Budget success at the Lewes district council for the Liberal Democrats and their leader Sarah Osborne! All 5 of Lewes District Council Liberal Democrat Leader Sarah Osborne’s amendments to the Lewes District Council budget were approved with cross-party support this week. Measures include:
Special fund of £2.2 million to provide new temporary accommodation for the homeless
Introduction of on-street recycling bins
Feasibility study to create a trade waste
recycling service for small businesses
A major environmental initiative to develop new standards in relation to new planning applications & building regulations which will include a range of sustainability measures such as renewable energy for new developments and ‘green corridors‘
A series of events during 2018 to celebrate the Representation of the Peoples Act 1918 where women began to get the vote for the first time. The events would also promote equality and diversity in our society.
Councillor Osborne said: “Punch and Judy politics doesn’t achieve anything for the people who elected us. All Councils face huge financial and social challenges, so we must work together were we can to deliver more housing and a cleaner environment and deliver the services our residents rightly expect from us.
Haven News – News – LDC COUNCILLORS WORKING TOGETHER
The Liberal Democrat party autumn conference has just finished. Vince Cable’s excellent closing speech was inspiring! – click the image below to view/listen:
It was necessarily comprehensive and wide-ranging, covering many of the issues which we in Britain face and how the Liberal Democrats, under Vince Cable’s leadership, will tackle them. It was compelling, easy to understand and well paced.
For the closing words of his speech on the BBC’s daily politics twitter blog below. The covering image shows Lib Dem leader Vince Cable MP with the deputy leader, Jo Swinson who is MP for East Dunbartonshire in Scotland.
Great speech today (Wed 30th August) by Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Vince Cable in Eastbourne. He was inspiring! He expertly spent over an hour answering questions from the audience in a packed meeting room!
To read Vince Cable’s manifesto for the party please click here.
Nationally, for Lib Dems, results were a mixed picture. The headline don’t show the many council seats where the Lib Dems increased their share of the vote coming a good second place. There were also some stunning results for the Lib Dems in places like St Albans. In Eatbourne the Lib Dems won all 6 county seats. Overall the Tories gained from the demise of UKIP and the collapse of the Labour vote. Lib Dems increase their share of the vote by 7% to 18%. With proportional representation the actual council seats would be very different from those declared on Friday 5th May 2017!
This dinner will be an opportunity to meet our new prospective parliamentary candidate for the Lewes Constituency, Kelly-Marie Blundell at the dinner.
Our guest speaker is Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment and Rural Affairs in the House of Lords. In the 1990s Kate headed the Public Affairs for the RSPCA and she chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals. In 1998 she became Chief Executive of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the leading conservation campaigning charity, which Kate led for nearly six years. She was a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Horsham District Council in West Sussex for eight years (1987-1995). Kate was created a life peer in July 2010 and during the Coalition Government she was a Co-chair of the Defra/DECC parliamentary party committee during this time.
Since 2015 she has been the Liberal Democrat Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Spokesperson in the team led by Tim Farron. Outside of politics Kate is a trustee of the think tank, IPPR and is also a Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Trust. Baroness Parminter grew up in West Sussex and was educated at state schools in Horsham. She studied Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford between 1983 and 1986. She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband and two children.
Victor S Ient, MSc MIoD MBCS – Lewes District Councillor – [Kingston Ward: Falmer – St Ann Without – Kingston – Swanborough – Iford – Northease – Rodmell – Southease – Piddinghoe]
Here is my report back for Sept 2016. I hope you find this newsletter and my website useful. (Click here for previous reports). There are quite a few subjects covered so here is the index (just click on a title to go straight to the item)