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  • Andrew Bryant and Ed Davey
    Article: Nov 24, 2020
    In Wiltshire Times

    Police have pledged to crack down on the supply, possession and use of the Class B drug cannabis in Wiltshire despite concerns over officers' powers to stop and search suspects.

    Young recruits at the College of Policing were told not to use the smell of cannabis alone as the sole reason to use their powers to stop and search suspects following racism allegations.

  • covid19 ()
    Article: Nov 24, 2020

    Yesterday, the Prime Minister outlined the Government's Winter Plan to manage Coronavirus through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.

    The Prime Minister also gave details of the new tiers. We should find out what tier Wiltshire is in shortly.

    There will still be three tiers. Tier 1 - Medium alert, Tier 2 - High alert and Tier 3 - Very High alert.

  • Cllr Ian Thorn ()
    Article: Nov 23, 2020
    By New Valley News

    The Chancellor's 2021 Strategic Spending Review will be watched very closely this week says Wiltshire Liberal Democrats leader Cllr Ian Thorn.

    Wiltshire Council has received repeated Government bail-out payments to ‎offset the impacts of Covid on increased spending and lost revenue. Yet the councils financial crisis will run long beyond 2020. A budget black hole of £29 million faces the incoming council after next May's elections. The Government's view on the future funding of local councils will be vital in sustaining local services.
    Wiltshire Council's staff and other workers in our Police, Fire Service, schools and other vital public sectors, will also be watching the Chancellor very closely.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2020

    Last week FPC met with an unusually light-looking agenda but we still managed to talk for two and half hours! We received an excellent presentation from Mimi Turner, Director of Strategy, Messaging and Research. Mimi talked us through the scale of the task ahead of us in terms of understanding how the Party fares when voters are asked whether we share their values; whether we'll do what we say; whether we're perceived as wanting to help ordinary people get on in life; and whether they see us as competent and capable.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2020

    November's meeting opened with a discussion with Ed Davey in which he outlined his plans for the Parliamentary Party going forwards. Collectively we deliberated on how to make sure all parts of the party are collaborating effectively and making best use of Ed's overarching strategy.

    The Moving Forward Programme

  • The Weekly Whip
    Article: Nov 21, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 16th November

    Monday 16th November

    To start off the week, the Commons had a quiet day of business.

  • Cycling Motion ()
    Article: Nov 21, 2020
    By WC (edited)

    Wiltshire Council has received £681,000 from the second tranche of the Department for Transport's (DfT) Active Travel Fund to progress cycling schemes in the county.

    The award is less than the £908,000 that the council originally bid for, and so to establish which schemes to take forward, WC is holding a consultation on the options, and on the first tranche of temporary schemes, which are already in place.

  • i774c (Photo by Dee @ Copper and Wild on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 20, 2020

    Earlier this year there was an almighty row when Dominic Cummings took his family north whilst his wife had covid and subsequently took his infamous drive to check his eyesight. What was particularly annoying about the incident was the way the Prime Minister supported his advisor for taking actions everyone else thought was against the covid lock-down rules. The weasel words and orchestrated ministerial support in the media were a perfect illustration that the rules devised by the Conservative Government were designed for little people like us, not for them and their advisors

  • Article: Nov 20, 2020
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council's winter maintenance team are ready to keep the county's roads running.

    After the end of every winter, council teams service 26 gritting vehicles, amend and test gritting routes, and develop closer working arrangements with parishes and other agencies.

    The council has more than 13,000 tonnes of salt in stock strategically placed throughout the county in six storage sites. It also has weather stations that provide real-time information and assist in producing accurate forecasts to ensure gritters are sent out at the right time.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2020

    Wiltshire Council has created an updated community pack of information to support communities during the pandemic and the current national restrictions.

    The council previously created a community pack in March, and with Individuals and community groups continuing to provide support across Wiltshire, the council has again collated all the key information in one place.