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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: Jun 28, 2019

    In the last week I have been immersed in the subjects which we ought as a country be talking about, but which attract minimal attention where they do not impinge on Brexit or the Hunt-Johnson roadshow.

    I went to Manchester to speak to the NHS Confederation: essentially the people who run the NHS, from Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive, down. I tried to get my head around the underlying politics of the NHS: this is a much loved pubic service which politicians tamper with at their peril, but it also feels itself to be in a permanent state of crisis and underfunding.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2019

    June is LGBT+ Pride Month!

    LGBT+ Pride events are being held across the country to recognise the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world and the struggle they still face for equal recognition. The Liberal Democrats have always championed the rights of the LGBT+ community. Here are 7 things that we have done:

  • Article: Jun 27, 2019

    We have a date for the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    After days of delay, the Conservatives finally caved this morning and moved the writ to allow the by-election to go ahead. It'll be held on Thursday 1st August - exactly 5 weeks from today.

    It's going to be a brilliant campaign - I'm looking forward to seeing as many people there as possible. The weather's lovely and the views speak for themselves!

  • Article: Jun 24, 2019

    We have a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire!

    The current MP, a hard Tory Brexiter, has been overwhelmingly recalled by his constituents.

    And if we take this seat off the Tories and they may lose their working majority in the Commons.

    Brecon and Radnorshire is a seat that we held until 2015, and we hold the Welsh Assembly Member seat.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    Please be advised that this article contains language that some may find offensive

    As a child of the Windrush generation, Windrush Day is hugely important to me. I'm so glad that we, as a society, are marking it.

    The term 'the Windrush Generation' stems from the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the ship The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Do you get excited by a big by-election? Do you want the inside track on how we are performing?

    We are setting up a new email list to give you just that - a first-hand account from the Campaign Managers and candidates of how we are performing in big Parliamentary by-elections and most importantly how you can help.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    If you're not down in Brecon and Radnorshire campaigning on the doorstep with the fantastic Jane Dodds and team,
    there's still a very important way you can help us win.

    Every week (often twice a week), we welcome volunteers at Lib Dem HQ in London who come and help us phone canvass.

    You don't need any experience and we love to see new faces join us!

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Three years on from the 2016 referendum and we are still in the EU.

    This in itself is a huge achievement. It is also a fact that I find myself reminding journalists and political figures of fairly frequently. In three years we have come a long way. On the devastating morning after the referendum, I was numb. It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen, and our country would inevitably have to undergo the associated irreparable damage. Very quickly it became clear that wasn't the case.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Brexit is the most serious threat to our country in my lifetime.

    Yet the Conservative Party leadership contest shows they still haven't got it - and are even willing to make things worse. Enthusiastic talk of a No Deal Brexit? Of sending MPs home - proroguing Parliament - so MPs can't stop a No Deal? By people who want to be our country's Prime Minister? Whoever wins that leadership contest has to be stopped.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2019

    My number one priority as leader would be stopping Brexit. It should be the number one goal of everyone in our party.

    It's why I've worked so hard as the leading Liberal Democrat in the People's Vote campaign to bring together a group of like-minded MPs who want to give the British people the final say.