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  • Liz Webster and tractors
    Article: Jan 15, 2021
    By Cllr Vilnis Vesma

    Prominent farming campaigner Liz Webster gave a talk to members from the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds constituency parties on 14 January 2021. You can view the recording here (password required).

    Liz farms in Wiltshire and stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Cotswolds. She is the campaign organiser of Save British Farming and for the benefit of those who want further depth she kindly provided further links to things mentioned in her talk:

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Cllr Vilnis Vesma

    I'm currently trying to resolve three pandemic-related problems affecting Early Years (EY) providers.

    One is that they are now being funded only on actual occupancy levels, which are now very much reduced because of parents' concerns. I have asked my District Council cabinet member if they can help with financial support and am awaiting a reponse from our Chief Finance Officer.

  • Climate Chane
    Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill), which was officially published in the Commons earlier this month, offers the UK Government a viable framework for climate action.

    It is a private members bill introduced by Green MP Caroline Lucas and officially supported by Liberal Democrats as well as the Alliance, SDLP and Plaid Cymru parties plus many MPs from the SNP and Labour - 88 MPs to date.

  • Cllr Gill Moseley points out a pothole that urgently needs repair by Gloucestershire County Council
    Article: Nov 14, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    Potholes can cause life changing injuries to cyclists, while for car drivers whose vehicles are damaged, the repair costs can run into thousands of pounds. Pothole damage is costing motorists more than £1million a month, according to Which, but other estimates are much higher.

    "We all know that council funding has been slashed by the Tory government," says Cllr Gill Moseley, "but repairing potholes is a road safety matter not just a cosmetic job - it needs to be done. Gloucestershire County Council is not meeting that need at the moment but, at least in this county, when you report a pothole online you can also upload a picture to show the problem."

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Oct 21, 2020
    By Andrew Cooley

    People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.

    We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.

    Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.

    It is now clear the Government ignored calls from experts for a 'circuit break' short national lockdown. We urge them to reconsider. No one wants to see businesses close again but if this gives time to fix the Test, Trace and Isolate system, it could be a vital step to getting the virus back under control and keeping it under control.

    Alongside a circuit break, the Liberal Democrats demand Government take the following steps in order to get a grip on this crisis: