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  • Martin Vye
    Article: Sep 21, 2014

    At the County Council meeting last Thursday Paul Carter, Conservative Leader of the Council, painted a rosy picture of the way KCC services were being 'transformed', to make them more cost-effective.

    Martin Vye, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, responding to the Leader's speech, said: "Of course I want the people of Kent to have better and less costly services. But the consultants brought in to help have unearthed some damning facts. For example, it costs seven times more in the Tonbridge and Malling district to keep a child from having to be looked after by children's social services than in Swale. If all the teams in all Kent districts were as efficient as the team in Swale it would save £10 million a year. Why have we had to wait until an outside consultant came in to find this out and put it right?"

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    At the meeting of the County Council last Thursday, Martin Vye, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, asked the Conservative administration for an urgent risk assessment of those places in Kent that flooded last winter. He said: "We are less than two months away from winter. Already we have had significant downpours causing local flooding. I want to know what risk local residents are facing."

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring.

    I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform - scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    In order to achieve the growth for Europe which will benefit generations to come we need to place sustainability at its heart.

    This letter, to Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, aims to outline the need for this and the ways in whcih it can be done.

    Download the letter, signed by Catherine here.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

  • Catherine Bearder in the European Parliament
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder, has welcomed the news that Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.

    The South East MEP is now calling for steps to be taken to renew the structure of the UK political system, ensuring Scotland is granted more devolved powers along with regions within England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Looking at Trugs
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Catherine Bearder is encouraging makers of traditional British products to tell the European Commission why they deserve the types of protection already there for many of our foods and drinks.

    The Commission has launched a public consultation on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Working as a councillor for your local community can be a phenomenally rewarding experience. It is also a great way to gain political experience and useful skills in community development, public speaking, debating and problem solving. New councillors can bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, and that is good news for our communities.