Greater Manchester worst in the country for drug misuse

Greater Manchester makes up nearly 7% of all cases of drug misuse, ranking highest in the country, according to new NHS England figures.

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GM Mayor Andy Burnham will campaign to Leave even if Labour gets new Brexit deal

The Liberal Democrats have responded to comments from Labour's Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham who has said he will campaign to Leave the EU in a second referendum – even if Labour secures a new Brexit deal.

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40% of academics quit North West in three years

Almost 40% of EU academics from major universities in the North West have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

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Opposition Questions to Council - November 2019

Below are the questions the Liberal Democrats will ask on behalf of local residents in today's full council meeting.

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DfE stats show Gov must invest in Northern schools or face dividing country for a generation

Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for starving Northerners of education investment, as DfE stats show a stark North/South divide.

Senior Liberal Democrats across the North said the Government 'must urgently invest in the region's schools or face dividing the country for generations to come.'

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Lib Dems on Wear Red Day: UEFA must ban teams that don't tackle racism

The Lib Dems have called for UEFA to ban football teams that don't tackle racism today (Show Racism the Red Card's Wear Red Day, 18/10/19).The call comes after several England players were

racially abused during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday, and racism continues to blight football across Europe, including in the UK since Brexit.

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Labour plans to push through Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day scrapped

Plans by Manchester Council to push forward with the much-maligned Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day (10/10/19) have been scrapped.

Reacting to the news that Manchester Council had planned to push forward with the Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Manchester John Leech said there was a "dark and sinister sense of irony."

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Dramatic u-turn on Brexit from senior Northern Labour figures

Senior Northern Labour figures have signed a letter pleading with the EU to reject a Brexit delay in a dramatic u-turn on the party's policy, despite having voted for a delay just days earlier. 

‘Joker’ may have just been released in cinemas across the country but Labour’s Brexit position is now “beyond a joke”, the Lib Dems have said. 

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Lib Dems call for 'When The Fun Stops, Stop.' slogan to be scrapped amid concerns it is 'exacerbating gambling crisis'

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the gambling industry's slogan 'When The Fun Stops, Stop' to be scrapped ahead of renewed scrutiny into tackling the crisis today.

The 'When The Fun Stops, Stop.' campaign was introduced by the industry-funded responsible betting body Senet Group in 2015.

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"No more soundbites": Lib Dems call for urgent action on rehabilitation of young offenders

The Liberal Democrats have launched a scathing attack on the government's record of rehabilitating offenders after a report into the treatment of young offenders revealed a shocking lack of care and resources.

Of the 50 young offenders observed in the report, just 44% of them received specialist support for their substance misuse problems in the months after they left the young offenders institute, a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) has uncovered.

Just 11 of the 50 went back into education or training immediately.

The Lib Dems have slammed the government's record on rehabilitation, accusing it of settling for "pathetic soundbites" which is not backed up with resources.

Last year, senior Liberal Democrat John Leech launched an inquiry into the link between prisoners being abandoned upon release and the lack of housing available to them.

He revealed that hundreds of prisoners released each year are at serious risk of ending up on the streets because of a lack of social and affordable homes in major cities like Manchester.

The problem was even worse for young people with little or no support structure in place.

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