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Liberal Future: For A Europe Of Free Nations – BreXit Now!
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Liberal Future believes that small is beautiful!  We wish to move away from gigantism towards more rooted way of living.  We want as little government interference in our daily lives as is possible.  These are just two of the reasons why we supported Brexit.

We feel that the the EU is a rich man’s club for powerful corporate big business and banking elites. Their underlings – the politicians – are simply happy enough with the trappings of power.

We also believe that the end goal for the EU is the formation of a United States of Europe. This will have to be a highly centralised political and economic system – systems we are bitterly opposed to.

We believe in what could be termed as a ‘Confederate States of Europe’ where free European nations would have the right to make their own laws, rules and regulations.  They should be allowed – indeed, encouraged – to keep their traditions, customs and way of life.  And all of these free nations would have the right to say how they work, who they trade with and who can come to live and work in their country.

We hope to develop this and other themes in future articles.
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THE HISTORIC BREXIT vote of June 2016 has made one thing blindingly obvious.  And that is the vast gulf that exists between the global elite – represented by the likes of multinational corporations, banks and their client UK politicians – and ordinary working families.
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For some reason, the likes of Nick Clegg (former Deputy Prime Minister, ex-Liberal Democrat leader and former MP for Sheffield Hallam), Tony Blair (former Prime Minister, ex-Labour Party leader and former MP for Sedgefield) and Sir John Major (former Prime Minister, ex Tory Party leader and former MP for Huntingdon) cannot accept the result of the EU Referendum.
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In addition to this, they simply cannot understand why others think differently from themselves.  Indeed, they seem to believe that the views of people who voted for Brexit are somehow beyond the pale.
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However, just because soemeone has a different view (or even holds unpalatable and/or ‘offensive’ views) doesn’t mean that they should be dismissed out of hand.  The essence of democracy is that one can engage in debate with those who hold alternative view points.  To completely dismiss such people, and incorrectly label them as xenophobic, racist and homophobic, is both lazy and totally dishonest.  Surely it’s better to beat your opponent in honest and open debate.  It’s known as free speech!
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Those who represent the global elite can sneer and look down their noses at ordinary Brexit voters as much as they want.  It still doesn’t change the fact that the majority of Britons voted against the EU.  The attitude – and actions – of the elite it says more about Blair and company than it says about those who voted for self-determination.
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Indeed, what is it with these estabilishment types?  Why are they so two-faced and hypocritical?
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For example, if, say, a Labour candidate is elected, both the candidate and party heiracy would praise the voters to the heavens.  The politicians would claim that the electorate had read the manifesto, studied the issues and voted accordingly.  In addition, the voters would have been well-informed, voted with their head, and would have made the correct decision for both their local area and the country as a whole.
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Come Brexit and this is all reversed!
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Suddenly the electorate didn’t read any literature, is ill-informed, voted with their heart and simply didn’t understand the question.  Liberal Future cannot answer for everyone concerning the amount of literature they read and how informed they were.  And we concede that many people to some degree – as in all elections – voted with their heart.
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However, we take issue with the Remainers (or is that Remoaners?!!) saying that the majority of the electorate – nearly 17 ½ million people – didn’t understand the question.  After all, the referendum ballot paper simply stated:
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Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? The two responses were Remain a member of the European Union or Leave the European Union.
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What’s not to understand about that?  The answer is either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.  How could anyone misinterpret or misunderstand that?  It’s hardly rocket science.  If anyone is to blame it’s David Cameron, then a fully paid-up member of the political establishment.  He posed the question – but got the answer he didn’t want!
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Basically, the elite are saying that it’s ok for the plebs to vote for their various client and establishment politician into power, with all the priviledges and financial reward that comes with it.  However, when the plebs vote in the national interest – and against the personal interests of the elite – we’re not to be trusted!
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So let’s get this right.  Ordinary working folks are ok as long as they work to 65 and beyond, remain obodient consumers and pay their taxes.  They’re also useful to serve as cannon-fodder in some ill-thought out imperialist adventure.  But actually to have the nerve to vote as their conscience dictates – well, that’s entirely a different matter!
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The arrogance of the elite is both disgusting and unbelieveable.  With this in mind, is it any wonder that on the day of the Referendum (23th June 2016) so many Britons stuck two fingers up to the establishment and told them to shove the EU where the sun doesn’t shine?!!!
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• CHECK OUT these original full size Liberal Future: BreXit Now! e-posters.  Don’t forget to viral them out via social media and also Like, Comment and Share them on Facebook!
Liberal Future Says BreXit Now! Liberal Future Says BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-says-%e2%80%a6-brexit-now
Liberal Future: English Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/english-youth-says-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Scottish Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/scottish-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Ulster Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/ulster-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Welsh Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/welsh-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Cornish Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/cornish-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Guernsey, Manx and Jersey Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-guernsey-manx-and-jersey-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Alderney & Sark Youth Say BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-alderney-sark-youth-say-brexit-now
Liberal Future: Fermanagh, Armagh and Tyrone Youth Say Choose Freedom – BreXit Now! http://nationalliberal.org/liberal-future-fermanagh-armagh-and-tyrone-youth-say-…-choose-freedom-brexit-
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From The Liberty Wall – Free Speech: How Do We Protect It? – March Of The Thought Police (Part 4)

THIS IS the fourth and final part of an article written by Dominic Sandbrook for the Daily Mail. This article follows directly on from part one http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-free-speech-how-do-we-protect-it-march-of-the-thought-police-part-1 part two http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-free-speech-how-do-we-protect-it-march-of-the-thought-police-part-2 and part three http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-free-speech-how-do-we-protect-it-march-of-the-thought-police-part-3

In reprinting this article noted, our main intention is to stimulate mature debate on issues relating to free speech. It goes without saying that there are no official links between Free Speech, Dominic Sandbrook, the Daily Mail or any other news outlets referenced here.

Although this article was written last year, it’s particularly relevant given the treatment dished out to the Mail by Virgin Trains. Here, Virgin has ceased stocking the paper because of its editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment.

Free Speech regards this as a blatant attempt to censor the press. It is a shocking attack on free speech and free thought. Indeed, it represents an attack on the overall principle of Civil and Religious Liberties For All.

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March Of The Thought Police (Part 4)

Even Christianity, unless of the most explicitly Left-wing kind, is enough to damn you. Hence the confected outrage in some Leftist quarters at Theresa May, a vicar’s daughter, when she dared to talk about Britain’s ‘Christian values’ at Easter; and hence the rage against poor Mr Farron.

As the Bishop of Leeds remarked last December, we are close to creating a society in which practising Christians — never Muslims, who seem to be immune from criticism — are afraid even to ‘talk about their faith’ in case they are hounded out of their jobs, like the British Airways worker who dared to wear a crucifix, or the nurse who chose to pray for her patients.

The supreme irony is that this new intolerant liberalism is itself a kind of secular religion, albeit of a debased and degenerate kind. Its adherents live in a strange world of true believers and heretics, the pure and the damned.
They venerate a bearded prophet with the initials JC — Jeremy Corbyn. They believe unswervingly in his final victory. Doubt is unthinkable. To criticise him, as even Left-wing columnists such as the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee and Owen Jones have discovered, invites accusations of treachery and worse.
Like religious fanatics of old, they are always looking for witches and scapegoats, preferably female. A particular target, for example, is the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, whom Corbynista fanatics boo and hiss whenever she dares to ask him a question.
From the way they carry on, you might think we were in Spain during the darkest days of the Inquisition, when Catholic fanatics searched the land for Jews and Muslims; or in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s, during the notorious witch trials that inspired the play The Crucible.
But this is Britain in 2017. We are supposed to be living in an age of pluralism and tolerance, freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and in a land where your conscience is your own.
As it happens, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the moment that, more than any other, ushered in the modern world. On October 31, 1517, the German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, challenging the corruption, self-interest and authoritarianism of the Catholic Church, and starting the Protestant Reformation.
By daring to speak his mind, Luther set off an explosion of discussion and debate.
From his lone gesture of defiance you can trace a line from the Reformation to the Scientific Revolution, the 18th-century Enlightenment of new ideas and social philosophy, and finally the age of tolerance and freedom we are lucky enough to inhabit today.
What a grim irony that, even as the world prepares to mark the anniversary of the Reformation, new zealots are trying to slam the door on free speech.
For if freedom means anything, it means the right to hold unfashionable opinions, to say the unsayable and to stand in the last ditch, when every man is against you, for what you truly believe.
Tim Farron put his faith above his political career. Good for him. He has shown himself a far better man than the so-called liberals who brought him down.
But I fear he will not be the last victim of the new intolerance. Unless the rest of us stand up to the zealots, they will not rest until all dissent is silenced.
They are a threat to everything this country stands for. They must be fought. They must be beaten.
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Christmas 2017 – NLP Community Action!

WITH CHRISTMAS just a few days away, the National Liberal Party is calling its members and supporters to undertake some local community action.

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We want folks to print out just ten of our Christmas 2017 – Support Your Local Shops! leaflets and simply distribute them to their family, friends, workmates, neighbours and local shopkeepers.

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Distributing just ten leaflets will take a matter of minutes – but it will alert many, many people to our campaign in support of local shops, small businesses and the self-employed.

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To download our Christmas leaflet simply click here: http://nationalliberal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/shoplocal17xmas.pdf

Do it today – and let’s get those leaflets out!

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Christmas 2017 – Support Your Local Shops!
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YES it’s that time of year again – Christmas is coming! But in your haste to do the shopping, don’t forget the local shops and businesses in your area. Give them an early Christmas present by shopping locally today.
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The National Liberal Party knows that times are hard and price considerations are obviously very important, but many small shops depend on their Christmas trade to see them through much of the following year. At present, many shopkeepers are hit hard by the recession which was brought on by ‘casino capitalism’ – a mixture of greed and mistakes made by the politicians, bankers, ‘fat cats’ and speculators. Shopkeepers are also hit hard by high interest rates, the criminal bank debt-system, out-of-town outlet centres and on-line shopping.
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The shopkeeper, as a self-employed businessman or woman, plays a vital role in the local economy. (And don’t forget that these small shops collectively employ hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the length and breadth of Britain). Local shops are not only important for the elderly and young mothers, but are part of the glue that helps to maintain community spirit – a place to bump into friends, neighbours and relatives.
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If we don’t support our local shops and businesses today, we may lose them forever. Then people will have no other choice to travel directly into the nearest city or town centre for the smallest of items. This may be ok if you have your own transport and are fit and healthy. However, the elderly or young mothers wouldn’t really look forward to beating a path through the massive Saturday shopping crowds found in our large towns and cities.
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The message is clear. For the community spirit to survive and prosper, we must give local shops as much trade as possible. The National Liberal Party says support your local shops, shopkeepers and shop workers. Shop locally this Christmas!
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From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Send Luvvies Into Care Homes!
NATIONAL LIBERAL TRADE UNIONISTS – NLTU – have recently featured a couple of interesting NHS-related articles by Dr. Max Pemberton. Dr. Pemberton is a London-based NHS psychiatrist, journalist and writer. Those wanting to find out more about him should check out his web-site http://www.maxpemberton.com/
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The NLTU finds his articles both interesting and provocative. He appears to be an independent thinker, somewhat non-conformist and certainly not Politically Correct! For instance, he feels that the reliance of the NHS on foreign workers is one of the biggest threats to the NHS: http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-national-liberal-trade-unionists-debate-5-%e2%80%93-is-it-racist-to-want-nhs-nurses-to-speak-english
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Our attention was recently drawn to an article (from early August) concerning elderly care that appeared in the Daily Mail. Despite the slightly ‘wind up’ nature of the heading, the NLTU believes that he has a valid point. The idea of employing artists and performers as a form of community cultural service could – and should – increase job opportunities in all fields of the arts.
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In addition, the NLTU favours a more holistic healthcare system – which would involve a move away from the over reliance on Big Pharma. The use of artists and performers (in the field of elderly care) should be rolled out immediately. Indeed, anything that relieves the stress experienced by front-line NHS staff and our over-reliance of medication has to be welcomed with open arms.
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It goes without saying that there are no official links between Dr. Pemberton, the Daily Mail or the National Liberal Trade Unionists.

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Send Luvvies Into Care Homes!

Musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have been visiting residential homes, care homes and hospices in the local area bringing music to the residents. The NLTU believes that cultural organisations should make health integral to their work.

THE arts aren’t there just to entertain – they can actually make us feel better, according to a report this week from the All Party Parliamentary Group On Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

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It presented some astonishing research: 82 per cent of people enjoy greater wellbeing after engaging with the arts and 77 per cent take more physical activity.
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Even more striking, a project called Arts On Prescription resulted in a 37 per cent drop in visits to the GP and a 27 per cent reduction in hospital admissions.  Furthermore, dementia patients’ medication rates drop and their levels of engagement with those around them increase.
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Various prestigious organisations have taken part in projects, including Wigmore Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic.
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As someone who’s spent years working in nursing homes, first as a care assistant and later as a doctor, I think anything that can do this has to be welcomed.
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As too often, staff reach for the chemical cosh for ‘difficult’ behaviour, but the notable risks include stroke.
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Given the benefits, why can’t GPs prescribe art programmes?
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Part of the problem is that the NHS doesn’t view things holistically, and there is no mechanism whereby money saved from fewer consultations, say, is ploughed back into arts schemes.  It’s all so woefully short-sighted.
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I think we should encourage artists and performers to visit hospitals and care homes as a sort of community service.
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The new report goes some way here, recommending that Arts Council England supports cultural organisations in making health integral to their work.  Surely those in care homes deserve more than hours sat ossifying in front of daytime TV?
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• CHECK OUT the All Party Parliamentary Group On Arts, Health and Wellbeing report, Arts On Prescription, here:  http://www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg-inquiry/Publications/Creative_Health_The_Short_Report.pdf
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• CHECK OUT this Guardian article about a similar scheme here:  https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/21/comedy-care-home-dementia

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English Voice Debate (1) – Independence For England?

Surely the denial of an English Parliament is a human rights issue? If this is the case, the English have a duty to ask ‘is it because we don’t have rights – or is it because we’re not seen as human?’

THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY – NLP – has a Twitter feed @NationalLiberal which provides links to various local, national and international news stories and debates. One of the NLPs most popular tweets – in terms of retweets and comments – has been our call for an English Parliament.

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For some bizarre reason, England is the only ‘Home Nation’ which doesn’t have its own Parliament or Assembly. Our call for an English Parliament is made on the basis of Self-Determination and equality. The NLP has no interest in imperialism – indeed, we are anti-imperialists. It also follows then, that we have absolutely no interest in building Empires. Nor is our call for an English Parliament an attempt to lord it up’ over others – or for England to be treated as a special case. All we’re asking for is for England to be treated the same as the rest of Britain.
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Indeed, as issue 1 of English Voice – the voice of the National Liberal Party in England – noted:
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‘The Scottish Parliament sits at Holyrood, Ulster has Stormont and the Welsh have the National Assembly for Wales. The only people who don’t have a say in the running of their own country are the English!’ (1)
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For those who say that England doesn’t need its own Parliament as it has Westminster, issue 2 of English Voice had this to say:
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‘We do not recognise Westminster as an English parliament. It may be situated in England – but it’s not specifically for the English. It’s a UK parliament and we want to be liberated from Westminster’s absolute rule’.
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The NLP are not the only ones calling for an English Parliament. The Campaign for an English Parliament (2) has been doggedly and heroically plugging away for nearly 20 years to ‘stimulate a national conversation on England and work towards a referendum on an English parliament that will speak in the interests of the English people; that is democratically accountable to England alone; that represents and is representative of the English nation – an English parliament that is recognition of English nationhood.’hat is democratically accountable to England alone; that represents and is representative of the English nation – an English parliament that is recognition of English nationhood.
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However, probably the most high-profile campaigner for an English Parliament is Labour MP for Birkenhead, Frank Field (3). Earlier this year he had an article in the Daily Express (4). Here he called for the abolition of the House of Commons and an English Parliament to be established in its place. This would be on ‘a par with parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.’ He also called for the House of Lords to be abolished. ‘In place of the Lords should be a ‘Common Senate’ to which Northern Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English parliaments would send legislation for scrutiny, just as now with the Commons sending its legislation to the Lords’.
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Our friends at Nations without States (5) and the St. George’s Committee (6) have f eatured and debated his ideas.
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Returning to the subject of the popularity of our tweets calling for an English Parliament, we’ve noted that many of those who like and retweet our comments express strong support for the concept of an independent England. And for this first English Voice debate, we’d like to see how widespread this view is.
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First, let’s state our position. The NLP is well-known for its position on Self-Determination. At the last General Election it called for the creation of an English Parliament and stated:
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‘We will work to create a federal United Kingdom with constituent parliaments for each nation (including England), We will support decentralisation to the most practical level.
We are decentralists and believe in equality, popular sovereignty and national self-determination. We are very much in support of the individual against the might of the state. Thus we oppose centralism – which can be dogmatic, undemocratic and totalitarian in nature’.
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The NLP is also noted for its strong commitment to free speech. That’s why we – in association with English Voice – would like to open up this debate to all English Advocates who believe in some form of self-determination for the English Nation. We invite anyone who is interested to have their say in the comments section once they see this article on our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/groups/52739504313/
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It goes without saying that some views will not reflect official NLP policy, but that is the essential nature of free speech! Therefore, we ask what form of self-determination should England have? Indeed, should there be Independence for England? Let the debate begin.
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(1) To get hold of issues 1 and 2 of English Voice – the voice of the National Liberal Party in England – just e-mail natliberal@aol.com and ask for your FREE pdf copies!
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(2) http://www.thecep.org.uk/
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(3) Frank Field MP has always been very outspoken on immigration and population. He is ‘old school’ Labour, in that he is in tune with and completely understands the concerns of ordinary voters who are broadly ‘patriotic socialist’ in outlook. Many people across the political divide respect him as he is a very good, hard working and honest MP.
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(4) https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/834711/frank-field-english-parliament-constitutional-reform-brexit
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(5) http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-nations-without-states-debate-3-%e2%80%93-an-english-parliament-for-the-english-people
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(6) https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgescommittee/posts/1566913953351750
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