Charlotte’s Parachute Jump for Air Ambulance

. ()This year on the 20th August, I will turn the grand old age of 33. I realise it is not a very special birthday but I have always looked forward to turning 33. I think as a child I thought it would be the age when I really became a grown up. So I thought what can I do that would mark me turning 33 that I would never forget…. I know a parachute jump. So its all booked for the 21st August this year. It was shortly after booking the jump I remembered I have a real fear of flying, I mean a huge fear if you go on a plane I have been on you will still see the nail marks in the arm rests left there by me.

However now for the serious bit I also think the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is so important especially for those of us living in very rural areas it is often the only chance we have of getting to the hospital in time. so if you can donate to this charity and make me go through with something that scares the life out of me I would really appreciate it.

Thanks

Charlotte

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Lib Dems really are the right choice – the best choice

Voting in elections is a complex business. More often than not it is a question of belief, perception, aspiration and momentum. Belief in an idea, be that aspirational or philosophical. Perception of a party to succeed in Government. Aspiration in that voters want a party that full fills their hopes and dreams. Momentum in that voters and in other things like to back a winner. These are the building blocks for winning the battle of hearts and minds.

LibDems3Back in 2001 the Lib Dems revealed a poster which showed how people would vote if they believed they could win. Clearly this didn’t bear out in future elections but the idea is sound and is born out it many elections. Largely when the public can see momentum which in turn feeds their perception that they might actually win.

Following the drubbing at the last election, the challenge for the Lib Dems is to alter public perception, establish momentum, build a belief among voters that they actually stand for them, with them and will support their own aspirations and values.

recent poll by YouGov shows just how much the middle ground of politics has opened up for the Lib Dems. British values are generally Liberal values. Yet the electorate have for decades been presented by a simplistic choice of left and right when really most people are in the centre, in the same space that they believe the Lib Dems to exist.

The Lib Dems have proven they can be effective in Government. Imagine what a pure Lib Dem government could achieve unencumbered by a slack Labour Party or and Authoritarian Conservative Party… A Lib Dem vote is and will always be an empowering and a progressive vote that will liberate the economy and peoples personal freedoms, enabling everybody to achieve the best that they can be.

The Lib Dems through their enforced rebirth now have a golden opportunity to win over hearts and minds of the British Electorate. No small task but recent by-election wins and the rapid surge in membership and shown the field is open for the Lib  Dems to permanently break the mold of British Politics. Lib Dems across the country now have new hope. Hope that they must enshrine through the country.

 

Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Source: Lib Dems Tories strike huge blow to green industry

Ministers have scrapped the Government’s flagship Green Deal home energy efficiency programme as part of their austerity drive.

Source: Independent  David Cameron’s ‘greenest Government ever’ has just axed the Green Deal

When David Cameron went to the Arctic to establish his green credentials most people in the know , at best hoped it was true or at worst scoffed at the trip publicity stunt. This announcement shows that it was only the Lib Dems in Government that were pushing the Green Agenda. The Conservatives continue to show their true colours.

Lib Dem peers challenge “outrageous gerrymander” by Tories

The Government has ignored Electoral Commission advice and brought forward changes to the way we register to vote. Individual electoral registration was brought in during the last Parliament, but electoral registers would have contained existing data until 1 December 2016. They have now moved this forward to 1 December this year.

Liberal Democrat peers didn’t miss this announcement sneaking out as MPs and Peers head off for Summer recess and they have laid down motions in both houses of Parliament to try to defeat it.

Source: Lib Dem Voice Lib Dem peers challenge “outrageous gerrymander” by Tories

Dropping nearly 2 million from the register is rather convenient when you consider the potential impact on fixing parliamentary boundaries, next year’s elections  and with the looming EU referendum. Typical of the Tories! This isn’t the 1st time alert Lib Dems have frustrated their plans to make the electoral system favourable to themselves, and it probably won’t be the last.

Read the Guardian article as well here: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/22/outrageous-tory-changes-to-electoral-roll-will-face-challenge-in-lords?CMP=twt_gu

Shropshire Council accused of wasting money – BBC News

A council is accused of wasting money after it was revealed it was renting offices for workers a few miles away from its headquarters.

Liberal Democrat Charlotte Barnes said the staff could work out of Shirehall.

Mrs Barnes said Shirehall had plenty of room for extra staff.

“We are working really hard to make all these savings, cuts people are finding really difficult to bear, and yet we are giving council money away when we have buildings we could house these people in,” she said.

Source: Shropshire Council accused of wasting money – BBC News

Well said Charlotte! It really is absurd to waste hard earned public money on office space when you already have space to accommodate them.

Labour allow £12bn Welfare Cuts Bill to proceed

The government’s bill that will cut spending on welfare by £12 billion has been passed in the House of Commons, with 308 votes to 124.

Liberal Democrat MPs, along with SNP and 48 rebel Labour MPs voted against the Bills 2nd reading. The majority of Labour MPs abstained, allowing the Conservative Cuts Bill to proceed with Labour’s tacit support.

Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, described the Government’s plans were “unfair, unwise and inhuman”.

He said: ” We will vote against this Bill because we know the depth and character of these proposals are unfair, unwise and inhuman. They are anything but economically necessary.”

Tim said: “This Government pledges a living wage which even they know is not one. They want a welfare state that is anything but good for our country’s welfare and it uses the guise of economic necessity to cover up ideologically driven cuts.”

Tim also said: “Cutting tax credits, tightening the benefit cap and ramping up Right to Buy are not just morally wrong they are economically wrong. Widening inequality is not just against British decency it is also economically stupid.”

Before denouncing Labour for giving in to the “narrative that the answer to our country’s needs is to pit the working poor against the temporarily not working poor”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/welfare-cuts-vote-welfare-bill-that-will-cut-welfare-spending-by-12bn-passed-in-parliament-with-a-majority-of-184-despite-large-labour-revolt-10403340.html

3 council by-election victories

Hot of the heals of the new Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, being elected, a clutch of new councillors have hansomly gained seats from both Labour & the Conservatives. #libdemfightback continues.