Liberal Democrat Budget Amendment For Real Living Wage Passes

Local Lib Dem councillors have successfully amended the Harrogate Borough Council budget to include the introduction of a minimum living wage of £9.50 per hour for all council employees, as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.

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Remembering Claire Kelley

Tributes have been paid to local Liberal Democrat politician and community activist, Claire Kelley, who passed away from cancer last month at Saint Michael's Hospice.

Claire was active in local politics for over 20 years and worked as a senior caseworker for former Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Lord Phil Willis. 

She had previously won seats on both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council and, in 2010, stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate to replace Phil Willis when he retired as MP, eventually losing out by a mere 1,039 votes.

She also took on other roles in the local community including as a governor at Oatlands Infant School, chair of governors at St Aidan’s, and chairing the trust board when the Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust was established.

During the 2010 General Election campaign, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successful radiotherapy treatment, Claire returned to work, taking up a post in the office of Leeds North MP Greg Mulholland.

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Harrogate Council Again Refuses To Declare Climate Emergency 🔥🌍

Conservative councillors on Harrogate Borough Council once again refused to declare a Climate Emergency, a crucial first step: recognising the scale of the problem.

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Harrogate Tories Refuse to Return £10,000 In Small Business Support Funding

During the first lockdown the Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative Association claimed £10,000 in a government grant meant to support small local businesses.

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Order And Collect Your Prescription Medicine In Advance Of Christmas

Residents in North Yorkshire and York who are on repeat medication are being urged to order in advance of Christmas week to avoid running out.

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Harrogate Tories Line Pockets with Taxpayer Cash Meant for Supporting Local Businesses

Local Liberal Democrats have responded in astonishment to reports that Harrogate's Conservative Party has used public money intended for small businesses to line their own pockets amid the pandemic.

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SUCCESS: Lib Dem Campaign to Protect Conyngham Hall Grounds

Liberal Democrats have won the first stage of their campaign to protect Conyngham Hall grounds, after their petition secured over 1,800 signatures from Knaresborough residents.

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Lib Dem Motion For NHS Worker Free Parking Supported By County Council

A Liberal Democrat motion to support and encourage NHS Hospital Trusts to provide free parking for staff during the current Covid crisis was unanimously supported by North Yorkshire County Council yesterday morning.

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Furlough Extension Welcome, Government Reckless With People's Livelihoods

Local Liberal Democrats have welcomed the extension of the furlough scheme until Spring 2021, something the party had been calling for since August.

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Andrew Jones MP Has Thrown North Yorkshire Farmers On The Scrapheap, Lib Dems Warn

Liberal Democrats have warned Andrew Jones MP should “hang his head in shame” for voting against measures to protect high environmental and animal welfare standards.

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