STRIP SOUTHERN RAIL OF FRANCHISE SAY LIB DEMS

Southern Rail has come under fire for its handling of its train services with Lib Dems calling on it to lose its franchise. It comes as Southern took the decision to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetable for a month - including many train services to Newhaven and Seaford. The Conservative Government has agreed to allowing Southern to make these cuts.

Some passengers have lost their jobs because of delays to their trains, with others facing unacceptable disruption and delay in getting to work.

Many travellers are also angry at not getting home on time - for example, to see their children - because of delays and cancellations.

The disruption has been caused by staff shortages and industrial action.

Sussex based Liberal Democrat peer Lord Dholakia argued it was time for the minister to summon the firm's management and tell them "they are not fit and proper persons to run our railways and the only thing that should be slashed is their franchise".

Liberal Democrat peer and Transport Spokesperson Baroness Randerson added that: "beleaguered passengers are being used as hostages in the power struggle" between the operator and RMT.


Lib Dems pledge to take Britain back into Europe

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.

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3 GREAT REASONS TO VOTE TO STAY IN EUROPE

Lewes Liberal Democrats have been making the case for Britain to stay in Europe. 

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Remaining in Europe safeguards millions of UK jobs

Three million UK jobs are linked to trade with Europe. That’s one in every ten UK jobs. 200,000 UK businesses trade with Europe.

Lower prices

Families save an average of £450 a year because the UK is in Europe.
We get a better deal on everything from food to flights by negotiating as part of Europe - strength in numbers.

Fighting crime - and a peaceful Europe

7,000 criminals have been deported from the UK to face justice at home thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.
And working with our European neighbours has led to decades of peace after the bloodshed of WW2.

Lib Dem District Councillor Will Elliott added: “We are safer here in Lewes because we are in Europe. It means our police can access intelligence from across the continent.

“And the European Arrest Warrant ensures criminals have nowhere to hide. Thousands have been sent home to face justice. UK criminals that have tried to flee abroad have been brought back to face the courts. If we leave Europe, we make life easier for criminals.”


WILL AND JANET WIN FOR THE LIB DEMS IN LEWES BRIDGE - THANK YOU!

Liberal Democrats have won both the District Council and the Town Council Lewes Bridge by-elections in a hard fought contest. Local voters picked up on our message that the Lib Dems were the team that gets things done for Lewes Bridge.



Will Elliott held the District Council seat with 543 votes (44.4% of the total) and Janet Baah held the Town Council seat with 498 votes (39.8% of the total). You can see the full results for the District Council seat here and the results for the Town Council seat here.

Will said: "I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who voted for us and who helped in our campaign". Janet added her appreciation and said: "The Lib Dem team will continue with our record of action for Lewes Bridge and getting things done for local people".


DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR WILL AND JANET ON THURSDAY 2ND JUNE

Lib Dem candidates Will Elliott and Janet Baah have issued a final message to voters in Lewes Bridge ward in advance of Polling Day on Thursday June 2nd. They write:

"Our town is changing faster than ever before and we know how hard we have to fight to keep its character and protect vital services.

Locally, Lewes Liberal Democrats are the official opposition to the Tories. After months of campaigning we forced them to stop their bodged attempts to sell-off the '49 sites' and to apologise for wasting £600,000 of tax-payers money. We also secured their backing for our plan to ring-fence £50,000 to help businesses in the Phoenix Estate relocate locally. As the official opposition, a vote for us is a vote to challenge the local Tories and hold them to account.

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LIB DEMS PICK WILL AND JANET FOR LEWES BRIDGE

 

Lewes Lib Dems have chosen their candidates for the Lewes Bridge Ward District and Town Council by-election on June 2nd - Will Elliott and Janet Baah. They are campaigning to support our local library and post office, to ensure local people's views are heard over planning issues.

 

Will Elliott is standing for District Council. He currently serves on the Town Council and has successfully campaigned to reinstate late bus services back from Brighton to Lewes.

 

Will is involved with the campaign to save the Crown Post Office, and opposes plans to build on the Old Malling Farm site.

 

Will and his partner Huw are both pub managers with a keen interest in environmental issues and live on Albion Street.
 
Janet Baah is standing to be on the Town Council and wants to make sure the people of Lewes get the representation they deserve. Janet knows the area well having lived in Malling since 2001.

 

Janet has been a member of Adult Social Care's Inclusion Advisory Group since 2009, and a non executive Director of Breaking Down Barriers' CIC for the past 3 years. She is currently studying for a PhD in Education focusing on access to education for slum dwellers in Ghana.

 

Will and Janet want to see more affordable housing locally, especially for key workers in Lewes and the surrounding area.

 

 

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LIB DEM COUNCILLOR WINS SUPPORT TO KEEP LOCAL SCHOOLS OPEN

Lib Dem County Councillor Carla Butler defends local school and wins!

At the full Council meeting of East Sussex County Council, Lib Dem County Councillor Carla Butler won the Council's backing to halt the closure of Rodmell Primary School and Pells Primary School.

Carla says “The parents, governing body, staff and protesters should be proud of their achievement of running an excellent campaign."

Cllr Butler successfully called for the schools to stay open and to stop the plans to close them at the end of the consultation period.

Carla Butler opened her speech by quoting Ofsted on Rodmell school “Rodmell Primary is a welcoming, inclusive community. Pupils of different ages get on well, happily playing and learning together.” She accused the Conservative Council of wanting to close a school that was rated as 'Good' in all areas by Ofsted. She went on to support the governors who had said that the county council has put into the public domain information which is biased and misleading. Carla said the governors and school have not been fairly represented.

She said “I am disappointed that the final consultation document was not shared with the school prior to going out in the public domain as some of the information could have challenged before”. She supported the governors in her speech saying that the school was now rated as good school moving towards outstanding!

 

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VOTE TO STOP CONSERVATVE CUTS ON THURSDAY 5th MAY

Thursday’s election is your chance to vote to cut crime in our part of Sussex and to ensure our local communities receive the support they deserve.

That’s why more and more local people are saying they will back James Walsh to be our new local Police and Crime Commissioner.

With more than 40 years experience as a Sussex Councillor as well as having served as Chairman of the Police Authority, James is the best choice to keep our towns and villages safe.

Please give James your first preference vote at Thursday’s crucial election and together we can make Sussex an even safer place to live, work and to raise a family.

You can see more information on James' campaign here.

 

 

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LOCAL MP FAILS TO SHOW COMPASSION FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN

In a vote on Monday night most Conservative MPs rejected the idea of taking in 3000 refugee children. An amendment supported by Lib Dem MPs and Peers and proposed by Lord Dubs, who himself arrived in this country as a refugee child, was lost by just 18 votes. The amendment would have committed the UK to take only five children per constituency. 
Our Tory MP, Maria Caulfield, let the people of Lewes down on Monday night by showing no compassion and voting against the idea of taking in only that small number. 
"These are children from Syria who have fled the most horrible circumstances, and are now on their own in Europe", Will Elliott, candidate for Lewes Bridge district council seat said. "We owe them a duty of compassion, but once again our MP has voted with the government but without compassion. The Liberal Democrats stand up for decency and charity, but our Tory MP has let us down again."
You can show your support for refugees by signing this petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/refugees-welcome-in-lewes

REVERSE THE CONSERVATIVE CUTS SAYS LIB DEM JAMES WALSH

Dr James Walsh, Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate has launched a campaign against Conservative cuts to policing here in Sussex. James said: "The Conservatives have cut £65m from Sussex Police over the last four years. Worse still, Sussex Police faces millions more in cuts in the years ahead.


"That's the same as about 700 frontline police officers who could be working to make our communities safer!
But it doesn’t stop there. Conservative failures mean police are all too often tied up in red tape and stuck behind desks on their computers.

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