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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: Sep 14, 2019

    One of the crowning achievements of our time in the coalition was legalising same-sex marriage.

    This was a key part of our manifesto in 2010, and despite it not being in either the Labour or Tory manifestos, we negotiated for it to be in the coalition agreement - and under the incredible work of Lynne Featherstone in the Home Office, we passed the legislation in 2013.

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    Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Steve Mason

    The next two decades will prove to be decisive tackling climate change. As a party, we take the climate crisis very seriously, environmentalism goes hand in hand with liberalism but unless we get elected our solutions remain untested.

    This party must take this opportunity to show the courage in our convictions and set the standards in tackling the climate emergency before us. This is the moment we can bring forward a new liberal environmental movement. We must exceed the expectations of the green agenda of other parties with our ambitious policy and plans.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    I'm delighted that Motion F10: A Fairer Share for All has been passed by Conference. It commits the party to a radical shake-up of how we look after the least well-off in our society - and I can't wait to get started.

    I'm appalled by the levels of poverty we have seen across the UK in recent years. Years of cruel Conservative cuts have left vital services strapped for cash, and people destitute on our streets. For too many people, there is just not enough support to get them back on their feet when hard times come around.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    The suffragettes were fighting for women's rights over 100 years ago.

    They recognised that women's representation, having a voice, and having a vote were the keys to women's rights and gender equality.

    And in those one hundred years we've come a huge way in advancing women's rights.

    The Liberal Democrats are proud to have played a role in this fight. In coalition, the Liberal Democrats brought in shared parental leave and required all large employers to report their gender pay gap. And last year, Wera Hobhouse's fantastic backbench bill made upskirting a specific criminal offense, and gave women the tools to report it as a crime.

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    Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Local candidate Ruth Houghton stormed to victory on the 12th September, to hold the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

    "When Councillor Jonny Keeley decided to step down owing to family pressures- - full time work and 3 children - Ruth stepped into the breach and has worked tirelessly to win this election." Said Heather Kidd, neighbouring Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen. " We now have a complete local team again covering the whole of south west Shropshire from Worthen to Bishops Castle and Bucknell. She will make a fantastic and committed new councillor."

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    Our three-yearly round of internal party elections gets underway when nominations open this Thursday (12 September), ahead of the party conference at Bournemouth - which is traditionally the opportunity to gather signatures on nominations. (A new online nomination process is also being trialled, alongside the old-fashioned paper method).

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    To summarise:

    Last night, the Government posted its assessment papers of the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on our country. And it makes for pretty grim reading.

    A no-deal Brexit could bring civil unrest, traffic chaos that stretches for miles and fuel and medicine shortages. And that might not even be the worst of it. But for now, here's 7 things on the Yellowhammer document the Government is hoping you'll miss:

  • Event: Sep 27, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    The Windmill, Hilderstone Road, Meir Heath, ST3 7PB

    On Friday September 27th, we will be holding a meeting for members, supporters and friends at The Windmill, Meir Heath, ST3 7PB.

    We are fortunate that Dr Phil Bennion, our new Lib Dem MEP for the West Midlands is able to join us and will be talking about the potential impact of Brexit on areas such as health, food, farming and small businesses in the constituency and the wider region.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2019

    I have never witnessed a Parliamentary session quite like last night.

    The government shut down Parliament, against the wishes of the Speaker and the opposition parties.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more.

    And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more. And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2019

    Join Tom Brake MP, Catherine Bearder MEP, David Chalmers (LDEG Chair) and other leading speakers for the Liberal Democrat European Group's "Brexit Debate" from 13.00-14.30 Saturday 14 September in the Purbeck room, Highcliff Marriott in Bournemouth.

    Engage with Parliamentarians from Westminster and Brussels and activists to hear their perspectives and share your experiences and thoughts on how we can Stop Brexit.