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We are the Liberal Democrat Regional Party covering Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancaster, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020

    In Parliament this week, local MP Tim Farron slammed Government plans for a wholesale reorganisation of councils in Cumbria during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Speaking during a debate on the easing of lockdown restrictions, Tim said: "The Government is making a very foolish move in deciding in the midst of this battle to fight back against coronavirus and the economic damage that it has brought with it, they've decided that the thing we desperately need is to have a completely pointless top-down reorganisation of local government in Cumbria.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020

    The UK's creative industries went into the COVID19 pandemic as world leaders, but without the necessary recovery support, they will emerge smaller, weaker and with lasting damage.

    But with so much continuing uncertainty, the Government must do much more to prevent a cultural catastrophe and protect people's livelihoods from the twin threats of COVID and Brexit.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on this country - on our lives, on the economy and on our futures. We desperately need to learn from the experiences, including the mistakes, of the last four months so that we are better prepared in the future. That includes being ready for a second wave.

    I'm proud to have been elected chair of the APPG on Coronavirus.

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Jul 13, 2020

    Ahead of International Non-Binary People's Day [Tuesday 14th July], Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson Christine Jardine will present a Private Members' Bill in the House of Commons to require the Government to introduce an 'X' gender option on passports.

    Christine Jardine's 'Non-gender-specific Passports Bill', supported by Stonewall, would "require the Secretary of State to make non-gender-specific passports available to non-gendered, non-binary and other people who do not identify as, or exclusively as, male or female."

    This change would bring the UK into line with other countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands and New Zealand that already include non-binary gender options on passports, as well as 18 US states that allow residents to mark gender 'X' on their driving licence.

    In 2016, Parliament's cross-party Women and Equalities Committee said that "The UK must follow Australia's lead in introducing an option to record gender as 'X' on a passport." However, the Government refused to implement that recommendation. In March, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Home Office's refusal to introduce an 'X' gender option is not unlawful.

    Ahead of the presentation of her Bill, Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

    "There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who do not identify as exclusively male or female, but the Conservative Government still refuses to give them the dignity of recognising their identities.

    "Introducing an 'X' gender option on passports is a relatively small change that would make a big difference to so many people's lives. I find it utterly incomprehensible that this Conservative Government still refuses to follow the example of so many other countries and make this change.

    "Liberal Democrats will always stand up for the rights and dignity of trans, intersex and non-binary people. We must combat the hostility and discrimination that prevents too many people from living freely and fulfilling their potential."

    Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive of Stonewall, added:

    "It's vital that non-binary people are able to have their gender recognised on official documents, including passports.

    "Travelling abroad can present many challenges for non-binary people, and trans communities more widely, who can face intrusive questions and difficulties at passport control.

    "That's why we urge the Government to include an X category on passports, so non-binary people can have documents that reflect who they are."

  • Article: Jul 9, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    This morning, Acting Leader Ed Davey addressed the Local Government Association's online conference. He spoke about the crucial role of local government - not just in keeping our communities safe during this coronavirus pandemic, but also in building a fairer, greener, more prosperous country as we emerge from this crisis.

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