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Welcome to the web site of Baroness Joan Walmsley

Baroness Walmsley is a Liberal Democrat Peer and is Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Education, Families and Young People.

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  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have put forward ground-breaking proposals to reduce overcrowding in prisons, including overhauling sentencing policy and decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use.

    The party has also called on the Government to increase the number of prison officers beyond the 2,500 Liz Truss has promised.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to the decriminalisation of sex work, as well as the quashing of past sex work convictions.

    The party has also called for additional support for people trying to leave sex work including increased education and training, the involvement of Local Housing Authorities and healthcare services.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    So, never let it be said that I don't play fair.

    My daughter Gracie went on Spanish exchange to Madrid last month to stay with her friend Alba, and her Parents took them to Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

    This week it's our turn to host Alba, and where have we taken her in return?

    That's right, we've brought her here to Liberal Democrat party conference.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published the interim report by the independent panel of health experts commissioned by Norman Lamb to set out a new deal for Britain's Health and Social Care Services.

    The panel is independent of the party and is making recommendations based on the experience and expertise of its members which they hope are considered by all political parties.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2017

    There were almost 5,000 same-sex marriages in the year equal marriage was introduced, new figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

    The figures show there were 4,850 marriages between same-sex couples in 2014, 44% (2,129) between male couples and 56% (2,721) between female couples. In total 1 in 46 marriages that year were between same-sex couples.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose a new independence referendum.

    Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second referendum, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "Scottish Liberal Democrats stood for election last year on a platform to oppose a new independence referendum. That is what we will do.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    Philip Hammond has delivered his Brexit squeeze budget, which will not only leave our NHS and care services in crisis but ordinary households will be clobbered, leaving them £700 per year worse off.

    In this video, Liberal Democrat peer Susan Kramer looks at what this Budget means for you and our country.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Tories have been attacked today by the Liberal Democrats as 'betraying' small businesses. The Budget still meant that businesses could pay £600 more a year.

    Hammond pledged that no firm losing small business rate relief will see their bill increase next year by more than £50 a month, this works out at £600 a year.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has attacked the Brexit squeeze budget, saying the government's decision to take us out of the Single Market will cost the average UK household over £700 a year. Meanwhile, the Chancellor has clobbered "white van man" with £193 increase by next year in National Insurance charges.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Chancellor has broken a Conservative manifesto pledge by introducing a tax on entrepreneurs and "white van man" with a rise in National Insurance payments that will cost them £93 by next year. Meanwhile cuts in corporation tax will still go ahead and wealthy pensioners will not being ask to pay a greater share.