Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has been e

first_imgJo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats today and will replace Sir Vince Cable. She received 47,900 votes, compared to Sir Ed Davey’s 28,021, on a turnout of 72%.Speaking after the result was announced, Swinson said was “delighted and over the moon” to be elected as the first female leader of the Lib Dems and claimed “liberalism is alive and thriving”.Commenting on the news, Labour Party chair Ian Lavery said: “Jo Swinson sat at the top table of the coalition government and voted for vicious attacks on the most vulnerable and tax cuts for the super-rich and big businesses.“Austerity couldn’t have happened without the Liberal Democrats – leading to shocking levels of child poverty, the tripling of tuition fees, a homelessness crisis and rising food bank use. Labour is the only party that can stop the Tories, and transform Britain so that it works for the many not the few.”The new Lib Dem leader served as a minister in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government and supported the austerity agenda throughout that parliament. At a hustings during the leadership campaign, both Swinson and Davey said they did not accept that austerity was “the wrong economic policy in 2010”.Swinson voted to increase university tuition fees to £9,000 a year, to reduce local government funding, to lower corporation tax, for the bedroom tax, in favour of legal aid cuts, and consistently against higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability.Although green issues were central to both of the Lib Dem candidates’ campaigns, Swinson voted against measures that would have restricted fracking activity in 2015 and against slowing the rise in rail fares under the coalition government.Tags:Lib Dems /Jo Swinson /Lib Dem leadership election 2019 /last_img read more

STATE of Minds annual First Utility Super League

first_imgSTATE of Mind’s annual First Utility Super League State of Mind round of fixtures will take place on the weekend of July 7-10.Round 21 will champion this year’s State of Mind theme of dealing with change, and how it affects mental fitness.A special launch event was held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington recently to kick-off the campaign, which included several current and former players sharing their stories in a series of videos that will be released to coincide with the campaign.As has been the case for the past five seasons, volunteers and mental health professionals will be on hand at every Super League fixture in the round to offer advice and provide information.Co-founder, Dr. Phil Cooper, said: “We wanted to get an international flavour to the theme this year, because mental fitness is important for everyone wherever you live in the world. State of Mind is all about improving people’s mental fitness and signposting people to where they can get help and support.“The main focus is around change. A lot of rugby league players will find themselves in situations where they either have to change club, coming to the end of their career, moving from one side of the world to the other or to a different country, and all that change brings different pressures for different people.“Players need to have their family support network around them, which is probably just as important as their squad mates.“It’s massively important that the RFL and Rugby League Cares are supportive in allowing us to have a round of fixtures. It’s a great credit to the RFL because it’s the only sport’s governing body in Britain that themes a round of fixtures around mental fitness.“The round give us a lot of exposure. It’s a big part of our work. The State of Mind round is a massive opportunity to get those messages about how you can get help and support around the changes in your own life.”To coincide with this year’s theme, a new State of Mind t-shirt has been designed by Luke McGeagh, as part of a competition run with fashion students at Liverpool John Moore’s University.Details on the activity surrounding the State of Mind round will be shared through official club channels in the coming weeks.For more information, visit www.stateofmindsport.orglast_img read more