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  • ALDE Logo
    Article: Sep 25, 2016

    One of the highlights of a Liberal Democrat national conference is the opportunity to attend fringe events featuring representatives from other liberal parties across the EU. The resultant panel discussions and presentations are always engaging, and offer a fascinating window on the wider world.

    At the 2015 Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, the focus of these fringe events was on rebuilding small liberal and democrat parties whose political presence has been demolished after leaving coalition, based on the experiences of European parties such as D66 (Netherlands) and the FDP (Germany). At last week's 2016 Brighton conference, with the Liberal Democrats already solidly increasing membership and gaining in local elections, the focus had naturally shifted to the UK's role in Europe, and to the Brexit negotiations.

    The Liberal Democrats party is a member of ALDE, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, who actually attended our Brighton conference last week and convened their ALDE Party Bureau there, issuing the following statement on Brexit:

    "The ALDE Party Bureau, convening in Brighton, UK on 17 September:

    • taking notice of the outcome of the referendum, full-heartedly supports the efforts of the Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Tim Farron to keep the United Kingdom in the EU, and ultimately giving the British people the chance to decide on the deal;
    • underlines that the aim of any negotiation must be to keep the relations between the United Kingdom and the other members of the European Union as close as possible, to the mutual benefit of both;
    • reasserts its commitment to the four freedoms of the EU and undertakes to preserve these as much as feasibly possible to the mutual benefit of both the European Union and the United Kingdom."

    The full statement calls for specific areas to be considered during Brexit negotiations, and you can read it here. But it is good to have external reassurance that the Liberal Democrat party's position is endorsed by our friends and sister parties in Europe.



    http://www.aldeparty.eu/en/news/open-tolerant-and-united-libdems-adopt-plan-britain-europe [accessed 25 Sep 2016]

    http://www.aldeparty.eu/sites/eldr/files/news/13073/alde_party_bureau_brexit_statement_final.pdf [accessed 25 Sep 2016]

  • By-election celebration
    Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Well done, Babergh Liberal Democrats, for a very successful by-election in Hadleigh! Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats would like to congratulate you, and new Liberal Democrat county councillor Trevor Sheldrick, for an excellent campaign and a stunning result. With the election of Trevor, the Conservative Party have lost their majority on Suffolk County Council, and our Suffolk neighbours in Hadleigh have gained an excellent county councillor with a long record of service to the community. A superb result for Trevor, for Hadleigh, for Suffolk, and for the Liberal Democrats. We send our best wishes and many congratulations.

  • Norman Lamb speaking at Liberal Democrat conference rally (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 22, 2016

    Autumn has arrived... that season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and Liberal Democrat conferences! The main party conference was in Brighton last weekend, finishing on Tuesday, and you can read more about it on the party website at www.libdems.org.uk/news.

    Geographically closer to home is the upcoming East of England Regional Conference, which is a one-day event to be held (this year) in Peterborough, on Saturday 15 October from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Norman Lamb MP will open the proceedings, and Baroness Lynne Featherstone will be the keynote speaker, with planned policy motions to include "Next steps following the EU referendum" and "A low carbon economy for the East of England". Just as at the main party conference, there will be reports and feedback from our Lib Dem MP and peers, and on elections and constitutional issues, and there is a slot for an emergency motion to be decided closer to the time. There will also be training sessions and fringe meetings. You can read more details at http://eastlibdems.org.uk/en/page/regional-conference-2016, and the preliminary draft agenda is available for download from here.

  • Baroness Sally Hamwee (http://www.libdems.org.uk/sally_hamwee)
    Article: Sep 13, 2016

    Our guest speaker at the last AGM of Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats, back in November, was Baroness Sally Hamwee. In the House of Lords recently, Sally and her fellow Liberal Democrat peers Brian Paddick and Paul Strasburger have been scrutinising the Investigatory Powers Bill. The scrutiny is ongoing but, so far, particular elements of concern include the Bill's authorisation of bulk interception, bulk equipment interference, bulk acquisition of communications data and bulk personal datasets, constituting an intrusive and inefficient collection of data about individuals. In the course of her argument, Sally quoted a recent Edinburgh Fringe work by playwright Tim Price, which offers food for thought:

  • Autumn Conference 2016 - Nuclear Weapons policy consultation paper
    Article: Sep 9, 2016

    One of the main features of Liberal Democrat conferences is the debate and discussion of party policy. Before a policy paper is presented for debate to be voted on by members, there is a long consultative process. And one of the topics to be discussed in this process at next week's Autumn Conference is nuclear weapons.

You are invited...

Want to discuss a political topic? Interested in the Liberal Democrats? Or would you just like to have a pleasant get-together with a drink and a chat (politics optional)? Please come along to an informal meet-up with members of our local branches. All welcome - the more, the merrier.

  • Alde Valley Liberal Drinks - the second Saturday of the month, at The Bell Hotel in Saxmundham
  • Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint - the third Wednesday of the month, at The Old Mariner in Woodbridge

If you need help with Suffolk Services, or if you are concerned about local issues, do come along and talk to Caroline Page, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woodbridge, who holds a regular monthly surgery on the third Saturday of the month, at Woodbridge Library. (Please note that Caroline does not hold a surgery in August.) You can also contact Caroline by email on caroline.page@suffolk.gov.uk or by telephone on 07545 423837.

DateOct08 Liberal Drinks

Alde Valley Liberal Drinks

Saturday 8th October, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Bell Hotel, 31 High Street, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1AF

DateOct15 Suffolk County Councillor chat logo

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Saturday 15th October, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

DateOct15 Conference

East of England Liberal Democrats Regional Conference

Saturday 15th October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingsgate Centre, 2 Staplee Way, Peterborough PE1 4YT

DateOct19 LibDemPint logo Woodbridge

Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint

Wednesday 19th October, 7 p.m. onwards

The Old Mariner, 26 New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DX

DateOct29 Conference

Suffolk Liberal Democrats County Conference

Saturday 29th October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Henley Community Centre, Church Meadows, Ashbocking Road, Henley, Suffolk IP6 0RP

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