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    • Article: Oct 21, 2020

      I have a bill going through the House of Lords right now, the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill.

      It requires the Government to ensure (with certain reasonable exceptions) that all fuel poor households are properly insulated and heated to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C by 2030, and all other households by 2035.

    • Article: Oct 20, 2020
      By Liberal Democrats

      The Conservatives have continually promised to back British farmers throughout the Brexit process, but their failure last week to uphold our high food standards reveals just how hollow those promises were.

      Our high agricultural standards must be protected in international trade deals and after the transition period.

    • Article: Oct 19, 2020
      By Alistair Carmichael

      Conservative MPs have rejected all 10 cross-party amendments to the Government's Immigration Bill passed by the House of Lords earlier this month, including three from the Liberal Democrats.

      The 28-day time limit on immigration detention (Amendment 6) - introduced by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Hamwee in the House of Lords - was rejected by 328 votes to 264.

    • Article: Oct 19, 2020

      Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

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      Weekly Whip w/c 12th October

      Monday 12th October

      Monday was a key day for British Farming, but the House started off with a Prime Ministerial Statement from Boris Johnson regarding the new tier system for Covid-restrictions. Ed Davey and Munira Wilson led the charge for the Lib Dems, with Ed stressing that time is of the essence; the British people have made painful sacrifices and the government cannot squander the opportunity to get solid testing systems in place. Munira raised another glitch in the trace system which attributes positive cases for students to their home addresses, rather than university addresses, skewing critical data.

    • Article: Oct 15, 2020

      Today, Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael led cross-party opposition to the Government's Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, calling a vote against the legislation in the House of Commons.

      Writing in the Independent ahead of the debate, Alistair set out our concerns:

    • Article: Oct 15, 2020

      People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.

      We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.

      Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.

    • Article: Oct 15, 2020

      I am pleased to announce today that in Wales we have secured free school meal provision for all school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

      The coronavirus pandemic has presented countless challenges this year, but with the Welsh Government now guaranteeing £11 million for these provisions, we can help support those who look to school for more than just education.

    • Article: Oct 15, 2020
      By Ed Davey

      The Government have completely lost control of coronavirus across vast swathes of the country, and the situation in London is looking very difficult.

      In the north of England, and now in London, the sacrifices of millions of people have been squandered by this Government.

      Because of Boris Johnson's failure to ensure our test, trace and isolate system worked, millions of people will have to make those sacrifices again.

    • Article: Oct 14, 2020
      By Wera Hobhouse

      On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I have written to Equalities Minister Liz Truss calling on her to stop all forms of hair discrimination.

      We must combat racism wherever we find it in our society, and this all-too-prevalent form of prejudice must end.

      Read my letter in full...

      Dear Liz,

      We are writing to urge you to take action to end hair discrimination in schools, colleges and workplaces, and throughout society.

    • Article: Oct 12, 2020

      People across this country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months: losing loved ones, losing livelihoods and isolating from friends and family.

      People are angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.

      That's why people are so angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.