Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Category Archives: Press Releases

No New Runways!

This morning, the Government announced their plans on airport expansion and have granted Heathrow a third runway instead of expanding Gatwick. Adur and Worthing Liberal Democrats fiercely oppose the Government’s decision and as a party we oppose ALL airport expansion in the South East.        The Committee on Climate Change says emissions from flying must […]

We will not sit on the fence!

Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats totally agree with Worthing residents that open spaces such as our parks, sports grounds and our greensward should be kept open for public use for all ages. Schools too should be able to retain their playing fields and not be forced into selling off sections of land to development to pay […]

‘Smart Worthing’ – Our Vision

Whilst we’re enormously proud of our town and its history, we need to look to Worthing’s future and prepare a town fit for purpose in an increasingly digital-led world. Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats are proud to announce our vision of a ‘Smart Worthing’ – embracing technology innovation—making Worthing the most efficient, seamless, safe and forward-thinking destination […]

Southern Rail: drivers balloted on strike action

More misery for Southern Rail passengers as drivers will be balloted for industrial action – after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a row over driver-only trains. Plans to extend driver-only operated trains are opposed by both Aslef and the RMT. Aslef, which was blocked from taking action by a court injunction earlier this year, will ballot […]

Grammar Schools fail the test on social mobility

Responding to a BBC investigation which found fewer than half of England’s grammar schools give poor pupils priority in allocating places, Liberal Democrat Councillor Hazel Thorpe said: “Everyone has a unique learning style and the  age at which we want to learn. Grammar schools therefore do not suit everyone and from my own experience are divisive. Fortunately for […]

What is mental health first aid?

Speaking at the launch of Worthing’s 4th Mental Heath Awareness Week on World Mental Health Day, (Monday 10th October) Councillor Bob Smytherman proposed a challenge to those present to take the Take 10 Together challenge and undertake Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training organised by MHFA England and and delivered locally by local charity – Coastal West Sussex Mind […]

Liberal Democrats to protect state pension increases in law – Webb

PENSIONERS would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today. These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago. Thanks to the […]

Liberal Democrats deliver 1.8m apprenticeships – Birtwistle

Liberal Democrats have helped create over 1.8m apprenticeships since coming into Government in 2010. Figures released today show 314,000 people started an apprenticeship in 2013/14. It means that 1.8m apprenticeships have been created since the coalition took power. This takes the Government close to achieving their target of creating 2m apprenticeships in this Parliament. Commenting, […]

More powers for Scotland inevitable – Clegg

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has welcomed a joint-statement by the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour leaders in Scotland committing to more powers for Scotland in the event of a No vote in the referendum. Commenting, Nick Clegg said: “Today our unshakeable commitment to home rule for Scotland within a strong […]

Lib Dems to protect education budget from cradle to college

The Liberal Democrats will protect the full education budget in the next parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister announced today. Nick Clegg said the party would ringfence education spending for 2 to 19-year-olds. This means the Liberal Democrats would protect an extra £10billion of education spending based on this financial year, rising with inflation. Currently funding […]