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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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  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • Wera Hobhouse lights 30th Birthday candles for GLD (Liz Carver)
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    I KNEW we had a picture of Wera Hobhouse lighting the GLD Birthday candles somewhere. Just found it - thanks to Liz Carver for the photo. The guy with the light blond hair is Keith Melton, founding Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats, making sure hs cake is presented to its best profile!

  • Wera Hobhouse MP, speaking at Southport Conference GLD fringe meeting (Jane Brophy)
    Article: Mar 18, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    The 30th Birthday Conference of the Green Liberal Democrats is becoming a must-not-miss event for anyone in the Liberal Democrats who has even a smattering of Green motivation in their political souls. It has the same feel about it as the inaugural conference back in 1988 and the Party now is much bigger in numbers than back in the day. So do not miss taking your place at the conference.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • Nigel
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    You will all have had your Council tax demands dropping through your door by the time you read this! - You will have seen that Shropshire Council has raised its Council tax by 6% - 3% of which, equating to approx £3.9M, was to prop up the adult social care budget, a budget which is facing growth in expenditure to meet extra demand, due in most part to our growing elderly population, of between £8 - £10M a year. Longer term the Council is currently going to be a further £59M short of balancing its budgets by 2020. Ten years ago of course around 50% of the Councils money came from the Government but by 2020 this will have reduced to nothing, leaving Shropshire along with other Councils to find its funding in other ways. This year the Government has, to its credit, given the Council £2.28M more than it was first going to but that's only half of the £5m the Council has taken out of its roads maintenance budget alone for the next financial year 2018/19 (and plans to cut another £5m from roads again in 2019/20!) , not to mention the £9m we have had to take from reserves to balance the budget this year which has followed a complete freeze on all spending except for statutory services & emergencies until the new financial year starts in April - as yet I have not heard whether this freeze on spending will be lifted but given the significant reductions in budgets across the board I am not sure it would change anything if it was! All of the above could be helped by the Government changing the way government funds local authorities - in the coming financial year the Conservative government will be spending £1,042 per head on the population in London, £788 on residents of Metropolitan areas whilst only spending £754 per head on Shropshire re

  • A sponge cake with roll-it-out icing
    Article: Mar 14, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    I made my first ever cake in over seventy years to celebrate our 30th Birthday appearance at the Spring Conference in Southport and we had a competition to guess the weight of the cake for a £1 entry fee. The prize was, of course, the cake PLUS a FREE entry to the Green Liberal Democrat Conference in Nottingham on 19th May.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut his strings.

    The UK must build a coalition of the willing, able to put an end to Putin's murderous adventurism, and show murder condoned or directed comes at a very heavy price.

    Putin is a bully who will not be put back in his box by entreaties from the Leader of the Opposition to have a chinwag over beer and sandwiches.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    The Spring Statement was a non-event.

    The OECD gave us the clearer picture - that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.

    The OBR's fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.

  • Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Statement, I'm calling on the government to reverse cuts to the Universal Credit Work Allowance.

    The Treasury reduced the programme's funding by £3 billion annually after the Liberal Democrats left government in 2015, reducing the amount people can earn while on Universal Credit.