Liberal Democrat news

Moore calls for new engagement with Europe to boost British business

6 hours 17 min ago

Liberal Democrat MP and European Business Adviser Michael Moore has published a report calling for 'a new engagement' with the EU to give British businesses a stronger influence in Europe.

Free school meals help boost learning and save parents money

Mon, 20/10/2014

Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money. 

In Channel 4's Political Slot, Vikki Slade, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole visited Canford Heath Infant School to discuss how the new scheme is working.

Mental health support for blue-light workers

Mon, 20/10/2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week, setting out new ways that the Government will help public sector workers to do their jobs, including support for blue light workers.

Fathers to get same 'maternity' pay as mums in the civil service

Mon, 20/10/2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week thanking public sector workers for all their hard work during tough economic times. 

Presidential candidates announced

Mon, 20/10/2014

The official nominations for Party President have now closed and the party can confirm that there are 3 candidates:

Nick Clegg presents the first ever Dadabhai Naoroji Awards

Fri, 17/10/2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced the winners of the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards, bestowed by the British Government for services to UK-India relations.

Nick Clegg: Northern cities should be freed from the 'stifling grip of Whitehall'

Fri, 17/10/2014

In an interview with the Guardian in Stockport on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg explained why Greater Manchester and other strong city regions should not be forced to have their own Boris Johnson-style mayor in return for more powers.

Crime fallen by a quarter under this government

Thu, 16/10/2014

The latest independent crime survey of England and Wales shows crime continuing to fall. It has fallen by 16% over the year June 2013 to June 2014 and 25% under this government.

Owen Paterson’s speech reveals the disdain Tories show for the environment

Thu, 16/10/2014

Conservative MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave a speech yesterday calling on the Government to scrap environmental commitments.

Tim Farron: Labour has no right to lecture about housebuilding

Thu, 16/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has slammed Labour’s plans for housebuilding, pointing to their terrible record when in government.

By the time they left office the number of new homes being built had fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s. 

Call Clegg 16 October

Thu, 16/10/2014

Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live in this week's Call Clegg.

Call Clegg

Thu, 16/10/2014

Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

Watch the latest episode here. 

Safe standing would cut the cost of watching football

Wed, 15/10/2014

Liberal Democrat plans to introduce safe standing areas at football grounds would help to cut ticket prices, as new research shows ticket prices have grown by 4.4% in the past year.

Encouraging employment figures show our economy is recovering

Wed, 15/10/2014

Employment figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show further encouraging signs that our economy is recovering.

In the quarter to August, unemployment fell by 154,000 to 1.97m. This is largest fall in unemployment since records began.

And the rate of unemployment fell from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent - its lowest level since 2008.

State pension set to rise by 2.5 per cent next year

Tue, 14/10/2014

Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

Celebrating positive body image

Mon, 13/10/2014

Liberal Democrats Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has today launched of a package of guidance and activities promoting positive body image and challenging negative attitudes and actions that lead to low self-esteem.

Taking Action on Body Image offers a workshop plan, teachers' notes and advice to help young people tackle low confidence and boost their self-esteem. 

Helena Morrissey writes: Call for feedback on progress since independent inquiry of June 2013

Mon, 13/10/2014

As set out in my Report into 'Processes and Culture' within the Party, I would now like to assess progress made against my recommendations.

Taken together, the recommendations formed a suggested - but by no means exhaustive - blueprint for change over both the medium and long term.

Liberal Democrats comment on 2015 TV debates negotiations

Mon, 13/10/2014

Commenting on the announcement by broadcasters about negotiations for TV leader debates in the run up to the 2015 election, a Liberal Democrat spokesman said:

“The Liberal Democrats have long argued that the debates last time round were of huge benefit to our democratic process and engaged millions of voters.

Conservative education plans are half-baked

Mon, 13/10/2014

Liberal Democrats have today branded new schools policy proposed by the Conservatives as half-baked.

The Conservatives revealed their plans to give school commissioners the power to fire headteachers and introduce new discipline standards in schools ranked inadequate by Ofsted.

Liberal Democrats respond to Conservative plans for school commissioners

Mon, 13/10/2014

Responding to the Conservatives manifesto plans to give school commissioners the power to fire headteachers on the spot and impose new discipline codes, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: