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Petition proposal for Calderdale

by jamesbaker on September 26, 2014

Calderdale Liberal Democrats have put forward a motion to Calderdale Council to strengthen the power of petitions. They are proposing that any petition signed by 1,000 or more local residents is automatically placed on the agenda of the next full Council meeting to be debated by Councillors Councillor James Baker, Deputy leader of Calderdale Liberal […]

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The Calderdale Labour party is attempting to exclude Liberal Democrats from a series of debates on the future of the NHS and the General Election in 2015. When these debates were proposed, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Alisdair Calder McGregor immediately requested a full, open and honest debate from all sides. Labour say they want debate on […]

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We have made sure that from this week every child in infant school in England will get free school meals, saving families over £400 a year per child. Here in Calderdale 7,968 pupils aged 5-7 will benefit from this. This is one of the most important changes in our education system for a generation. A […]

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Tackling tax avoidance

by jamesbaker on August 22, 2014

Actionaid are running a ‘towns against tax dodging’ campaign which is encouraging Council’s to pass motions against tax dodging. The only real tax the Council has powers to stop people dodging is Council tax, as it’s the government and HMRC which are really able to take meaningful action in this area. There maybe some lobbying […]

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Ousting Labour

by jamesbaker on July 31, 2014

Calderdale Labour Councillors’ reaction to losing the leadership of Calderdale Council shows that they have not grasped the fact that they do not have a majority and so cannot always have their own way. They have to work with others or, as was shown last night, the Council will remove them from positions of leadership, […]

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It has become clear that the Labour Group has no intention of honouring the assurances it gave in May 2014 that it would consult and work with the other parties represented on Calderdale Council. This has come to a head over the past week, when there have been two instances (Hipperholme crossroads and the imposition […]

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Welcome to Neighbourhood Plans

by jamesbaker on July 29, 2014

Local Town and Parish Councils in the upper Calder Valley have now agreed to start drawing up Neighbourhood Plans. Todmorden Town Council is setting up a steering group drawing in local expertise, and Hebden Royd Town Council is working in partnership with the surrounding Parish Councils. This will give local people real power in planning […]

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The Liberal Democrat constitution states “We look forward to a world in which all people share the same basic rights” we believe passionately those basic rights include the rights to privacy as enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights

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The spare room subsidy more commonly known as the bedroom tax was an attempt to try and encourage social housing tenants living in properties with spare rooms to downsize. The intention was to free up larger properties for families on the waiting list, currently living in overcrowded housing. This is similar to what Labour introduced […]

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Mohammad Ilyas the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Halifax has condemned the violence being carried out against Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The death toll is rising all the time but so far almost 200 Palestinians have been killed with just one Israeli casualty. Commenting Mohammad said “The Palestinian people are suffering disproportiontely in this conflict, […]

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