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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.

Recent updates

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    With the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Chancellor needed to ensure today that no one is left behind. That was the litmus test, and he has failed

    In a year when our NHS and care staff, teachers, police officers and many others have gone beyond the call of duty, a pay freeze reveals just how callous the Chancellor truly is.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Roderick Lynch - Chair of Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality

    The death of George Floyd has put race and racism firmly on the political agenda. Black Lives really do matter, or do they?

    Whilst people are grieving on the streets, the authorities were working behind the scenes to use legislation to curtail their protesting. Corporate companies and local governments have jumped on board the Black Lives Bandwagon with slogans and statements, however, we need to see deeds not words.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2020

    We must do all we can to protect people forced to flee their homes to escape war and persecution.

    That's why, back in September, all Liberal Democrat MPs wrote to the Chancellor and Home Secretary calling for a new long-term commitment to resettle vulnerable refugees in the UK.

    The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2020

    This week FPC met with an unusually light-looking agenda but we still managed to talk for two and half hours! We received an excellent presentation from Mimi Turner, Director of Strategy, Messaging and Research. Mimi talked us through the scale of the task ahead of us in terms of understanding how the Party fares when voters are asked whether we share their values; whether we'll do what we say; whether we're perceived as wanting to help ordinary people get on in life; and whether they see us as competent and capable.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020

    November's meeting opened with a discussion with Ed Davey in which he outlined his plans for the Parliamentary Party going forwards. Collectively we deliberated on how to make sure all parts of the party are collaborating effectively and making best use of Ed's overarching strategy.

    The Moving Forward Programme

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020
    By Alex McBeath

    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 16th November

    Monday 16th November

    To start off the week, the Commons had a quiet day of business.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Federal Conference Committee met for the morning of Saturday 14 the November 2020. The meeting was designed to pick up on issues that arose from the Autumn Conference feedback meeting that took place in October.

    At the feedback meeting, the FCC had decided that Spring Conference would take place online. We will be using the Hopin platform and conference will operate in a very similar manner to Autumn Conference.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Today the Government announced their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

    Sadly, it fails to undo the damage the Conservatives have done to the UK's progress on climate change over the past five years.

    We need a long term plan backed by meaningful funding.

    Their plan not only pledges to continue selling fossil fuel powered hybrid cars past 2030 but it also extends the Green Homes Grant by just one year.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Disability History Month is an important opportunity to remember how far we have come in the battle for disability rights and equality.

    There is still a long road ahead to ensure equality and inclusion for disabled people.

    It is also a time to honour those who have led the way forward, defied stereotypes and contributed so much to the success of our country.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2020

    With coronavirus putting the most vulnerable in our communities at risk, we must ensure no one is left behind.

    2020 has seen a sharp rise in rough sleeping. Without a home to stay in, these people are at a higher risk of catching the virus and have no way to self-isolate.

    The homelessness crisis is not new, and is not going away once we defeat Covid.