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  • Document: Jul 1, 2018
    1.83 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    The summer newsletter is now available to keep you informed about the activities of your local East Kent Coast Liberal Democrat group. In this edition; Thoughts from the Chair, Southport Spring Conference report and some upcoming dates for your diaries.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at KCC

    The Government's latest proposal for a backstop 'Temporary Customs Arrangement' post Brexit does nothing to help maintain the continued frictionless movement of freight through Kent and the Channel Ports after Brexit.

    The proposal is focussed almost entirely on the desire to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This is understandably a red line in the Brexit negotiations; even so, the proposal may be rejected by EU negotiators in Brussels.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2018

    The FTA has identified eight priorities to Keep Britain Trading:

    1. Urgent confirmation of the terms and duration of the transition/implementation period
    2. Frictionless trading arrangements during the transition/implementation period
    3. Continued access for UK companies to the benefits of EU agreements with third countries throughout the transition period
    4. Urgent clarification regarding the UK's customs classification system, duty rates and VAT arrangements to be used after Brexit in the absence of an agreement
    5. Arrangements ensuring that conformity, sanitary and phytosanitary checks can take place at the point of production rather than at the border
    6. Continued unrestricted numbers of vehicles able to cross the UK-EU border
    7. Continued recognition of vocational driving licences and qualifications, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
    8. Ability to retain EU workers currently employed by the UK logistics sector and continued access to EU logistics workers employed in the UK on a seasonal basis, but not permanent residents in the UK, to cope with peak demand
  • Article: May 31, 2018

    Sites with dangerous levels of air pollution have increased by 25 per cent in just one year according to figures released by Kent County Council.

    At May's full council meeting, Cllr Antony Hook, Kent Liberal Democrats' spokesperson for economic development, asked Cllr Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for strategic commissioning and public health, how many locations in the county have failed to meet recommended or legal standards of air quality levels.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: May 18, 2018

    Maidstone will face severe congestion under new plans to park lorries along one side of the M20, forcing other traffic onto the opposite carriageway, Kent Liberal Democrats have warned.

    The Government's latest scheme to cope with freight delays caused by post-Brexit border issues is to use the southbound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 & 9 to park lorries destined for Europe. Other traffic would be diverted onto the northbound carriageway in a contra-flow system.

  • Javelin
    Article: May 15, 2018

    The future of Maidstone's high speed rail link remains in doubt after train company bosses again refused to guarantee services.

    At Monday's Rail Summit meeting at County Hall, David Statham, managing director of train operator Southeastern, would not give an assurance that peak time high speed services from Maidstone West to London St Pancras will be maintained. Mr Statham was responding to a question from Rob Bird, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at KCC, and councillor for Maidstone Central.

Simon Hughes MP for Southwark in Westminster

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