Phone Bank Tips

  • In terms of voting intention:

    a) Please note that “Soft Labour” means they will EITHER vote Lib Dem OR Labour. Likewise “Soft Con” is either Lib Dem or Conservative, etc.

    b) “Not Lib Dem” is if they won’t vote Lib Dem, but you can’t establish which party they would vote for.

    c) “Won’t Say” is where someone says they don’t ever discuss how they will vote – “that’s between me and the ballot box” etc. Also use “Won’t say” if you have tried to establish who they would vote for, and they say they are undecided, despite your probing.

    d) Try to record what they say accurately without being over optimistic. If they express a preference for another party, then follow up with the “Consider Lib Dem?” question to indicate if they are a prospect for the future.

  • Guru Nanak Gurpurab

    Today marks Guru Nanak Gurpurab, which commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. Sikh communities across the world will be celebrating the life of a great thinker; someone who stood up for equality, justice and fairness.

    The teachings of Guru Nanak are profoundly significant. As we mark 550 years since his birth, let us reflect on his message of love and community service to others. These teachings continue to resonate with millions today and are a source of inspiration to people of all faiths and those of none.

    Today we also recognise the extraordinary contributions of British Sikhs to our country. Sikh communities are essential to our national way of life. Celebrations like this are a reminder of how fortunate we are to be home to such vibrant and diverse communities.

    To all those celebrating, I wish you a very blessed and joyous Gurpurab!

    Plan for the Future: Skills Wallet

    Working hard should mean secure work and a decent income, but for too many people that’s not the case. In an ever changing workplace, people often need to develop new skills, but the cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.

    Neither the Conservatives or Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th-century policies that simply won’t work in our 21st-century economy. They would take our country backwards.

    The Skills Wallet will empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the technologies and industries that are key to the UK’s economic future and prosperity.

    That’s why, as part of our Plan for the Future, the Liberal Democrats have set out our vision for a “new era of learning throughout life” with the creation of an ambitious Skills Wallet. This will give every adult £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

    A Liberal Democrat government will put £4,000 into people’s ‘Skills Wallet’ at 25, £3,000 at 40 and another £3,000 at 55. The grants have been designed to encourage saving towards the costs of education and training throughout adult life.

    Individuals, their employers and local government will be able to make additional payments into the wallets. Access to free careers guidance will also be provided.

    By stopping Brexit and investing in these Skills Wallets, the Liberal Democrats will empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the technologies and industries that are key to the UK’s economic future and prosperity.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

    But What Is A Skills Wallet? 🤨🤨🤨

    A lot of people have noticed something in our online ads… something about “skills wallets”.

    So what is a “Skills Wallet”?

    It’s a major, new, innovative policy and a key part of our Plan for the Future.

    A Liberal Democrat government will provide every adult with £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout your lives. This “Skills Wallet” is meant to give every person the opportunity to retrain and upskill for jobs that we can’t even imagine yet.

    It can be prohibitively expensive to develop new skills at various stages of your career. The cost of courses and qualifications shuts too many people out.

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    Not everyone has skills like Liam Neeson

    Neither the Conservatives nor Labour have the answers to these challenges. They are stuck pursuing 20th or even 19th century policies that won’t work in our 21st century economy.

    So as part of our fight to build a fairer economy and a brighter future, we will create Skills Wallets!

    As we said, every adult will be entitled to £10,000 to use over their lifetime on upskilling courses and further education. That’ll be divided into £4,000 at 25 years old, £3,000 at 40, and another £3,000 at 55.

    On top of this, individuals, employers and local government will be able to pay into the wallets.

    This will make the skills wallet a valuable resource for every adult for their whole life!

    You’ll get to choose how and when to spend the money yourself – as long as it’s a course from an approved provider.

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    Sorry Luke, you probably won’t be able to do that with your Skills Wallet

    And of course, everyone will be able to access free guidance to help them to decide how to use their Skills Wallet.

    That’s how we know our investment will help people to gain the skills they will find invaluable in the world of work.

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    This will never be a problem again with Skills Wallets.

    A very reasonable question.

    We expect this to cost £1.9 billion a year in total by 2024-25.

    To pay for this, we will reverse the Conservatives’ unnecessary and expensive cuts to Corporation Tax. We’ll return the rate to 20%, where it stood in 2016.

    This will raise £10 billion a year by 2024-25. That’s more than enough to pay for the Skills Wallets, with plenty left over to part-fund our expansion of free, high-quality childcare.

    So there you have it. Skills Wallets are a bold new initiative to give adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

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    We think so too!

    Think that’s a great idea? Why not be a part of our plan for a brighter future, and join the Liberal Democrats:

    The Tories’ plan for a shameful Nurse Tax

    Hard-working doctors and nurses from the EU are fundamental to the NHS. We all have loved ones whose lives have been saved through their skill and dedication.

    But today, the full extent of the Tories’ contempt for our dedicated doctors and nurses was revealed.

    Even though the NHS is critically understaffed, the Tories have revealed that part of their nightmarish Brexit plan is to charge EU nurses and doctors £464 to come to the UK to save lives.

    If this isn’t bad enough, the Tories also want EU workers to pay what they euphemistically call a ‘health immigration surcharge’.

    What does this actually mean?

    It’s a £400-a-year tax they will charge all EU workers – including NHS nurses and doctors – to access basic health services.

    And if hard-working, low-paid NHS staff can’t afford the Nurse Tax, the Tories will take it out of their wages.

    To recap:

    1. The NHS is critically under-funded and under-staffed due to chronic under-investment by the Tories.
    2. In response, the Tories want to charge the EU nurses and doctors to come to the UK, then make them pay a huge tax to access the same services they deliver.

    We cannot let this happen.

    The Tories’ plans couldn’t be further from the fair and welcoming society that the Liberal Democrats are fighting to build.

    On Day 1 of a Liberal Democrat government, we will stop Brexit and use the funds from the £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in the critical frontline services the NHS desperately needs.

    Our hard-working nurses and doctors should be celebrated, not charged to save lives. And what kind of government would charge sick nurses to use the same hospitals they work in round the clock?

    We must stop the Nurse Tax. To do so, help us to stop Brexit and build a better future.

    Free childcare and a fairer economy

    For too many people, things are not working as they should.

    Families are working harder than ever, but far too many are struggling to get by.

    The Conservatives and Labour are taking our country backwards. Their plans don’t meet the demands of modern life.

    But the Liberal Democrats have a bold plan to build a brighter future. We want to create a fairer economy where it’s easier to be a parent, have a career, and provide for your family.

    That’s why a Liberal Democrat government will provide free childcare for all children of working parents from 9 months old.

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    Part Four of our Plan for the Future

    Today’s high cost of childcare means that too many parents are unable to return to work without risking real financial hardship. With the average cost of 25 hours nursery care for a child under two running to more than £6500 per year, many parents are effectively excluded from work due to the burden of childcare costs.

    A Liberal Democrat government will build a fairer economy by providing free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four, for 35 hours a week, 48 weeks a year. The offer is extended to children aged between 9 and 24 months where their parents are in work.

    “The choice for parents now is simply not good enough. That is why Liberal Democrats are proposing a transformational change to our economy, by providing working parents with free childcare from when their child is 9 months old.”

    The Liberal Democrats will make sure that childcare providers are adequately funded, increasing the rates paid by government to match the actual cost of nursery provision. This will be funded by fair tax changes, ensuring that big businesses pay their share, and aligning the tax treatment of income from wealth with income from work.

    We recognise that laws need to change so that parents have the chance to work with greater flexibility. As part of these proposals, employers will be required to advertise jobs flexibly, unless there are clear business reasons why they cannot.

    The Liberal Democrat plans to transform the provision of early years support are at the heart of the our commitment to build a brighter future for the next generation.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.

    Tackling the climate emergency

    We are in the middle of a climate emergency and the world needs urgent action.

    Only the Liberal Democrats have a bold and credible plan to tackle the climate emergency.

    It’s front and centre of our plan, because we can’t build a brighter future unless we save our planet.

    That’s why a Liberal Democrat government will:

    1. Reach 80% renewable energy by 2030
    2. Insulate all low-income homes by 2025
    3. Raise energy efficiency standards for new homes
    4. Invest £15 billion to retrofit 26 million homes

    That plan won’t just save the planet, it’ll also save the average household £550 a year on energy bills.

    Only the Liberal Democrats have an ambitious Plan for the Future which works for the planet and for people.

    Let your friends and family know about our bold plan.

    7 times Boris Johnson revealed his sexist views

    Throughout his career, Boris Johnson has developed a reputation for being less than respectful in the way he speaks (or writes) about women.

    Now, as he faces a general election campaigning against a strong leader and feminist, Jo Swinson, we look back at just a few of the times Boris has shown how he really feels about women.

    1. Revealing insults of choice

    Earlier this year, Johnson made headlines after redacted documents released to courts in Edinburgh and London revealed some choice words about former Prime Minister David Cameron. While the original phrase was redacted, a full copy of the paper was leaked to Sky News, reading: “The whole September session is a rigmarole introduced by girly swot Cameron to show the public that MPs were earning their crust.”

    “The whole September session is a rigmarole introduced by girly swot Cameron to show the public that MPs were earning their crust.”

    2. Purile election promises

    The desperation was palpable during Boris’s campaign to become the Conservative MP for Henley in the 2005 general election. In a bid to win over supporters, he promised that voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts’. Somehow, I can’t quite picture that painted across the side of a campaign bus.

    3. Creepy comments about female athletes

    In the summer of 2012, London was riding high as hosts of the Olympic Games. As Mayor of London, Johnson had so many exciting things to talk about – from Team GB winning 65 medals to the brief Spice Girls reunion at the Closing Ceremony. Instead, Boris decided to voice his thoughts on the professional volleyball players, saying: “As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto… They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators’ sou’westers.”

    “As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade.”

    4. The infamous letterbox column

    Given his above feelings towards women’s clothing, of course Johnson had to share his wildly offensive views on burkas. Writing in the Daily Telegraph last August, he said: “I would… say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letterboxes.”

    His comments were widely criticised by Muslim women across the UK, but despite having many opportunities to apologise for his comments, Boris never has.

    5. Attacking Trump’s opponent

    Despite the fact that the Prime Minister is clearly a big fan of Donald Trump and his authoritarian values, he clearly doesn’t feel the same way about 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Back in 2007, Boris compared Hillary to ‘a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital’ in a column for the Telegraph. He went on to claim that she carried out her role as First Lady like ‘Lady Macbeth, stamping her heel, bawling out subordinates and frisbeeing ashtrays at her erring husband’. Seems like Johnson isn’t a fan of women with power.

    Johnson has previously compared Hillary Clinton to ‘a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital’.

    6. Backwards marriage views

    Johnson gave us a peek into his regressive views on marriage in March last year, when he referred to the very well-known MP Emily Thornberry as Lady Nugee. While using Emily’s husband’s surname to address her is hardly his worst crime, it’s a great example of how stuck in the past our Prime Minister is.

    7. Disgraceful voting record on abortion

    While it’s easy to disregard Boris Johnson’s comments about women as stupid, it’s important to remember that his beliefs have an impact on our country.

    As an MP, he has always abstained from Westminster votes on abortion, including those related to Northern Ireland, where abortion was only decriminalised in October 2019.

    Sadly, it seems the Boris Johnson doesn’t have that much respect for women. But luckily for us, we have the chance to elect a Prime Minister who truly believes in equality (and the fact that she’s a woman is just a bonus!)

    If you need a palette cleanser after reading this, check out the Liberal Democrats’ Plan for the Future – where, with Jo Swinson as PM, we can build a brighter future.

    Stopping Brexit and keeping our family of nations together

    Today, Jo Swinson is taking her Leader’s Tour of the UK to Scotland to say loud and clear that the Liberal Democrats will protect Scotland’s place at the heart of the EU and in the UK.

    A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and keep Scotland in the UK. At this general election we’re offering voters a real way to stop the chaos.

    “The four nations of the United Kingdom are stronger when they work together so we should work together to stop Brexit.”

    On day one, a Lib Dem majority government will stop Brexit so that we can focus on tackling the big issues facing the UK right now. We will use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in our public services and tackling inequality.

    Once we stop Brexit, we can build a brighter future; one that includes our whole United Kingdom.

    The Liberal Democrats will stop another independence referendum in Scotland and stop the division, chaos, new borders and economic cost that independence would cause.

    Learn more about our Plan for the Future here.