Allan Knox welcomes Taylor Review but warns of Brexit threat to workers’ rights and jobs

The Liberal Democrats have broadly welcomed the recommendations of the Matthew Taylor Review, but warned that the government’s Brexit plans pose a threat to workers’ rights and jobs.

Liberal Democrat Allan Knox commented:

“These proposals are broadly sensible, they would both improve workers’ rights in the gig economy and maintain flexibility for those who want it.

“We now need to stamp out abuse of zero hours contracts by giving people the right to request fixed hours, a proposal the Conservatives opposed during the coalition.

“Workers rights underpinned by EU law must be protected from an extreme Conservative Brexit.

“Ultimately, the drive to create more high-quality jobs depends on economic growth and attracting investment. Unless Theresa May rows back on her reckless Brexit plans, we will continue to see falling real wages, slowing economic growth and fewer jobs.”

Roundabout Shambles

I have sent out the following email to all who signed the online petition for the roundabout at the junction of the A59 and Pendle Road.

Dear friend,
Over the weekend I have received some bad news and I am fuming!
Work on the roundabout at the junction of Pendle Road and the A59 is not going to start until April 2018.
The reason for this would seem to be that they cannot go ahead because the mini-roundabout accessing the site has not been built yet.
The original plan was that the mini-roundabout was meant to be started in April this year, with the main roundabout starting in July. (more…)

Farron: “May has allied herself with Trump, these comments are the inevitable outcome”

Tonight, at a campaign rally in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly said that Europe can no longer “completely depend” on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit.

Responding, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said:

“The Prime Minister has allied herself with Donald Trump and these comments are the inevitable outcome.

“It doesn’t have to be this way, a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain’s future and we can avoid this extreme Brexit that Theresa May is pursuing, with the full support of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.”


Lab pension and NHS offer blown apart by extreme Brexit – Lib Dems

An announcement by the Labour Party tonight that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties – a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market – would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum. (more…)

Lib Dems launch manifesto plan to fund more nurses, teachers and police in Ribble Valley

The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police.

The Party’s landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats would put a penny on income tax for health and care would raise £30m for the NHS in East Lancashire, enough to fund 179 more nurses. (more…)

Allan Knox urges young voters to register

Commenting on figures published by the Electoral Reform Society, whose analysis shows the number of school leavers on the electoral roll has dropped by more than a quarter in three years, Cllr. Allan Knox said:

“Young people’s wishes have been swept under the rug since the EU referendum when 75% voted to remain. At a time of monumental political change, many feel hurt, ignored and powerless. (more…)

Former Ribble Valley Lib Dem MP Michael Carr Launches Allan Knox’s Campaign

Speaking at a meeting in Mellor Brook on Wednesday night (10/05/17) former Ribble Valley Lib Dem MP Michael Carr helped launch Allan Knox’s 2017 campaign to win the seat for the Lib Dems.
At the meeting Michael Carr said: “Allan has a proven record of success locally in the Ribble Valley and would make a fine MP.
“Since the advent of the EU and the single market; the nations of Europe have lived in peaceful and prosperous harmony. Where once our fathers and grandfathers were fighting two world wars within 30 years, we now have a continent at peace. Where once we had fascists running Spain, Portugal and Greece, and the communist dominated Eastern Europe; now we have a democratic continent, that has prospered especially since the introduction of the single market
“Put quite simply Theresa May’s hard Brexit, threatens all that.”
Allan Knox said: “There is no doubt that there is nothing that the Tory Brexit plans makes better. We will all be poorer due to not being in the single market. We will all be poorer because we will lose the positive income that the Exchequer receives from EU nationals. We will all be poorer because we will be living in an inward-looking country, not an outward one.”