Responding to the UK's GDP growth figures, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor and Deputy Leader, Ed Davey said:
"Today’s growth figures are anything but a cause for celebration. Over the last year, Britain's growth has slowed to its lowest rate in almost a decade - a disastrous performance by the Conservatives, whose main economic policy of Brexit is a promise of yet more slow growth.
"The economy under the Tories is anaemic.
"Brexit has already cost us at least £55 billion in lost growth and will keep us underperforming for years. Just last week the credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the UK’s economic outlook. And the Bank of England said growth will be a whole 1% lower in the coming years.
"On the other hand, the extra growth from remaining in the EU would generate a Remain Bonus of over £50 billion. The Liberal Democrats will use that money for a huge cash boost to our schools and to tackle inequality, building a brighter future for the UK."
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Actions to tackle the climate change crisis and strengthen democratic participation are at the forefront of the Liberal Democrats’ European Election manifesto.
The manifesto sets out the party’s vision for the UK within the EU and our commitment to stopping Brexit. It calls for the EU to adopt a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050 and an emergency £7.5 billion support fund to help those affected by Brexit uncertainty.
It also calls for strengthening our democracy by giving EU citizens living in the UK the right to stand and vote in elections. For the Yorkshire and Humber region, the proposals would:
- Protect the region’s main export market: the European Union
- Protect research funding for our excellent universities and maintain freedom of movement across the EU for UK students
- Protect our public services staffed by EU nationals
Lead Liberal Democrat candidate for Yorkshire & the Humber region Shaffaq Mohammed said:
“Brexit is a national embarrassment. Both Labour and the Conservatives have failed to find a way forward. Every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit. The Liberal Democrats, with more than 100,000 members and 2500 councillors across the country is the strongest remain voice going into the European elections.”
Cooperation with the UK’s European partners is nowhere more crucial than in tackling the climate emergency
The party’s policies on the environment include a comprehensive set of commitments including:
- Zero Carbon Britain by 2045 and zero Carbon EU by 2050
- Extend the emissions trading scheme to include aviation
- Higher standards and investment in energy efficiency
- Campaign for an EU wide ban on fracking
- Paris style agreement to save global biodiversity
- More ambitious targets for reducing waste
Rosina Robson, no.2 on the Liberal Democrats candidate list said:
“The Liberal Democrat manifesto sets our vision for the UK in a dynamic, sustainable and reformed EU in the future. Our membership of the European Union is the best way to tackle cross border issues such as climate change and security.”
Leading Liberal Democrats from the region have claimed victory as the Conservative government has bowed to pressure to take decisive action on empty houses by giving new tax powers to local councils.
Calderdale Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to demand better transport investment in our Railway and to sack Northern Rail.
Gemma Wilson, Cllr for Lindley, last week joined the Liberal Democrats in Kirklees. Gemma a Councillor for Lindley since 2015 has campaigned over the past three years for local residents in support of HRI, to save Grimescar valley from development as well as tackling casework for local residents.
Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and good friend of the man himself gave the Richard Wainwright lecture at the Regional Conference in Ossett.
Liberal Democrats in Kirklees have been campaigning for many years to keep all our vital services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and will continue to do so.
Councillor Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) has condemned a further delaying of the confirmation of the HS2 route decision, leaving residents in Woodlesford uncertain about the future.
The Sheffield Liberal Democrats have welcomed the new Meadowhall expansion and called on the Labour Council to support the proposals.
The Electoral Commission has estimated that over the next six years, our area will have over 2000 extra voters, and nearly half of them will be living in Oulton.
Local Lib Dems, Councillor Steve Beasant and Kay Rudd, are opposing the Labour Council's decision to shortlist Freeman Street as a site for a new football ground.
Local Lib Dems are opposing a road to the Airport through our Green Belt. Building a trainline which would link Horsforth and the Ilkley Line would be a much better use of money.