• NHS Crisis - from The Times, 1 Jan 2018
    Article: Apr 30, 2018

    Conservative cuts pile pressure on nurses and put patients at risk.

    • Operations delayed
    • Hospital beds full
    • Record numbers left waiting in A&E

    Patients faced cancelled operations and long delays at A&E as the NHS struggled through another winter crisis.

    Almost 1 in 4 people were being made to wait more than four hours at A&E - the highest number on record. And Theresa May has been forced to apologise for tens of thousands of delayed operations.

  • Steffan Aquarone
    Article: Apr 30, 2018
    By Steffan Aquarone

    Lots of people care about political issues, but feel that local politics can't affect the things that 'really matter'.

    I thought about this myself when I was deciding to stand for election last year.

    I was conscious that I was about to pour six months of my life into getting elected when there was virtually no chance of my party being in charge.

  • Rural Future Policy Paper 129
    Article: Apr 30, 2018
    Even though 70% of Britain's land is given over to farming, rural communities are often ignored by politicians which is why we were delighted to see the Lib Dems approve a policy on Rural Communities at our national Spring Conference recently.
    Whilst there is much to discuss about the impact of Brexit on farming - for example, up to 90% of farms will go bankrupt if "single farm payments" are removed - rural Britain is about much more than this.
  • Mattishall development map
    Article: Apr 30, 2018

    The recent Planning Inspectorate decision to uphold the appeal by Gladman over its controversial plans to build 50 new houses in Mattishall sets a worrying precedent for other developments currently in the pipeline. This despite the Mattishall Neighbourhood Plan being adopted by Breckland Council. The decision hinged on the fact that Breckland can only prove that it has 4.6 year's supply of housing land. The minimum required to prevent a presumption in favour of sustainable development is 5 years.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    Upskirting is the act of taking a photo up a woman's skirt without her consent.

    In 2009 it was made illegal in Scotland but shockingly it remains legal in England and Wales.

    Authorities can ask a perpetrator to delete the photo but under current law no further prosecution is possible.

    Police have managed to prosecute some people for upskirting for outraging public decency. But this is patently absurd as it should not matter how public it was or who else saw it. This also ignores the fact this is a crime with a victim.