Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.
Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats and all Suffolk Lib Dem groups are seeing a share of this surge.
The economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote will affect jobs, people’s homes and livelihoods. While accepting the result of the referendum, the Liberal Democrats plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.
“For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down,” said Tim .
“The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.
“The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.
“If you agree with us, join us to make this happen.”
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Further to our report on Suffolk’s new bus franchises Thedwastre South Councillor Penny Otton reiterates: “It now turns out Suffolk county council Tory council has awarded a contract for the Mid Suffolk area where you cannot use your bus pass. You can pay or swap your bus pass for a voucher worth £100. How many trips will that cover?? Is this fair?? I don’t think so!”
BSEVC covers not only MidSuffolk, but also Ipswich. Fortunately for the rest of Suffolk these are the only two areas where this iniquitous system is currently running -though the franchises are able to change their operating terms at any time.
“We’ve been told that BSEVC is able to refuse bus passes because they are operating 9 seater transport rather than the previous 22 seaters. This allows them to operate under different rules as community car schemes and Dial-A-Ride rather than Demand Responsive Transport. SCC officers have told us this is because the 22 seater buses are ‘not economically viable’ ; that BSEVC do hold 22 seaters, and that they could bring them back into use ‘should demand increase,” explains LibDem spokesperson for Transport, Caroline Page .
“But as the voucher system allows previous bus pass holders living in remote areas to make no more than 11 return journeys a year, it is hard to see how this promise is anything other than window dressing!”
Helen, a solicitor, has worked in Suffolk for over 30 years in Family and Criminal Law, while volunteering with both Victim Support and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
She has committed herself to abide by the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s ethical checklist on how a PCC should conduct themselves in office.
- If elected Helen intends to:
- – encourage a collegiate, consultative culture to decision making in policing in Suffolk, respecting and tapping into the wisdom and experience of front line workers
- – be the advocate for the people of Suffolk to ensure that we can live in a safer community.
- – help find financial savings and efficiencies in the Police Service so that resources can be found to fight growing serious crime such as child abuse, cybercrime and fraud.
- – encourage policies and technological innovation aimed at reducing crime and re-offending
- – encourage the referral of people with physical /mental health and addictions to the best agency to deal with their problems effectively and away from the Police Service.
- – ensure that those who experience domestic abuse and violence are able to access support and achieve the best outcomes for their individual needs
- – encourage cooperation with other police services to maintain specialist skills and respond to unexpected challenges.
- – negotiate with central government for the maximum financial resources for the police service
- – support and encourage the voluntary sector who support the victims and bring innovative approaches to the causes of crime.
Prepared by Martin Redbond on behalf of Helen Korfanty (Liberal Democrats) both at Blacksmiths Cottage, Ashbocking Road, Henley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0QX