Lib Dems will invest £78.5m to protect school funding in Dorset

Vikki at School

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £78.5m more in schools and colleges in Dorset over the next parliament.

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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £58m extra for Dorset

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The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £88.5m for Dorset, with £58m for the NHS and £30.05m for social care each year.

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Grammar Schools - why not?

Back in the 1980s was one of the "lucky ones". I went to a grammar school.  A bright girl from a working class family, I was destined for the local comp that was so bad it was later razed to the ground, the children bussed elsewhere and a supermarket built in its place.

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Trident - Who Needs It?

We are entering a potentially dangerous time in our history, with North Korea flexing its muscles and Trump swaying between his "America First second and last" policy and instigating unilateral strikes against the "Bad Guys" while the UK turns our back on its neighbours and our prime Minister seeks to emanate the US president with her Britain First approach.

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Poole Hospital A&E could close

This week I sat on two committees reviewing changes recommended by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to bring more health services into the community and to change one of our hospitals from a general to a "planned care" centre. Not only will this mean the loss of A&E by downgrading to an Urgent Care Centre this means Poole will also lose maternity, paediatrics, complex cancer treatment and the Intensive Care unit.

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