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Best Regional Conference yet for East of England Liberal Democrats

October 18, 2015 1:20 PM
Originally published by East of England Liberal Democrats
Tim Farron Cambridge 2015

Tim Farron MP

Back again in Churchill College, Cambridge - a prestigious, high quality location with excellent facilities - the East of England Liberal Democrats enjoyed their best regional conference yet.

It was opened by Norman Lamb MP, who outlined the work he had done as Health Minister to improve the treatment (in every sense of the word) by the NHS of people with mental health problems. But he mainly stressed the vast amount that still needs to be done to achieve a parity of esteem, resources and treatment between mentally ill and physically ill patients.

The Conference then debated the Tory benefit cuts and roundly condemned the government's punitive and target-based sanctions to cut or remove Employment & Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Working Familes Tax Credit.

This was followed by an inspiring address and report from the Liberal Democrat Party Leader, Tim Farron. He paid tribute to the excellent MPs we had lost in the General Election. However, he pointed out that there were clear signs of a rebuilding of our support as shown in recent local elections wins right across the country. Our national Fightback Campaign is producing results in terms of new members and activists, which will enable us to communicate our message of Liberal Democrat policies, ideals and values to the electorate.

The Tory government is now trashing benefits, social housing and the green agenda, re-introducing divisive education and adopting attitudes which could well lead to the break-up of the UK and our isolation outside Europe.

It is up to us Liberal Democrats to challenge Tory nastiness and advocate more humane and effective social and economic policies to protect our traditional values of tolerance, fairness and justice.

The business of the day continued with training sessions, debates, reports and business meetings and was closed by the President of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness Sal Brinton.