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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: Aug 9, 2022

    70% of dental practices in Staffordshire are taking on no new NHS patients

    In a shocking investigation of dentistry services across the UK, new analysis by the BBC has found that 70% of dentistry practices are not accepting any new NHS patients.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Stone, Alec Sandiford has demanded a Health Minister come to visit dentistry practices in Staffordshire to see for themselves how dire the situation is.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022

    Government must cancel October energy price rise to save families in Stafford Authority from £2,212,65 rise.

    Stafford and Stone Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to spare families from soaring energy bills by cancelling October's price cap increase, accusing the Conservatives of "stalling in the face of a national emergency".

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    We need bold and urgent action to help families pay their bills and heat their homes this winter. There is no other choice.

    Families and pensioners across the country are in the grip of a cost-of-living crisis. We have already seen energy bills rise by £700 this year. They simply cannot afford another, even bigger rise of £1,400 in October.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2022
    By Aleczander Sandiford

    Revealed: 34.37% of crimes went unsolved last year in Staffordshire

    Staffordshire Police closed almost 23,801 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that, of the 69,259 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022 where 23,801 were unsolved.

    This means a staggering 34.37% of crimes in Staffordshire were uninvestigated.

    The Government has neglected Police Forces for far too long. They should be giving the forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated properly.

    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Stafford and Stone, Alec Sandiford reacted to the findings saying:

    "These awful figures show criminals are getting away with victimising people on an industrial scale. The Conservative party love to talk tough on crime, but they can't even get the basics right.

    "The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on cutting crime.

    "The Government should give forces the resources they need to make sure that every crime is investigated.

    "We must reverse years of Conservative neglect that have made our communities less safe and let far too many criminals get away with it."

  • Article: Jul 29, 2022

    General Election preparedness

    As is our key focus, in our last meeting we continued to discuss our General Election preparedness and planning.

    In summary, our plan builds on what worked in the 2019 general election (and previous plans), changes what didn't work, and looks to the future for new ideas and approaches.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2022

    When will the next general election be?

    Sorry, I don't know. But I do know that the range of plausible dates is wide open - from only a couple of months away through to January 2025. And that whenever the date is, we also have a massive round of local elections in May.

    Which is why we need to step up our campaigning, capacity building and planning through the second half of this year. Even if this Parliament goes its full term, the benefits of extra canvassing, member recruitment and training this summer will still be considerable.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2022

    The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) met on Saturday, 9th July to start its work on the final agenda for Autumn 2022 Conference, which will be taking place in Brighton, with an option for online attendance.

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

    At the meeting we discussed several items in relation to future venues and the meeting and motions schedule for 2023 into 2024. As previously reported, we will be returning to York for Spring Conference 17 to 19 March 2023.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2022
    By Munira Wilson

    Each year, thousands of grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and family friends step up to support a child who is unable to live with their birth parents. They deserve more support.

    Yesterday, I introduced the Kinship Care Bill in the House of Commons. This bill calls on the Government to provide all friends and relatives who look after a child who cannot live with their birth parents with an allowance of at least £137 a week: the same level as for foster carers.

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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.