Lib Dems surge in Chepstow by-election

Yesterday’s by-election in St Kingsmark, Chepstow, saw the Liberal Democrats surge from fourth place to a strong second - putting them in prime place to challenge the Conservatives.

There were nervous faces as the votes were counted and as the Lib Dems surged from 6% to over 29%, increasing their vote from just 62 in 2017 to 230 last night.

If this swing was reflected across the constituency, then the party could be within reach of taking the constituency itself. With the Conservatatives split due to internal fighting and with incumbent MS Nick Ramsay standing as an independent, there are concerns that this could cost them the seat.

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Tourism marketing for Monmouthshire needs to be more imaginative

Tourism marketing for Monmouthshire needs to be more imaginative, innovative and strategic, says Cllr Jo Watkins.

As the tourism sector in Wales prepares to reopen, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate is calling called for a more imaginative events-based future approach to tourism marketing in Monmouthshire.

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Welsh Lib Dems unveil plans to save local high streets

Cllr Jo Watkins, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Monmouth and South Wales East, has called for urgent action to save local high street businesses which are struggling to due the pandemic. 

Just yesterday Fratelli’s in Caldicot, a beloved family owned restaurant, announced they were having to close their doors whilst they look for new premises.

The owners announced on social media that the decision was prompted by the pandemic, which has put a massive strain on the hospitality sector across Wales and put the future of many local businesses in jeopardy.

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Anniversary of the Iraq War Protests

Anniversary of the Iraq War Protests

(and THAT SPEECH by Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy)

Beginning in late 2002, and continuing after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, large-scale protests against the Iraq War were held in many cities worldwide, often coordinated to occur simultaneously around the world. Between six and ten million people took part in protests in up to sixty countries over the weekend of 15th and 16th February. This begs the question, why were the majority not heeded, and why did the war still go ahead?

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Valentine's Day in Lockdown

What to do in a lock-down Valentines Day...

As a Liberal Democrat, I believe in love, and no matter who you are, you deserve it! This year we all have to work that little bit smarter to generate the grandiose gestures of love usually associated with this day, that normally would have some support of scenery, situation and help from other people. There’s no hiding, making of excuses or escape, as we've known each other’s movements for weeks.

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Monmouthshire’s own community radio station is long overdue

 

‘‘Monmouthshire’s own community radio station is long overdue,’’ says Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate

Local radio enthusiasts, volunteers, community representatives and business leaders asked to ‘‘step up to the microphone’’ to connect Monmouthshire communities and combat Covid-related isolation. On World Radio Day 2021, the Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate for South East Wales is calling for a new community radio station for Monmouthshire to combat Covid-related loneliness and sense of isolation.

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Jo Watkins to head up regional list for the Lib Dems

 

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.

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Black History Month- what it means to me

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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”

(Find the full article HERE)


Where's the Crossing?

'Big' Tesco in Chepstow is notoriously difficult to navigate for pedestrians.

 

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There's more to Food Policy than chlorinated chicken

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.

 

 

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