Monday, 1 September 2014

Five new laws for a greener Britain

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

Liberal Democrats in government have worked hard to keep the environment at the top of the agenda. The party wants to go further and build on their achievements in Government in areas including Britain’s rise in renewable energy, the Green Investment Bank and record investment in our railways.

The plans include new rights to access green space, new marine and coastal reserves, the roll out of an electric vehicle charging point network, ambitious waste reduction plans and new regulations to boost energy efficiency and renewable heat to cut energy bills.

The five green laws are:
  • A Nature Bill: key measures include legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space, extending the Right to Roam and establishing new marine and coastal reserves.
  • A Heating and Energy Efficiency Bill: key measures include building on the Green Deal with a national programme to raise the energy efficiency standards for all Britain’s households. We will legislate to boost renewable and district heating programmes and heat saving standards.
  • A Zero Waste Britain Bill: key measures include establishing a “Stern Report” on resource use, with binding targets and a clear action plan to reduce waste and end biodegradable landfill.
  • A Zero Carbon Britain Bill: key measures include introducing a decarbonisation target for electricity generation, expanding the powers of the Green Investment Bank and banning electricity generated from unabated coal.
  • A Green Transport Bill: key measures include establishing a full network of charging points for electric cars, only allowing low emission vehicles on the roads from 2040 and reforming planning law to ensure new developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport.
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
“The environment has always been a top priority for the Liberal Democrats and while we have achieved a huge amount on our green agenda in the Coalition, it’s hardly a secret that this has been one of the biggest areas of tension. 
“Liberal Democrats see our duty to protect our environment for future generations as a central political and moral challenge. This is not something we can, or should, try and sidestep. In this Parliament, we’ve made a big step forward particularly on green energy, but other areas have not seen such progress. So we want to use the next Parliament to make a major leap forward on the environmental agenda across the board. 
“Our five green laws will focus on a range of environmental issues that people really care about - air quality for health, access to green space and tree planting. And we want to make it as easy as possible to go green and by introducing higher new standards, industries from construction through to waste, heating and transport will have to help us all become more sustainable – as many leading, innovating firms are already doing.

“Between now and next May, the Liberal Democrats will be putting forward these new green ideas and asking people for their views so we can finalise them for our General Election manifesto. 
“While everyone knows the Tories have been an obstacle to our greener vision, people have forgotten that Labour simply failed to deliver on these important areas when they were in government.
“So the choice is clear: if you care about the environment and want to see a greener, cleaner Britain then only the Liberal Democrats can deliver this in Government for you.”​

eCops: Can You Help Support The Get Closer Campaign On Sexual Assault And Rape

Throughout September the force’s Get Closer campaign will focus on encouraging victims who have experienced sexual assault or rape, to come forward and report it.

The initiative aims to raise awareness that women, men, teenagers and children can all be victims and assaults can be committed by strangers, family members or friends. The key message to offenders is “if they say no, they mean no”.

Sexual assaults often go unreported because people are scared to talk to someone, feel as if they won’t be listened to, or just don’t know who to contact.

The force will be working with the Oasis @ Rivergate, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and a number of partner agencies including Rape Crisis, Victim Support and the Samaritans, in order to provide counselling, medical examinations and treatment for victims.

The force website has a dedicated section which gives information on what happens when you report a sexual assault, what you need to know, Frequently Asked Questions and help and support for victims. More information can be found by clicking on the link below;

The initiative will target schools, colleges, universities, online dating websites, pubs, clubs and local events, to encourage people to report sexual assault and rape.

Please feel free to contact myself if you would like more information relating to this message.

Kind regards,
Tony Darnell
Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Communications Officer    

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto

On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform.

The party's focus will be a ‘manifesto for the next generation’ with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.  Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.

This is a manifesto about the future: your future, your children’s future, and Britain’s future.

Since 2010, Liberal Democrats have worked in government to rescue and repair Britain’s shattered economy.

Growth is up. Jobs are up. Government borrowing is down. The repairs to our public finances must be completed. And they must be completed fairly. But I do not believe that in the next five years Britain simply wants more of the same.

We need to move from rescue to renewal. We need to move from austerity to ambition. We need to think boldly and restore a sense of national optimism.

After the rescue from recession we cannot go back to the old Britain.

We no longer want an economy based on debt and speculation; out of the rubble of the 2008 crash we must build a new economy, not just reassemble the old one. We cannot accept a society of unfairness and inequality of opportunity. We cannot mortgage our children’s future by ignoring the threat of climate change; and we cannot have a state where power is hoarded at the centre rather than being returned to citizens and to our local areas.

I believe that the task of a liberal party is above all to empower every person to realise their own potential. No matter what your background, your race, your colour, your sex or your sexuality: we believe in you.

Liberal Democrats don’t write anybody off.

Our determination to set people free is the thread that holds this whole manifesto together. The Liberal Democrat vision for the next five years is to focus our efforts on clearing away the biggest barriers that are holding people, and holding Britain, back.

Our objective is to create a stronger economy and a fairer society: a society of free citizens in which every person is enabled to get on in life.

I am incredibly proud of what the Liberal Democrats have achieved in Government.

Think back to 2010: a country in turmoil, at sea on the financial markets, with borrowing spiralling out of control and forecasters predicting disaster as the first peacetime coalition in 80 years sought to restore order after the financial crash.

We have come a long way. The economy rebuilt. Millions of people freed from paying income tax. More renewable energy than ever. The Pupil Premium to help poor children get a first-class education. More childcare and shared parental leave. Cancelling ID cards. Free school meals for under-7s. More apprentices. The biggest ever cash increase in the state pension. A Green Investment Bank. Equal marriage. The biggest transfer of fiscal power to Scotland in three hundred years. None of these things would have happened without the Liberal Democrats.

But this manifesto is about the future and not the past. Liberal Democrats played an essential role in rescuing Britain; I am asking for your support today so that we can lead the renewal.

I am asking you to back a liberal Britain where you and the people you care about have the freedom, the space, and the opportunity to flourish.

Spreading opportunity through education

Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.

The party's focus will be a ‘manifesto for the next generation’ with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people.

Throughout the summer Liberal Democrats have announced the following plans designed to create opportunities for young people. These include:

Liberal Democrats will also pledge to ‘finish the job’ of eliminating the deficit but to do so fairly. The party's plans include continuing to cut taxes for working people and focusing on building infrastructure, investing in green industry and boosting regional growth.

Plans include:

The pre-manifesto will be launched on Wednesday 3 September.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Six weeks paternity leave for fathers

Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.

Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.

The coalition is already introducing shared parental leave in April 2015, with the first parents eligible for the leave finding out they are expecting now.

Liberal Democrat Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said:

"Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society where everybody has the opportunity to get on in life. Shared parental leave plays an essential part in that. It allows couples to choose how to split time off work to look after their new baby.

"Extending paternity leave is an important next step to encouraging new dads to spend more time with their child in those vital early weeks and months after birth.

"When parents share caring responsibilities, more equality in the workplace will follow.

"It is a nonsense to think it is only the mother’s job to look after children. Parenting is a shared responsibility.

"Most dads want to spend more time with their new baby, but can sometimes be discouraged by outdated ideas and cultural barriers in the workplace.

'The ‘use it or lose’ it six weeks will establish the important role of dads early on, and encourage couples to use the full flexibility on offer."

Friday, 29 August 2014

eCops: Area Update 29/08/2014

On 26th of August between 1800 and 1830hrs, a theft from a person took place in Tesco, Bar Hill.  Whilst victim has been shopping in Tesco, perpetrator has stolen his mobile phone from his jacket.

On 25th of August at 215hrs, a theft took place from the Fox Pub in Bar Hill. Suspect has ran up a bill to £55 despite knowing he had no money on him to pay. Suspect has been identified and dealt with accordingly.

There has been further reports in relation to motorists parking fully on footpath in Hill crest, Bar Hill. Parking patrols will continue in the area, any vehicles seen parked on pavement leaving insufficient room for a pram/wheelchair user, will be issued with a parking fine.

On 28th of August at 2330hrs, a man in his 20’s was found in possession of a small quantity of cannabis in Recreation Ground, Girton. This man was dealt with accordingly for the offence. 

Kind Regards

Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Nick Clegg reviews his third day in India

Our third and final day in India began with an early rise of 5.15am so we could make the long journey to Southern India - myself to Bangalore to try to better understand India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and for Ed to visit Hyderabad to continue his energy and climate change discussions.

After arriving at Bangalore’s impressive new airport, our first stop was the Airbus India facility in one of the hubs of the city’s IT sector. This Airbus site isn’t where they actually build the planes – a lot of that happens in the UK – but it instead focuses on the hi-tech modelling, testing and simulation of civil aircraft.

A Q&A with staff revealed they were very proud to be working for Airbus as a business born from a cross European partnership, and interested in building greater relations with the UK. The site manager told me that they had many French and Germans working at the facility but had not yet managed to attract any Brits. So if any of you fancy a high-tech job in a somewhat sunnier climate then I’m happy to put you in touch!

One of the main reasons for my visit to Bangalore was to inaugurate the new UK-India Business Council office so that is where we headed to next. For those unfamiliar with UKIBC, it is a UK government initiative that provides really practical support and facilities to British businesses – especially SMEs – that want to enter the Indian market. It’s a great initiative that means you can get everything from a desk and phone to market in one convenient place.

Bangalore is clearly booming and the people who work here have an infectious enthusiasm for its potential. You hear many stories of companies that have grown from small start-ups to multi-billion giants virtually overnight. My final engagement of the day was to meet with the Chief Minister of Karnataka to discus how this had been achieved and his future plans for the state.

The trip to India has been a really positive experience. It’s an overused phrase but India is genuinely at a crossroads. Prime Minister Modi has a clear vision for how India can finally reach its enormous potential and the enthusiasm of the people I have met gives me no doubt this will happen.