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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.

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    Article: Jul 4, 2022
    By Francis Thomas

    Last Friday concluded my final week at the Green Lib Dems. This role has been a brilliant one, and I'm excited to share the opportunity with a new Intern.

    Dear Francis,

    I first wanted to thank you.

    My time at the Green Liberal Democrats has been an great experience. In large part due to those of you that have engaged with our work.

    You've taken advantage of our resources and materials, collaborated with us to develop policies and campaigns, and worked hard to get Liberal Democrats elected.


    Your support - and often patience - has made this job what I consider to be amongst the most fulfilling in the party. My special thanks go to our Officers and Executive, who set a strong direction and were always on hand to offer guidance.

    In order to continue this momentum, the Green Liberal Democrats are recruiting for their next Intern.

    Based in the fantastic ALDC Salford HQ, the Intern will be responsible for:

    • Drafting GLD's communications presence: emails, newsletters, topical briefings, blog articles.
    • Producing resources for campaigners: leaflet and digital materials, press releases, council motions, policy guidance.
    • Delivering research support for Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians across both houses, providing our MPs and Peers access to a wider network of environmental organisations.
    If you know somebody who would be suited to this role, let them know to send their CV and cover letter to ALDC's Head of Operations, Ed Stephenson at ed.stephenson@aldc.org and to Keith Melton, chair@greenlibdems.org.uk.
    Read the full job description here
    The closing date for applications is Sunday the 17th of July, whilst interviews will be conducted over Zoom on the 20th.

    I cannot overstate just how engaging my time has been here. For Liberal Democrats looking for a creative, political job, you can't do much better than this.

    Best,

    Francis Thomas

    Political Assistant
    francis.thomas@greenlibdems.org.uk

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  • Article: Jul 1, 2022
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, 1st of July, we are marking an incredible 50 years since the first Pride rally took place in the UK.

    We have made incredible strides when it comes to protecting the fundamental human rights of those with LGBT+ identities. I am proud that our party has supported LGBT+ rights since its very conception.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2022
    By David Chalmers

    Liberal Democrats sign Dublin Diversity Declaration supporting greater LGBT+ representation in politics.

    On 6 June at the recent ALDE Party Congress in Dublin,the Liberal Democrats, alongside 31 of their sister parties from across Europe, signed the Dublin Diversity Declaration, pledging their support and encouraging greater LGBT+ political representation at all levels of government.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2022

    Bill Cash urged to back rural fuel duty cut for Stone

    Stafford and Stone Liberal Democrats have called on Bill Cash to get behind their calls for a rural fuel duty cut.

    The new Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton Richard Foord tabled a motion on his first day in Parliament to double Rural Duty Rate Relief to 10p and expand the scheme to cover areas like Stone during the current spike in fuel prices.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have made political history by winning in Tiverton and Honiton.

    Richard Foord overturned a Conservative majority of 24,239, the biggest ever!

    Richard polled 22,537 votes, winning a majority of 6,144 with a swing of 29.9%.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

    I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.

    Richard Foord

    Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2022

    We saw last year what a huge boost it gave to the party getting two new excellent MPs elected in Parliamentary by-elections. It's good for their constituents and also good for the party's prospects across the whole country.

    We've also seen this month how Conservative MPs have failed to do what our country needs - to remove Boris Johnson from 10 Downing Street.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2022
    By David N Chalmers

    ALDE Congress in Dublin

    Whilst most of you were celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee last weekend, a number of us travelled to Dublin, as part of the Lib Dem delegation to the ALDE Congress taking place from 2nd to 4th June - the first physical meeting of our liberal and democratic sister parties from across Europe since our last get together in Athens in October 2019.

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    Article: Jun 9, 2022
    By Keith Melton

    The world we know is in serious trouble and needs our help.

    We are at A Turning Point.

    Green Liberal Democrats take the view that we need to tackle all the problems we face with a sense of vigour. But also with a different, more holistic approach than politicians will usually take.

    Just look at some of the most significant threats we face:

    • Putin's war of aggression on Ukraine
    • Crushing cost of living increases
    • Deepening concerns about Climate Change
    • The speed with which tipping points are likely to be breached
    • Devastating biodiversity loss
    • Air and water quality
    • Waste management and the problems of plastics
    • 'Forever chemicals' polluting our environment
    There are many linkages between these, making it difficult to resolve one without another.

    We seek, as environmentally concerned politicians, to find ways of allowing and encouraging people and communities to thrive.

    We need to set ourselves some targets to communicate how we propose to tackle these problems.

    And that is what provides the framework for our Summer School and Conference this coming weekend.

  • Article: Jun 8, 2022

    It's Carers Week - a chance to recognise, celebrate and, most of all, listen to the stories of unpaid carers.

    People looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable job in difficult circumstances. As a carer for most of my life - first for my mum, then for my gran, and now for my disabled son, John - this is something I know all too well.