East Lothian councillor addresses conferences

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Dunbar and East Linton Councillor, Jacquie Bell, attended the recent Scottish and UK Lib Dem Conferences in Inverness and Gateshead.

In Inverness, Jacquie spoke in debates on the rehabilitation of imprisoned offenders with regard to offenders with disabilities and on human trafficking, noting that a number of young women are brought into Scotland for prostitution via Grangemouth. She attended a reception hosted by Scottish Women Liberal Democrats, of which she is a committee member, with Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Danny Alexander as guests.

In Gateshead, Jacquie spoke in debates on youth unemployment with reference to the issues of youngsters living in rural areas with poor and expensive transport links to employment and training hubs like Edinburgh and on policing with reference to the successful Dunbar and East Linton Ward CAPP (Community and Police Partnership) which she chairs.

She paid tribute to the enthusiastic local community beat officers with which she works closely on local issues and campaigns like dog fouling and bike lights.

Jacquie asked a question of Nick Clegg, regarding the achievement within the Coalition of which he was most proud and that which he thought might have been handled better. She also attended a number of fringe meetings including a meeting hosted by Sir Alan Beith and Berwick Lib Democrats regarding improving cyclist safety, particularly with regard to HGVs. Social Care Minister, Paul Burstow, noted to Jacquie that work she has done on the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (including Older People) is being incorporated into future legislation on the safeguarding of some of Britain’s most vulnerable residents.