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Welcome to the web site of Baroness Joan Walmsley

Baroness Walmsley is a Liberal Democrat Peer and is Co-Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrat Peers.

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  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Harry Samuels

    In our country right now, around 6.5million people are classified as carers. And an enormous 700,000 of those are young people. What they do often goes under the radar, but has a huge impact on the people they care for.

    Our new policy will unlock the potential of those young people with care responsibilities

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    What is it with Labour's fixation on delivering Brexit at any cost?

    Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck went on an ITV podcast last night. And when asked about potential coalition partners with Labour, she choseā€¦

    Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Last week, I and twenty brave colleagues took the ultimate step of defying the Conservative whip to make crashing out on October 31st illegal. In an unprecedented move, Boris Johnson withdrew the whip from us all.

    I won't be seeking to get it back. It is with great sadness that I've come to realise the Conservative Party is no longer the party I joined more than twenty years ago.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Wera started by talked about everything we've achieved in just the time since the last conference.

    "Number of councillors UP

    Number of MEPs UP

    Number of MPs UP

    Membership UP

    Polling UP.

    Is there anything that can stop us now?"

    She then talked about the scale of the climate crisis

    The Climate Crisis is the biggest challenge of the future and we have a moral duty to solve it

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    One of the crowning achievements of our time in the coalition was legalising same-sex marriage.

    This was a key part of our manifesto in 2010, and despite it not being in either the Labour or Tory manifestos, we negotiated for it to be in the coalition agreement - and under the incredible work of Lynne Featherstone in the Home Office, we passed the legislation in 2013.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    I'm delighted that Motion F10: A Fairer Share for All has been passed by Conference. It commits the party to a radical shake-up of how we look after the least well-off in our society - and I can't wait to get started.

    I'm appalled by the levels of poverty we have seen across the UK in recent years. Years of cruel Conservative cuts have left vital services strapped for cash, and people destitute on our streets. For too many people, there is just not enough support to get them back on their feet when hard times come around.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    The suffragettes were fighting for women's rights over 100 years ago.

    They recognised that women's representation, having a voice, and having a vote were the keys to women's rights and gender equality.

    And in those one hundred years we've come a huge way in advancing women's rights.

    The Liberal Democrats are proud to have played a role in this fight. In coalition, the Liberal Democrats brought in shared parental leave and required all large employers to report their gender pay gap. And last year, Wera Hobhouse's fantastic backbench bill made upskirting a specific criminal offense, and gave women the tools to report it as a crime.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    Our three-yearly round of internal party elections gets underway when nominations open this Thursday (12 September), ahead of the party conference at Bournemouth - which is traditionally the opportunity to gather signatures on nominations. (A new online nomination process is also being trialled, alongside the old-fashioned paper method).

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    To summarise:

    Last night, the Government posted its assessment papers of the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on our country. And it makes for pretty grim reading.

    A no-deal Brexit could bring civil unrest, traffic chaos that stretches for miles and fuel and medicine shortages. And that might not even be the worst of it. But for now, here's 7 things on the Yellowhammer document the Government is hoping you'll miss:

  • Article: Sep 11, 2019

    I have never witnessed a Parliamentary session quite like last night.

    The government shut down Parliament, against the wishes of the Speaker and the opposition parties.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more.

    And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.

    The people have never needed the voices of their MPs more. And at this crucial moment, Boris Johnson has silenced us.