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Mark in Cottam (Mark Jewell) Talking with Police Mark at dog show Frack Free Lancashire
  • Article: Dec 2, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Fylde will have seen their budgets cut by £2,587,901 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

    This is equivalent to a cut of £291 per pupil. Across the constituency, 94% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.

    Mark Jewell, Liberal Democrat candidate for Fylde said:

    "Young people across Fylde deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life.

    "But instead, the Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Across the country, hundreds of schools rely on handouts from local parents or cut staff numbers to make ends meet. Some schools are even shortening the school day because they can't afford to keep children at school for a five-day week.

    "As the next MP for Fylde, I will fight to reverse school cuts so that our children can get the resources they need to learn.

    "Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child in Fylde. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion a year more on schools and recruit 20,000 more teachers to give every child the skills they need to succeed in life."

  • Frack Free Lancashire
    Article: Nov 24, 2019

    Responding to campaign calls from Friends of the Earth and others for the next government to ban fracking, Liberal Democrat Climate Emergency spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:
    Boris Johnson's Conservatives sold a lie when they announced a ban on fracking. A moratorium is not a ban. The Tories cannot shake off their shocking record on the climate emergency on the eve of an election.
    Liberal Democrats are clear that embarking on a whole new front of carbon-based fuels and energy production would do nothing to help meet our climate commitments.
    This election gives the public an opportunity to vote for a brighter future. A Liberal Democrat government would ban fracking, declare a climate crisis and introduce a radical new programme of investment in clean, climate technology.

  • BBC Radio 'Lancashire Decides'
    Article: Nov 22, 2019
    By Mark Jewell

    Mark joined the other candidates on Fylde for BBC Radio Lancashire's 'Lancashire Decides' program.

    You can hear the full program here

    The Liberal Democrats are the leading remain party in Fylde, beating the Conservatives into third place at the European elections in May.

    We want to Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion remain bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats launched their General Election campaign today.

    A Liberal Democrat government will stop Brexit and invest a £50 billion Remain bonus in our public services and tackling inequality.

    Our own conservative estimate is that our economy would be 1.9% larger by 2024-2025 if we stayed iin the EU. This amounts to a £50 billion bonus that the Liberal Democrats will use to invest in public services and to tackle inequality.

  • Frack Free Lancashire
    Article: Nov 3, 2019
    By Mark Jewell

    The Fylde Liberal Democrats have welcomed news that the government have temporarily banned fracking.

    Fylde's Liberal Democrat candidate, Mark Jewell, commented, "At face value this is welcome news, but I am sceptical of the governments comments going into a General Election."

    Mark has consistently voted against fracking as a former Lancashire County Councillor.

  • Lea is effectively paying twice for grass cutting
    Article: Apr 8, 2018
    By Mark Jewell

    Once again your local LibDems have led the fight for residents of Lea ward. LibDem councillors on Preston City Council voted against Labour's unfair Parish tax, increasing the Parish precept by 94%. This means residents of a D-band property in Lea are paying an extra £24.

    This increase has been forced onto the Parish by the Labour controlled Council so that the Parish pays for cutting grass verges in Lea. Mark commented, "The rub of this is that there is already a provision within our Council Tax for the cutting of grass verges so the residents of Lea are effectively paying twice!"

  • Ed Craven highlights sunken drain
    Article: Dec 9, 2017

    In our winter focus we reported local flooding on Greavestown Lane.

    Local campaigner Ed Craven highlighted the issue to fellow campaigner Mark Jewell. Mark wrote to Lancashire County Council to report it.

    In an update on the Lancashire County Council website it was reported as closed on 27th November 2017 (ref: 268297).

  • Mark views what already goes on at St Christopher's
    Article: Aug 3, 2017
    By Mark Jewell

    Local Campaigner, Mark Jewell, attended the public meeting at St Christopher's Church earlier this summer.

    Mark explained, "the public meeting was to hold an open meeting about the concept design and the Church's continued work within the community".

    Rev Peter Hamborg explained that the aim was to fund the new building from charitable trusts interested in community projects. He added, that securing the future of the building secures the long term future of the remembrance garden.

European Election bar chart from May 2019 showing the Lib Dems ahead of Conservatives,.Greens and Labour in Fylde.