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This General Election is about the direction of our country for the next generation 

November 4, 2019 9:45 AM

Paul Ray

Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Lichfield:

"The Lib Dems are the only major party to have come out unequivocally against the UK leaving the European Union which would impoverish the country for at least a generation. The Conservative Party appear to wish to lead the country over the cliff of an economic and social disaster, and Labour's current leadership seems unable to make up its mind. Jeremy Corbyn though has always been against membership of the EU that has brought billions of pounds of benefits to communities throughout the nation and this region.

In the May local elections for Lichfield and Burntwood, our candidates won almost 30% of the votes where they stood. That was almost 10% ahead of Labour. Since then support for the Lib Dems and their policies of fairness and vision of a level playing field for all has increased.

I realise that this constituency voted to Leave the EU but the evidence is that many of those who voted Leave did so because of misinformation, distortion of facts, or outright lies promoted by the Leave campaign. The wishes of the majority is not to forge full steam ahead into the iceberg of a 'no deal' Brexit. The final decision should rest with the general population, including those who were too young to vote in 2016 but whose lives will be among those most affected in the event of a Brexit. Remember, no-one born in this century voted - to Leave or to Remain.

To claim, as do some in the Leave camp," Paul Ray says, "that a confirmatory referendum / People's Vote would be 'undemocratic' is to ignore that opinions change as new facts come to light. And the composition of the electorate has changed, with the overwhelming majority of the younger generation being in favour of remaining as full members of the EU. How, after all, is asking the people to give their view 'undemocratic'?

Lib Dems have always supported democratic solutions: voting at 16, reform of the House of Lords, proportional voting system, opposition to the 'Snoopers' Charter' and so on.

The extreme Leavers, including Michael Fabricant, Lichfield's MP, have repeatedly blocked any attempt in Parliament to accept a deal which would soften the blow for those most vulnerable and weakest in our society.

A People's Vote would mean that we would be able to make an informed decision about staying or leaving the EU. Whether you voted for Leave or Remain we should make decisions about the future for our children and grandchildren based on facts rather than slogans and the last-minute panic which seems to have characterised the Conservatives' ham-handed efforts so far.

We are ready to take the fight to Boris Johnson & Jeremy Corbyn. They are stuck in the past.

Vote Paul Ray. Vote Lib Dem on 12 December to stop Brexit and ensure that we can build a brighter future for our United Kingdom."