All welcome to the Lib Dem Election Rally Thursday 14th November in Chepstow.
'Big' Tesco in Chepstow is notoriously difficult to navigate for pedestrians.
Food related policies are likely to be a part of most parties’ manifestos for the December election. Both English and Welsh governments are currently reviewing their future food policies and it will be interesting to see the direction of travel suggested by the different political parties.
Food is a complex and contentious policy area. We all have a view on the subject of food and there are inevitable tensions as the demands of different interest groups are often not compatible. The players in the global food supply chain vary from some of the biggest retailers in the world to an individual smallholder in a developing country. This juxtaposition of powerful versus subservient organisations is relatively unique to the food industry and can result in inequalities in the supply chain.
In May this year Lib Dem County Councillor Jo Watkins from Caldicot brought a Climate Emergency Motion to Monmouth county council, which was passed.
Liberal Democrat education spending pledges would mean an additional £330 million for Wales, it has been announced today (10 May).
The Liberal Democrats have said that they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and Colleges over the next parliament. Through Barnett consequentials this would mean an additional £330m for Wales.
Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Monmouth, Veronica German said:
“This spending pledge shows the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to education.
“Education reform in Wales is our national mission. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are focused on raising school standards, reducing the attainment gap, and delivering and education system that is a source of national pride and confidence.
"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take people across the country for granted and cut public services, such as schools, to the bone. This would then lead to less funding for public services in Wales.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Wales’ future."
Responding to Theresa May's refusal today at PMQs to guarantee the triple lock for pensioners, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in coalition, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said:
"Theresa May is preparing to raid pensions to pay for her hard Brexit.
"The Conservatives must clarify their position now to pensioners across the country.
"The triple lock was one of the Liberal Democrats' biggest achievements in government, lifting many pensioners out of poverty. Now this progress risks being undone.
"This election is a chance to prevent a hard Brexit and secure the strong economy we need to protect pensions and public services."
Leaked negotiating guidelines, set to be approved at a special summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Saturday, show that EU governments have toughened up their Brexit negotiating position.
The news comes as Theresa May and David Davis prepare to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s lead negotiator Michel Barnier this evening. It has emerged that EU governments will insist that any post-Brexit relationship must fully respect EU rules after Brexit.
Brussels will also demand all EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years acquire permanent residence rights. In light of the widely reported problems encountered by EU nationals legally seeking permanent residency, Brussels will demand that Home Office application procedures are streamlined.
Welsh Lib Dems deliver for Monmouthshire pupils and young people
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured, amongst other things, £4,461,188 extra investment in Monmouthshire’s schools.
Last year the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to a two year deal, worth £223m, to allow the Welsh Government’s budget to pass in exchange for the implementation of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies. Assembly Members today voted on that budget.
Amongst other achievements, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured an increase in the Pupil Premium(also known as ‘Pupil Deprivation Grant’) so every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons’ Bus Pass so young people can travel for free to work and training, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.
Veronica German said:
“I’m delighted we have secured this extra investment for our area.
“Let’s be clear: the positives in this budget are because of Welsh Liberal Democrat influence.
“Whether it is securing over £200m investment for education, delivering funding for thousands of new apprenticeships, or supporting young people getting to work and training, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have a record of delivery for our communities.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to punch above our weight and today’s budget, which delivers on a number of priorities which have a positive impact on people’s lives, is evidence of that.”
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured agreement from the Welsh Government that cuts to Monmouthshire Council will be mitigated.
The Finance Minister announced today that Monmouthshire will get an extra £109,000 in the Local Government Settlement.
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has had several meetings with the Finance Minister to make the case for a grant to assist rural areas such as Monmouthshire.
Veronica German, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate for Monmouth, said:
“I am delighted that the Welsh Lib Dems have secured this money for Monmouthshire as well as extra funding for Powys and Ceredigion.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been clear from the very beginning that there was absolutely no way these unfair cuts could be carried through. We made a stand on behalf of our rural communities and I am pleased we have been able to deliver for them.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to lead the fight for a better funding deal for our communities.
“The Conservatives have been very cynical in their attempts to mislead people over this issue. This has been yet another episode when they have 100% failed to deliver for rural people. The Tories may seek the media headlines, but not once did they lift a finger to actually mitigate these cuts. As always, they have shown themselves to be an ineffectual opposition and a wasted vote.
“While today’s announcement is welcome, the Welsh Liberal Democrats believe there needs to be a complete review of the funding formula to deliver a fairer deal for rural areas.”