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  • Covid 19
    Article: Sep 27, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed every single one of our lives.

    For our frontline workers, we need safety, support and fair pay now.

    You may have been furloughed from work, or lost your job, You may be one of millions of young people now navigating an online learning environment. You may be isolated from friends or family or have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    Day 2 at Autumn Conference saw two big policy motions passed, speeches by MPs Layla Moran and Munira Wilson, and a Q&A with new Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.

    Didn't have time to catch it all? Here's what you might have missed on Day 2, as well as what's coming up on Day 3...

    Motion calling on urgent change to COVID-19 strategy passes

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference is in full swing, and despite this year's event looking very different, it's gotten off to a great start.

    With four jam-packed days of policy in the agenda, there's a lot to keep track of, so here's a quick recap of all the big moments from Day 1.

    Motion on UBI passes

  • Article: Sep 23, 2020

    The latest Focus for Matlock and Tansley is available to download as a pdf.

    Pages 4 & 1 here and pages 2 & 3 here.

  • Document: Sep 23, 2020
  • CCTV cameras (Hustvedt [CC BY-SA 3.0 (])
    Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Kate Smith

    Current concerns about a "surveillance culture" are not just around NHS Test and Trace, serious though they are about that. For some time now, worries have been growing about increased use of AFR, Automatic Facial Recognition, by Police. This came to a head in August 2020 when the Court of Appeal upheld complaints by a Lib Dem former Councillor about use of AFR in Cardiff for major events. Ed Bridges, 37, was backed by Liberty, and their lawyer Megan Goulding described the judgement as "a major victory in the fight against discriminatory and oppressive facial recognition".

  • Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Mark Johnston

    Leader's speech in 2nd reading debate of UK Internal Market Bill on 14 September 2020

    Full text ex Hansard:

    "I agree with the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell): this Bill breaks the rule of law. It is against the national interests, and my party will oppose it. That might not surprise people. We have argued for Britain to work with our European partners at the heart of Europe, but in our opposition to the Bill, I am determined that we represent the views of leave voters as well as remain voters.

    "From the Prime Minister's promise that he had an oven-ready deal to his promise that he wanted a global Britain, this Bill breaks those promises made to leave voters. If the Government were to carry out their threat and breach the international treaty that the Prime Minister himself signed, it is clear that there would be no deal. The oven would not even be opened. If the Government deliberately and intentionally break international law, global Britain's ability to exercise influence in the world would be weaker than at any time since the first half of the 18th century.

    "As the arch Brexiteer and former Conservative party leader Michael Howard said, what message does this send to China, Russia or Iran? What credibility will Britain have in urging other countries to uphold international law if our great Parliament votes for this Bill? What about the future trade deals that Britain so desperately needs as we leave the world's largest single market while trying to recover from covid and this deep recession?

    "Our Prime Minister likes to portray himself as a modern-day Churchill, but Churchill said that the rule of law is part of the "title deeds of freedom". Churchill will turn in his grave if this Bill passes tonight. Let us remember what we teach our children in every school across this country. We teach them about British values of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. This Bill is against the very values that we teach our children about the importance of obeying the law.

    "For a Government to send this law-breaking signal would be appalling at any time, but we are in the middle of a pandemic, and if we are to beat this dreadful virus, people need to obey the law, even when the emergency covid laws were among the most draconian that the British people have faced for centuries. The rule of law has never been more precious to the health of our nation, and yet the Prime Minister has chosen this moment to trash the rule of law. This House must stop him tonight."

  • Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    Download the new Focus newsletter for the Ashbourne area.

    Pages 4 & 1 and pages 2 & 3

  • Document: Sep 15, 2020
  • Grove Lane
    Article: Sep 9, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    Conservative councillor suggests this should be an example for other areas.

    During a very long and heated meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council held over Zoom on 3rd September, Cllr Tony Morley made the above comment about a family that had purchased some land and established a camp in his ward (Norbury).

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