SE Region Lib Dem Honoured

Congratulations to Councillor Susan Prochak, Deputy Leader of Rother District Council, who has been awarded an MBE for services to the community in Robertsbridge Parish, East Sussex.

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SE Region Autumn Conference, Training Day and AGM

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 10am to 4.30pm

This year the conference will be online so that we can ensure everyone stays safe.    

Speakers include our MPs Munira Wilson, Alistair Carmichael, Wera Hobhouse, Layla Moran, Sarah Olney and Jamie Stone.  There will also be training from ALDC which will include an introduction to affinity, effective videos and great emails as well as training from the HQ compliance team and a session with Mark Pack.

There is no charge to attend this year’s conference - details of how to book will be out soon. 

Nomination forms for the Regional Executive are available please email [email protected]

 

AGM Calling Notice for Saturday 21st November 2020:

  • Apologies
  • Minutes of the AGM (delayed to February 2020 due to the General Election 2019)

(3) Chairs Report

(4) Treasurer’s Report

(5) Report of the Chair of the Regional Candidates Committee

(6) Proposed Amendment to the SE Region Constitution: 

Article 3 Officers

Delete 3.1 a) “the President” and re-letter the subsequent parts of 3.1

 Article 4 Regional Executive

Insert 4.2 d) The Regional Executive may appoint a President to perform such duties and responsibilities and for such time period as it may from time to time determine.

Insert 4.2 e) One representative for each of the counties Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex to be elected by and from a group formed with approval of the regional executive to co-ordinate activity in the county. For the purpose of this clause Local Parties in Unitary Council areas will be entitled to membership of the group in the county in which they are located and Brighton and Hove will be considered to be part of East Sussex.

Re-letter existing 4.2 d) to 4.2 f)

Proposer: Regional Executive

 

Article 2

amend 2.3(e) and (f) so that 'elect' becomes 'conclude the election of' and then delete 10.2 and change 10.3 to read: 'The elections of Officers, Ordinary Members of the Regional Executive, members of the Regional Candidates Committee, Regional Conference Committee and the members of the English Council and representatives on other bodies to be elected by the Regional

Conference shall conclude at the Annual General Meeting. The Regional Conference Committee shall invite nominations in the notice convening the Meeting, with a closing date 14 days before the date of the Meeting. Ballot paper shall be distributed to voting members with individual email addresses
at least 7 days before the Meeting. The ballot papers shall be returnable by the end of the Annual General Meeting, and shall be counted as soon as possible thereafter”

Proposer: D. Warren

  

Background

  1. President – It is proposed to make the office of President optional at the discretion of the Executive. The Executive has noted the intention of the current President, Jamie Sharpley, not to re stand for a further term and recognised that it would difficult to replace the valuable role that he has performed by means of an elected post. There would be a danger that, having been elected by the Membership, the holder would see themselves as having the same status as the Chair with a resulting potential for conflict. It is therefore proposed to give the Executive the freedom to choose whether or not to have a President and if so what type of role they would want performed and to choose someone with the appropriate skillset.
  2. County representatives – This is a tidying amendment to formalise the position where the Chairs of the County Steering Groups have been treated as Members of the Executive since the formation of Groups in all Counties in 2016. Although these groups are appointed by the Local Parties in each County, they are technically sub-groups of the Regional Executive and it is essential that they have representation on the Executive for reasons of accountability and communication.

     (7) Any Other Business.

 

 

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General Elections Candidates for the SE Region

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Here's the Plan:

Manifesto 2019

 

Stop Brexit

Tackle the Climate Emergency

Give Every Child the Best Start in Life

Build a Fairer Economy

Transform our Mental Health Services

 

 

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TWO MEPs IN GRAVESEND SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER

Brexit will Damage Kent and Gravesend say Liberal Democrat MEPs, Judith Bunting and Antony Hook:

This Saturday, Gravesend shoppers are in for a Europe treat. Not one, but two Members of the European Parliament, Antony Hook and Judith Bunting, both elected to represent the South East of England, will be in town to talk with Gravesend locals about their views in Brexit and the shocking shutdown of the UK Parliament.

The campaign stand will be outside Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1BE, between 10am and 2pm.  

Judith Bunting said “I am looking forward to meeting everyone in Gravesend and hearing what they think about Johnson’s shocking shut down of Parliament. This is an authoritarian power grab on U.K. democracy. Our MPs were elected to represent us. We voted for them, they are our voice in Westminster. To silence Parliament is to silence the voice of the people.”

 Antony Hook said: “The damage caused by leaving the European Union will be felt by everyone, not least the people of Gravesend.

“A big jump in the cost of the weekly shop will be felt hardest by those least able to afford it, and anyone taking regular medication will be rightly concerned about the warnings of medicine shortages.

“Whatever legitimacy the 2016 referendum had has long since expired. We have to break the parliamentary logjam by going back to the people and asking them whether they still want to leave the EU now the fantasy promises of Brexiteers have been shown to be completely undeliverable." 

If you have any questions about Europe or what happens next, please come and say Hello to Antony and Judith. They will be with the local Liberal Democrat team, including the Gravesend candidate for Westminster, Ukono Obasi. 

Antony Hook will be at the stall from 10:00 - 12:00 and Judith Bunting, who lives in Berkshire joins the team from 11:30 - 13:30.

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SE Conference, Training Day and AGM - 1st February 2020

Bookings are now open for the 

SE Region Conference, Training Day and AGM

Saturday 1st February 2020   -    10am to 4.30pm

Venue: Hove Park Senior School, Neville Road, Hove BN3 7BN

SPEAKERS:

·      Mark Pack, President of the Liberal Democrats, Daisy Cooper MP, Judith Bunting MEP, Antony Hook MEP, Tom Brake and Stephen Lloyd.

TRAINING

·      Training from ALDC and for Local Party Officers

·      Exhibitors including LibDem Image and the Green Liberal Democrats.

TICKETS :  

1. Early Bird Ticket £25.00.  After 24th January £30.00.

2. Young Liberal Members, Stewards or those receiving state benefits excluding child benefit or state pension £10.00   

BOOKING  DETAILS:

1. Internet Payments: Account detail below and confirm by email:

           Account Name:              S/E ENGLAND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
           Sort Code:                     08-90-23
           Account Number:          50151983

Please use Reference: CONF followed by your initials and surname as the reference.

Also, please email Anna at [email protected] with your membership number and local party.

When we receive your remittance we will send you a confirmation by email

2. Payment By Cheque:

Cheque payable to:      S/E ENGLAND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.

When Sending your cheque, please ensure you also send us the following details:

1.     Full Name

2.     Address

3.     Membership number(s)

4.     Names of other delegate(s)

5.     Your email address

Please send the Cheque to :

              Anna Tarrant, 6 Blanford Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7DR

AGM CALLING NOTICE FOR SATURDAY 1st February (delayed from 16th November 2019):

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the AGM 2018
  3. Chair's Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Report of the Chair of the Regional Candidates Committee
  6. Any Other Business 
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Domestic Abuse Bill

New PM must not delay Domestic Abuse Bill

Two million people experience domestic abuse every year, and they urgently need the Government to take action.
 
This Conservative Government has failed these people by delaying this vital legislation. Theresa May first promised it more than two years ago. Now that it was finally published yesterday, the Liberal Democrats will be demanding that the new Prime Minister takes it forward without further delay.
 
We will also be fighting to strengthen the Bill to make sure it protects everyone affected by domestic abuse and domestic violence – including children and migrant women – and guarantees that survivors have access to refuges, rape crisis centres and other crucial support services.

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We are the only Party who truly stands for my generation

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Lib Dems table legislation to tackle air pollution crisis

Today, for World Environment Day, Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse is tabling a bill to give local authorities more powers to issue fines to idling vehicles. 

The Bill will increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences, as well as increasing fines for those who repeatedly offend.

For far too long this Conservative Government has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court cases over their inability to tackle the toxic fumes that Britain breathes every day. Liberal Democrats demand better.

The legislation that has been tabled is a crucial step in tackling our air pollution crisis. It will allow local authorities to clamp down on idling without the need to apply to the Government first, and it will enable them to increase fines on repeat offenders.

We must do more to tackle both the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis. The Tories must stop wilfully ignoring the problem and back the Bill.

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European Elections Results Special

The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, expecting to return 16 MEPs and take second place in vote share. 

Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit the party has made huge gains across the country, which follow the party's best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May. 

Responding to the result Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: 

"Our clear, honest, unambiguous message has won us our best ever European election result, and pushed Corbyn's Labour into third place. 
 
“We have shown ourselves to be the strongest Remain force in British politics.
 
“We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to stop Brexit.
 
“There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight’s results: get off the fence. In trying to please everybody they have pleased nobody.
 
“With a Tory leadership contest increasing the risk of a “No Deal” Brexit, Britain can no longer tolerate an Opposition which ducks and dives on the biggest issue of the day.
 
“If you want to see an outward looking Britain, standing tall in the world with our European partners, and offering opportunity to everyone at home, there is no better moment to shape the future of our party and our politics, by joining the Liberal Democrats.”
 
The Liberal Democrats

This is the best ever result in the European Elections for the Liberal Democrats and by securing second place in the national vote, it is the first time that the Liberal Democrats have beaten both the Conservative and Labour Parties in a UK-wide election. The Liberal Party last did this 101 years ago.

We are on course to triple our 2014 vote share, and have secured our highest vote share since 2010 and are returning our largest ever group of MEPs.

It is the first time we have topped the poll in London, which sends a clear message ahead of next year’s mayoral elections that we will be a serious player.

Conservatives

This is the worst ever result for the Conservatives in a UK-wide election. Their previous worst performance in the European Elections was to return 26 MEPs. They have fallen far, far short.

Labour

Labour are on course for their worst ever performance in a UK-wide election. They have never returned fewer than 13 seats and are on course to fall short of that.

The Liberal Democrats Region by Region

Eastern

  • We have returned 2 MEPs, and 23% of the vote finishing in 2nd place.
  • In 2014 we secured 6.9% of the vote, and previously our best result was 1 MEP and 14%.

East Midlands

  • We have returned 1 MEP, and 17% of the vote – finishing in 2nd place.
  • In 2014 we secured 5.4% and our best result was 12.8%.

London

  • We have returned 3 MEPs, and 27% of the vote topping the polls in London.
  • We secured 6.7% in 2014 and our best previous result was 15.3% of the vote.
  • Winning in London is an shockwave to the old two parties, ahead of next year’s Mayoral election. We are clearly serious players.

North East

  • We secured 17% of the vote – a huge increase and narrowly missed out on a seat in the region.
  • We secured 5.9% in 2014

North West

  • We have returned 2 MEPs, on 17% of the vote
  • We secured 6% of the vote in 2014 and our previous best result was 15.8%

South East

  • We have returned 3 MEPs on 26% of the vote finishing in second place.
  • We secured 8% in 2014 and our previous best result was 15.3%

South West

  • We have returned 2 MEPs, with 23% of the vote and finished in 2nd place.
  • We secured 10.7% in 2014 and our previous best result was 18.3%

West Midlands

  • We have returned 1 MEP with 16% of the vote
  • We secured 5.6% in 2014 and our previous best result was 13.7%

Yorkshire & the Humber

  • We have returned 1 MEP with 16% of the vote .
  • We secured 6.3% vote in 2014 and our previous best result was 15.5% 

Scotland

  • We are waiting for the declaration of results in Scotland
  • We are on course to double our vote share from the 7.1 % we got in 2014, and return one MEP.

Wales

  • We secured 13% of the vote – our best ever result and narrowly missed out on a seat.
  • We secured 3.9% of the vote in 2014 and our best previous performance was 10.7%
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