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The Liberal Democrats Defend the Right to Protest

Joint statement by Heather Shearer (Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Avon and Somerset), Stephen Williams (candidate for West of England Regional Mayor), and Caroline Gooch (candidate for City of Bristol Mayor)


Where did Bristol’s Freeport go?

People in the West of England are asking why the heavily trailed Freeport for Bristol was missing from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget.


Lib Dems call on Chancellor to give the West’s 85,362 carers a break

Stephen Williams, Lib Dem candidate for West of England mayor, is calling on the Government to “give carers a break”, by giving councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break.


Lib Dems urge Chancellor to increase support for West’s 31,595 Universal Credit claimants

Stephen Williams, Lib Dem candidate for West of England mayor, has condemned the Chancellor for failing to introduce a comprehensive plan to save jobs. 31,595 people in the West of England are currently on Universal Credit.


Liberal Democrats call for more trains for Yate

Liberal Democrat transport campaigners say the new rail timetable highlights once again the poor service received by the people in Yate.


Six local Tory MPs have thrown British farmers on the scrapheap

Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of the West of England, has told six local Conservative MPs that they should “hang their heads in shame for betraying their party’s promise to protect British farmers”.


Stephen Williams vows to challenge Govt’s “power grab” on planning

Liberal Democrats in the West of England have warned that the Government’s planning proposals will “disempower” local authorities like Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire and allow developers to “run roughshod” over local communities’ wishes.


Decline in walking in the West of England demands climate-first approach

The Liberal Democrats have used their Autumn Conference this weekend to agree a series of measures to build a green recovery and tackle the climate emergency, including encouraging active travel through walking and cycling.


West of England Lib Dems call for a rail fare freeze

Stephen Williams, Lib Dem contender for West of England Mayor, is calling for the annual increase in rail fares to be cancelled, a move which would save commuters to London from Bristol and Bath nearly £200 next year, according to the Party's analysis.


Local homelessness figures mean eviction ban must be extended

Stephen Williams, Lib Dem candidate for West of England Mayor has urged the Government to extend the Covid eviction ban as official figures reveal that 212 families in private rented accommodation in B&NES, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are deemed at risk of homelessness.