Ready meal entrepreneur Charlie Bigham and former President of the CBI Sir Michael Rake are among a raft of business leaders who are supporting the Liberal Democrats.
In addition, entrepreneurs and founders of some of modern Britain’s best brands, including Superdry, Lovefilm, Zoopla, New Covent Garden Soup, Big Yellow Group, and eBookers, are among more than 60 business leaders who have written a letter naming the Liberal Democrats as the ‘only party who have set out a credible plan for future prosperity’.
Crashing out of the EU would cause the national debt to rise by over £220 billion over the next five years, analysis of figures published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies have revealed.
The Brexit black hole would be equivalent to an extra £8,000 of debt per household and would be equivalent to this year’s government budget for Health, Social Care, Schools and Local Government combined. It would be also larger than the entire annual GDP of Finland.
Almost 50 EU academics from Manchester Metropolitan University have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
17 academics from the EU left Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018/19, the figures show.
The analysis, based on Freedom of Information responses from 81 universities, shows that across the country 4,014 EU academics have left UK universities in 2018/19.
The Liberal Democrats said the figures reveal uncertainty across the North West over freedom of movement and international research funding is leading to a “Brexit brain drain.”
The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there were 5,362 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the North West in July to September 2019. This means that 9.9% of posts were unfilled, showing an NHS staff shortage crisis that is getting worse.Read more
Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis of the three main parties' manifestos, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said:
"This damning assessment shows that neither the Tories or Labour have a credible plan for the economy. Both are failing to come clean with the electorate and ignoring the Brexit black hole their plans would leave in the public finances. Everyone knows you can't have something for nothing, but both the Tories and Labour are pretending you can.Read more
Neil Christian, Macclesfield Liberal Democrats, has pledged to ‘unleash the potential of the rural economy’ backing the Country Land and Business Association’s Rural Powerhouse campaign.
Neil is backing efforts to reduce the productivity gap between rural and urban communities. CLA figures suggest that rural workers are 16% less productive than the national average, often a result of a lack of key infrastructure such as quality broadband and 4g.Read more
The Liberal Democrats have vowed to defend the Human Rights Act, after the Conservative manifesto pledged to “update” the legislation.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:
“We’ve known for years that the Conservatives want to undermine the Human Rights Act that safeguards our individual freedoms, and their manifesto confirms it.
Brexit will be bad for Macclesfield, its people, businesses, scientists and entrepreneurs. There is no good Brexit.Read more
Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit.
Three years of uncertainty and argument and that’s just the agreement to leave, then we have to negotiate a trade deal. Years more of this division and acrimony. Neil Christian and the Liberal Democrats believe the EU remains the best framework for working effectively and co-operating with our neighbours in the pursuit of our shared aims. It has led to greater prosperity, and protection for British jobs and public services.
Demanding action on local pollution and the environment
The Liberal Democrat Team with Neil Christian have been at the forefront of the campaign to highlight the pollution on the A6 through Disley and Newtown. We have drawn attention to the high levels of nitrogen oxides, exceeding legal limits at monitoring stations and near the village centre. As we predicted the number of Diesel heavy lorries using the A6 significantly increased since the A555 Airport link road opened. Local resident’s complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Neil said “its time we had an MP that was willing to do something about the pollution and congestion, this situation cannot continue as it has”.Read more