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Welcome to Stafford and Stone Liberal Democrats' website. Here you will find up to date news and information - both local and national - all part of our pledge to 'keep in touch' throughout the year. We cover Stafford Borough and the parliamentary constituencies of Stafford and Stone.

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  • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
    Article: Dec 7, 2016

    Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2016

    At his first press conference in his capacity as Chief Negotiator for the European Commission in the Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier suggested on Tuesday 6 December that the negotiations, if activated by the UK government by end March 2017, would have to be concluded by October 2018. This would then allow sufficient time to allow for full ratification by the EU's member states, the European Parliament and the UK Parliament within the 2 year time frame prescribed under article 50. Although the October 2018 deadline is merely advisory and falls within the 2 year period, it clearly indicates what procedures and processes need to take place once an agreement is reached.

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    Article: Dec 3, 2016

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    Commenting on the Richmond Park by-election result ,Shropshire Lib Dem Councillor Heather Kidd said: This is a great day for the Liberal Democrats. We have won back the seat formally held by Jenny Tong and Susan Kramer. "After our brilliant poll in Witney where the Conservative majority was cut from 25,000 to 5,000 this really shows we are back on the map and making a difference to voters hopes and fears.

  • Sarah Olney
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2016
    By Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England

    Plese find below a speech to the European Parliament, by Liberal Democrat/ALDE MEP Catherine Bearder on racism and xenophobia in the UK

    We all know Niemöllers poem.

    First they came for the Communists, the Socialists, the Jews and how he lamented that he had not spoken out for them,

    there was no one left to speak for him.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2016
    By William Powell, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council in Eurofile

    Reassuring EU Nationals in the UK - 'not only common decency but also common sense'

    William Powell considers the issue of the many thousands of workers in the UK who had no vote in the Brexit Referendum - but who are living with its consequences

    Quantifying the problem of hate crime

    Over the summer, I received several disturbing reports ranging from school yard taunting of the children of EU nationals about 'returning home' post Brexit right through to criminal damage of commercial premises. In the light of this, I took the opportunity to ask Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader of Powys County Council, a question on reported incidents of hate crime at Full Council last month. Given the need to keep our communities secure, tolerant and welcoming, I asked what specific measures are being promoted within the Powys Public Service Board, to combat intolerance and prejudice, in furtherance of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This followed a useful meeting that Cllr Thomas and I had with newly elected Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llewelyn, at the Royal Welsh Show.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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    Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters' Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2016
    By Chris Higman, British citizen and FDP local councillor in Schwalbach, close to Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    The issue of 'benefit tourism' is as much of an issue in Germany, where it is known as 'social tourism', as it has been in Britain. The concern has been that people could simply use freedom of movement as a means of moving to another EU country where the system of social insurance is more generous than that of their home country. Although there is obviously a certain potential for such benefit tourism, answers to repeated questions in the Bundestag have consistently revealed that it is not a mass phenomenon. In May 2014 the German Government reported "a few dozen" "suspected" cases country-wide. The following month it reported that it had no data itself, but referred to a "not insignificant number" of "suspected" sham marriages.