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What’s this about then? On the 8th of February, Labour MPs backed the Conservatives in voting to trigger Article 50, the start of the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union. So what? Well, they did so even though Theresa May has chosen to pursue a hard Brexit, which will mean ripping Britain out of […]

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What’s this to do with? As previously reported, the Government – through it’s A Democracy that Works for Everyone: A Clear and Secure Democracy report – has announced that Peterborough is among the areas that could pilot a new scheme for voters to produce ID to prevent electoral fraud. Why’s this happening then? Well let’s just […]

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What’s the triple lock thingy then? Liberal Democrats, whilst in coalition government, successfully campaigned and introduced the ‘triple lock’ on pensions, so that the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or 2.5% – whichever is highest. Why did you do that then? It was promised it in our 2010 manifesto and […]

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  Liberal Democrats are calling for an urgent review into the effect of cuts to the legal aid budget and increased court fees. The Conservative Governments’ cuts have led to a rise in the number of people coming before the courts without being represented by a lawyer, as well as deterring individuals and small businesses […]

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Lib Dems Launch Consultation on #Brexit

by Cllr Darren Fower on 27 September, 2016

I was pleased to see that the Liberal Democrats have become the first political party to launch a national consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities. Lib Dems will be contacting businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns. This Tory Brexit Government are […]

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The Tory government’s controversial welfare reform bill proposes to slash £30 a week – or over £1,500 year – from the benefits of ill and disabled people who have been found unfit for work. Speaking in the House of Lords during a debate on the bill, the crossbench peer Lady Grey-Thompson said: “It almost feels […]

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59% say they want a General Election……… Q: Do YOU?

by Cllr Darren Fower on 7 August, 2016

So we’ve got a new Prime Minister, who was chosen by 0.0005% of the UK population aka Conservative MPs in Parliament. Haven’t we been here before? Remember Gordon Brown? It’s only 14 months since we had a general election and many people believe it is simply inconceivable that Theresa May should be crowned Prime Minister without even […]

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What a year 2015 was! Here’s some of my highlights ……….

by Cllr Darren Fower on 8 January, 2016

Well that’s 2015 done then! But what sort of year was it on the local political scene, were you entertained or disappointed? Here’s some of the main things I spotted and took not of over the last 12 months: January 2015 The year did not start well for Peterborough City Council, with the news that they’d […]

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Pension rise thanks to Lib Dems

by Cllr Darren Fower on 6 December, 2015

Not sure if you have spotted it, but the basic state pension is set for its biggest rise in real terms since 2001, reaching a £119.30 a week from April 2016. The reason for the rise is the triple-lock pledge on pensions – introduced by the Liberal Democrats while in coalition government, and means the […]

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Listen again to my BBC Radio Cambs interview on Syria bombing!

by Cllr Darren Fower on 30 November, 2015

Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have said that they know that to defeat an enemy as evil as ISIL the use of military force is necessary. However, is the answer for the UK to start air strikes in Syria? In my opinion the answer is no! In order to capture other peoples thoughts on the issue, […]

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