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We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.
We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.
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Under the leadership of the Liberal Democrat Secretary of State at the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), Vince Cable, the coalition established the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN)*. As an example of its activity TWI(The Welding Institute), Cambridge UK participated in UK-India Manufacturing week last year. For over 50yrs TWI has been the largest research institute in the world to concentrate on joining techniques and associated structural integrity issues. The UK is India's largest G20 investor & employer. UK Companies employ some 700000 across India (about 5.5% of organised private sector jobs in India) .Similarly India (the world's third largest economy) has more than 800 Indian owned business in the UK and is the third largest source of foreign direct investment in the UK. Contrary to some of the garbage put out by the 'Brexit' brigade the EU has in no way inhibited any of this. Freed from the positive input of the LibDems The Chancellor, in his November 2015 spending review, announced further 'savings' required from the BIS. [see more]
Campaign leaflet from Graham Roach, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.
Last month one of our LibDem Members who lives in Preston, but was born in Germany wrote: "Yesterday I was distributing the "Britain stronger in Europe" leaflet in the Preston town centre before the EDL demonstration and the "one community" counter demonstration on the Flag Market .. a heady mix of all shades and sizes and faiths .. there was no need for handing out the IN propaganda because it was like preaching to the converted....and, if I may say so .. the atmosphere was that of mutual respect and friendliness. Nobody shouted or made a fool of themselves. I ventured further afield, i.e. outside the shopping centre and the covered market. An interesting experience. Most people accepted the proffered hand-bill, some just avoided eye contact and pushed past, and some growled 'you must be joking'. [see more]
Let's have some good news. The UK still produces, and commercialises, some ground breaking technology. In this case focused on renewable energy.
Tidal turbines are installed on the seabed at locations with high tidal current velocities, or strong continuous ocean currents where they extract energy from the flowing water. They are very much like underwater windmills except the rotors are driven by consistent, fast-moving currents. The submerged rotors harness the power of the marine currents to drive generators, which in turn produce electricity. Water is 832 times denser than air and consequently tidal turbine rotors can be much smaller than wind turbine rotors thus they can be deployed much closer together and still generate equivalent amounts of electricity. [see more]
There was a debate in Lytham St Annes (reported in the Blackpool Gazette on 22nd April) between the leader of UKIP representing the Brexit group and a Conservative North West MEP representing RemaIN, and others including prominent local business man David Haythornthwaite, who is an advocate to leave the EU. [see more]
At the by-election in the Wadebridge West Ward of Cornwall Unitary Authority Liberal Democrat Karen McHugh took the seat from the Conservatives. Karen took 43.5% of the votes. Elsewhere Liberal Democrat Chris Booth retained the seat for the LibDems at the by-election in Halcon Ward of Taunton Deane District Council. Chris got 43% of the vote.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is medical director of the NHS in England. In the Observer ( and possibly other papers) last Sunday (10th April) he reminds us that the current unrest in the NHS is not just about contracts, but is the culmination of growing frustration over many years. His full article is worth reading. He rightly says that 'Whatever the rights and wrongs of this complex dispute, this is a very serious state of affairs with serious consequences'. Where we take issue is in his attempts to be what might be described as 'even handed' That got interpreted in the accompanying story under the headline: 'All -out strike by Junior Doctors is unethical and reckless'. NO. It is unequivocally the behaviour of the Government that is unethical & reckless.[see more]
The dispute between Apple and the FBI over unlocking a smartphone belonging to an alleged terrorist has been overtaken by events but the issue of cyber security and encryption will not go away. The 'debate' will now move to the US Congress and possibly the UK and other Parliaments. If ever there was an issue that needed multinational agreement this is it but don't hold your breath. Modern politics doesn't seem to want to do 'sensible'. Pull up the drawbridge narrow nationalism seems to be preferred. [see more]
A favourite bleat of the 'Brexit brigade' is 'We want our country back'. But if we have ever lost it in the first place it is NOT to the EU. We should be much more concerned about the extent to which we are apparently happy to forgo our tax revenues & to flog our properties, land and businesses to foreign interests. [see more]
On Saturday 2nd April the North West Liberal Democrats held their Spring Regional Conference
opened by the Deputy Leader of Stockport Council. You can find full details of the programme here: http://www.northwestlibdems.org.uk/conference/ The North West Region holds two Conferences a year, and the next will be in Lancaster in the autumn. Please keep looking at this site for information - not just about Conferences but all NW Regional activity