Motions passed at the 2012 Liberal Party Assembly
Assembly notes with surprise and alarm the current electoral regulations for the conduct of “directly elected” Mayors.
Under these regulations the relevant local authority is obliged to produce a booklet for free distribution to all households containing the electoral addresses of all candidates who wish to be included.
Further, the returning officer for the election has jurisdiction over the content of such addresses, including a statutory requirement to ensure that such content is “relevant to the election”.
At present no guidance is issued to returning officers as to the meaning or interpretation of “relevant to the election” and there is no avenue for review of the returning officer’s rulings other than through the courts - which, given the electoral timetable, is neither practical nor in many cases financially viable.
Assembly therefore calls for:
Assembly is disgusted at the intention of the UK Border Agency to deport Lance Corporal Baleiwai, a Commonwealth citizen who has spent his entire life serving in the British Army.
Such a case is not a one off example of shameful treatment, Assembly is further appalled at the threat of deportation or refusal of re-entry which hang over Professor John Tullock, a survivor of the 7th July bombings, who was born in India (when under British administration) to British parents and who can trace his family's history in the UK back to 14th Century, and who upon retirement, had been informed that he can no longer permanently live in the UK and can only visit as a tourist.
Assembly therefor calls specifically for these two individuals to be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK and in Professor Tullock’s case for his UK passport to be restored forthwith.
More generally assembly calls for the UK Border Agency to approach such cases with more sensitivity and discretion, and if necessary for legislation to be brought forward to provide for a degree of discretion and for service to the nation to feature as a factor when considering all such cases.
Assembly welcomes the announcement in July of electrification of the Midland Main Line north of Bedford.
However while this is a show of faith by the government in the railway we believe that the McNulty report has the potential to take things a step backwards and calls upon HM Government to think carefully on how it will interpret the report and is made aware that that the answer to improving the railways health is not the fiscal restrictions on the day to day services and operational railway.
This Liberal Party Assembly calls for radical reform in order to bring about genuinely greater equality of opportunity for all, not just for a political and wealthy elite, in health and education.
To this end Assembly calls for a modern Liberal UK Government to:
This assembly notes that at present decisions made for disabled people are often made by Social Services professionals/experts, or they have undue influence on how money is spent under independent budgets by the client. What can be included in a person’s care package (or excluded) is decided by criterion set in Whitehall, and then contributions are required from the client after a financial assessment made by the Social Services Team. Effectively disabled people are being made to pay for care they themselves have not designed.
Assembly believes that this “disabled person poll tax” is unfair for clients and disabled people. The charges vary from area to area, the services can be inflexible, with people paying for their support needs if they are deemed “social” not “medical” needs, this is wrong.
Assembly therefore advocates:
Assembly believes that there is an obligation to care for the elderly at a time when as adults we are all vulnerable and we are all concerned that our relatives or friends will be adequately cared for.
We are of the opinion that current proposals put forward by the government will undoubtedly result in an unequal system causing unnecessary worry and confusion for families and people who need advice and assistance to ensure that either they or their relatives are properly cared for in old age at time when they may no longer be able to care for themselves or there relatives may not be able to look after them without help.
Therefore Assembly calls upon the government to: