Excerpts from an article by Monmouthshire Lib Dem campaigner Ian J Prince.
When I first think of Black history, it automatically takes me back to the lessons on the Bantu civilisation taught in my native Kenya. I think about Dr Richard Leakey who excavated the first bones of Homo erectus, ‘the Turkana Boy’. Kenya is considered the cradle of humankind. My pride and happiness soon turns to bewilderment to why these subjects are not taught in schools. I then realise, if you want to learn about Dr Leakey, then you must also learn about the British Empire, slavery, the many wars for independence and colonialism. The next thing I think about is how can I get Black history to be taught in schools here?
Black history month is a time for remembrance, appreciation, and learning. A time for communities to come together and celebrate their differences. In any other time, I would be hosting a BBQ for my neighbours. This is a time to remember Black heroes like my grandfather, Mr Paul Kamau Gitucha and all the Africans who fought for the British army in WWII. All the BAME who have given their lives for the Queen and country. I must also remember to be flexible, and patient because some people do not know how to talk to me due to the education system letting them down.
As Prince Harry says, “this is the time to introduce Brits to other Brits”
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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced Monmouthshire Councillor Jo Watkins as their lead candidate for South Wales East in next year’s Senedd election
Jo Watkins is the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Monmouthshire County Council, having won her seat in 2017.
As a Caldicot Councillor, Jo has a track record of holding her council to account, fighting for improvements to education, better public transport, and tackling poverty. Jo is also a mother of two school age children, runs her own small business and has been managing a local Food Bank throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
'Big' Tesco in Chepstow is notoriously difficult to navigate for pedestrians.
Food related policies are likely to be a part of most parties’ manifestos for the December election. Both English and Welsh governments are currently reviewing their future food policies and it will be interesting to see the direction of travel suggested by the different political parties.
Food is a complex and contentious policy area. We all have a view on the subject of food and there are inevitable tensions as the demands of different interest groups are often not compatible. The players in the global food supply chain vary from some of the biggest retailers in the world to an individual smallholder in a developing country. This juxtaposition of powerful versus subservient organisations is relatively unique to the food industry and can result in inequalities in the supply chain.
In May this year Lib Dem County Councillor Jo Watkins from Caldicot brought a Climate Emergency Motion to Monmouth county council, which was passed.
Liberal Democrat education spending pledges would mean an additional £330 million for Wales, it has been announced today (10 May).
The Liberal Democrats have said that they will invest nearly £7bn more in schools and Colleges over the next parliament. Through Barnett consequentials this would mean an additional £330m for Wales.
Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Monmouth, Veronica German said:
“This spending pledge shows the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to education.
“Education reform in Wales is our national mission. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are focused on raising school standards, reducing the attainment gap, and delivering and education system that is a source of national pride and confidence.
"A landslide for the Conservatives would allow Theresa May to take people across the country for granted and cut public services, such as schools, to the bone. This would then lead to less funding for public services in Wales.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up for your community.
"Vote for the Liberal Democrats and you can change Wales’ future."
Responding to Theresa May's refusal today at PMQs to guarantee the triple lock for pensioners, introduced by the Liberal Democrats in coalition, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said:
"Theresa May is preparing to raid pensions to pay for her hard Brexit.
"The Conservatives must clarify their position now to pensioners across the country.
"The triple lock was one of the Liberal Democrats' biggest achievements in government, lifting many pensioners out of poverty. Now this progress risks being undone.
"This election is a chance to prevent a hard Brexit and secure the strong economy we need to protect pensions and public services."
Leaked negotiating guidelines, set to be approved at a special summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Saturday, show that EU governments have toughened up their Brexit negotiating position.
The news comes as Theresa May and David Davis prepare to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s lead negotiator Michel Barnier this evening. It has emerged that EU governments will insist that any post-Brexit relationship must fully respect EU rules after Brexit.
Brussels will also demand all EU citizens who have lived in the UK for five years acquire permanent residence rights. In light of the widely reported problems encountered by EU nationals legally seeking permanent residency, Brussels will demand that Home Office application procedures are streamlined.
Welsh Lib Dems deliver for Monmouthshire pupils and young people
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured, amongst other things, £4,461,188 extra investment in Monmouthshire’s schools.
Last year the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to a two year deal, worth £223m, to allow the Welsh Government’s budget to pass in exchange for the implementation of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies. Assembly Members today voted on that budget.
Amongst other achievements, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured an increase in the Pupil Premium(also known as ‘Pupil Deprivation Grant’) so every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons’ Bus Pass so young people can travel for free to work and training, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.
Veronica German said:
“I’m delighted we have secured this extra investment for our area.
“Let’s be clear: the positives in this budget are because of Welsh Liberal Democrat influence.
“Whether it is securing over £200m investment for education, delivering funding for thousands of new apprenticeships, or supporting young people getting to work and training, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have a record of delivery for our communities.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to punch above our weight and today’s budget, which delivers on a number of priorities which have a positive impact on people’s lives, is evidence of that.”