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Liberal Democrat Response to the Budget and the Labour Amendment 2017

Yesterday saw the setting of the County Budget for 2017-18. With an election in May this was always a day when we would emphasise the difference between the parties and it did not disappoint.  The was lots of Conservative emphasis on keeping spend down and how they have amassed large reserves over the past seven years.  Labour wanted to spend to preserve services and give the residents of Suffolk what they need.   We felt the Conservatives were cutting too hard but Labour were spending at the top limit of what would be possible.

My approach -on behalf of the LibDeb group- is below, seeking to use the resources available but not take unreasonable risks.  In the end the administration carried the day and a further £30 million will be cut from services.

John Field: Deputy Leader of Suffolk Lib Dem Group & County Councillor for Gipping Valley

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Europe: The Benefits of Staying IN

Prosperity:

Remaining in works for Britain. Britain is already stronger and better off trading and working with Europe. We are part of the world’s largest single market, allowing British businesses to grow and prosper.

Peace:

After decades of brutal conflict, European nations came together in cooperation. To this day, neighbours and allies support each other in what remains the world’s most successful project in peace.

Opportunity:

British people have more opportunities to work, travel and learn than ever before. Staying in Europe gives our children and grandchildren greater prospects, and the best chance to succeed.

Environment:

Protecting the natural environment remains one of the planet’s biggest challenges, for health, for food stocks and for climate change. These problems are tackled better when we all come together.

Security:

Together we are stronger against terrorists who despise our liberal and modern way of life. And together we can break the criminal gangs who threaten our country with the illegal drugs trade, weapons and human trafficking.

What does the EU do for you?

Ensure Your Safety

European Arrest Warrant:          criminal suspects can be easily extradited from EU countries back to the UK, putting an end to the days of the “Costa del Crime”.

Europol:            The EU’s crime-fighting body, helps British police exchange crucial information and coordinate investigations including Operation Rescue which smashed the world’s largest paedophile network.

Counter-Terrorism:           Close coordination across EU is vital in the fight against terrorism. The EU is stepping up cooperation between national governments to tackle the financing of terrorism, crack down on the trafficking of firearms and exchange information on known terrorist threats.

Create Your Opportunities

Freedom:         Around 2.2 m people live, work or study abroad with no need for visas and 15,000 British students take advantage of Erasmus each year.

Investment in research:      British universities receive millions in research funding each year – more than any other EU country.

Saving You Money:                From cheaper flights to lower roaming charges the single market saves the average household £3,000 each year.

Protect Your Environment

Biodiversity:            Endangered species in the UK such as the golden eagle and otter are given strong protections through EU laws.

Energy Efficiency:       EU energy and fuel efficiency laws are good for the planet and cut bills. EU energy efficiency legislation will save consumers £500/ year by 2020.

Air Pollution:            EU limits are crucial to reduce air pollution, which causes at least 29,000 early deaths in the UK/ each year. Over one third of the most harmful pollutants in the UK come from abroad.

Secure Your Peace

The EU’s original foundations can be found in peace-keeping among European countries.

By working with fellow international bodies such as the UN, the EU has played a leading role in promoting peace worldwide.

Defend Your Rights

Anti-Discrimination:      EU laws prevent you from being unfairly discriminated on the grounds of ethnicity, disability, age or sexuality.

Workers’ rights:       Employees are given a minimum of 4 weeks paid leave a year and cannot be forced to work more than 48 a week.

Victims’ rights:        UK citizens who fall victim to a crime when travelling in the EU are guaranteed a set of minimum rights thanks to EU law, including translation, protection and compensation.

Europe: Keep Britain IN

InIn Europe, Britain can thrive. Together we will be a stronger and more prosperous nation, creating opportunity for future generations, respected all over the world.

Together we created the world’s largest free trade area, we delivered peace, and we gave the British people the opportunity to live, work and travel freely. History shows that Britain is better when it is united with Europe.

Together we are stronger in the fight against the global problems that don’t stop at borders. We can stop international crime, we can fight climate change, and together we will provide hope and opportunity for the future.

It is not the time to turn our backs on Europe, leaving us isolated, sidelined and alone.

By voting to remain in, Britain can thrive.

Together we show the world an open, outward-facing Britain we can all be proud of.

Join the Liberal Democrat campaign today, to remain in together, and to stand up for the type of Britain you think we should be.

www.libdems.org.uk/europe