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Brentford & Isleworth Liberal Democrats select Joe Bourke as their candidate for the General Election on 8 June 2017

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  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    This government's internal battles are weakening their hand in Europe. Every report of a Cabinet split destabilises our negotiating team and strengthens the position of the EU negotiators.

    There is a chronic lack of anything positive coming out of these talks. Both sides share blame for the deadlock and both sides will be harmed if Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal.

    But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with Tusk's suggestion of possible trade talks in December. This is the signal for the UK government to make a convincing offer on EU citizens' rights, the financial settlement and provide clarity over the Northern Ireland border.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, has tabled a number of FOI requests calling on the Department for Exiting the European Union to publish the studies. He has also called for a debate on the cost of Brexit and the content of the reports in the House of Commons.

    Commenting, Tom Brake, said:

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017

    I have just appointed my first team of principal spokespeople since becoming leader this summer.

    I am fortunate to lead such a great, gender-balanced team, which is comprised of the most talented and promising politicians in the House of Commons and battle-hardened, experienced campaigners.

    The team includes notable strength in depth on the economy, foreign affairs and local government at a time when the impact of Brexit, social inequality and lack of investment is fostering tensions in these areas.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2017

    "This is not yet a decision but it soon could be, if the government is allowed to get away with cuts which would betray the best traditions of our past and damage our ability to defend ourselves in the future.

    "It is time for those who value Britain's contribution, both nationally and internationally, to the preservation of peace to make sure this disastrous decision is never allowed to be taken."

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This was the speech of a brave Prime Minister struggling on, while her disloyal Cabinet colleagues openly plot against her.

    "Rows over Brexit have left Theresa May only able to tinker around the edges of the great challenges the country faces, from the housing crisis to the future of the NHS.


    "The conference season has shown both the Conservatives and Labour are bitterly divided, with the more moderate factions overwhelmed by their ideological extremes.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This audit shows that prejudice and bias based on the colour of someone's skin continues to blight people's life chances, and this is utterly unacceptable in 21st century Britain. It is not right that our BAME friends and neighbours are far less likely to have a job or own their home - it is an unfairness that should have ended long ago.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "Under the Tories, building of both social and affordable housing has plummeted.

    "Since 2015, this Conservative government has overseen the sell-off of over 25,000 council homes and replaced fewer than one in three.

    "Theresa May can announce all the new council homes she wants. But if this government doesn't reform the Right to Buy by allowing local authorities to suspend it if they wish, and ensure all homes sold are replaced, this announcement isn't worth the paper it's written on.

    "If the Tories are serious about tackling the housing crisis, May must also announce that she will ensure local authorities and housing associations can borrow the money needed to build more social housing."

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    "Boris Johnson's failure to condemn the Spanish government over this violence is a shameful dereliction of duty.

    "A true ally would call out this excessive and counter-productive approach and call on the Spanish authorities to change course.

    "It shows how weak this government has become that it is desperate not to upset the government of an EU country that could veto the final Brexit deal.

    "Instead of this craven approach, Britain should be leading calls for a mediated settlement and European response to this crisis.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "This is a welcome u-turn from attempts to use security co-operation as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations.

    "But it should not have taken six months for Theresa May to make clear that support for our European allies is unconditional.

    "The Prime Minister must now make the same case at the Conservative Party conference as she has today in Estonia.

    "Crucially, she must face down the hard Brexiteers in her party and admit that a no deal scenario would be a disaster for our security.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "There is a mounting sense that the government could be defeated if it does not immediately pause the roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "The roll-out has been an utter failure so far, with many claimants waiting over two months for their first payment and some relying on loans to survive. Rent arrears among universal credit claimants are also through the roof.