Responding to the news that “blue British” passports will be made in France, Bryan Manley-Green, Lib Dem PPC for Warley said:
“Of course it’s sad that jobs may be lost due to this decision, but they’re not the first and certainly won’t be the last to go due to the referendum result. Looking inwardly can have major implications for our exporters and create many invisible barriers to trade.
“We shouldn’t forget that we expect other countries to buy our goods and services and it has to be a two way street, even for passports, especially if we want a good trade deal. De La Rue make passports for around 40 countries, so losing those contracts would jeopardise far more jobs than those already on the line. Of course, we could impose a tariff if we leave the EU, this would simply mean us all paying more for a passport – and many other things – especially if a trade war breaks out post-Brexit.
Sandwell Lib Dems will be holding a 'Lib Dem Pint' and meet-up on Monday 5th March at Tividale Football Club .
The officers and new committee will be there to answer any questions about the local party for new and existing members, along with general party-related discussion, and anything else that may crop up.
Sandwell Liberal Democrats will be holding a members' meeting, including AGM, on 19th February 2018. The meeting will be held at Tividale Football Club, and will start at 7.30pm.
The proposed agenda is as follows:
Responding to news that the Scottish government is to ban electric shock collars used in the training of dogs, Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson Tim Farron said:
Sir Vince Cable headlines the Lib Dem West Midlands Autumn Regional Conference
by Bryan Manley-Green
Well over 200 people attended a well-organised day of Lib Dem politics at Birmingham University on Saturday 18 November. Delegates came from all over the region, and it was especially nice to see a few members from Sandwell in attendance.
The morning included a very interesting talk, concluding with a question and answer session with Sir Graham Watson, a former Lib Dem MEP, who now sits on the European Economic and Social Committee. He described the committee as “sort of like a House of Lords for the EU”. His inside knowledge on what was actually going on was exceptionally interesting.
Along with a policy motion on constitutional reform and training sessions on a variety of subjects, delegates enjoyed two other panel discussions. These focussed on keeping female talent and combatting terrorism.
Lib Dem candidate for Warley, Bryan Manley-Green (pictured below), today expressed his delight at Michael Gove's decision to bring in to law the Lib Dem position on the most serious animal cruelty offences.
Bryan commented "Our party manifesto contained a policy of raising the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from six months imprisonment to five years. We tabled questions in parliament as long ago as January, and now, finally, the government has changed its tone and implemented our demands"
The Liberal Democrats said a report showing Brexit will create 80,000 jobs in Frankfurt is a "further humiliation" for Boris Johnson, coming on the same day he was forced to admit the UK will have to pay a divorce payment to the EU.
Commenting on the open letter from the president of the Prison Governors Association following recent violence in prisons in Hertfordshire and Wiltshire, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey said:
A fully electric version of the Mini will be built in Cowley, Oxford, BMW has confirmed.
Local Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran welcomed the news and said she hoped it is a sign the government has listened to the car industry on the importance of staying in the single market and customs union.
Commenting on the latest government proposals for home energy generation, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey said:
"The UK could have been a world leader in home energy generation by now but the last two years have seen renewable investment nose-dive after the Conservatives decided to "cut the green crap’.