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  • Rubbish Bin
    Article: Sep 20, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    Anyone who takes a walk around our streets will tell you that low level anti-social behaviour, such as littering, graffiti and dog fouling is rife. Our hard-working Police and Councils do seek to tackle such things, but they simply lack the resources to employ the people needed to make a meaningful difference. Couple that with their tendency to focus resources on areas that generate revenue for the town, and some areas are left looking ill-used at best.

  • People's Vote March June 2018 (Photo from https://www.peoples-vote.uk)
    Event: Oct 20, 2018 12:00 PM

    The call for a People's Vote and a final say on Brexit is getting louder by the day.

    In June, more than 100,000 people from all walks of life marched on Parliament to demand their democratic voice is heard.

    A crisis is coming this Autumn when MPs will have to decide whether to make our country poorer, trash our vital public services and wreck the life chances of the young or give us all a People's Vote on any Brexit deal.

  • Jason Hunter (Jason Hunter from Twitter)
    Event: Oct 31, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Reading Room, The Old Fire Station, 51 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate CT20 3AH

    Folkestone and Hythe Lib Dems are delighted to welcome Jason Hunter who will be giving us the scary facts, but only the facts, of Brexit and where the UK stands on 31st October.

    Jason Hunter is a well known anti-Brexit campaigner on Twitter, and also one third of "Three blokes in a Pub": real people with real expertise (and fizzy beer) who discuss what Brexit will really mean, and what the current state of play is.

  • AGM
    Event: Nov 21, 2018 7:00 PM

    All members welcome. Venue TBA.

    Shepway (Folkestone and Hythe) Lib Dems 2018 AGM Agenda to be released closer to the date.

    Shepway (Folkestone and Hythe) Lib Dems 2017 AGM Minutes minutes will be made available soon.

    Constitution of Shepway Liberal Democrats [last updated Nov 2013].

    Nomination form for Officer and Executive Committee members.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Event: Nov 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Spires Academy, Bredlands Lane, Sturry, Canterbury CT2 0HD

    This year's Autumn South East Region Lib Dem Conference is in Canterbury, and as ever, all members are more than welcome to attend.

    The Folkestone and Hythe Lib Dems hope to take a few car loads of people along: if you would like a lift, or can offer one, then join us in coming along! To let us know you are coming to arrange travel, please contact Kate on kate@shepwaylibdems.org.uk or call on 01303 278791.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Sep 6, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    At the core of Liberalism is the belief that individuals should be as free as possible insofar as they don't cause significant harm to other people, and that Governments should only intervene to protect individual freedom and prevent significant harm to others. This raises various questions where vaccinations are concerned.

  • Rail petitioners
    Article: Sep 3, 2018

    Maidstone County Councillor, Rob Bird, demands answers from Secretary of State

    Maidstone's high speed rail links with London have been dealt a further blow following last week's announcement that Crossrail services will be delayed until Autumn 2019.

    Earlier this year Secretary of State Chris Grayling suggested Maidstone's peak time high-speed trains could be replaced by conventional services to Abbey Wood, the proposed south-east terminus of Crossrail, where commuters could connect with the new Elizabeth Line services.

    Yet commuters say this is unacceptable, and Maidstone Liberal Democrats have called for the retention of the county town's direct high speed links. Keeping these services is vital as new commuter services into London continue to face delays.

    The Department for Transport has already announced the long-awaited introduction of the Thameslink services from Maidstone will be further delayed to December next year. Elsewhere in Kent, there have been serious timetabling issues with Thameslink, reinforcing passengers' concerns that even this later date may not be achieved.

  • Providence Inne, Sandgate
    Event: Oct 3, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    The Providence Inne, 47-49 Sandgate High St, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3AH

    A regular meet-up on the first Wednesday of every morth for Liberal Democrat members, supporters and the Lib Dem curious in the Folkestone and Hythe area!

    Simply come along for a social drink and a chat: no speeches, no leaflet delivery. It's a "buy your own" event (sorry!) but come along and say hello to our Councillors, campaigners, members and friends.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, compassionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

If this sounds like you too, join us.