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Bath’s Conservative-led Council is bringing in sweeping changes to the way Library services will be run in the future. Community groups and volunteers will be asked to step in and run branch libraries, whilst Bath Central Library is set to be merged with the One Stop Shop customer services centre.
Lib Dem Councillors are opposing these plans and used the Council's 'Scrutiny' process this week to mount a formal challenge against the Cabinet's decisions.
Urgent action is needed to tackle the enormous quantities of single-use packaging waste, such as plastic bottles and coffee cups, which are thrown away every day, say local Lib Dem Councillors.
Lib Dem Councillors have today tabled formal challenges to two decisions taken by the Conservative Cabinet last week to downgrade library services across Bath and North East Somerset.
The Conservative plans would see the Bath One Stop Shop merged into Bath Central Library at the Podium, whilst Parish Councils, Town Councils and community groups would be expected to take charge of library provision in rural and suburban areas (e.g. Moorland Road, Weston, Paulton, Radstock, Saltford and areas currently served by the mobile library).
Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary, has created a new Board of Trade, and made himself its only member.
Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's comments that there won't be a referendum on the final Brexit deal, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, said:
The government's Customs Bill sets out plans for a "new and time-limited customs union between the UK and the EU Customs Union," as well as setting out contingency plans for if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated outcome on customs. Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake has responded to its details, describing the plans as unnecessary and unrealistic, and motivated by Liam Fox's desire to "jet around the world".
Tom Brake, MP.
Theresa May has confirmed that new EU migrants arriving in the UK after March 2019 will be subject to new migration rules. The plans ignore the needs of central British businesses and will mean a reduction in the rights of British people wanting to move to Europe.
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson MP, has praised May's "common sense" decision regarding the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, but has continued Liberal Democrat criticism of the Government's handling of the Brexit process. Their lack of plan is leaving jobs vulnerable.
Deputy Leader, Jo Swinson MP
Swinson: Boris Johnson's attacks on media have worrying echo of Trump
The Foreign Secretary's speech at the Conservative Party conference supported only his own, selfish purposes and took cheap shots at the media.
Liberal Democrat MPs have called for the immediate ending of the benefits freeze in Parliament. Inflation and the flawed roll out of Universal Credit is hitting the poorest the hardest, and even back bench Tories have joined the Lib Dems in the criticisms. Labour, in contrast, have remained silent.
Stephen Lloyd MP has spoken out on the issue.