Lib Dems call on Stevenage MP to support government review on no deal impact assessments in light of pandemic

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Liberal Democrats have called on Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to back calls for a review of the no-deal Brexit impact assessments in light of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter addressed to the MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lisa Nash for the Stevenage Constituency said: "as the Prime Minister continues to refuse to rethink his position on accepting an extension to the transition period, it is time the facts were laid bare about what this will mean for our country."

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Two Kicks In The Teeth In One Day

Stevenage Liberal Democrats described as “very disappointing – but not unexpected” the announcement this week by the Conservative Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, that he would not to ‘call in’ two recent, controversial planning applications for housing developments in Gresley Park and Forster Country.

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Support our call for an enquiry into Covid-19 care home deaths

Liberal Democrats are calling for an independent inquiry into deaths of care home residents from COVID-19 in Hertfordshire. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) say Hertfordshire has one of the highest care homes death tolls from Coronavirus. Hertfordshire Lib Dems have estimated that as many as 500 care home residents may have died from COVID-19 in Hertfordshire.

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Covid-19 deaths in Hertfordshire care homes a mounting concern

Although there are 235 deaths listing COVID 19 registered in Hertfordshire between 10th April and 15th May according the Office of National Statistics, Herts Liberal Democrats have calculated that as many as 500 deaths are likely to have occurred according to figures that the County Council has collected from care homes. The Liberal Democrats have also raised concerns that a far higher number of deaths have occurred in care homes in Watford and Hertsmere than in other districts.

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Should Hertfordshire's primary schools reopen?

The County has to give stronger guidance in helping schools how and when to reopen.


The evidence is clear. Because of the failure to provide adequate testing arrangements, the Government has no scientific basis on which to tell Primary Schools that they should reopen on 1st June. Each and every school has been forced to carry out its own risk assessment in deciding when it will be appropriate to reopen. This must be based on the physical limitations of the school buildings, the number of staff who are able and prepared to come back to their classrooms, and most importantly the number of parents willing to send their children to school. The County Council has to make it clearer to every school that it should feel under no pressure to open unless all these conditions are met.

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Lib Dems urge Stevenage MP to back call for Dominic Cummings to go

The Liberal Democrats have written to Stephen McPartland urging him to “end the distractions” and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go, so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency. 

 

In the letter Lisa Nash, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Stevenage Constituency, urges him to “put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Conservative MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go.

The call comes alongside Liberal Democrat demands for an independent inquiry into the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, while several Conservative MPs have also broken cover to call for Dominic Cummings to quit, amid claims he broke coronavirus lockdown rules twice.

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Government advice on using face coverings

[updated 14 August 2020]

The government advises the public to wear a face covering in several circumstances.

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Face coverings do not protect you from contracting coronavirus but they do provide some protection to other people you come into contact with. You can read the UK government advice here.

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Covid-19 response in Stevenage

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In these difficult times, some people will need more support than usual, however, there are also people who have more time to give support. There are a lot of organisations offering help to local people.

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Lib Dems want to scrap business rates to 'breathe new life' into high streets

The Liberal Democrats announced their proposals to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy to 'breathe new life' into high streets in Hertfordshire.

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The Liberal Democrats would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only. This would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets.

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The Tories dismal record on the NHS

Only 85.8% of patients arriving at A&E departments in East and North Herts NHS Trust were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today (18 November 2019) by NHS England.

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This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours. 

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