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Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats

Local and regional news

  • Sizewell C Community Consultation
    Article: Sep 20, 2017

    The East Anglian Daily Times reports that EDF are still analysing the feedback from the Stage Two consultation on Sizewell C, and that the Stage Three final consultation is now not expected until 2018. EDF are reported to have received over a thousand responses to the Stage Two consultation earlier this year, from "county, district, town and parish councils, campaign groups, a wide range of statutory consultees and interested organisations, as well as individuals" -- Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are among these respondents, having submitted the outcome of our local party discussion. You can download a copy of our submission here.

  • Bypass
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    The A12 is critical to many facets of life in Suffolk Coastal, and there have been many calls to improve the single-carriageway section through Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Little Glemham and Marlesford, particularly in light of the increased traffic that is expected if the Sizewell C development goes ahead. Suffolk County Council has been working on proposals to by-pass these four villages, with the stated aim to "support and deliver economic growth in East Suffolk and enhance the quality of life for residents", and they are now presenting two potential routes for public consultation.

  • Suffolk County Council logo
    Article: Sep 8, 2017

    After the flurry of a County Council election, what exactly do your elected councillors do on Suffolk County Council? The Liberal Democrat county councillors share a website (for which you can find a live feed in the "Local & Regional" section of sidebar to the left-hand side of this page, headed "News from Suffolk County Council's Lib Dem councillors"), where they report their "views and news". And Caroline Page, Lib Dem county councillor for Woodbridge, has her own blog to which we also include a live feed on the left (headed "News from Lib Dem County Councillor for Woodbridge").

  • Conference
    Article: Sep 1, 2017

    The East of England Liberal Democrats' Regional Conference will be held in Suffolk this year, at the Red Lodge Millennium Centre near Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday 14 October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Make a date in your diary for what the organisers describe as a "one-day event [to] include "policy debates, fringe meetings, training, reports, and more". There is an early-bird booking rate available for bookings made before 18th September.

  • Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats Book Group
    Article: Aug 19, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are to trial an informal monthly book group for members of the local party, to read and discuss topics that we think will be of interest to Liberal Democrats, small-'l' liberals, small-'d' democrats, Remainers and anti-Brexiters. We hope that our book choices will prompt discussion about liberalism globally, and about the specific problems that we face in the UK as a result of last year's EU Referendum result.

  • Suffolk Coastal Lib Dems - Pub & Policy events
    Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats are more than half-way through their whistle-stop tour of the policy motions coming up for debate in September's party conference.

    So far, we have visited Saxmundham, Martlesham, Butley, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe, and further discussion events are lined up in Woodbridge, Grundisburgh and Earl Soham.

  • Vince Cable Packed Hall
    Article: Aug 7, 2017

    Report from fellow East of England Liberal Democrats in Tring & Berkhamsted

    At a packed hall in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, West Road, Cambridge, last week the new Liberal Democrat Leader, Vince Cable addressed party members as part of a nationwide speaking tour which has taken him from West Country to Scotland in two crowded and strenuous weeks.

    Vince Cable, remarking on the massive polarisation of British politics today, told members he was optimistic for the future of the Liberal Democratic Party, especially when looking at the extreme positions being adopted by both the Conservatives and the Labour Party. Theresa May was now in a loose coalition with the hard right DUP and the Labour Party was now in the tight grip of Momentum, with the moderate Labour MPs intimidated by bullying and scared of deselection.

  • Conference
    Article: Aug 3, 2017

    The party's Autumn Conference is taking place in Bournemouth in September. An important feature of any Liberal Democrat Conference is that members have a say in the party's policies, being given the opportunity to take part in the debate and to vote on whether or not each policy is accepted. There are also consultative sessions on topics related to the party itself.

  • Sizewell C Community Consultation
    Article: Jul 26, 2017

    Suffolk County Council has commissioned consultants to produce a report on possible alternatives to EDF Energy's proposals for campus accommodation for Sizewell C. The report has been prepared by Boyer with Cannon Engineering, and is intended to identify whether there are possible alternative sites that meet EDF's criteria, but that are more acceptable in broader planning terms. As a result of the report, the County Council asks EDF to make a wider appraisal of options, considering wider issues affecting communities and the environment.

  • Women's issues and gender equality
    Article: Jul 25, 2017

    Last week's release of information on how top earners are rewarded in the BBC highlights a stark divide between the salaries paid to men and the much lower salaries paid to women. We are far from living in an equal society.

    In Suffolk County Council, the "SCC LibDem, Green and Independent Group" comprises the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent councillors on the county council, who have joined forces for the 2017-2021 electoral term. While retaining their individual party identities, the formation of the group gives these councillors better representation on committees and allows them the support of a group researcher. The group has appointed a Spokesperson for Women -- Caroline Page, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woodbridge. No other party or grouping on the council has taken an equivalent step.