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  • Penny Otton outside Thurston Community College
    Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Penny Otton

    The Government's sudden U-turn on A Level results, after days of uncertainty for Suffolk students, has been welcomed by opposition councillors at Suffolk County Council. 
Cllr Penny Otton commented at the time: "The past few days have been completely chaotic, and I imagine very distressing for students and their parents. Although we welcome the Government's U-turn on A Level results, I am shocked at the way this situation has been handled. There is a big issue here about the Government not listening to professionals and refusing to trust teachers.

  • New Access Route At Needham Market Station
    Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Wendy Marchant
    Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Mike Norris, Sylvia Watson and Wendy Marchant, were part of a successful campaign which met regularly over a 3 year period to improve access facilities for everyone using Needham Market Rail Station. Funding has now been agreed from Greater Anglia Rail, Suffolk County Council and a local charity.
    When the work is complete, rail users will no longer have the current difficulties created by the steps at each end of the existing subway to the Ipswich bound platform. opposite. This will benefit everyone especially those with mobility problems, struggling with heavy suitcases or bags, pushing buggies, or bicycles etc
  • Meeting members of the Vison Youth Cafe in front of their legal graffiti wall
    Article: Jun 24, 2019

    Baroness Grender has written to Lord Agnew, a minister in the Department for Education, stating that the Liberal Democrats "are not willing to stand by and let the voices of young people be unheard for any longer".

    Speaking ahead of the debate in the House of Lords, Olly Grender said: "For far too long the Tories have ignored young people and the issues that affect them most. The Liberal Democrats have called not only on the Government to support a package of measures that would genuinely improve the lives of young people, but also to create a UK Young People's Strategy Council which would put young people's voices at the heart of the executive. From Brexit to the housing crisis, from our cash-strapped education system to the climate emergency, the Tories are ignoring what young people care about. Liberal Democrats demand better. It is time the Tory cabinet was held to account by young people themselves. If they won't listen to us, they must at least listen to those whose futures will be wrecked if they don't change course."