas, starting with ASCL's very own Geoff Barton. Chairing will be Jo Owen, co-founder of Teach First, we also have Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, Christine Gilbert, former Head of Ofsted, Neil Carmichael, former Conservative Chair of the Education Select Committee, Professor Deborah Eyre, an expert in high performance learning, John Cope Head of Skills at the CBI and Ed Vainker, head teacher from the Reach Academy in Feltham.

    What a team. But if we want a future-perfect, world-class system we need evidence of best ideas and practices from around the world. So I am further delighted to announce that our research partner is Warwick University. They will provide global comparisons and ensure that the Commission's research and conclusions are based on evidence of what works. We want best practice, not best theory.

    But, I also want you to be involved. None of this will work unless you can have your say too. So soon, the Commission will publish its major themes and then will put out a call for evidence. We hope to use the knowledge of the profession, research and wider industry to help us. I hope many of you will add in your ideas: look out for the formal announcement when it comes. I am sure Geoff will tell you how.

    We've set no specific time limit, although we expect an interim report in a few months with the hope of having a final report in a bit over a year. But we intend to take our time so we can get it right. That report will articulate a vision of that future-perfect end product with first steps for how we get there.

    And then, I want every political party to steal these ideas.

    So my message to Damian Hinds of the Conservative Party, Angela Rayner of the Labour Party and anyone else listening, is that we need to work together to reset the education debate in this country. Our politics is broken; Brexit has shown that. It is not a cause, it is a symptom of a deeper rot.

    There is no better place to start rebuilding our country, and start remodelling what a new politics could look like, than in the area of education, because after all, it will take governments of many colours to deliver the incremental and sustainable change that we want to see.

    Imagine where would we be now if, over the last thirty years, we had slowly, slowly reformed towards a common, evidenced, goal? That's what I want to do.

    I entered politics to improve the educational chances of every child in this country.

    And I will measure myself by thinking that if I ever lost my seat, I'd want to know that I had left behind a legacy of building towards that aim.

    So I fight for a system which is fairer, which is properly funded, and which gives people like you - the professionals who know better than anyone - more respect, more support and more freedom.

    I hope you will join me in fighting for a different politics to help deliver just that.

    Thank you

    The Commission's goals: