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Conservatives poised to 'snatch' school lunches

History repeats itself: "Theresa May took your lunch away"

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Tessa has reacted angrily to the Conservative manifesto pledge to scrap free school meals for every young child, an immensely successful and popular policy introduced by the Lib Dems in coalition.

Tessa said:

In my day, people would chant, "Thatcher, Thatcher, 'milk snatcher', if Theresa May wins with a landslide next month, there'll be shouts of "Theresa May took your lunch away".

Taking lunches away from schoolchildren gives a flavour of what will happen if you don't vote for decent, and independent minded MPs like me in the House of Commons. 

Every parent knew their child sat down at a table to eat a nutritious, hot, midday meal with their classmates. This is a hugely popular policy with busy working parents and those who are less well off, alike.

This just demonstrates Theresa May and her colleagues' cold and mean-spirited vision for Britain’s future.

Tessa Munt

18th May 2017

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Lib Dems announce £2bn Flood Prevention Fund

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The Liberal Democrats will commit to a £2bn flood prevention fund which focuses on providing support for small community and locally led schemes.

The aim is to reduce upstream flooding and the knock-on effects in downstream and coastal areas, as well as improving flood defences, and introducing high standards for flood resilience for buildings and infrastructure in flood risk areas.
 
Flooding is exacerbated by climate change so is hardly the fault of communities up and down the country that have been devastated by flooding.

In government, it was Liberal Democrats pushing for proper funding for flood defences. Money and actions speak louder than words.

Tessa said:
 
“In other parts of the country the government paid for flood defences but in Somerset the people were asked to pay through their council taxes because the government would not fund it. David Cameron famously said: ‘money is no object’. What he actually meant was ‘your money is no object.' I am delighted the Liberal Democrats are able to offer hope to communities blighted by flooding.”

Tessa Munt 

Standing up for Somerset

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Liberal Democrats will BLOCK Fracking

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The Liberal Democrats will block Fracking and would halt all current and future operations in England and Wales. The Lib Dems voted overwhelmingly to oppose Fracking at their conference in 2016.

Our focus would instead be placed on renewables, off shore wind, solar and unblocking large-scale ambitious projects like the Swansea Tidal Lagoon.

An average fracking well uses millions of gallons of water [1] and involves a cocktail of chemicals.  In 2011, the Environment Agency found flow-back fluid from operations in Lancashire contained “notably high levels of sodium, chloride, bromide and iron, as well as lead" [2]. Spills and leaks are possible at every stage of the process, risking pollution of the surrounding water table [3].

Other impacts, such as noise pollution, air pollution and the potential impacts on human health also show why fracking is such a controversial method of extraction​.

France has opted for an outright ban of fracking and in Ireland a bill to ban fracking is currently passing through their Parliament.

Tessa voted against Fracking whilst an ​MP, resigning as a junior member of the Government over the matter.  Tessa's successor, James ​Heappey pledged to block fracking in the run up to the last election, but then voted to weaken the very ​environmental protection regulations which would reduce the​ risks.

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