Clocks spring forward – so check your smoke alarm!

This Sunday, 25 March, The UK will switch to British Summer Time (BST) at 1am on Sunday morning, meaning people will effectively lose an hour’s sleep. The change, also known as daylight saving time, will mean there is more daylight in the evenings but less in the mornings.

Cllr. Allan Knox said, “Most electronic devices these days will change the time for you, so you’ve no need to worry  but most of us have at least one clock or watch that we need to change manually.”

When changing your clocks manually, it is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm. (more…)

School meals in line for Tory cuts

Changes to Universal Credit mean nearly 1 million poorer children will lose out on a free nutritious meal at lunch – costing parents £400 a year.
Free school meals were brought in as one of a series of new investments in our schools by the Liberal Democrats in the coalition. Now they are being cut by the Conservatives. (more…)

Campaign to save Interchange Information Centre

Cllr. Allan Knox has been leading the campaign to keep Clitheroe Interchange Information Centre open. The closure move came as part of the latest round of cuts from Tory-run Lancashire County Council and was included as part of their budget.

Allan was first to highlight the issue when he brought it up at December’s Ribble Valley Council meeting and demanded that the council do all in its power to keep it open. He then followed this up in the New Year, by launching his petition to keep it open.

Cllr. Allan Knox said: “The Interchange is an essential part of the Ribble Valley public transport network. (more…)

Pressure mounting on government for public vote on ‘no deal’ Brexit

A BMG Research poll for Left Foot Forward today has found that the public backs a referendum on staying in the EU if the government fails to secure a trade deal. The split was 54:46, with 74% of 18-24 year olds backing a vote.

This comes less than a week after a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday showed that one in two people back the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on any Brexit deal, or a no deal scenario, against 34% who do not. (more…)

Budget special – £50billion lost means residents will be £687 a year worse off

New studies show that the UK economy has stalled under the Conservatives.

This Conservative crash will wipe £49bn off the UK economy by 2021. That’s £687 for every person in the UK. Or enough to recruit 69,000 new police officers or 66,000 teachers, reports Cllr Allan Knox.

The Conservatives are also putting £3bn aside for ‘problems’ with Brexit, but only £2.8bn for the NHS. (more…)

Lib Dems renew offer of Exit from Brexit

Liberal Democrats have agreed at conference to reaffirm their commitment to a first referendum on the final terms of the Brexit deal.

The party’s position will see the general public being offered an opportunity to exit from Brexit when the full terms of the final deal are known.

Speaking from the conference in Bournemouth, leaderof the Lib Dems on Ribble Valley Borough Council, Cllr. Allan Knox said: (more…)

“Dark day for the mother of parliaments as Labour rebels hand Tory Govt sweeping powers.”

Commenting following the vote on the second reading of the EU Cllr. Allan Knox leader of Ribble Valley Lib Dems said:

“This Bill will hand the government unprecedented new powers. MPs, especially those who campaigned to leave the EU on the basis of ‘taking back control’ for our parliament, should be ashamed. They have abdicated their responsibility to scrutinise legislation and relinquished parliamentary sovereignty to Theresa May’s unrepresentative cabal. (more…)