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Exeter Liberal Democrats

  • Climate Action Now
    Article: Oct 21, 2021
    By Exeter Liberal Democrats

    The Progressive Group on Exeter City Council have succeeded in persuading the council to work on a separate Risk Register to monitor the Council's ability to meet its Net Zero Council by 2030 target. The Labour-led council pledged in 2019 for Exeter to become Net Zero by 2030 - a state where emissions of carbon in the city are balanced by removal of carbon out of the atmosphere.

    However, the Progressive Group says there are risks associated with not achieving this target. The Group won cross party support for these risks to be identified and managed.

    Cllr Diana Moore Green Party Councillor and Co-Leader of the Progressive Group said:

    "Exeter has an ambitious pledge to become a Net Zero city by 2030, a target agreed after pressure from the Progressive group. However, there are serious consequences if we don't achieve this target. The Council must be clear about how it will meet this pledge, not only for its own activities but for the city.

    "For Exeter, tackling climate change will bring a range of benefits including improving the health of people suffering as a result of cold and damp housing - home insulation and retrofitting are key to reducing carbon emissions and addressing fuel poverty in the city. Equally, reducing transport emissions would put an end to Exeter's serious air pollution and corresponding respiratory illnesses. A Net Zero city would also create many local green job opportunities."

    Cllr Michael Mitchell, Liberal Democrat, who proposed the motion, said:

    "Most people are reminded on a daily basis of the risks at a global and national level of failing to reduce carbon emissions and achieve Net Zero. Storms, floods, heatwaves and droughts are all becoming more frequent and more intense due to the way we are disrupting the climate.

    "But there are also risks at a local level, which is why succeeding in persuading the council to introduce a separate Risk Register to monitor the council's ability to meet its Net Zero 2030 target is so significant. This is a big win for the Progressive Group on the council, and for the people of Exeter and its environment."


    [1] See end of draft minutes: http://committees.exeter.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=51898

    RESOLVED that:-

    (2) a separate Risk Register be introduced as soon as the Net Zero team were in place to monitor the Council's ability to meet the 2030 target for the delivery of a Net Zero Council.

  • Black History Month
    Article: Oct 20, 2021
    By Exeter Liberal Democrats

    Advance notice of 2021 AGM

    In view of continuing uncertainties as the winter commences, we have decided, as with last year, to hold our Annual General Meeting as an online event. Hopefully this will be the last year this has to occur as we plan to hold a range of face-to-face events in 2022.

    You will receive formal notice of the AGM and how to take part at the end of the month. Date for your computer or smart phone diary -- Thursday 25th November at 7pm.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    In collaboration with the Liberal Democrat European Group, the Federal Policy Committee are organising regional events giving members a chance to shape our policy on Europe. We want to hear your thoughts on what our priority areas should be, what solutions you might have to problems raised and how we can continue to promote a close relationship with Europe.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2021

    With COP just weeks away, the Prime Minister has been urging countries to announce meaningful cuts to emissions.

    But his speech hides something entirely different. His Government are failing to make progress on cutting emissions and are instead going backwards.

    1. Tree planting humiliation

    In the 2019 election the Conservatives promised to plant 30,000 hectares of trees a year by 2024. But rather than increasing they're actually going backwards.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2021

    In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. We must put an end to this.

    The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.