Government funding secured to take the next step in delivering new Haxby station

As a part of the one-year spending review announced by the Chancellor today, the Government has confirmed that funding will be provided to further develop proposals for Haxby Station, with the expansion of the funding available in the third round of the New Stations Fund. This follows extensive lobbying efforts by local Lib Dem councillors and marks the next step in securing the delivery of Haxby station.

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York Lib Dems respond to Spending Review Statement

Read our reaction below on the one-year Spending Review statement delivered by the Chancellor. 

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Cross-party petition launched for York to remain York

Representatives from business, health, education and political parties have come together to launch a cross-party petition to back York’s case to remain an independent council. The petition will be submitted to the House of Commons to show that York’s residents and businesses are opposed to the proposals to merge York into a 'mega-council' along with Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby districts.

Residents are invited to sign the cross-party petition to keep decision making for York in York HERE (http://www.change.org/Webackyork)

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City leaders to submit proposals for mass testing in York

Following a meeting of York’s outbreak management advisory board (18 November) partners have agreed to extend targeting testing focused on priority groups and apply to undertake mass testing across the city to aid in the local efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

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Government must invest and future proof the East Coast Main Line

York Liberal Democrats are joining Invest East Coast Rail calls on the UK and Scottish governments to invest in the East Coast Main Line, after research conducted on their behalf found that economies served by the line could see over £11 billion of wider economic benefits as part of a coherent package of rail schemes, including the full delivery of HS2.

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Cross-party petition to be launched to keep decisions for York in York

This Friday (20th November) will see business, health, education and city partners alongside representatives from all political parties come together to launch a cross-party campaign to back York’s case to remain a unitary council. The campaign will feature a cross-party petition, which will be submitted to the House of Commons to show that York’s residents and businesses are opposed to the proposals to merge York into a 'mega-council'.

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York Lib Dems call for free postage to care homes in the run up to Christmas

York's Lib Dem councillors are calling on the Royal Mail to allow people to send cards and parcels to loved ones in care homes for free for the rest of the year.

The move comes after An Post—Ireland's postal service—announced it will carry letters, large envelopes, packets and parcels up to 2Kg addressed to residents in nursing homes, residential accommodation in the mental health or disability sectors and convalescent homes for free until 31st January 2021.

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York Central development takes major step forward as construction is allowed to begin

Following the approval of a reserved matters planning application on Thursday night (12 November), construction can start on the York Central site, with a crucial next step taken towards delivering more homes, better-paid jobs, and new community spaces on the city-centre brownfield site.


City of York Council has approved a reserved matters planning application that allows the infrastructure work to go ahead, with initial site clearance already started and contractor due to start on site in early 2021.

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'Back York' Campaign Reaches New Important Milestone

The Lib Dem led campaign against the local Conservative Councillors and MP's proposals to merge York into a new 'mega-council' stretching from the suburbs of Redcar in the north to those of Doncaster in the south, along the east coast, has reached a major new milestone.

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Council backs Lib Dem calls to seek Government support for residents, business and public health teams

In a Full Council meeting, York councillors have backed Lib Dem calls for cross-party lobbying efforts to take place to secure additional testing facilities together with improved testing capacity, as well as crucial financial support to support city’s residents and businesses

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