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Things I learned about Morley and Outwood no 1

Ed Balls invites working people to meet him at daytime coffee mornings during the week (!?)When I announced that I was standing for the LibDems in Morley and Outwood against Labour MP Ed Balls, a friend who lives in the constituency joked “Will you be…

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Things I learned about Morley and Outwood no 1

Ed Balls invites working people to meet him at daytime coffee mornings during the week (!?)When I announced that I was standing for the LibDems in Morley and Outwood against Labour MP Ed Balls, a friend who lives in the constituency joked “Will you be…

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LIBOR FRAUD: NEVER AGAIN

Today, the European Parliament has taken an important step in preventing the manipulation of financial benchmarks such as the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) and Euribor. Rapporteur Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD, Netherlands) tabled a…

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Recreational Fisheries: strengthen the voice of 25 million EU anglers in Brussels

Recreational Fisheries: strengthen the voice of 25 million EU anglers in Brussels
The launch event, entitled “Why do we need to talk about Recreational Fisheries in the European Parliament? Economics, Environment and Rural Development”, was the first occasion for the several Members of the European Parliament present to exchange opinions with the representatives of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA).

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CUBA: Mogherini should tackle human rights issues during talks (Spanish version below)

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe calls on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, to set up the respect for …

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Why I am standing in Morley and Outwood


I am very pleased to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Morley and Outwood.
I was born, grew up and studied in West Yorkshire and spent 2.5 years as one of the region’s MEPs, so I understand not only the problems, but also the potential that areas like Morley & Outwood face. I also have friends who live in the constituency.
Morley and Outwood deserves a hard working Liberal Democrat MP to represent the views of local people in Westminster, and ensure that Liberal Democrat policies that can help and support the people of Morley and Outwood are implemented. Such policies include:
   A further £400 tax cut for low and middle income workers by increasing tax the threshold to £12,500 (full time minimum wage).
   Strict new rules to clamp down and tax evasion and avoidance to make sure that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share and those that do not face serious consequences.
   Supporting families by increasing free childcare provision for working parents and improving shared parental leave.
   Protecting education funding from crèche to college.
   Providing the health service with the £8bn additional funding NHS bosses say is needed in next 5 years.
In addition, whywould anyone not want to represent an area that includes the famous Rhubarb triangle?! The Yorkshire rhubarb of course benefits from having European protected regional food speciality status and is great when used to make crumble (slight vested interest here as my Mum makes a great rhubarb crumble….).
It is important to remind voters of Labour’s poor handling of the economy in which Ed Balls played a key role first as an economic advisor to Gordon Brown, then as a government minister. As City Minister he championed Labour’s “light touch regulation” of financial services, which nearly toppled our banking system, yet in 2011, unbelievably he denied there had been a budget deficit under Labour’s watch, telling the BBC: I don’t think we had a structural deficit at all in that period.
Labour actually ran a budget deficit since 2002 more than five (!) years before the financial crisis happened.
The Liberal Democrats went into government to help clear up the economic mess Labour had left behind and significant progress has now been made, but the job is not done yet. The Conservatives deficit reduction plans (that there were unable to implement in coalition with the Liberal Democrats) rely purely on cuts, mainly targeting the working poor, but require no additional contributions from the better off in society. 
The Liberal Democrats believe that finishing the job of balancing the nations books can be done in a fairer way using tax rises that target the wealthiest, banks and big businesses and limiting spending cuts to protect the least well off in society. When not opposing every single government cut, the Labour party would borrow more to fund their spending promises because their Bank levy can’t really be spent more than once, leaving our children with debts to pay off. 

Unlike Labour and the Tories, Liberal Democrat candidates do not have funds flowing from trade unions or big business, but rely on small donations from ordinary people. You can donate to my campaign by clicking the “donate” button on the Wakefield and Morley Liberal Democrat website: http://www.wakefieldlibdems.org.uk
Thanks in advance for your support!
Rebecca Taylor

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Why I am standing in Morley and Outwood

I am very pleased to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Morley and Outwood.

I was born, grew up and studied in West Yorkshire and spent 2.5 years as one of the region’s MEPs, so I understand not only the problems, but also the potential that areas like Morley & Outwood face. I also have friends who live in the constituency.

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The Free Democrats are fully committed to Georgia’s European future

The ALDE Group in the European Parliament today held an exchange of views with two representatives of our sister party in Georgia, The Free Democrats.
Mr. Irakli Alasania, the Chairman and founder of the party and Mr. Viktor Dolidze, chai…

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TTIP: Influential Committee gives green light to ambitious trade deal

TTIP: Influential Committee gives green light to ambitious trade deal
The IMCO Committee in the European Parliament this afternoon adopted its recommendations to the European Commission for the TTIP negotiations.226 amendments were tabled to the draft opinion of Rapporteur Dita Charanzová (ALDE). The Rapporteur achieved compromises on almost all paragraphs of her draft Opinion which focus on public procurement, standards and regulatory cooperation.

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Russia’s treaty with South Ossetia, a new breach of international commitments

The ALDE Group in the European Parliament is deeply concerned by the treaty signed in the Kremlin by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leader of South Ossetia, as part of Russia’s expansion of its territory on the Black Sea.

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