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  • Food, Drink and Brexit
    Article: Oct 22, 2016

    Nick Clegg's third Brexit Challenge paper has been published this week, concentrating this time on "Food, Drink and Brexit", and considering the potential impact of Brexit in areas such as farming and fisheries, as well as food and drink manufacturing. The paper ends with some important questions that need to be addressed as we head towards Brexit, quoted verbatim below:

  • Your Liberal Britain logo
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Early in August, Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats held two discussion sessions as part of the Your Liberal Britain exercise being run nationally. The findings report from stage one of that national exercise has now been published, collating responses from 6,902 individuals, and you can download it from:

  • The New European - October 2016
    Article: Oct 17, 2016

    "Pop-up newspaper" The New European appeared in the wake of the EU Referendum, initially for a run of just four weeks, to cater for the interests of the 48% of voters who had seen their hopes for a European future thwarted by the referendum's pro-Brexit outcome. That initial four weeks turned into eight, then more, as publisher Archant (based in Norwich) found that they had unearthed a public appetite for a newspaper that presented high-quality journalism with a pro-European, pro-EU perspective. The newspaper is now available in print (by post or on news-stands), in a digital edition, and via iOS and Android apps, and the subscription periods currently on offer stretch out to 26 weeks.

  • Article 50
    Article: Oct 16, 2016

    The Liberal Democrat Plan for Britain in Europe says yes, Parliament should be given the opportunity to vote on Article 50 before Theresa May triggers it (nominally by the end of March 2017): "Parliament is the supreme law-making body in the United Kingdom. There should be a formal vote in Parliament to give notice under Article 50 and trigger the process for withdrawal. Liberal Democrats will decide how they will vote after they see the terms on which the government proposes to negotiate."

  • House of Commons Parliamentary Debate (Catherine Bebbington/Parliamentary Copyright http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/copyright/use-of-parliamentary-photographic-images/)
    Article: Oct 15, 2016

    On Monday, Liberal Democrat European spokesperson Nick Clegg addressed the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, on "Next Steps in Leaving the European Union":

    "Can he [the Secretary of State] tell us on the basis of what constitutional principle he believes the Prime Minister can now arrogate to herself the exclusive right to interpret what Brexit means and impose it upon the country, rather than protect the rightful role of scrutiny and approval of this House?"*

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.

DateOct23 Woodbridge & District

Woodbridge & District drop-in get-together for members

Sunday 23rd October, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

By invitation to members of Woodbridge & District branch -- look out for an email

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

DateNov12 Liberal Drinks

Alde Valley Liberal Drinks

Saturday 12th November, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

DateNov16 LibDemPint logo Woodbridge

Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint

Wednesday 16th November, 7 p.m. onwards

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

DateNov19 Suffolk County Councillor chat logo

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Saturday 19th November, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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