Patrick Keating

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Weston-super-Mare and the Villages Learn more

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The Conservative Government’s post-Brexit immigration restrictions would leave businesses in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset struggling to fill roles and seriously curtail growth in our region, particularly in high tech and creative industries, a new report from the IPPR states today. The study shows that 75 per cent of the current EU migrants in the North […]

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The Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government is failing to guarantee the rights of all 3.6 million EU citizens in the UK, as new official figures show that fewer than 1 million people had been given Settled Status by the end of September. The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published today by the Home Office, […]

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Extinction Rebellion

by patrickkeating on 8 October, 2019

The Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront on climate change, calling for action long before Labour or the Tories, and we intend to stay there. Liberal Democrats are supportive of the aims of Extinction Rebellion to start meaningfully dealing with the climate emergency, and of course support their right to protest and draw attention […]

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Responding to the reports from a leaked document stating that the Department for International Trade will try to lower the UK’s food standards to secure a trade deal with the United States, Liberal Democrat shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said: “The promises made by Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government that the UK would have […]

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Responding to Boris Johnson’s speech to Conservative Party Conference, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said: “When you strip away the bluff and bluster, this was a speech by a Prime Minister who is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal. “Fanatically repeating ‘Get Brexit Done’ does not give any comfort […]

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Responding to the publication of the Prime Minister’s alternative proposals, Liberal Democrat shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said “These proposals just confirm what we already know, Boris Johnson has no viable alternative to the backstop. “The UK will go from having no border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a member of the EU, to Boris […]

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Tories cannot call themselves the law and order party

by patrickkeating on 2 October, 2019

Responding to the speech by Priti Patel at Conservative party conference, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said: “It takes some gall for Priti Patel to describe the Conservatives as the party of law and order. “This Conservative Government has just been found to have acted unlawfully by the Supreme Court. Now Boris Johnson […]

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Decision to close Weston’s A&E doesn’t make sense

by patrickkeating on 2 October, 2019

The Liberal Democrats have expressed dissapointment about the outcome of today’s meeting on the future of Weston Hospital. Cllr Mike Bell, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on North Somerset Council, said: ” I’m very disappointed that NHS managers have voted through the permanent overnight closure of Weston A&E this afternoon. There is a lot to […]

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UK govt must not be silent on situation in Hong Kong

by patrickkeating on 2 October, 2019

Condemning the shooting of a protestor with a live round in Hong Kong, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael MP said:  “It is absolutely heart-breaking and unacceptable that a protestor has been shot while calling for their democratic rights and freedoms. The situation is abhorrent. The UK government must not stand silently by and let […]

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Rise in homeless deaths demands end of Vagrancy Act

by patrickkeating on 2 October, 2019

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has renewed her call for the Vagrancy Act to be scrapped following the publication of new ONS statistics revealing a rise in the deaths of homeless people in 2018. The ONS data shows that there were an estimated 726 deaths in 2018, an increase of over 20% on the previous year. The […]

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