Liberal Democrat news
On Wednesday 3 September, Liberal Democrats will launch their pre-manifesto, which will form the backbone of the party's general election platform.
The party's focus will be a ‘manifesto for the next generation’ with a host of policies aimed at improving the life chances of children and young people. Read Nick Clegg's foreword to the pre-manifesto below.
Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.
Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.
The latest leg of my visit to India has taken me to Mumbai where I have been able to spend time on a Bollywood set and have dinner with Sachin Tendulkar.
Liberal Democrat Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael has called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.
During his visit to Mumbai, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a new awards programme for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.
The awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian MP in the UK.
Liberal Democrats will more than triple the early years pupil premium to £1000 per child under manifesto plans announced today by Schools Minister David Laws.
Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling on business, unions and individuals to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.
Exclusivity clauses prevent workers on zero hours contracts from taking work elsewhere even when their employer provides no work.
The government is launching a consultation to find out whether a minority of unscrupulous employers may attempt to circumvent the ban by offering contracts which could guarantee just one hour of work.
A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds.
Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas.