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  • Article: Jun 3, 2020

    The murder of George Floyd has led to a global outpouring of anger and grief.

    From Windrush to Grenfell, from Stephen Lawrence to Mark Duggan, we are not short of our own examples of institutionalised, deep-rooted injustices that shame us all

    Racism has been exposed in the most shocking and tragic of ways in Minneapolis but make no mistake - it exists in Britain too.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2020

    The disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from BAME groups is extremely alarming.

    My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have written to the Prime Minister to express our grave concern at the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on people from black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) backgrounds and are urging the government to take urgent action now to address this.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2020

    In the week since the death of George Floyd in the United States, the grief and anger of black communities in the US and closer to home has been clear.

    The Liberal Democrats extend our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Protests against the killing of black people by police have erupted everywhere from Floyd's home state of Minneapolis, USA, to the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. The world knows George Floyd's name, and his death has fuelled a movement to end police violence against black people.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    Our late former Leader Paddy Ashdown argued at the time of the Hong Kong handover that without the added right to live in the UK for those holding British National Overseas (BNO) Passports, Beijing could ignore the Joint Declaration.

    We have a duty to act and protect those we vowed we would.

    In 2020, this is becoming a tragic reality. 'Beijing's new law will trample over the 'one country, two systems' framework, crushing Hong Kong's autonomy.

  • Article: May 29, 2020

    With social-distancing rules relaxing in England we are able to start delivering leaflets again, and we want to help people do that.

    That's why the LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team have now produced a Coronavirus Focus template for seats in England - find the answer to all your questions below.

    If you would like to take advantage of the bulk buy print deal or the Royal Mail paid delivery option, you need to complete this form by 5pm, Friday 5th June.

  • Article: May 28, 2020

    As part of our ongoing efforts to organise Midlands-wide events, the East Midlands is hosting:

    LAYLA LISTENS ... to The Midlands
    Saturday 6th June 2020

    Online meeting + Q&A with Layla Moran

    For Members of the East Midlands & West Midlands Regions

    Layla will be opening with a talk on her work during the ongoing coronavirus crisis,
    and looking to how we could shape society after it ends. Topics will include:

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    Millions of people are worried for their loved ones. They have made heartbreaking sacrifices every day since lockdown, including missing family gatherings like weddings and funerals.

    People are rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    We cannot allow coronavirus to blind us to the injustice that is unfolding on Hong Kong.

    Beijing's new national security law is a naked power-grab. It bypasses Hong Kong local law-making processes and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the Joint Declaration. Clearly China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.

  • Article: May 26, 2020
    By Harry Conn

    This letter was recently sent to us by a former member of our Executive Committee who recently contracted Covid-19. He has luckily began his recovery journey but his wife sent this letter to their MP, Jane Hunt, regarding their concern for their children.

    Good afternoon Jane,
    In light of recent declaration of the PM on accessing childcare safely and legally during the lockdown period, and the support you have shown for this explanation I would like to request further clarification on your suggestions for people like me, who have children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, behavioural problems, or have health complications which make them vulnerable to infections.
    I am a mother of 3 children in these groups, all of whom attend Ashmount School, which is a school for children with complex disabilities. Both, my husband and I had been advised by our employers to work from home, and did so from March 13th, a week before the official lockdown started, and only going out for essential food shopping. My husband was unfortunate to catch the virus and the worse case scenario followed: he was admitted to Glendfield hospital ICU with COVID-19, and quickly deteriorated and had to be put on an induced coma, intubated and connected to a ventilator. I was left alone to care for 3 vulnerable young children with SEND, two of whom present challenging behaviour, unable to leave the house as had to isolate in following the rules and advise given by the government, unable to access respite care or any external support to assist with my children for the same reason, all at the same time my husband was fighting for his life in hospital.
    With no family nearby, we had to rely on the goodwill and kindness of school staff, few friends and neighbours who helped me by bringing my shopping and leaving it at the doorstep. Suffice to say that during this time I experienced several outburst of frustration, anger and anxiety from my children, and you will be able to see in the pictures attached the result of these outbursts.
    I love my children dearly and I endured all with the thought that no other family should go through the same we were going through, and by staying at home we were preventing further contagion. Whereas I have been receiving phone calls of support from my children's social worker, the school principal and parent liaison officer and my therapist, who is helping me with my own mental health issues they could not help me with any respite care, nor could they recommend me seeking out external support since it would have been a breach of the rules as they were.
    This weekend we learned through the PM's declaration that there is a safe and legal way to access respite care, even while infected with or presenting symptoms of COVID-19. We were fortunate enough and my husband is now back home, however after 14 days in ICU on a ventilator and further 2 weeks in rehabilitation he isn't well enough, or strong enough to carry out many tasks, even less so dealing with our children's challenging behaviours so it has been left to me to care for 3 children with SEND and assist and care for a husband in recovery of COVID-19, which brings me back to my initial question:
    Could you please explain clearly what is this safe and legal way to obtain respite care/child care under these exceptional circumstances, bearing in mind the safety and safeguarding of my vulnerable children and husband? I would really appreciate your prompt reply, as we are rapidly reaching breaking point.
    I am sure the community of parents with SEND children will await anxiously for your reply as well.
    Kind regards
    Isela Bonequi
  • Article: May 25, 2020

    I would like to send warm wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

    Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan - a month of prayer, personal reflection, and self-denial.

    I'm sure that this Ramadan must have felt unusual and I know that observing a socially distanced Eid will not be easy either.