Motions carried at the 2007 Liberal Party Assembly
This assembly reaffirms the Liberal Party’s support for a free, independent Palestinian State. The Liberal Party also calls for:
The Liberal Party supports the Amnesty International led campaign for China to demonstrate its commitment to human rights in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The campaign is particularly pressing for reforms on:
To all these objectives the Liberal Party pledges its support.
The Liberal Party, whilst supporting the current policy of an inheritance grant of £10,000 to all young people believes this should be qualified by:
The Liberal Party views with great concern the proposals for the closure of more rural post offices.
Assembly believes that closures will have a significant impact on the quality of life for those who live in remote parts of the country where small schools and shops have already been lost to the community.
Assembly further urges the government to call a halt to the current closure programme and consider the social benefits of the rural post office and also recognise the environmental impact of greater dependence on car travel to more distant service locations.
The Liberal Party believes that school admission should be managed within defined catchment areas which would reduce the need for car travel and its associated pollution; it would encourage walking and cycling, improve health and combat the rising level of child obesity.
The Liberal Party believes (1) that the requirements for the Home
The Liberal Party believes:
The European Union
Assembly notes that the Liberal Party is opposed to the use of referenda save for the determination of constitutional changes. Further, Assembly recalls that the Liberal Party called for a referendum of the formerly proposed ‘Constitution for Europe’.
Accordingly the Liberal Party believes that the British people should be enabled, by a referendum, to decide the acceptance of the proposed ‘EU Reform Treaty’.
Assembly believes that a summary statement (available in minority languages) of the proposed EU Reform Treaty should be circulated to all households prior to any such referendum.
Assembly believes that the EU Reform Treaty represents an attempt by the EU to force upon the peoples of Europe the provisions of the formerly proposed EU constitution, such a constitution having been rejected by popular votes in France and Holland.
Assembly, further noting that that proposed treaty contains provisions which provide for:
resolves to campaign against the adoption of the EU Reform Treaty, whether as part of a wider referendum campaign or otherwise.
The Liberal Party deplores the actions of the illegal, unelected militaristic Burmese regime in their vicious attacks and repression of the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators. Whilst we welcome the intervention of the UN envoy we call upon Her Majesty’s Government to:
Assembly further deplores the attitude currently being taken by both Russia and China within the UN Security Council that the actions of the Burmese regime are a purely internal matter and urges HM Government, in partnership with our EU colleagues, to bring every possible pressure on Russia and China to prevent their vetoing their action.
The Liberal Party notes with alarm the increasing incidence of gun crime and violence in inner-cities such as the shooting of Rhys Jones in Liverpool. We call for an urgent review of the neighbourhood services and community safety in urban areas and we support calls for the greater provision of youth services and police resources in inner cities.
The Liberal Party asks social housing agencies to take a firmer stand in evicting families found guilty or violent criminal activities.
Furthermore we call for an urgent review of the provision of, and confidence in, witness support schemes.