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  • Vote Leave Bus promise (Tony Worrall)
    Article: Dec 9, 2019
    By Lib Dems

    Brexit is already costing the Government £380-470 million a week

    The Liberal Democrats have revealed that Brexit is already costing the government £380-470 million a week - money that could have been spent on the NHS instead.

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that GDP is £55-66 billion lower this year than it would have been without Brexit, mainly due to uncertainty deterring business investment. Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017, whereas other G7 countries have seen it grow.
    Based on the IFS figures, the Liberal Democrats have calculated that public sector receipts (which are 37% of GDP) are £20.3-24.3 billion lower this year than they would have been, which equates to £380-470 million a week.

  • Carlisle Scotch Street, the Lanes Carlisle (Morebyless)
    Article: Dec 7, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Brexit Hit to High Street

    Almost 1 million businesses close, three years of Conservative Brexit Chaos has hit our high street.

    Liberal Democrats' analysis of business performance over the last three years shows that almost one million businesses in the UK have closed. Brexit uncertainty under the Conservatives has hit our high streets.

  • Climate Change Emergency
    Article: Nov 25, 2019
    By Fiona Southern

    Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached a record high according to the latest bulletin published by the World Meteorological Organization. We are staring down the barrel of a gun - in March this year the United Nations said there were just 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. This damage will see more extreme weather events causing fire and flood, rising sea levels, food shortages and ultimately vast numbers of displaced people.

  • Mental Health Care for young people (Gordon Johnson from Pixabay)
    Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Fiona Southern

    Joined up, Properly Funded Mental Health Care Provision for the Young

    One of the most serious issues facing the UK today is mental health, particularly in young people. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year of whom one quarter will be aged 18 or under; one in seven 11 to 16-year-olds has a mental disorder. We know that children and young people today face new emotional demands, many brought on by social media, but our mental health care systems have not adapted to this growing need and are chronically underfunded with serious structural issues. The mental health care system is complex and fragmented; it is planned, funded, provided and overseen by many different organisations that do not always work together in a joined-up way leading to disjointed care. [1]

  • Climate Change causes Flooding
    Article: Nov 14, 2019
    By Fiona Southern

    Events in South Yorkshire this week will have brought back bitter memories to many Carlisle residents. As in our own city, the floods this week were caused by intense rain falling on the saturated and impermeable ground in the wider river catchments. There is clear evidence that the high rainfall events experienced in South Yorkshire this week and in Cumbria in 2015 are a result of climate change.

  • Free school meal for all primary school children
    Article: Nov 6, 2019

    A Liberal Democrat government will provide free lunches to all primary school children and to all children whose families receive Universal Credit.

    Studies carried out in Hull and Scotland have proved what many of us have suspected for some time, that children who eat healthy school meals rather than packed lunches score higher marks in tests, concentrate longer in the classroom and are less disruptive.[1] School lunches make a significant contribution to overall diet, providing around a third of daily energy intake among children of primary school age. Meals served in most state primary schools must meet Department of Education food standards to ensure that children have healthy, balanced diets. However, research indicates that 60% of school children in England do not eat school meals, including many who are eligible for free meals.[2]

  • Carlisle Station by Richard Sutcliffe (Richard Sutcliffe)
    Article: Oct 27, 2019
    By Fiona Southern

    "As MP for Carlisle, I will work for better, affordable and greener public transport throughout Carlisle and to Newcastle and the West Coast." - Julia Aglionby

    Better Public Transport for Carlisle

    Carlisle is fortunate to have good rail links along the west coast mainline but our cross-country services to Newcastle and Leeds, and the coastal service, are not fit for purpose. Rolling stock is outdated and inadequate for demand, whilst journey times are too slow. Good public transport is essential for business, giving opportunities to deepen the labour market and get significant numbers of people to and from our city centres. It is also fundamental in our fight against climate change - people will only reduce car journeys if there are viable alternatives.

  • People's Vote March
    Article: Oct 26, 2019
    By Julia Aglionby

    Democracy in Action

    In 2016 there was a small majority for leave but no plan how to make that happen. 3.5 years later, there is no agreement on how that can be achieved which would secure our peace and prosperity. We have a stalemate between two options; Boris' Deal - a hard Brexit - or staying in the EU and reforming it from within.

  • Chuka Umunna on joining the Liberal Democrats
    Article: Oct 19, 2019

    "Your home is here," says Julia Aglionby about the Lib Democrats

    The Lib Dems are a broad tent who represent your views. More and more people have decided for themselves that the reasonable, centralist and progressive policies of the Lib Dems best represent their view.

    Chuka Umunna on his move to Lib Dems

  • Julia Aglionby Carlisle Lib Dem Protect Jobs
    Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Lib Dems Protect Jobs

    A vote for the Julia Aglionby, LibDem candidate for Carlisle, is a vote for a thriving, skilled and fairer local economy.

    "As the LibDem MP for Carlisle, I will protect existing jobs and create opportunities for investment and employment." Julia Aglionby

    No-deal Brexit: will it affect Carlisle?