Liberal Democrat news

Halloween culture ramps up fears of mental illness

5 hours 27 min ago

Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb is calling on retailers to behave more responsibly and not sell Halloween costumes that demonise mental illness.

Norman Baker calls for a radical change in British drugs policy

Thu, 30/10/2014

The UK's drugs laws need radical change, Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said today.

Norman's call comes as the government publishes a major report on drugs policies around the world.

Malcolm Bruce's open letter to Conservative MPs on the EU Referendum Bill

Wed, 29/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill. 

You can read Malcolm's letter below.

The truth about the Tories and the EU Referendum Bill

Wed, 29/10/2014

The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill, despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Commons. 

New £2 million fund launched to tackle homophobic bullying in schools

Wed, 29/10/2014

Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.

Liberal Democrats want to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying once and for all. You can show your support for this too by backing our campaign here.

Gender pay laws will help close equality gap

Tue, 28/10/2014

Reacting to the news that the UK has fallen to 26th in the ‘World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report’, Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson said:

Reforming the public sector so it works for Britain

Tue, 28/10/2014

High paid executives who take a redundancy payment from the public sector and then to return to work in the same part of the public sector within a year will need to repay the taxpayer Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced today.

Lynne Featherstone: Breaking the silence of violence against women and girls

Mon, 27/10/2014

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone recently visited Somalia. Here she writes about breaking the silence of violence against women and girls in Somali and beyond. 

Challenging gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Mon, 27/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has invited leading experts on gender stereotyping to a summit to discuss the prevalence of issues such as lad culture, gender equality and online bullying.

The event comes at a time when the conversation around gender equality is growing louder and will bring together experts from universities from across the country. 

Nick Clegg: We are making sure parental leave can be shared as mothers and fathers see fit

Sun, 26/10/2014

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written the following article for Mumsnet, in response to comments made regarding his announcement on equalising paternity and maternity pay in the civil service.

Nick announced this week that fathers in the civil service who choose to share parental leave with their partners will be entitled to the same paternity pay as mothers.

You can have your say on the new paternity pay system here.

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

Wed, 22/10/2014

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

Wed, 22/10/2014

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.