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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Apr 28, 2016
    By Julie Pörksen
    Following the Conservative Government's decision to vote against the acceptance of 3000 child refugees into the UK, local Lib Dems have criticised them for a lack of humanity.
    Lord Dubs, a child refugee himself in the last war, had put forward an amendment to the current legislation to accept child refugees into the UK. This was defeated on Monday by the Commons, and passed again by the Lords on Tuesday - the decision now rests again with the Commons.
  • Article: Apr 26, 2016

    I would like to thank all those who voted for me as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the recent Stobhill town council by-election and to say that I will continue to work, behind the scenes, as a volunteer in Stobhill and in Morpeth.

    I was very grateful to receive over 1/3 of the votes and found the whole process very interesting and inspiring. I really enjoyed meeting many of the Stobhill residents, hearing about your pride in Morpeth but also about your frustrations with local issues such as speeding on local roads, poor local community transport and fear of the over-development of the local area. I will continue to help the four Stobhill Lib Dem town councillors who work so hard for our area.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2016

    We all know about the limitations of parking space in Morpeth. It is a concern for residents using shops and other facilities. It is also a concern for businesses, employees and visitors. The town centre is constricted, yet what we need is new parking provision. But where and in what form?

    Liberal Democrat Town Councillor Ken Brown represents the Town Council on the Town Team, which is a partnership between the Council, the Chamber of Trade, the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Sanderson Arcade and Inside Morpeth magazine. They have done a study of the town centre for each of the last three years, so that changes can be monitored and assessed.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2016

    The current delay by the County Council in "making" the Neighbourhood Plan, is infuriating for the people of Morpeth, and in particular all those who worked so hard to prepare it over a period of four years. Mitford Estates, who wish to build houses and a trunk road service station with lorry park etc. on land west of Lancaster Park, have, at the last minute submitted a legal challenge. It is too early to comment on the legal position except to say that the timing of the challenge is extremely cynical. Local Liberal Democrats Town Councillors and Cllr Nic Best have led this work from the beginning, and many members of the community have been involved, although Morpeth Conservative and Labour Councillors and potential candidates have been noticeable by their absence. This is a matter of public record, with notes of all Topic Group meetings being available on the website. One local conservative did attempt, very late in the day, to join the Plan Preparation Group, but his suggestions were inappropriate and his timing highly politically motivated. Everyone involved in the Plan has ensured throughout that the Neighbourhood Plan was not politicised, but when would-be politicians make claims about their expertise and community involvement it is important for residents to understand just who has done the work and demonstrated their commitment in a practical and continuous way.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2016

    In November 2015 the Labour led County Council "consulted" the public about their proposals for relocating schools to the County Hall site. The plans, unsurprisingly, were not well received as four schools, a leisure centre with swimming pool, school sports pitches and car parking were to be crammed into the site. It has now become public knowledge that the Three Rivers Learning Trust, who run KEVI and our two Middle Schools, did not wish move the schools to the County Hall site for educational reasons, so the proposal is dead in the water. Goosehill however, welcomed the proposed new build and, because of Three Rivers' decision, wished to talk with the County Council about further options. It is to be hoped that the County Council will realise that it is important to consider and prepare options in close partnership with the people involved in Education in the town, and not withdraw their support for schools because their first proposal was unacceptable.