Liberal Democrat news

Six weeks paternity leave for fathers

7 hours 28 min ago

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. 

Lib Dems win North Jesmond by-election

Fri, 29/08/2014

Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).

Nick Clegg reviews his third day in India

Thu, 28/08/2014

Our third and final day in India began with an early rise of 5.15am so we could make the long journey to Southern India - myself to Bangalore to try to better understand India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and for Ed to visit Hyderabad to continue his energy and climate change discussions.

Nick Clegg's postcard from Mumbai

Wed, 27/08/2014

After a fascinating first day our delegation left Delhi on an early morning flight to arrive in the hustle and bustle of India’s financial capital Mumbai. Mumbai is famous for many things, but in particular for being the heart of India’s world famous film industry – Bollywood!

Alistair Carmichael takes the ice bucket challenge

Wed, 27/08/2014

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.

Making our tax system fairer

Wed, 27/08/2014

The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to introduce a trio of wealth taxes which will help to cut the deficit whilst ensuring fairness in our tax system.

Generating jobs and growth with India

Tue, 26/08/2014

Nick Clegg is leading a trade delegation in India with more than 40 British businesses, colleges and representatives of the aerospace industry to secure the incredible opportunities on offer.

Nick Clegg launches Dadabhai Naoroji Awards

Tue, 26/08/2014

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. 

Guaranteeing sex and relationship education in state schools

Tue, 26/08/2014

Children in state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, will be guaranteed age appropriate sex and relationship education under manifesto plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.

Tripling the early years pupil premium

Mon, 25/08/2014

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.

Closing loopholes in zero hours exclusivity ban

Mon, 25/08/2014

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. 

Vince Cable: Large companies will have to publish top earner’s salary

Sun, 24/08/2014

Companies will be forced to publish their highest earners pay under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans.

Protecting the NHS budget

Sun, 24/08/2014

Liberal Democrats will protect the National Health Service budget in the next Parliament. 

Safe standing for football fans

Fri, 22/08/2014

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. 

Wedding bells for 1,400 same-sex couples

Thu, 21/08/2014

More than 1,400 happy couples have tied the knot since same-sex marriage came into effect in March.

Ringfencing the science research budget

Thu, 21/08/2014

A Liberal Democrat government would introduce a package of measures supporting innovation in UK businesses, it has been announced today.

Vince Cable launches new apprenticeship campaign

Wed, 20/08/2014

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today launched a new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships. 

Conclusion of Lord Rennard disciplinary process

Wed, 20/08/2014

Responding to the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, the Liberal Democrats have released the following statements: 

Tim Farron writes: We have changed our rules and codes of conduct at every level

Wed, 20/08/2014

Following the conclusion of the disciplinary process against Lord Rennard, Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has written the article below.