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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.”

Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 22,280 pensioners in Ribble Valley

22,280 pensioners living in Ribble Valley will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the ‘triple lock’ for state pensions.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%. However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped. Continue reading

Road Closures for Visit of Prince Charles

Ribble Valley Borough Council is advising that the following road closures will be in operation on Tuesday 21st March as part of the security operation surrounding the visit of the Prince of Wales. They say the following:

Business owners and residents of Clitheroe Town Centre are advised that on the morning of Tuesday, 21 March entry to the following roads will be closed from 7am that morning to facilitate the security operation:
Castle Street, King Street, King Lane, New Market Street to the Market car park.
Railway View Avenue will be access only from Railway View Road.
At approximately 9.45am Moor Lane and Parson Lane will also be closed.
It is also requested that all vehicles are removed by 6am; parking will be not be permitted on the following roads: Moor Lane, Castle Street, King Lane taxi rank, King Street, Market Place and New Market Street as far as the Market car park.
It is anticipated that things will return to normal around 11.30 am. Apart from Castle Street which will remain closed until early afternoon.
Please can all businesses and shop owners also ensure deliveries are re arranged during these times to accommodate the operation. If you require any further information regarding these arrangements please contact Mark Beveridge on 01200 425111.

School Cuts Shocker!

school_wbA recent National Audit Office Report has highlighted that by the end of the financial year 2019/20 funding for schools will have been reduced nationally by £3 billion, a cut that will effect 98% of schools.
This is in stark contrast with the Conservative’s 2015 manifesto pledge that “there will be a real-terms increase in the schools budget in the next Parliament.” Continue reading

Lancashire pays out £435,260.63 for pothole damage

potholeLancashire County Council has paid out £435,260.63 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Nationally a total of £12 million have been paid out over the last four years, with an average payment per person of £650.
The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats. Continue reading