Martin Vye, Liberal Democrat education spokesman at Kent County Council, has warmly welcomed theoverwheming support of Liberal Democrat conference members to press the Government to maintain the Erasmus programme.
Martin commented as follows:
"One of the great ideals of the European Union is that young people should be able to study in any university in any country in Europe.
Commenting on the junior doctors strike, former health minister and Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb said:
"The root cause of this dispute is the chronic financial crisis facing the NHS and the Government's determination to stretch already over-strained resources too far.
"This is why junior doctors are so angry and frustrated. There's a real danger that patients are put at risk during the week as the Government forces doctors to work more hours at weekends.
"More strikes could be very damaging given that services are already under intolerable pressure. I therefore repeat my call to the Government to agree to an urgent cross party process aimed at achieving a new settlement for the NHS and care. I also urge the BMA to add their weight to our call.
"The cross party process should then engage with both staff and the public. We have the sixth largest economy in the world. We should be capable of better than this.
"There's no reason why we can't achieve a modern, highly effective NHS and care system but the Government will have to work with others to achieve that."
Norman Lamb's letter to The Times, 19th August 2016
Jeremy Hunt led the country up a hill by promising a "game-changing" response to what has been described by the chief medical officer as a "growing health catastrophe", but the government's "castrated" plan on childhood obesity is a national embarrassment. In failing to clamp down on the aggressive marketing and exploitative promotion of junk food, the government has let the nation down by putting corporate profits before the health of a generation.
South East Region are pleased to announce that their AGM and annual autumn conference will take place this year in Woking on Saturday, 5th November.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Lib Dems
- Sal Brinton, President of the Lib Dems
- Baroness Kate Parminter, House of Lords
- Tom Brake MP
- Catherine Bearder MEP, and
- Antony Hook.
Writing for the Kent on Sunday, Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats casts a light on the impact of leaving the European Union on the county and why it is vital to keep the pressure on. To read Tim's article click here.
Martin Vye, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education on Kent County Council, took part in a KCC Select Committee investigation into what needs to be done to open up grammar school places for children from poorer families. The councillors produced a report which went to last week's county council meeting. The full report can be downloaded here.