Phil Hobson

County Councillor for the Chepstow, Larkfield Ward Learn more

Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

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Sal Speaks: October 2018

by Sal Brinton on Wed, 17 Oct 2018

Once again we’ve seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

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Stopping Hate Crime

by Vince Cable on Tue, 16 Oct 2018

Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

We must redouble our efforts to prevent hate crime, because its effects go well beyond physical harm to victims. It can inflict lasting psychological damage, divide communities and beget further violence.

The Liberal Democrats are therefore calling for the definition of ‘aggravated offences’ to be extended, so that it covers hate crimes motivated not only by racial or religious hatred, but also by hostility based on gender, sexual orientation and disability. That would send a clear message that no form of hate crime can be tolerated and ensure that all victims are properly protected.

This is not the Britain we believe in. Liberal Democrats will continue to fight against prejudice and discrimination, and ensure full equality and protection for people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

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Come to Kickstart!

by Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors on Mon, 15 Oct 2018

Kickstart is the name of the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors (ALDC) residential campaign training weekend. It runs twice a year – in the summer and autumn.

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What's it like being at the centre of a By-Election?

by Lucy Salek on Thu, 11 Oct 2018

Q - I’m sure being at the centre of a parliamentary by-election is impossibly exciting, but also busy, exhausting and overwhelming, with huge highs and lows. What stands out the most for you from the campaign?

A - It really was! But incredibly exciting at the same time. I had seen Liberal Democrats gear up for a by-election before, but until you are at the centre of it you really can't appreciate the extent of the support, the enthusiasm and sheer hard work we do as a team to have these great results at by-election. Seeing Lib Dems come together and campaign together - that is definitely what stands out for me. 

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Demanding Better for Civil Liberties

by Liberal Democrats on Wed, 10 Oct 2018

The Government’s Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, and the human rights group Liberty have both said that this bill is wrong in balancing security and individual freedoms.

It’s a huge authoritarian overreach. This is a bill that seeks to:

  • Create a new offence of “entering or remaining in” areas outside the UK designated by the Home Secretary punishable by up to ten years in prison
  • Make it illegal to view online material that is “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, with those convicted facing up to 15 years in prison
  • Expand existing powers to detain people at ports and airports and for the police to retain innocent people’s DNA.

During the debate Lib Dem peer Jonathan Marks said:

We must balance the security imperatives to protect the public and to combat terrorism against the liberal imperative to safeguard our freedoms as citizens in a democratic society.”

“While our Government struggle to improve domestic counter terrorist legislation, they nevertheless risk through Brexit abandoning most of the UK’s international work in this area over decades.”

The solution is not this dramatic overreach by the Conservative Government, running roughshod over civil liberties in the process.

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We’re standing up for civil liberties

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 08 Oct 2018

The Government's laws do nothing to address the real challenge of fighting terrorism. Instead, the bill contains worrying and wrongheaded measures that are unnecessary and attack individual freedoms.

  • criminalise “reckless” speech
  • make it a crime just to travel to certain places
  • criminalise what you read on the internet
  • allow police to hold innocent people’s DNA for longer
  • give officers more power to detain people at airports without suspicion.
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The Liberal Democrat Christmas Draw

by Liberal Democrats on Sat, 06 Oct 2018

New Templates in November to help you win in May

by Liberal Democrats on Sat, 06 Oct 2018

Brexit Questions For October

by Liberal Democrats on Thu, 04 Oct 2018

Will Corbyn stand up to the Tories and their chaotic Brexit? Can Theresa May provide any clarity about what a real Brexit deal might look like?

No, and no.

Labour’s Conference was riven with divisions over Brexit. Keir Starmer said he wanted to give the people the chance to remain, John McDonnell says this isn’t on the table.

Clear as mud, Labour.

Eventually, the big letdown from Jeremy Corbyn: they would rather have a General Election before giving the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

Unfortunately - in the unlikely scenario that Corbyn secured and won an election - he has not committed to stopping Brexit

Through all the cross talking and distraction, Labour leadership continues to aid and abet the Tory Brexit.

Meanwhile, the story of the Conservative Party Conference was the bitter infighting between Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister continues to be distracted from the real work of government by childish squabbles in her party.

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Get your local consultation pack here

by Greg Foster on Tue, 02 Oct 2018

The leader’s consultation on proposals for party reforms is still running for the next 2 weeks – and we want to make sure as many people as possible can take part.

That’s why we’ve produced a consultation pack for your local party to use. You can see the pack here:

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Catch up on the first Online Consultation

by Greg Foster on Tue, 02 Oct 2018

Inclusive Campaigning in Merton

by Hina Bokhari on Fri, 28 Sep 2018

Saying hello is not difficult. And that is all you essentially need to do if you want to engage with diverse communities and open doors. I was determined to make sure I did that when I started campaigning in West Barnes, Merton.

I am the first BAME councillor to win in the ward’s 60 year history. Our team worked hard and we followed all the advice we were given by ALDC and HQ. But essentially it was won through hard work and the willingness to say hello and listen to your residents.

Saying hello is not difficult. And that is all you essentially need to do if you want to engage with diverse communities

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National Inclusion Week

by Rachel Palma-Randle on Fri, 28 Sep 2018

This week is National Inclusion week - a week designed to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

The theme this year is “everyday inclusion” which is looking at the practical ways you can foster inclusion through day to day activities.

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The Liberal Democrats Demand Better

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 24 Sep 2018

Why I joined the Liberal Democrats

by Sarah Cheung Johnson on Mon, 24 Sep 2018

I’m often asked why I first joined the Liberal Democrats and I have often answered with the word ‘Brexit’. But whilst it was true that devastating result of the EU Referendum in 2016 was the catalyst for me joining the party, it really encompasses many wider issues that I wish to make a stand against.

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Tomi Banwo - My First Ever Party Conference

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 24 Sep 2018

On Tuesday 18th September 2018, I attended for the first time a party conference in Brighton with the Liberal Democrats. This is all thanks to an initiative set by the Patchwork Foundation which encourages and funds young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), politically-minded people to attend party conferences and encourages them to be engaged in political affairs. 

It was amazing to see women in such a high position making an impact.

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Sal Speaks: September 2018

by Sal Brinton on Mon, 24 Sep 2018

Party Conference is over, and we have left Brighton after an excellent four days. Over the Conference we have listened, spoken, debated matters fiercely, and voted on party policy.

Over 300 members attended Conference for the first time, and many of them made their first speech in debates on the stage too, making excellent contributions. The Exhibition and Fringes were brilliant too.


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Conference - Monday Highlights

by Liberal Democrats on Mon, 17 Sep 2018

Gina Miller's Speech

Gina Miller delivered an impassioned speech on the need to continue with a unified fight against Brexit.

Let’s be clear, in the debate we had in 2016 about Europe, there was scant idealism. Lies were told.

Miller called on people to put the national interest ahead of political divisions:

"Even though I am now politically independent, I am here to cheer you on, and to walk side by side with you all as Liberal Democrats seeking to stop the decay in our democracy, to stop the politics of division, to unite rather than to divide, to offer hope and to recognise that we must defend liberal values founded on equality of opportunity, tolerance, respect and humanity.
Above all things, humanity."

The Liberal Democrats are proud to have fought Brexit since the referendum, and we will continue to fight for an exit from Brexit.

Jane Dodds' Speech

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds took to the stage today.

We demand a Wales free from discrimination and bigotry.

Dodds took aim at divisive identity politics running rife across Wales:

"Too much of our politics attempts to divide our identities, as if having more than one identity is a betrayal of all of them."

More broadly, the Welsh Lib Dem Leader called for new reforms across the NHS, and developing a new green economy in the UK.

"There is huge potential to build an innovative green economy that provides clean, affordable and reliable energy for generations to come. However, the UK Government neglected this fact yet again and cancelled the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project."


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