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We fought and died alongside the French in WWI.

We fought and died alongside the French in WWII.

The French cut off supplies of Exocet Missiles to Argentina after they invaded the Falkland Islands. Against their interests.

France guarded our waters after the Tories scrapped our only Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

We fought and defeated Gaddafi alongside the French.

We mourned with France after Charlie Hebdo.

France mourned with us after Manchester.

France has sworn to defend us against attack by a sovereign state.

French interests are largely British interests and vice versa.

They are our neighbours and friends, whatever our differences.

Macron never deployed a chemical weapon on British soil.

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Analysis of Home Office data by #LibDems:
Tory government has sent 3,071 LGBTQ+ asylum seekers back to countries where homosexuality is criminalised since 2017.…
There were 415 LGB asylum applications lodged in the UK in 2021, 77 per cent fewer than in 2019. Total asylum applications rose by 36 per cent in the same period.
Over 100 of successful applications for asylum were from LGB people fleeing Pakistan, which criminalises LGBTQ+ people. In Pakistan the maximum penalty is life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Other LGBs granted asylum were from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Iran, Uganda and Iraq.
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Festive hustings here at st Johns Methodist church in #Whitchurch. #libdems @helenhalcrow up first with introduction. Time for #NorthShropshire to stop being taken for granted, support farmers & invest in rail & buses.
Next @DuncanKer . Talks about his experience in local govt as a social workerchief exec. Moved to #NorthShropshire in 2012, made a rundown chapel into an arts & community centre. Elected first #green on #oswestry town & then @ShropCouncil . Lists some campaigns, agst fracking,
Agst NHS cuts,& trying to save the ambulance station. In May 2021 @TheGreenParty was the only one to win seats in #NorthShropshire . Now 12 of 18 seats on #oswestry town council. #Greens can win elections & when they do people vote for more.
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Ready to start here in #oswestry #NorthShropshire . Just the four main candidates. Being live streamed on
Chair @joolspayne introduces the event @ShropCEEbill
#ClimateCrisis is a top concern for people in UK. Reminds us of #ZeroHour bill in parliament @CarolineLucas
@DuncanKer speaks first. @TheGreenParty will act on #climatecrisis & has local track record. #green town council in #Oswestry is making life better. Vote for what you believe in. Want green #votegreen.
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1/ Friday morning polling analysis: A lot of people are getting excited about this poll because they think it means Labour may have a chance of winning under #Starmer. Actually, it's a bad poll for the Tories and #Labour. Here's why...
2/ 35% is on the high end of #Labour's polling range under #Starmer this past year but it does not represent a significant uptick in support from what we've come to expect. The really interesting figure is that the Tories are on 33%...
3/ over the past year, Tory polling has been bottoming out around the high 30s and previously reached as far as the high 40s. But the decline in support is real and more recently, they have been polling at the lower end of this range...
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On Twitter I’ve always aimed to convey fact-based views. As a Lib Dem I believe President #Macron is right to make #COVID health passes mandatory to protect the people of France’s freedoms. The #LibDems should do so too but took a mis-step at the spring 2021 conference. Why?
Because as President #Macron said, it’s about citizenship. Freedom only exists if the freedom of everyone is protected. If by exercising our freedom we contaminate our fellow citizens it’s become irresponsibility, which is worth nothing. The #LibDems motion, seeking a liberal
response to the pandemic, tried to do too much too fast. The motion actually says that the party rejects the need for ‘#vaccinepassports’ for domestic use. That was before the Delta variant took hold. Has the need changed? I think so. The motion says Conference believes
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Why did the voters of True Blue Tory #CheshamAndAmersham go #LibDems this time? Here’s my take (tldr - much more than nimbyism)
First, obvs, it’s a by-election, the message that “this won’t change the Gov’t but can change how they see us” resonated, and the Libdems had a brilliant candidate, good recent local elections and a ton of helpers piling in. Tories seemed complacent, voters like to be wooed.
NIMBY issues were part of the campaign - impossible to ignore HS2 locally and it affects the Tory villages more than the towns. Planning concerns showed here - as across SE in May’s elections - but far from the whole story.
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#Covid19UK – my statement on economic reponse of govt

We face an unprecedented threat, and we must utilise every available resource to protect people's livelihoods and support business at this extraordinary time.

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#Covid19UK – economic statement

The level of financial interventions proposed by govt may prove commensurate with the gravity of the current crisis, but must be kept under review.

#Covid19UK – economic statement

For now, we urge government to act rapidly to implement the measures outlined by the Chancellor to provide immediate relief to businesses already struggling, and to provide certainty for the coming weeks and months.

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"EU producers and authorities don't issue VI1 documents within the EU and there is not enough infrastructure (labs, inspectors) to do so, certainly not by January 1, 2021. VI1 documents are .... a protectionist measure to make life more difficult for non-EU suppliers of wine".
This is *one example* of a Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB) to trade.

They are MUCH more problematic than tariffs.

So when the Government claims victory on a zero-tariff Trade Agreement - look at the Large print on #RulesofOrigin and other docs required.
These NTBs are what will cause many UK importers and exporters to go bust.

#LiarJohnson doesn't do detail or small print.

#IDS has said we don't have qualified negotiators to do it, either.


#BrexitOwnIt Day25
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Holy Moses.

It is also incredible - knowing all this evidence and having reports from the Information Commissioner and a Judgment on illegal coordination between the Vote.Leave and Be.Leave campaigns, as well as overspend- that both UK and EU continued Brexit negotiations.

Article 50 (1) states "Any Member State may decide to Withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements".

The result of the 2016 Referendum was cited by Mrs May in her Article 50 letter of 29 March 2017 as the basis of her Decision to start

withdrawal negotiations. A period to last two years, or longer by joint agreement.

The illegal breaches of Electoral Law, by both the Vote.Leave and Be.Leave campaigns, would have seen the result declared 'Null and Void' - EXCEPT for the fact that the Referendum

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For what it's worth, as wounds from #Brexit and #GE2019 are licked, this is what I think needs to happen (and not happen) next (THREAD).
1. It's crystal clear that you can't win an election in modern Britain if you're to the left of where Blair & Brown were. The argument #Corbyn wasn't Brexity or left wing enough is barely worth dignifying with a retort. Look at history post 1979, and the new electoral map.
2. It's also clear that the #LibDems will only ever, at best, be in a position to hold the balance of power, like a DUP. Our flawed electoral system means they will never break through beyond that.
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We’re deeply disappointed with the results from last night. Congratulations to all those #LibDems who won or kept those seats and commiserations to those who didn’t especially @joswinson 1/4 #GeneralElection
We should now prepare ourselves for 5 more years of Tory government. The NHS is under threat, education is on its knees and Johnson’s Brexit deal threatens to break apart our union. But there is hope... 2/4
Like we’ve said since the referendum, democracy didn’t die on 23rd June 2016. Likewise it hasn’t died on 12th December 2019. We will continue to fight for Britain’s place and relationship with the EU and our vision of an inclusive, liberal society that we’ll get to someday.
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More reminders.

#Kensington. Vote Labour tomorrow. Here's why.

I see the appeal of lib dems. I want to vote for Sam.

But he has shifted remain votes from lab to lib not con.

That's the sort of outcome we don't need.

Vote #labour and @emmadentcoad tomorrow in #Kensington.
The recriminations between #labour and #libdems on splitting votes go way back before #GE19 - but check my timeline - I've been constructive advocting cooperation.

I don't care who has done what to the other.

I care if we all lose. I'm objective.

Not least because I'm prepared to change my view as we get new data.

At the start of the campaign, I advocated for Lib Dems in #Kensington. @emmadentcoad
Is a good MP, but data said libs had a better chance.

Now, on the most credible data we have, voting LD = tory win here.
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@jeremycorbyn @joswinson #Labour #LibDems @NicolaSturgeon #SNP

A last chance.
Latest Poll.
Progressives 54%
Regressives 46%

You've won folks!
And yet lost.

Few options are left but there is still one. It's not inconsistent for anyone snd it unites.

Press Weds?

Care Diem⏬
So many people want to see friends come together.

And you've tried.

@joswinson 2nd ref statements yesterday has much more appeal than #revoke.

@NicolaSturgeon reasonable moderated language on #IndyRef2 helps

Now @jeremycorbyn it's your turn

Cynical? In denial? Could we have predicted this?
We tried.

Chaos ahead

Tories don't win, progressives lose.

The danger of a fight. The opportunity for unity
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#Brexitcast This thread is about the consequences for the UK economy if Johnson get his Free Trade Agreement. It may be quite long!
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#Brexitcast This thread looks to what might happen if Johnson wins an outright majority in the Commons, with his MPs all committed to his Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA). It examines the prospects for a Free Trade Agreement with the EU (EU-FTA) and its consequences for the UK.
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There's some war weariness creeping into this #GE19. That's understandable after 3 years.

Let me inject you with some virtual strength #FBPE. 5 tweets and 1 long view. Anyone can share that eh?

Injection 1
#GetBrexitDone was a brilliant nefarious lie. But people have woken up.
Injection 2.
And Tory Reseach shows them this is a problem which is why they're undermining their own brilliantly devious position.

It's broken. The question is, how quickly does it unravel.

For Theresa May, it was less time than we still have.

Injection 3.
And yes, it's disappointing some leaders in #Labour and #LibDems are playing a game of Mutual Self Destruction.

But YOU don't need to play.

Look to the grass roots. Do the same in your constituency, or join an existing initiative.

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It's here! Our new report on what the various manifestos have to say about Brexit #GeneralElection2019, #GeneralElection, #Election2019, #Brexit, #ConservativeManifesto, #LabourManifesto, #LibDems, #SNP, #PlaidCymru, #Greens, #BrexitParty 1/25
It tells you everything you need to know about the party positions on the Brexit process, the future relationship and much more. We hope this report sets out in a clear and straightforward way what they’re all pledging to do. 2/25
First, let me thank all of those who have contributed: @CSBarnard24, @matt_bevington, @CharlieBEU, @hayward_katy, @McEwen_Nicola, @jdportes, @jillongovt, @DanielWinc, @DrAlanWager, @salterjp 3/25
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Hey. We’re new to Twitter. To open our account, we’ve analysed what MPs earned - in addition to their salaries - in the last Parliament. MPs declare such earnings, but in a super unstructured way. So, we’ve written some code to create a neat dataset of all their declarations.
Since the last #GeneralElection, MPs have earned £8.4 million in addition to their parliamentary salary (an average of £12,900 per MP).
Over half of this £8.4million was earned by just 15 MPs.
#BorisJohnson earned the most, nearly £800,000. That’s equivalent to an additional £27,440 a month. The other 14 top-earners were all men too…
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My #GE2019 poll tracker is now up to date on my blog here

As before, I've compared latest polls to election results from GE74 to #GE17 & broken the data down by region, #GE2017, #Brexit & class.

Full details in the blog but here are the key pts. /1
#ConservativeParty are back to #GE2017 levels in all regions. Votes are being redistributed from remainers to leavers and the key to a majority is the efficiency of this transfer. /2
#Labour are around 10 pts behind where they were in #GE2017. Can they repeat the comeback of GE17 again? The key is reclaiming the defectors to the #LibDems and they have been doing that but they are leaking to the #Tories as well. /3
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Here are 25 @LibDems target seats currently held by the Tories. If you're a voter in any of these constituencies, you should certainly consider voting #LibDems to kick the Tory out. #TacticalVoting #DitchTheTories #DitchJohnson #StopBrexit
@LibDems Vote for the @LibDems candidate Daisy Cooper @libdemdaisy in the St Albans constituency. #DitchJohnson #StopBrexit
@LibDems @libdemdaisy Vote for the @LibDems candidate Sarah Olney @sarahjolney1 in the Richmond Park constituency. #DitchJohnson #StopBrexit
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#GE2019 #GeneralElection2019

Are you still #undecided?
Are you thinking of voting #LibDem? Think very hard: your vote may get you a very bad #Brexit.
You want to #Remain & that's why you're voting #LibDem?
But the #LibDems can't #RevokeArticle50 unless they win the election. In 2017 they won 12 seats. They need 326 MPs to win. How many do they need to claim a mandate to #Revoke?
Maybe the #LibDems can form a minority government?
Could a minority government #RevokeArticle50? Even for that the #LibDems would need at least 200 seats. And what other parties would they then need for success? The #SNP might vote to #RevokeArticle50, but would they be enough?
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Some other ways to see #libdems £50B #RemainBonus
For #NoDeal the bonus would 🚀 to £170B over 5 years.

Brexit currency is Hospitals. Vote leave est⏬

#remainBonus is 143 Hospitals vs. #Borisdeal 6

Leave said £350m a week to NHS.
In fact they're Taking £200m a week from NHS
Then there's a "little bit" of a mandate problem since Cummings chalked up the entire Leave 2016 win to this reverse truth NHS Promise (verbatim below).

If you don't deliver what you promise the public to leave, does it look like you respect the result?

Do other promises from 2016 offset NHS "miscalculation"?

Sorry. None of the 2016 promises under #BorisDeal. ZERO

You can't really even call it #Brexit.

#BorisDeal sells you a car and hands over to you a banana skin.

Press down hard to Accelerate.

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#TacticalVoting is a good plan, and it was promoted heavily it before the 2017 GE. Here are two seats that the #Conservatives still won. In #RichmondPark, where #Labour are never going to win, they took 5773 votes. Zac Goldsmith won with a majority of 45.
In Hastings and Rye, The LibDems, who were never going to win, took 1885 votes. Amber Rudd won by 346 votes. Had the #LibDems and #Labour stood aside appropriately in these two seats, and told its supporters who to support, there would have probably been more favourable results.
My concern is that, like in 2017, the #TacticalVoting message won't reach everybody. It is a shame that at least one of these parties won't entertain any concept of not standing in some constituencies.
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