Liberal Democrat news

Julie Pörksen writes: Winning a ward the size of Luxembourg

Thu, 31/07/2014

Kate Cairns was elected in a landslide victory in the Berwick constituency ward of Longhoughton last week, called after the passing of a much respected longstanding independent councillor. From a standing start - we didn't field a candidate in the county council elections last year - we took almost 50% of the vote, with the Tories coming a poor second with less than half our vote, an independent and UKIP followed the Tories and Labour were nearly wiped out with 3%.

Lib Dems will plant a tree for every baby born

Wed, 30/07/2014

The Liberal Democrats are proposing an increase in the number of trees planted every year to 700,000- 750,000 - equivalent to the number of children born in England and Wales each year.

Lib Dems are the only party of fair tax

Wed, 30/07/2014

We know how important it is to make your money go further, that's why the Liberal Democrats are the only party of fair tax.

Driverless cars heading to public roads

Wed, 30/07/2014

In a bid to encourage the development of driverless cars on British roads, Vince Cable has announced a £10 million investment for research projects.

Tim Gordon writes: Taking action after the Gurling Review

Sun, 27/07/2014

The recent elections that we went through were tough – both for those who stood and lost their seats but also for all those who worked hard, all across the country, to fight the election. We owe a huge thanks to everyone involved – whether member, candidate, activist or staffer. Nick appointed a review group, headed by James Gurling, to look into the lessons that we could draw from the campaign. This report, based on feedback from hundreds of people across the Party, is available here.

Should we pull the plug on Russia's World Cup?

Sun, 27/07/2014

Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

Berwick Liberal Democrats storm to victory

Fri, 25/07/2014

The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

An update on what Ed Davey's been up to

Fri, 25/07/2014

I write this while on a visit to India.  A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I’ve just left China.  Why?  These three countries are the world’s biggest emitters and the series of meetings I’m having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year.  In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.  But, the EU acting alone will not be enough – we need to take the rest of the world with us.

Vince Cable: We are on track to eliminate the deficit in 2017/18

Fri, 25/07/2014

Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

Economy now bigger than pre-crash levels

Fri, 25/07/2014

Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour’s economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

Britain is in the fast lane of recovery

Thu, 24/07/2014

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

Nick Clegg: LGBT rights are human rights

Wed, 23/07/2014

Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports. 

More jobs created as support for growing businesses trebles

Wed, 23/07/2014

The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

Warmer homes, lower bills and a greener Britain

Tue, 22/07/2014

Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

A step forward in preventing FGM

Tue, 22/07/2014

Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM. This follows a Lib Dem campaign to end FGM within a generation.

Lib Dems win fight to tackle global warming

Tue, 22/07/2014

Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

Labour backs free school meals

Mon, 21/07/2014

Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

End FGM and forced marriage within a generation

Mon, 21/07/2014

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

It is estimated that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM and that around 20,000 young girls are at risk of being cut every year.

New rules to provide greater choice and more innovative pension products

Sun, 20/07/2014

New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility. 

Education programme launched to tackle online piracy

Sat, 19/07/2014

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy. 

The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.