This July, three young liberals from North Somerset helped shape national and international policy, eager to show no pandemic can halt democratic participation. Young Liberals, the youth and student branch of the Liberal Democrats, hosted their first online conference last week.
Congratulations to Janey Little, from Clevedon, who was named the Best Newcomer at the recent Online Conference. It is fantastic to see young people in North Somerset really getting involved in shaping policy on a national level.
Janey Little, a 17-year-old Clevedon School pupil, achieved the first set of 13 Grade 9s - the highest possible grade - under the new GCSE marking system.
North Somerset MP Liam Fox is up for a job at the World Trade Organisation - in the event that he is successful this could lead to him resigning as a member of parliament and triggering a parliamentary by-election in the seat. If successful his new job would expect to start on 1 September and there would have to be a by-election, this would be a great opportunity to elect a new MP (hopefully a Liberal Democrat!) to truly represent the people of North Somerset.
Liam Fox, who as Minister for International Trade said a trade deal with the EU after Brexit would be "the easiest trade deal in history", oversaw the four-year gridlock in implementing a UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and Trade Deal before being removed as a Cabinet Minister.
Dr Fox became infamous after the Adam Werrity International Trade Scandal, after which a report by then cabinet secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, found that Fox exposed himself and government officials to security risks by giving private businessman, Adam Werrity, access to his diary, and repeatedly leaving foreign powers with the impression that Werritty was part of the UK government, or was working for Fox in an official capacity.
Baroness Sarah Ludford, Lib Dem Peer, said: “Former UK trade sec Liam Fox is expected to be announced as Britain’s official nominee to run the WTO... a Brexiter with strong connections to the US Republican party. Mr Fox is regarded as a no-hoper among many in trade circles, especially in Brussels”
With all current elections delayed until next May due to Coronavirus, this could mean a long campaign period and North Somerset being without an MP for over 6 months. There's no need to wait for a by-election though, you can get involved in campaigning with the Liberal Democrats and donate to our fighting fund today.
North Somerset Council has announced up to 60 affordable homes are to be built on an allocated housing site in the centre of Clevedon in North Somerset following calls from Clevedon Councillors.
Cllr Caroline Cherry said: "The best value option for Clevedon's derelict Millcross Site has always been the social value option: Social Housing. I am so glad that North Somerset Council and Alliance Homes have seized this opportunity to provide a great place to live for hard-working residents priced out of our area. Building affordable housing like this is one small way we can improve the lives of young people who are going to be so damaged by the compounding effects of Brexit and Covid-19."
The Millcross site is now to be purchased from NHS Property by the council in a back-to-back deal with Alliance Homes, who will deliver the new homes.
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After months of warnings about the looming ‘cultural catastrophe’ the country was facing, the £1.57 billion support package announced is the first step towards restoring Britain’s cultural sector back to health, but as ever the devil will be in the detail. 🎭🖼️🎻
For the creative and cultural sectors, the COVID-19 crisis has been catastrophic. As the country went into lockdown, venues closed and productions were called off, leaving many people in the industry without employment.
Today (27 June) marks Armed Forces Day 2020.
Cllr Huw James said "We can thank our armed forces for many things - but in a year of heavy flooding and a pandemic, our Armed Forces are creating resilience in the U.K The Armed Forces facilitated effective mobile testing units across the West Country. I will always be grateful to them for taking care of our community after Weston Hospital’s Major outbreak."