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  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Conservative MP Ken Clarke, speaking in the House of Commons on 31st January 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill ~ not a Liberal Democrat, but sharing our spirit of pro-European internationalism (video available here):

    Mr Speaker, you will not be surprised to hear that it is my intention to vote against the Second Reading of this Bill, if a vote is called, and to support the reasoned amendment, which I think will be moved very shortly by the Scottish nationalists.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Tom Brake, speaking in the House of Commons on 1st February 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    I hope that I am wrong, but I believe that the decision that the country took on 23 June will result in the biggest self-inflicted wound since our disastrous intervention in Iraq. That wound is festering and it will leave the UK permanently economically weaker, even after it has healed. I believe that, when Members of Parliament believe that a course of action is going to be a catastrophe, they have a duty to harry, assail and oppose the Government, not to acquiesce.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Sarah Olney, speaking in the House of Commons on 31st January 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    In this country, we have settled, through a process of trial and error, on a system of parliamentary democracy as the most effective form of governance. The importance of Parliament's role was once again asserted by the Supreme Court last week. The responsibility of parliamentarians is clear: to take decisions in the best interests of the country with particular regard for the needs of their constituents. I believe that leaving the European Union will be hugely damaging for this country; the British people, through the referendum, narrowly expressed a different view. It is now up to Parliament to take account of the result of the referendum and decide what is in the best interests of the country.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 5, 2017

    Nick Clegg, speaking in the House of Commons on 31st January 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    As this is the formal beginning of a process that will most likely lead to the end of Britain's leading role in the heart of Europe and the European Union-a cause I have espoused and defended all my political life both in opposition and in government-I have to confess that of course I feel sad that we have come to this point, much as I was surprised and saddened, as many people were, by the outcome of the referendum last summer.

  • Article 50
    Article: Feb 5, 2017

    Tim Farron, speaking in the House of Commons on 1st February 2017, on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (video available here):

    [...] Liberal Democrats have always been proud internationalists. It was the Liberals who backed Winston Churchill's European vision in the 1950s, even when his own party did not do so. Since our foundation, we have been champions of Britain's role in the European Union and fought for co-operation and openness with our neighbours and with our allies. We have always believed that the challenges that Britain faces in the 21st century-climate change, terrorism and economic instability-are best tackled working together as a member of the European Union.

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.


DateFeb15 Woodbridge & District

Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint

Wednesday 15th February, 7 p.m. onwards

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

DateFeb18 Suffolk County Councillor chat logo

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Saturday 18th February, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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


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