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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: Mar 12, 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: @LibWhips

    Week commencing the 9 March

    Following International Women's Day on Sunday, this week, we continued to present fantastic Bills to Parliament. Each of them aimed at improving women's lives and our society for the better. To read a rundown of all our IWD Bills, head to this write up from Cosmopolitan:

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Following careful consideration of the latest health advice and risks, the Federal Board has tonight decided to cancel our federal conference this weekend.

    It's not a decision that was taken lightly as conference plays a key role in our democratic party as well as being an important training and information exchange event. However, the health of our members and supporters, the staff who work on conference and the wider public is far more important.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

    Over the last week, Liberal Democrat MPs have been introducing seven Bills that tackle challenges facing women and girls in the UK and beyond.

    Today I'm tabling my Bill, which would prohibit anti-abortion protests within 150 metres of abortion clinics:

    My Bill will protect all women, all over the country, from harassment and intimidation.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

    The Federal Conference Committee met on Sunday, 8th March to review the amendments, emergency motions and topical issues submitted for Spring Conference. We also discussed the most recent guidance with regards to COVID-19, and a few other reports back from the Federal Board.

    On COVID-19; we're keeping under close review the plans for the York conference in the light of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on health advice from Public Health England and government, along with that from York Council, at present, conference will go ahead as planned.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2020

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  • Article: Mar 10, 2020

    Speaking at conference can seem like a daunting process at first, but it's really easy - and it's your chance to make your mark on the party and party policy.

    What's more, some debates are very much decided by what the speakers say.

    Here's what you need to know before speaking at conference:

  • Article: Mar 10, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    Making access to support services a right for victims of sexual violence and abuse a right was one of the recommendations of the 2018 APPG on Sexual Violence.

    Yet two years on, and throughout the UK survivors are still being told that they have to be added to shamefully long waiting lists, or that waiting lists are closed. The situation is abhorrent.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2020
    By Wera Hobhouse

    With reports of sexual assault, rape and violence against women on the rise, it is simply unacceptable that convictions for sexual violence are at a record low.

    Tens of thousands of women report crimes to the police each year which are motivated by misogyny, but they are not recorded as such.

    Plan International estimate that 66% of girls and young women have been sexually harassed in public.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Jo Swinson

    An MP at the age of 25, a Government Minister at 32, and elected Liberal Democrat leader at 39, Jo Swinson has packed a lot into her first four decades.

    Jo's desire to change the world started at an early age, signing petitions at The Body Shop inspired by Anita Roddick, campaigning for girls to be allowed to wear trousers at her school, and winning the battle for internet connections to be installed in her University hall of residence.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    On International Women's Day, we celebrate the incredible contributions of women in every corner of the world. Today, we celebrate the women pushing boundaries, defying stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings.

    Let us recognise those who have paved the way - from Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, to Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest woman in British history. And of course, my amazing friend, Jo Swinson, who last year became the first female leader in our party's history.