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Welcome!

Welcome to Stafford and Stone Liberal Democrats' website.

We have members across mid-Staffordshire and regularly put up candidates in Stafford Borough elections, Staffordshire County Council elections, and parliamentary elections for both Stafford and Stone.

Also on this website, you'll find links to both local and national news about Liberal Democrats' work and policies - all part of our pledge to 'keep in touch' throughout the year.

For the very latest information about the work of this branch, follow us on Twitter: @StaffandStoneLD

If you would like to know when new stories are added to the site, just register your email address with us. And we'd also like to hear from you with your comments and suggestions.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2022

    The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) met on Saturday, 15th January to start its work on the final agenda for Spring 2022 Conference, which will be taking place virtually via the Hopin platform.

    If you haven't yet registered for Conference, I would recommend doing so here.

    We've had a few departures from the FCC in the last few months and welcomed two new members. Jennie Rigg ceased being the English Party's Representative to the FCC and Jenni Lang stepped down as the Scottish Party Representative after becoming the Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. I would like to place on record our thanks for their service to the FCC, they will be missed, and we would like to wish them all the very best for the future. We welcomed Matt McLaren as our new English Party Rep and Paul McGarry as our new Scottish Party Rep to the committee.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2022

    The headline "two new MPs so far in this Parliament" is a welcome one. Winning, especially winning with record swings, is what we all want.

    Underneath the headline is a lot of hard work, plenty of tough decisions, and a drive to improve. We should all be thankful to our activists, staff and supporters.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2022
    By Duncan Brack

    You may remember, last November, taking part in a survey on members' views on Brexit and the party's campaigning on the future of UK-EU relations. Thanks to everyone who participated - 6,500 members, more than any previous survey of this type - and thanks to Greg Foster and Dan Schmeising at party HQ who organised it on behalf of the Federal Policy Committee. This article gives you the results.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2022

    After the disappointment and failure of the 2019 general election, an independent post-mortem was carried out into what went wrong. The findings of the Thornhill Review set a broad and challenging reform agenda for the party, which we've made good progress on implementing so far.

    On the role of the Federal Board itself, the Thornhill Review found that:

  • Article: Jan 12, 2022

    FPC members started the year bright and early with our first meeting last week. We cancelled our December meeting so we could all focus on North Shropshire, so this was our first meeting since November.

    Big areas of focus for FPC this year will be further work on our messages and key policies to support them, leading up eventually to the Manifesto for the next General Election; and our substantial programme of working groups developing policies in politically useful areas, to bring to autumn conference.

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    Article: Jan 11, 2022
    By Alec Sandiford

    Responding to reports by ITV News that Downing Street staff were invited to a drinks party in the Number 10 garden during the national lockdown on May 20 2020, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Stone, Alec Sandiford said:

    "This is yet more evidence that while the vast majority of people were sticking to the rules, those in Number Ten were breaking them.
  • Article: Jan 10, 2022

    In 2021 we achieved something we've not achieved since 1993: winning two Parliamentary by-elections in the same year off the Conservatives. We start this new year with a larger Parliamentary Party than any of us would have dared dream of a year ago. (A winning run that has continued with the first council by-election of this year too - congratulations to now councillor Andrew Dunkin who won a seat from Labour from third place.)

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    Article: Jan 10, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing festive period.

    2022 will be an essential year for the Green Liberal Democrats, the party, and the wider environmental movement.

    Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 4PM on Saturday the 29th January.

    Add the event to your Google Calendar here

    The AGM provides a platform to elect our officers and executive and agree on a shared direction of travel in this most vital year.

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    Article: Jan 5, 2022
    By Alec Sandiford

    Stafford & Stone Liberal Democrats have today written to the Secretary of State for Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, demanding that he backs our party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms - thus to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.

    The proposed one-off levy could raise over £5 billion to help support families who live in the Stafford Borough authority area, as their energy bills sky-rocket.

  • Helen Morgan Hero
    Article: Dec 20, 2021
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    It's been a great week to be a Liberal Democrat. Green Liberal Democrat Accredited Candidate Helen Morgan defied the odds. Meanwhile, a hard-fought victory for Suzanne Fairless-Aitken in Hexham East took Northumberland County Council out of Conservative control.

    Since May 2021, we have gained the most seats in local byelections of any UK party. We accumulated more votes than any other party. We have won two headline Parliamentary seats through incredible vote swings. We're a strong campaign force again. But we cannot rest.