Liberal Democrat news

EU Leaders agree 2030 deal on climate change

Fri, 24/10/2014

EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. 

GDP figures show our economic plan is working

Fri, 24/10/2014

GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

Norman Lamb's article on NHS spending

Thu, 23/10/2014

Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

Better global disability data needed to ensure no one is left behind

Thu, 23/10/2014

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

£50m boost for children across the country

Thu, 23/10/2014

Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

Norman Lamb responds to NHS England report

Thu, 23/10/2014

Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven’s five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

Nick Clegg launches TechNorth

Thu, 23/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

TechNorth is born out of the Northern Futures project - in which Nick Clegg is asking people in the North what our Northern cities need to do in order to work together to compete globally and to boost their economic growth. 

Earl of Oxford and Asquith joins Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

Wed, 22/10/2014

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. 

He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

Wind farms generate a record amount of power

Wed, 22/10/2014

The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

Nearly 1,400 patients in Wales wait more than a year for treatment

Wed, 22/10/2014

Shocking NHS waiting times in Wales mean nearly 1,400 patients are waiting more than a year for treatment.

The figures obtained by Liberal Democrats show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, have been waiting over 2 years and still haven’t received their treatment.

Nick Clegg launches the Workload Challenge giving teachers their say

Wed, 22/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Workload Challenge and invite teachers from across the country to have their say on the causes of unnecessary workload.

Nick recently said that many teachers had been left feeling "browbeaten" and undervalued. He also expressed concern for the rising workloads face by teachers. 

Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa

Tue, 21/10/2014

At a UNHCR conference in Sharjah, UAE on October 16, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech entitled Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa.

In her speech, Lynne focussed on ensuring adequate protection for refugee girls, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. 

Moore calls for new engagement with Europe to boost British business

Tue, 21/10/2014

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.