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: Continue reading

“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. Continue reading

Cable: David Davis, what are you doing with our money?

Following David Davis’ comments in the House of Commons that MPs would not be given a vote on the final divorce settlement, leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

“This is yet another example of the government undermining parliamentary sovereignty. At the end of it all we must have a referendum on the whole package.

“We want a vote on what David Davis is doing with our money.”

Blanket dog order may force residents to break the law

A new dog control order called a “Public Space Protection Order” (PSPO) that is being introduced by Ribble Valley Borough Council may have the effect of forcing local dog owners to break the law.

Currently, under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, owners have a duty to provide for their animal’s welfare, which includes exercising them. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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