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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: May 14, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    We have sent out this major press release today to a wide range of regional and national media, but it may not have reached YOUR area. Please feel free to share this with your own media outlets. The Green Liberal Democrat conference to celebrate 30 years of greening Liberal Democracy is, for us anyway, an important event and we would like to ensure it gets the widest possible hearing. the press release has my contact details, but feel free to add your own if using your own local media. Come to the conference yourself if you can! register here >>>> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gld-2018-conference-tickets-43271323694

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 12, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    Vince Cable

    The programme for the 30th birthday Conference of the Green Liberal Democrats is looking good folks. This last few days has seen the confirmation of our STAR speakers, so Sir Vince Cable MP will be coming along to speak. Vince was one of the co-authors of the Brundtland Commission report back in 1987 which introduced us to the concept of Sustainable development, thus taking the heat out of the growth/no growth debate which had been raging up to then. Perhaps we can anticiapate an up-to-date review of the current status of "Sustainable Development" in 2018 from vince, who is an Honorary Professor of Economics at Nottingham University, the venue for our conference.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: May 9, 2018

    Last night Theresa May suffered yet another series of damning defeats in the Lords, exposing the ever-increasing anger at her administration's undemocratic, destructive approach to Brexit.

    So far the government has been defeated a total of 14 times, with the Lords rejecting the Brexit deadline and exit date, securing a meaningful vote in the Commons, and quashing attempts to hand ministers 'blank cheque' powers.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: May 9, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Specifically, the Privacy Policy and a set of Fair Processing Notices (FPN). Both are vital to telling people how we will use, store and collect their data. This is a major milestone in our preparations for GDPR. All information gathered under the new legal notices will be compliant.

    You can view the notices and related guidance here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/privacy-advice

    An online webinar covering the specifics of the notices has been arranged for Thursday 10th May from 6.00pm. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8679668325408153603

    Amendments to the legislation have meant publishing has taken longer than hoped. For our lawyers and the Project Team, it's meant some late nights.

    Now is the time to start adding a suitable version of the new FPN wherever you are gathering information. Be this online, in emails or on leaflets. The next step is the reconsent campaign, asking email recipients to opt-in to receiving communication. You will receive advice on this shortly.

    For parties using Nationbuilder or Prater Raines websites, the information will be auto-updated. However, if your local party is on a different system then please let us know at help@libdems.org.uk immediately.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: May 9, 2018

    The Government have received their eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth defeats in the House of Lords during the Report stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    A vote on an amendment to ensure our future interaction with EU law and agencies was passed by a cross-bench majority of 298 to 227

    A further vote on an amendment to remove the exit date from the bill passed by a cross-bench majority of 311 to 233.

  • Article: May 8, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    The short video here is a brief interview with one of the speakers coming to the Green Liberal Democrat conference on Saturday 19th May.

    Click this link for the video >>>> https://youtu.be/93fhHpn3VYs

    Penney Poyzer will be speaking about food poverty and some of the solutions she and her colleagues have put in place in the City of Nottingham. Research has shown that we could provide up to 10% of our food requirements by growing stuff in our cities and towns, but that requires a completely different mind-set for politicians to recognise the possibilities and develop the political will to convert public spaces to achieve anything like this potential.

  • Article: May 8, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    CALLING ALL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS within 20 miles of Nottingham University`s Jubilee Campus...

    We are making available 20 Half-Price tickets for local members for the Green Liberal Democrat 30th Birthday Conference to be held on the Jubilee Campus of Nottingham University on the 19th May, just under two weeks time.

  • Article: May 4, 2018

    On Thursday, England went to the polls in the local elections - and going in the pundits weren't exactly predicting a great night for us:

  • Article: May 4, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    CONGRATULATIONS New Councillors!

    Well done to those of you who have made the breakthrough. Some of you may have been councillors already and regained a seat, but some of you will be first time councillors and we have designed something especially for you to make your mark on Environmental issues. We have a training event on introducing GREEN issues into your locality. It is part of our 30th Birthday Bash for the Green Liberal Democrats which was formed in Nottingham back in 1988 when the Liberal Party merged with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: May 4, 2018

    Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in these elections.

    Whether you got the result you hoped for or not; you have done a fantastic job. Thank you.

    So far it looks like we're on course for a great set of results.

    We've defended our Councils in Eastleigh, Cheltenham and Sutton. We have also pulled off a spectacular victory in taking control of Richmond.

    We've made gains in Hull, Liverpool, Sunderland, Gosport, West Oxfordshire, Cambridge, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Winchester and St Albans. We've held our ground in places like Southwark.