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
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
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
Responding to David Cameron’s suggestion that Theresa May needs a large majority “to stand up to people who want an extreme Brexit”, Liberal Democrat Allan Knox said:
“Saying Theresa May needs a landslide to stop an extreme Brexit is like saying a bank robber needs the keys to the safe to look after the cash. Continue reading
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.”
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
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.
On Monday the Labour party had one of its biggest meltdowns yet. Voting for, then against the amendment to protect the rights of EU citizens who already live in the UK to stay here – there are 1,722 here in the Ribble Valley. Continue reading
A 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
We all expect to feel under the weather sometimes but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be tough to recognise or admit that we’re not feeling 100%. Continue reading