Policy to combat crime suggested by “an ordinary leaflet-delivering member” (her words) of Fareham Lib Dems is being considered at the party's highest levels.
This week's Party Conference in Bournemouth debated the issue of gun and knife crime, and at the suggestion of Titchfield Lib Dem Jill Underwood, our local party submitted an amendment calling for the inclusion of measures to curb attacks with acids and other corrosive substances with have increased dramaticlly in recent years..
Our amendment was selected for debate, and Fareham Councillor Katrina Trott spoke forcefully on the issues raised by Jill.
We agreed, though, to withdraw our amendment for further consideration, on the advice of the mover of the main motion, former Southwark MP and Cabinet Minister Sir Simon Hughes (pictured with Katrina and Dawn Barnes from Haringay who summed up the debate).
Sir Simon suggested that the party's Federal Policy Committee should give further consideration to this and other new or developing crimes ( including crime committed by those on bicycles and mopeds).
Sir Simon told Katrina: “This would allow you to have put the issue on the agenda at this conference but to have full debate after considered policy deliberation at the next available conference opportunity.”
Katrina told the Conference: “Whenever I am asked why I am proud to be a Liberal Democrat, one of the reasons I give is that 'Ordinary' members are able to suggest and influence policies.”
Video of the debate, including Katrina's speech, can be seen here. (The Gun Crime debate starts at about 3h15m into the live stream of Tuesday morning's session).