The Lib Dems have claimed to be the “practical” party of local government at the launch of their campaign for council elections in England and Wales. Leader Nick Clegg said the party’s record was a “success story – quality services, and value for money”.
Speaking at the campaign launch in Sheffield, he accused Labour of failing on crime and the Tories of having “no stomach” for addressing green issues.
The party currently controls 29 local authorities across Britain, and is defending 700 Council seats on May 1st. We also hope to make other gains in Bury, including of course in St Mary’s.
Today, Nick Clegg said the party had come up with local solutions to problems including housing, crime and the environment.
“The Liberal Democrat record in local government is a success story – quality services, and value for money. And we are ready to apply the lessons that we have learned to councils throughout this country. “ He said: “We don’t promise to fix or solve every problem, but we do promise to give people a say, to give them the opportunity to fix things for themselves.”
Its five years since the start of our involvment with the war in Iraq.
Nick Harvey MP – the Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Minister marks the occasion with this video.
Britain only invaded Iraq because MPs voted for it. Asked on 18th March 2003 to support Tony Blair’s motion for military action against Iraq, Labour and Conservative MPs lined up to vote “aye”.
Both the Conservative and Labour frontbenches in the House of Commons supported the war. The Conservatives even argued that the Government wasn’t being tough enough.
Five years on, over 170 British servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. British taxpayers have poured £6.5 billion into the conflict, and the Conservatives are trying to rewrite history by now calling for an inquiry.
Why not visit the special website – it’s time to hold the politicians who took us to war to account!
Too many families in Bury are losing their homes because of difficulties over mortgage payments, claims Vic D’Albert, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Bury South.
New figures show that 668 orders for home repossession were issued by Bury county court in 2007. This is a rise of 12% since 2006.
“668 home repossession orders means 668 families being turfed out of the house they have lived in, often for many years,” said Vic D’Albert.
“Many people remember the boom and bust policies of the last Conservative government that saw tens of thousands of people lose their home because they could not keep up with mortgage payments. Now it looks as though the current Labour Government has blundered into a similar mess.
“The Government has failed to ensure there are enough homes to meet people’s needs. For every ten families on the waiting list in England for social housing in 1997, when Labour came to power, there are now sixteen.
“And Gordon Brown has run an economy that has been fuelled by a runaway credit boom he has done little to bring under control.
“668 families in 2007 paid the price for growing economic incompetence by Gordon Brown in Bury. There are now serious concerns that in 2008, the situation will get worse.”