Brexit is a national embarrassment

With just over a week to go to polling day in the European elections on May 23rd, Lib Dems from across Cornwall have hit the streets to drive home the message that Brexit has become a national embarrassment for the UK.

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Access to toilets is a basic human right

There’s plenty of activity in Poltair Park in St Austell and it’s not just children enjoying the excellent play equipment or dog walkers benefitting from the green open space. Users of the park cannot have missed the Heras fencing sectioning off the groundworks being laid in order to provide services to the new cafe. Finally, our long awaited cafe will soon be open in one of St Austell’s most popular parks.The benefits of the cafe should not be underestimated. Besides hopefully serving quality refreshments and food, the cafe will also be providing a much needed service - toilets.

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Tenants live in fear of unscrupulous landlords

In the past 20 years the number of people renting private property has doubled from 10 to 20% of the population. There are a number of factors driving the rise but chief among them is the ever increasing rise in house prices coupled with the chronic shortage of social housing. For those on low or median wages the prospect of buying a house is a pipe dream, so they are destined to be renting from private landlords for many years to come.

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Climate Change Emergency

Nations gathered in Paris in 2016 to agree a bold ambition hold global temperature rises to 2C above preindustrial levels, preferably 1.5C, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Last week thousands of young people took to the streets to demonstrate against climate change. There is growing concern that we’re not going to meet our climate change targets.

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Replacing the Backstop with alternative arrangements

When the prime minister told us she will abandon her Brexit deal, ‘the best and only deal which is on the table’ (her words) and head back to the EU with a revised deal without the backstop but with ‘alternative arrangements’ I was intrigued. Despite many MPs asking her to set out in detail the ‘alternative arrangements’ we were left clueless, so I decided to Google it. 

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My latest article for the St Austell Voice Newspaper

Christmas and the New Year celebrations are behind us and we have a frantic couple of months ahead leading to Brexit Day on 29 March. How time flies and looking back to the Referendum in June 2016 it’s noteworthy to see just how ill prepared we are for the big day given that we have had two and a half years to sort something out.

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Safer St Austell sleep out in solidarity

Spending a night under the stars may seem like a good idea during the summer, but a group of community workers got a glimpse of the grim reality of homelessness at a special event in St Austell recently.

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Support Carers Right's Day

Tim Styles has welcomed Carers Rights Day which this year takes place on Friday 30th November. The day brings organisations together from across the UK, helping carers know their rights and get the help and support they deserve. It does this whilst raising awareness for carers across the UK and the vital contributions that they make.

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In Remembrance

Last week was a time of reflection for many people as the nation remembered the sacrifice of those made 100 years ago as the guns fell silent on the Great War.

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Budget is a missed opportunity

Tim Styles has described this year’s budget as a missed opportunity for local people, with nothing to tackle the massive funding crisis facing local police services, or anything of substance to address the gaping holes in our social care and school budgets.

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