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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: Jul 3, 2020
    By Greg Foster

    1. You'll get to vote for our new leader

    If you join the Lib Dems by 9th July, you'll get a vote in our leadership election

    Until midnight on the 9th of July, if you join the Liberal Democrats you'll qualify for a vote in our upcoming leadership election.

    This leadership election will decide our strategy, our messaging, and ultimately our chances of winning. The leader you choose will shape our movement for years to come. You won't want to miss out.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2020
    By Alistair Carmichael MP

    This new law crushes what was left of the 'one country, two systems' framework.
    It destroys Hong Kong as we know it.

    The UK government must now act swiftly to uphold the promises we made during the Handover.

    The people of Hong Kong must immediately be given the right to live in the UK, with a pathway to citizenship. It is not good enough for this offer to only apply to BNO status holders and their dependents, as the Government have so far suggested. This leaves behind many young Hong Kongers who have been at the centre of the calls for democracy.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2020
    By Christine Jardine

    Today, Priti Patel is pushing her damaging Immigration Bill through the House of Commons.

    We need a fair immigration system that treats everyone with dignity and respect.

    By ending EU free movement, the Conservatives would both make it harder for doctors and nurses to come to work in the NHS and charge them thousands of pounds in fees for the privilege.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2020

    Every year, I spend this day thinking about my dad who fought in Burma during the Second World War.

    Each and every one of us has a connection to the Armed Forces - even if you don't have a family member who served in the past, or who serves now, I can safely say that you will have benefited from the Forces' commitment to our safety.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 22nd June

    Monday 22nd June

    This was another week where the business was light, although there were a few important UQs and statements.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2020

    We've been inspired by some of the tremendous efforts that our party activists have taken over the past few months.

    Coronavirus has hit communities hard across the country. Early on in the lockdown, as a party we decided to turn our traditional campaigning army into a non-political community taskforce, with the aim of helping the most vulnerable during this difficult time.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020

    Lockdown may mean that we can't march this Pride, but at London Lib Dems we're still determined to celebrate and get together for #PrideInside.

    On 27 June - the day that would have been the day of London Pride - please join us for our very own Pride Inside - open to Lib Dem members across the country.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020

    It's been a month since the murder of George Floyd. His death has sparked a global conversation about the discrimination faced by black people every day.

    Other times, you struggle to find words to explain the deep hurt, so you stay silent.

    Black women have had to deal with both gender and racial discrimination all their lives. To us, the current discussion is nothing new; it is our everyday experience, often only discussed when amongst your black friends. These forums are where we talk about the constant policing and judgement of everything from our hair, our clothes, our body and of course, the tone of our voice. Dealing with microaggressions (covert, subtle slights which demean, belittle and ridicule marginalised groups) is normal for us. The list is endless; from being mistaken for another black woman at work and at Party Conference, to being told "you're pretty... for a dark-skinned woman" or that you should stand for election in a posh area because "you speak quite well".

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020

    George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis a month ago today.

    Seeing his last few moments and hearing his final words broadcast across the globe has sparked a renewed revulsion at continuing racial injustice and focused attention on the Black Lives Matter movement.

    For those of us who do not have to confront racism and discrimination every day in anything we do it has been a long overdue wake up call that we still have work to do to wipe out inequality in this country.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2020

    To stand for leader, candidates have to secure a nomination from an MP, as well as 200 members, from at least 20 local parties.

    Any member can nominate a candidate and who you've nominated isn't made public.

    If you'd like to nominate a candidate, here's what to do:

    1: Request your nomination code

    If you'd like to nominate a candidate, you'll need your nomination code. This code is unique to you - so please keep it safe.