Liberal Democrats won right across the country in May's local elections with successes from the Scottish Highlands to Somerset, from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Kingston-Upon-Hull, from Powys to St Albans.
Liberal Democrats elected 868 Councillors, a net gain of 224!
We are winning again because we are listening to people. Because we hear their concerns and their frustration. Because we are standing up for our values, standing up for our communities, and fighting for a fair deal.
The Green Liberal Democrats are running their 2022 Summer School & Conference - A Turning Point - in Nottingham on June 11th.
2022 Chair Keith Melton states:
"I am sure you have been as delighted as we are by the results that our party has enjoyed in the recent Local Elections.
Throughout the United Kingdom we are better placed to represent our communities and Liberal Democrat values.
In turn, we are able to spark ideas and projects to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Whilst those in positions running councils are particularly influential, even one Lib Dem can push for transformative action.
That's why our Green Liberal Democrat Summer School and Conference is built upon training and panel discussions from experienced and inspiring councillors, leading the way in environmental Local Authority initiatives.
'As place-shapers, only local government holds the wide range of delivery powers and assets - and the potential for market and nonmarket mechanisms to finance action at scale - that are necessary to decarbonise housing, transport, waste and generate nature-based solutions.'
Sir Ed Davey MP was correct, this election marks a 'turning point' for our party. We are a legitimate electoral force again.
Our 223 new councillors and 5 new councils (so far!) represent the opportunity to ratchet up the pressure for real action around the UK.
To find out what you can do to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss where you are, register as a delegate to the GLD Summer School and Conference within the next 48 hours to take advantage of our earlybird price of just £40.
As you may know, I started in local government. As a Councillor in Rochdale, I was proud of our efforts to make our council greener, cleaner and healthier.
Every week I meet with Councillors, Group Leaders and Council Leaders from across the country and I am heartened to hear about the brilliant work being done by so many of our colleagues throughout the UK.
Liberal Democrat-run Local Authorities are on the frontline of tackling the climate emergency and our Councillors have a strong record:
Cllr Sarah Dyke and South Somerset District Council have developed 70 megawatts of battery storage for renewable energy.
Cllr Christian Vassie's work on York City Council has pushed the North Yorkshire Pension Fund to invest £140 million in a Climate Opportunities Fund.
Mayor Dave Hodgson and Bedford Borough Council have reduced carbon emissions across their Council properties by 62% since 2009.
I want to see more of you doing great things. But first, we have to get elected.
It takes a lot of work to get onto the Council. The national crises of the Conservative Party and mismanagement of Labour Councils make this a great opportunity. But, we need people like you and I to deliver leaflets, knock on doors, and help in any way that you can.
Liberal Democrats become Councillors not because we hope to benefit from it, but because we truly care about how our Council is run.
That's why I loved being a Councillor and it's why I am out on the doorstep helping our candidates get over the line.
In the final week, we can push forward. And by Friday morning we will welcome a new group of Liberal Democrat councillors.
This morning, BP reported a sizzling $6.2 billion (£5bn) of underlying profit.
Despite efforts to disguise windfalls under an apparent loss from exiting interests in Russia, BP outperformed projections significantly, benefiting from surging utility prices.
The oil and gas giant could have invested this windfall in green infrastructure, promoting energy security and reducing our carbon footprint. Instead, $2.5 billion has been committed to share buybacks over the next quarter, returning cash to shareholders and executives over improving our energy mix.
BP's Chief Executive Bernard Looney has compared the organisation to a 'cash machine' with 'more cash than we know what to do with'. We have some suggestions. Liberal Democrats have called for a 'Robin Hood' windfall tax on energy giants to support households throughout the UK with spiking bills.
A one-off levy would raise over £10bn over the next year, supporting families and households by allowing us to:
Double the Warm Homes Discount and extend it to all those receiving Universal Credit or Pension Credit.
Double the Winter Fuel Allowance.
Insulate homes to slash heating bills long-term.
Cut VAT to 17.5%, saving households £600 per year.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson sat on Good Morning Britain and told the public that a windfall tax on energy companies will 'discourage them from making the investments that we want to see.'
With 7.5 million households set to enter fuel poverty, we cannot afford to ignore the problem, to stick our heads in the sand.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak state that energy companies will figure it out for us.
This morning, BP gave us $2.5 billion of evidence to the contrary.
Sir Ed Davey MP spoke on BBC Breakfast, reiterating calls for an urgent windfall tax.
Watch his statement here:
We've collated a pack of urgent resources in our Windfall Tax campaign for you to respond to today's news:
We've produced a variety of social media graphics.
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