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  • Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Great Britain to Little England: the impact of Brexit on the UK's role in the world

    Nick Clegg's speech on Europe and the special relationship at Princeton University 20 April 2016

    Today I want to talk about Britain's two most important relationships: with our neighbours in Europe; and our cousins in the United States.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Ahead of the key vote on Monday on whether the UK should offer sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has written to every MP calling on them to put party politics aside and 'stand up for humanity'.

    The Government last week tried to buy off MPs with a proposal to take up to 3,000 additional people including children from Syria and North Africa over four years, but this will not help one of the thousands of children in Europe today.

  • EU Flag
    Article: Apr 23, 2016
    By Thanet Lib Dems

    Our local councils receive a large number of grants from the EU often for fairly hefty amounts of money. If we left the EU we would have to pay for that ourselves which could mean a substantial Council Tax increase.

    Some of the projects that the EU has supported in Thanet

    • £26m EU funding specifically for Thanet to KCC from 2000 to 2006
    • A new electricity substation, providing electrical infrastructure to Thanet
    • Sure Start Millmead, Dane Valley, Margate
    • £161,000 for Ramsgate Harbour (Thanet Gazette)
    • The Innovation Centre, Broadstairs
    • Funding for Thanet Museums
    • The Turner Centre, Margate
    • Various Tourism Grants
    • Through EU legislation and cooperation, Britain's beaches are now cleaner. (thanet.gov.uk). Thanet now boasts 7 blue flag beaches:
      • Minnis Bay, Birchington
      • West Beach, Westgate
      • St Mildred's Bay, Westgate
      • Botany Bay, Broadstairs
      • Joss Bay, Broadstairs
      • Stone Bay, Broadstairs
      • Main Sands, Ramsgate
    • Refurbishment of the historic arches, Military Road, Ramsgate
    • Ramsgate Harbour Pontoon project
    • EU funding was provided towards the Kent High-Speed Rail Network to improve Ashford and Ebbsfleet and connected stations. High-Speed trains from Ramsgate and Minster run on this line and now take 1hr 14mins to London.
    • Delivering Margate's Creative Quarter
    • Viking Bay Enhancement, Broadstairs
    • Thanet's First University Campus, Broadstairs
  • between Botany Bay and Kingsgate. Botany Bay is a Blue Flag Beach.
    Petition: Apr 22, 2016

    Right now, Thanet has seven beautiful Blue Flag Beaches. We want to keep them that way.

    The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach (among other things) meets its stringent standards. To get a Blue Flag a beach must meet certain high standards for water quality, safety, and a number of other criteria.

  • Gallery: Apr 22, 2016
    between Botany Bay and Kingsgate. Botany Bay is a Blue Flag Beach. Margate Beach Broadstairs Beach Beach, St Mildred's, Thanet Sunset at Margate Beach Ramsgate, overlooking part of the harbour Westgate Beach
  • Thanet Lib Dems AGM
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Since the General Election, membership in Thanet of the Liberal Democrats has increased by over 50%. On Tuesday in Broadstairs, a separate Thanet branch was set up within the East Kent Coast party (which also includes Dover and Deal). Mika Griffiths, Chair of the new branch, emphasised that many of the new members are young people who want a fairer approach to running the country.

  • HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Commenting on Treasury analysis, which shows that Brexit would cost British households up to £4,300, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "The sheer volume of serious and sobering evidence against turning our backs on Europe is overwhelming. The Treasury assessment today, showing a £4,300 cost to families, gives another stark warning about the impact on every household in Britain.

  • Sandgate High Street potholes
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    Local Liberal Democrats, led by Sarah Smith have blasted local Conservative's for letting down Dover, as figures unveiled in Parliament show, that cash to fix our roads has been slashed.

    Parliamentary analysis shows that in Kent pothole maintenance funding has been cut by a net £800,000.

    This cut comes after the Chancellor promised an extra 'Pothole Fund'. But this extra cash does not plug the gap caused by cuts in highways maintenance funding and Dover will lose out.