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Working for you in the Fylde

Nick Clegg - Spring Conference - 8th March 2014The Liberal Democrats are working to build astronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

That's 5,500 more people in work every working day!

5500 people every working day

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.

Latest News

  • Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    'Change.org' is a 'Petition Platform' that allows individuals to start a petition which, if successful, brings about a change in (usually) Government action that had perhaps not been sufficiently thought through. One such was to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, LibDem MP Danny Alexander, in relation to budget for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Kew was facing a budget cut of £5m. and, given the cuts endured by organiations with more immediate impact on people, might not be considered a priority for saving. BUT it is an irreplaceable centre of excellence with huge impact on us in the medium to long term. Over 100,000 people signed the petition and the LibDems in Government listened . Danny Alexander replied [ 16Dec 2014] Thank you for petitioning me to continue funding the work of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. In September, I was able to respond letting you know that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and I had been able to secure £1.5 Million to help funding in the years 2014/2015. I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have now secured an extra £2.3 Million of government funding which will support Kew through to April 2016. Both Nick Clegg and I greatly value the work and role of this internationally important institution. Once again, thank you for raising this important matter with me, and I hope this news is of some reassurance. It does not resolve the problem entirely but certainly buys time for mature planning and prevents an immediate disaster.

  • Fly tipping in St Annes
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Fly tipping and dumping of waste continues across the Fylde. This week mortar, cement, wood and other building materials were left in an alleyway close to a school in St. Anne's. This comes on top of waste being dumped in other areas of the borough which has earned headlines in the printed press recently. Both Labour and the Conservatives on Lancashire County Council conspired to close the St.
    Anne's Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) a few years ago and fly tipping appears to have been on the increase ever since. The LibDems were the only political group to put forward viable suggestions to retain the St Annes 'tip' perhaps with reduced days and hours of opening but
    these weren't given serious consideration. The upshot is that the county council saved money by closing the local recycling facilities and Fylde's council taxpayers are having to pick up the 'clean-up' bill for all the fly-tipping.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Blackpool pulled the plug on Fylde's CCTV cameras quite a while ago but it looks as though the cameras could well be back in action and monitored from a central location again thanks to partnership working with Wyre. Lots of detail to be agreed yet but coverage of parts of Fylde through a monitored scheme seems on the cards.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    One of our members writes:

    "As an immigrant, Britain has been welcoming and kind towards me and I want to repay the huge trust placed in me throughout my existence here. I go abroad a lot as a UK delegate to EU countries and find it increasingly embarrassing when people are beginning to act in a patronising way towards me and my fellow delegates. The UKIP so called "representatives of the UK", whose pseudo patriotic rants hark back at least a Century and will not solve our current problems, make us the laughing stock of Europe. I resent that very much, because Britain deserves better. We Europeans share a common cultural heritage and hence should stand shoulder to shoulder to face the global challenges we are exposed to together and not threaten to leave at the slightest disagreement, usually headlined in the British press in way designed to score another negative point against the Union.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    The latest anti EU piece in the Daily Express (where else!) bangs on about Brussels having a hand in 59.3% [don't you just love the precision] of all British Laws passed in the year ended May 2014. The proprietor of the Express Group of print media has recently come out in support of UKIP to the tune of £300000 so the 'spin' is hardly a surprise. But aren't facts a pain when you want to get lies accepted as truth. If you look at the statistics more broadly then, according to the most recent study from the House of Commons Library, from 1997 to 2009 6.8% of primary legislation (Statutes) and 14.1% of secondary legislation in the UK was in response to 'Europe'. A lot of this was to do with harmonising quality standards for goods. Wow what wicked interference with which to handicap British business. And what utter rubbish. Would we Brits REALLY want to buy say electrical goods made somewhere in the EU that had lower safety standards than stuff made here? Or a medicine? Or pretty well anything else? By the way, if we were not in the EU we'd STILL have to meet these standards for anything we sold there but would have no say in creating them. If you really want to burrow into detail the following is a good place to start. https://fullfact.org/europe/eu_make_uk_law-29587

  • Planting Christmas trees in the dunes
    Article: Dec 14, 2014

    The BBC's The One Show will be filming on the beach in St. Annes next week. They are coming to look at the impact that the planting of discarded Christmas Trees has had on the dunes.
    It's local LibDem members and supporters who have been behind collecting trees for FREE from householders in support of this project. For the last 5 years the LibDems have collected trees directly from homes and brought them to the beach where the planting was to take place. Between 250 and 350 trees have been collected each year from the St. Anne's area.
    The partially buried trees have helped to not only reduce the amount of wind-blown sand but have also helped to create newer dunes and encourage a build up sand in what were gaps previously.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2014

    Congratulations to Liberal Democrats Peter Agoro and Anders Christensen. Peter took the by-election in the Southcourt Ward from Labour and Anders defeated a determined challenge from UKIP to hold Gatehouse Ward - both on Aylesbury Vale District Council. Since May of last year when the UKIP bandwagon and the right wing media campaign to denigrate the LIbDems took off in earnest we have gained 29 seats on major councils at by-elections; lost 17; and held 24.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2014

    Britain's energy secretary has called for tougher rules to be applied to companies holding "risky" fossil fuel assets that could plunge in value because of global action to tackle climate change.
    Ed Davey's move makes him one of the first senior politicians to weigh into a growing debate on the future of oil, gas and coal companies as governments work on sealing a global climate deal in Paris next year.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Nick Clegg has written to Andy Burham MP in response to his claims that Nick misled the House of Commons over the issue of Hichingbrooke Hospital today during PMQs.

    Nick did no such thing, as this letter send to Andy Burham reveals:

    10 December 2014

    Dear Andy,

    I see that you raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons and that you accused me of "sheer inaccuracy". I am always happy to confirm the accuracy of what I have said.

    You said that "when the previous Government left office there was still an NHS bidder in the competition." That is simply not true.

    These are the facts.

    On 26 March 2010, that is before the General Election and while you were still Health Secretary, the three organisations shortlisted for the contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital were Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health - all of which are non-NHS organisations.

    The NAO report of the bidding process published on 8 November 2012 clearly states that in December 2009 there were only 3 bidders left in the process - Circle Health, Ramsay Health Care UK and Serco Health. It says on page 20 that the "the two NHS trusts involved both withdrew at early stages of the process."

    When making your Point of Order, you may have been referring to the fact that the Serco bid included working with the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust. Given it is clear that the actual bidder was Serco, I suggest that you are stretching the boundaries of accuracy to their very limit.

    As you can see, I very much stand by what I said at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons today. You asked if I had inadvertently misled the House of Commons. I would suggest that by misquoting what I said, it may be you who has inadvertently misled the House of Commons. Given that the facts are as I have outlined above, I wonder if you would be prepared to set the record straight yourself?

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    From today, couples in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert them into a marriage, concluding an historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to be married.

    In doing so, the Liberal Democrats have delivered on our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December and there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

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