Coronavirus update

The Cheltenham Liberal Democrats are committed to supporting our communities through this crisis. This post is going to outline the current advice from the health service and what you can do to help. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date to the best of our ability.

Where can I find the latest medical advice?

The latest medical advice can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19. As the situation is rapidly developing, medical advice is fast-changing, but at time of posting (24th March 2020), the advice is as follows:

  • If you have symptoms (high temperature or persistent cough), stay at home for 7 days
  • If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

What is the latest government advice?

The latest government response can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. The Prime Minister is undertaking daily briefings to outline the government response. Advice from Cheltenham Borough Council can be found at https://www.cheltenham.gov.uk/coronavirus.

What will the Cheltenham Liberal Democrats be doing during the crisis?

With the request from the government to stay home with the exception of essential journeys, we will be suspending our regular door to door canvassing sessions, leaflet deliveries, and other in-person campaign activities. We will continue to use our social media profiles and email database to contact residents, provide the latest advice, and connect people who need it with the relevant support.

We encourage all residents to contact their local representatives if they need assistance, and their contact details can be found here: https://democracy.cheltenham.gov.uk/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0.

You can find the contact details for members of our team in your area here: https://www.cheltlibdems.org.uk/your_area

At times of crisis, it's vital that local communities come together, and we at the Cheltenham Liberal Democrats are determined to do our part for the town.


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The Council of Europe is an international organisation, based in Strasbourg, founded in 1949 by, amongst others, Winston Churchill and Konrad Adenauer who had lived through wars and wanted peace based on the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. 

Cllr Boyes has been appointed to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, which is an institution of the Council of Europe and is responsible for strengthening local and regional democracy in its 47 member states. The Congress is responsible for observing elections, promoting good governance and promoting the exchange of experiences and developing cross-border partnerships.

Cllr Boyes announced her appointment, reflecting on the new opportunities she will have to support the region in her new role:

"I'm delighted to have been chosen to join the UK delegation to the Council of Europe and to be able to use my place there to build strong connections to Europe for Cheltenham and Gloucestershire as a whole. I am deeply passionate about the UK’s place in Europe. In everything I do, I always promote the positivity that is gained from international collaboration, friendship and unity, and can't wait to use this new opportunity to support worthwhile causes in the region.

"I already act as an advocate for Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees and seconded a motion at Council to make Cheltenham a town of Sanctuary for Refugees. In my work on the Borough Council, I have worked tirelessly to make this policy a reality. I recently passed my TEFL qualification with distinction, in order to start teaching English to refugees. I truly understand the role that Europe and the UK play in welcoming and looking after refugees escaping persecution.

"It is important to note that this is a pan-European organisation and not an EU institution. It is about European countries coming together through shared values. The Council of Europe may well become the main platform of cooperation between political equivalents in the UK and Europe. We may have left the EU but we have not left Europe. We can still have a voice and a seat at the table when it comes to promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

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