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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council
  • Article: Jan 2, 2021

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird demand immediate action to stem the spread of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus.

    It makes no sense to close schools in London which is in tier 4, but to keep them open in other tier 4 areas including parts of Kent.

    The Imperial College study of the new strain of the virus, UK B117, shows that it is hugely more infectious. It also shows that cases are highest in children and young people from birth to 19 years right now.

  • Graham Colley
    Article: Dec 29, 2020

    Brexit means that the UK will no longer be a member of 30 EU criminal justice bodies which every day help keep people in Kent and across Europe safe.

    Graham Colley, who has been selected by Kent Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election said: "The country will lose its access to some very important databases. Whilst it will have continued access to others, for example the system which checks fingerprints across the EU, Security cooperation, such as through the Schengen Information System (SIS2), will no longer be based on a "real time" basis. In tracking crime, delay can facilitate escape.

  • Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 23, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Prime Minister declares a "State of Emergency" in Kent with over 5,000 lorries left stranded after the border between France and the UK was closed to trade and travel.

    According to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, an emergency can be declared if "an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in the United Kingdom or in a Part or region."

  • M20 Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 21, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    For the past 6 months Kent's Liberal Democrats have been calling for Covid tests for all drivers arriving in Kent from Europe, or better still, before they depart. Back in May our calls were dismissed.

    Ironically, there is now a strong likelihood that the French and Belgian authorities will insist on drivers being tested for Covid before they travel to Europe. The Government is under acute pressure to set up rapid testing units for drivers heading to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. All within the next 24 hours.

  • Young Carer
    Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    At last week's County Council meeting I called on Kent County Council to celebrate the role and contribution of the thousands of young carers who have supported family members through some of the most challenging of circumstances during the past 9 months.

    I was very pleased that both the Chairman and Leader of Kent County Council agreed that the Council would look to participate in the Young Carers' Action Day being organised by The Carers Trust in March.

    I very much hope that we will be able to celebrate our young carers in March and that the County Council will work with partner agencies to ensure that this will be a day when the County as a whole remembers the immense contribution of these remarkable young people.

  • Welcome to Kent - Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    The Government's failure to control numbers of lorries parked up in Kent could have serious consequences for Kent's residents and businesses

    We are now just two weeks before the end of the Brexit transition period. Regardless of whether the Government reaches any sort of trade deal with Europe, we know that both exporters and importers will be bogged down with time-consuming and costly bureaucracy following the Conservative Government's insistence on leaving the Customs Union.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird have written to Roger Gough, the Leader of KCC, asking for the County Council to provide Free School Meal Vouchers during the forthcoming Christmas holidays.

    The letter follows on by the call by Trudy Dean, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, Young Persons and Education at County Hall, for Free School Meals to be provided to all eligible children throughout the year, not just at term time.

    The County Council stepped in at short notice to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the recent half-term. Medway Council did the same. Previously, the Government voted down an Opposition motion calling for Free School Meals to be provided during the school holidays. None of Kent & Medway's Conservative MPs supported the motion.

    The KCC vouchers were provided for almost 20,000 eligible children in Kent. Sadly, close to 30,000 more children missed out, though some will have been supported by foodbanks and other local organisations.

    We very much hope that KCC will provide vouchers for the Christmas holidays and many more eligible children will benefit from the scheme.

    The letter sent to Roger Gough is reproduced below.