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Devolution Deal Getting More Urgent by the Day

by jamesbaker on 27 November, 2017

Labour and Conservative council leaders need to stop squabbling and start working together to thrash out a devolution deal with the government. At the meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Scrutiny Committee on November 15th  I heard that funding streams worth millions of pounds are shortly to come to an end unless replacements are found. […]

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Remembrance Sunday Services Across Calderdale

by jamesbaker on 3 November, 2017

  REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES Remembrance Sunday Services accross Calderdale Bailiff Bridge                        10.45 am        Assemble at the Memorial Garden, Bailiff Bridge 11.00 am        Service and wreath laying.  Councillor D Kirton   Brighouse                            3.00 pm          Service of Remembrance in St Martin’s Parish Church, Brighouse followed by wreath laying service in Ryding Park. Councillor H Blagbrough   Elland            […]

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Why I’m standing to be your next MP

by jamesbaker on 24 April, 2017

  I’m passionate about Liberalism and i’d like to tell you why. My mother brought my sister and I up together as a widowed parent after my father passed away. Despite the difficulty of losing her husband, she studied part-time to get a University degree and to get a better job to support our family. […]

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Calderdale Liberal Democrats support #visitmymosque

by jamesbaker on 8 February, 2017

  Last Sunday a group of Calderdale Liberal Democrats including three Calderdale Councillors went along to visit the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Mosque on Hopwood Lane. The open day was part of a national #visitmymosque day where Mosques across the country opened their doors to people of all faiths and no faiths. Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale […]

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The Queen’s Sapphire Jubliee has been marked with a 41 gun salute. The Queen is the first ever ruling monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee. # Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats said “The Queen has dedicated 65 years of her life to public service as the Monarch of the United Kingdom, her […]

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  We were recently contacted by a resident Mr David Hinchliffe who lives in Warley Town. Broadband speeds in the village can be dreadful, as low as 1.5-3 mb/s. This really isn’t good enough in this day and age, and both the government, Council and infrastructure providers BTOpenworld should be doing more to deliver a […]

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Parliament votes to trigger Article 50.

by jamesbaker on 1 February, 2017

So there we have it, tonight Parliament voted to trigger Article 50. Now whereas the referendum result was advisory, our parliament is sovereign. As such I accept there is now a democratic mandate for Brexit. Despite that I still think it’s a big mistake, and will be really, really bad for our country and good […]

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  Theresa May has said she wants to take the UK out of the single market. This is the hard Brexit that the likes of Nigel Farage and UKIP have campaigned for. Despite this Halifax’s Labour MP Holly Lynch has said she will back the Conservative Government’s plans to trigger Article 50 and vote to […]

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New Parish Council a Step Nearer

by jamesbaker on 25 January, 2017

A new parish council – the first in Calderdale since local government reorganisation in 1974 – has moved a step nearer to being created. Members of Calderdale Council’s Governance and Business Committee this week (23rd January) agreed to the creation of the Stainland and District Parish Council, though a final vote will be taken at […]

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Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats reports Throughout the coalition years Liberal Democrats took a lot of flak for undertaking the difficult task of working to bring back proper management of the nation’s finances after years of reckless Labour spending. Sadly it seems all of this effort was thrown out of the window […]

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