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Safeguarding our community amid Brexit chaos!

From District Councillor Vic Ient:

Despite the Prime Minister’s announcement on 15th Nov that she has negotiated a ‘deal’ and whether or not we agree with it; there is still much uncertainty around the ‘Brexit’ issue. Amidst ministerial resignations, Conservative MPs apparently signing ‘no-confidence in the Prime Minister’ letters, including the MP for Lewes who, by the way,  is also saying she will vote against her own government on the proposals, chaos reigns in Parliament! Thus, we still don’t know how the Conservatives will take us out of the EU. The possibilities still range from ‘crashing out’ through to various forms of ‘soft exit’ only just over 4 months before the ‘leave’ date!

The currently designated date for leaving the EU is March 29, 2019. There has been much talk about the effect on our airports and at the port of Dover. However, to my knowledge, there has never been any discussion on what risks affect the local people in Lewes District caused by an exit. I am especially concerned with Newhaven port. I believe we need to form a Task Force jointly with:

  • TheCounty Council
  • AppropriateUK government departments
  • The UK Border Force and Police
  • Quasi-Governmental Local Organisations, like theLEP’s
  • Business organisations like the Newhaven Port Authority – Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd

This Task Force is to look into the risks and what can be done to alleviate the problems for the residents of this district.

Motion relating to the EU by Lib Dem Cllr Vic Ient which is to be debated at the Lewes District Council Full Council Meeting on the 26th November 2018:

I propose:

 “The Lewes District Council form a Task Force and invite the County Council and other appropriate public & commercial organisations to participate in assessing the risks and developing proposals to limit the difficulties which may be faced in relation to the import-export location of Newhaven”.

Brexit would have been REMAIN if 16-17 year olds had the vote

EU referendum: the UK result would have been REMAIN had the vote been allowed for 16 and 17-year-olds. These young people are now, in 2018, eligible to vote. Since this business started with a referendum it should end with a referendum where people decide on whether they like what the Conservatives have negotiated. That vote should include 16 to 17-year-olds! For more information on what the Lib Dems policy, see:  https://www.libdems.org.uk/europe

According to the BBC the final figures were 16.1 million people voting in favour of staying in the EU. I think these people need representing as well as the 17.4 million. I hope you would agree. I campaigned for the 16 to 17-year-olds to get a vote in Brexit referendum. They should have been allowed to vote as it’s their future even more so than the older people who seem to have mostly voted to come out. In 2016 there were 1.46 million 16 to 17-year-olds and if they had voted in accordance with the opinion polls at the time we would not be coming out of the EU. The majority for coming out of the EU was about 1.27 million.

Thankfully we still live in a democracy and I believe it’s the right of myself and organisations like the Liberal Democrats to put forward proposals and suggestions, and indeed campaign on these matters. Would you rather we and the 16.1 million are silent? We have seen what happens when democracy is suppressed in places like Russia, Turkey, Syria and Zimbabwe to name just a few.

In most organisations, including all FTSE 100 companies, require a two thirds or three-quarter majority to change the constitution/articles of association. Why should that have not been the case with regard to such an important decision as our trading arrangements with 27 other countries? The decision by the Conservatives to operate on a simple majority could have meant we would be coming out of the EU if there was just one vote difference! Ridiculous!

The amount of misinformation promulgated before the Brexit vote was shameful including the promise by politicians such as Boris Johnson (now Foreign Secretary!) that £350 million a week would go to the NHS if we come out of the EU!

Elections! May 4th and June 8th!

Dear Residents,

The surprise general election called by the Conservative Prime Minister means to say that we have two election days coming up  – one on 4 May to elect a new county council and one on 8 June to elect a new MP.  Next week on Thursday, 4 May we have elections for the East Sussex County Council. There will be 50 councillors on the new council and they will serve for a 4 year term until 2021. I remain as your district councillor  until 2019 when the Lewes District Council comes up for re-election. The new county ward which include the villages on the western side of the lower Ouse in situated is now called Ouse Valley West & Downs.  It includes the villages of:

Click to enlarge/download: County wards in Lewes District

Falmer, St Ann Without, Kingston, Swanborough, Iford, Northease, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe,Ditchling, Westmeston,  & Street

Our candidate for this area is Sarah Osborne who already has experience as a councillor as she has been on the Lewes District Council for 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah’s contact details are:

sarahosborne2000@yahoo.co.uk    phone: 07986776105   Twitter: @sjo400  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.osborne.9406

Sarah’s recent newsletters:   Mid April Campaign Newsletter          April/May Campaign Newsletter

The LibDem are fielding candidates for all 8 county wards/divisions in the Lewes Constituency area. Click below for some links to info about them:

Currently the make up of the Council is:

21 Conservative
10 Liberal Democrats
7 Labour
6 UKIP
5 Independent

Whether we’re talking about the general election or the county council election the fight is between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives in the Lewes area:

Conservative 19,206
Liberal Democrat 18,123
UKIP 5,427
Labour 5,000
Green 2,784

There is only just over 1,000 in it!  In the 2016 referendum the majority of people in the Lewes Constituency voted to Remain in the EU.

General Election

Kelly-Marie with ex MP Norman Baker

On June 8 the whole country will vote to choose their new member of Parliament. Kelly-Marie Blundell is the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Lewes constituency.  Kelly-Marie lives in the constituency at Seaford. The daughter of a farmer and a teacher, Kelly-Marie Blundell read Law at the University of Kent before going on to work as a Citizen’s Advice Bureau advisor. She now runs her own consultancy firm, advising charities on communications and fundraising.  Click here for more information

Kelly-Marie’s contact details are:

Telephone (Office): 01273 615075   Email: kelly-marie@kellymarieblundell.co.uk     Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kellymarie.blundell   Twitter: @KellyMarieLD    Web: http://www.leweslibdems.org.uk/

Lewes constituency Liberal Democrat Perspective Parliamentary Candidate, Kelly-Marie Blundell is interviewed about the upcoming general election.

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A fair deal for our farmers

dsc_0016My ward covers some 11,000 acres. Much of this area is set to agriculture and I think it’s appropriate that I comment from time to time on the issues facing our farming community. Here is an article, published by the CPRE. It comments on the post UK Brexit situation. I agree with the CPRE when they say:

“Here is a recent article from CPRE. We may delight in the countryside, but most people have lost their connection with farming. Some simply have no idea where their food comes from. Farms grow bigger (we have lost 34,000 farms in the last decade); soil quality declines; nature is pushed to the margins. We can do better. CPRE is certainly not proposing an end to public funding. Farming is too important to be left at the mercy of market forces – important not only for the food it produces, but for wildlife, flood protection, carbon capture and, yes, safeguarding the matchless beauty of our countryside”.  

Please read on to see their more detailed comments.

CPRE viewpoint

First published in Shooting Times, 31st August 2016

Post-Brexit politics looks set to be dominated by years of hard, tedious trade negotiations and arguments over what to do with over 40 years of EU-inspired legislation. The business of ‘getting back control’ may be pretty dull.

But one area of policy enthuses both sides in the referendum campaign: forging national agricultural policies to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Britain’s countryside has been shaped by farming, and farming since the Second World War has been largely shaped by public policy. UK farmers currently receive just over £3 billion a year in financial support, but both the overall sum and how it is spent are largely determined in Brussels. Now we must decide how, and how much, to support British farmers.

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EU & BREXIT

EU Ref

A personal view on the Referendum:     Lewes voted to stay in but that was not reflected nationally. It’s going to take a long time for the decision to take full effect. What will Scotland decide to do? How will things develop in Northern Ireland? Will BREXIT promises be kept, including those on the NHS? How will the decision affect our economy and will UK government replace the infrastructure, agricultural and regional funding that has been provided by the EU? There are many questions unanswered.  One question foremost in people’s minds has been migration. I’ve written an article about this to help clarify things in my own mind – please click here or on the image below to read this – I hope you find this useful.

But also I don’t think we can let things pass without commenting on the voting arrangements. I believe these were less than satisfactory:

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Grants to promote the rural economy from European Agricultural Fund

IMG_0318LEADER grants are available from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to promote the rural economy. Boosting productivity and growth is a priority so grants must be used to develop business, create jobs and increase tourism. Defra has more information on the grants. The funding is awarded to successful applicants within LAG (Local Action Group) areas. The local group for our part of Sussex is: ‘Central Sussex’ – contact details:

Richard Chalk  rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk  ( 0330 22 23845)  Click here for web site.

All projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are to:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities