Liberal Democrat news

Liberal Democrats Home Rule plan for Scotland

Wed, 10/09/2014

On Thursday 18 September, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become an independent country.

Liberal Democrats across the UK are campaigning to keep Scotland part of our family of nations because together we are stronger, safer and more prosperous.

How you can help keep Scotland part of the UK

Wed, 10/09/2014

There are just days until voters in Scotland go to the polls to decide if Scotland remains part of the UK or to go it alone.

Your support will help us to spread the message further that we are better together as a family of nations. 

David Laws launches Talented Leaders programme to transform struggling schools

Wed, 10/09/2014

Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has today launched a new scheme to recruit 100 top school leaders to turn around struggling schools. 

The Talented Leaders scheme aims to recruit the best headteachers in the country and place them in schools facing the toughest challenges.

Nick Clegg unveils a "manifesto for the next generation"

Mon, 08/09/2014

Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg unveiled a "manifesto for the next generation" launching the party’s pre-manifesto, an 80-page document that will form the backbone of the party’s 2015 election platform.

The document includes a host of policies aimed unapologetically at realising the potential of children and young people.

Liberal Democrats launch 2015 pre-manifesto

Mon, 08/09/2014

Liberal Democrats have today unveiled the party's pre-manifesto, which sets out out vision for Britain in the next Parliament 

The policies in the pre-manifesto, which has spreading opportunity for the next generation at its heart, will be debated and voted on by our members at the upcoming Party Conference in Glasgow.

Under-21s to get bus pass discount

Mon, 08/09/2014

All 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel under plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today. 

The proposal, which forms part of the pre-manifesto launched today, would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person’s Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

Protecting your privacy online with a digital bill of rights

Sun, 07/09/2014

A Digital Bill of Rights to protect people’s privacy and give them more control over their data online would be introduced as part of a Liberal Democrat manifesto for the next election.

The plans also include outlawing ‘revenge porn’ and the posting of intimate or pornographic photographs of a person without their consent. 

Lib Dems win vote to reform the bedroom tax

Fri, 05/09/2014

The Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament. 

Under the proposals, which were passed today in the House of Commons, existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.

Call Clegg 4 September

Thu, 04/09/2014

Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg. 

Lib Dems will not allow schools to run for profit

Thu, 04/09/2014

Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has today refused to rule out the idea of allowing schools to make a profit should the Conservatives win next year's election. A policy that Liberal Democrats in Government are prepared to oppose every step of the way.

Boosting paths and parks so we can all enjoy natural Britain

Thu, 04/09/2014

Nick Clegg has announced that the Government is going to more than double the speed of building the Coastal Path, bringing completion of the project forward by ten years from 2030 to 2020.

David Laws MP writes: Make policy at Conference

Wed, 03/09/2014

The last Autumn Conference before next year's General Election is fast approaching and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage members to get in touch with us and join the debate the party is currently having about our Manifesto for May 2015.

Funding for Kew Gardens to be protected

Wed, 03/09/2014

Nick Clegg has announced today that the Government will continue current levels of funding for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew until at least April 2015.

Free childcare for all 2 year olds

Wed, 03/09/2014

Liberal Democrats will provide 15 hours free childcare every week for all two year olds, under plans announced today.

This pre-manifesto commitment builds on the expansion of childcare as delivered by Liberal Democrats in government. 

Danny Alexander reveals EU currency bombshell

Tue, 02/09/2014

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is to reveal a significant blow to the Scottish nationalists’ currency assertion from a leading figure in EU monetary policy. 

Further life-saving services for South Sudan

Tue, 02/09/2014

Liberal Democrat Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone has announced that Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

Free school meals for all primary pupils

Mon, 01/09/2014

Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

Council tax cut for energy efficient homes

Mon, 01/09/2014

Households could save at least £100 a year by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, under Lib Dem manifesto plans announced today.

Five new laws for a greener Britain

Mon, 01/09/2014

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

Spreading opportunity through education

Sun, 31/08/2014

Spreading opportunity through education will be at the heart of the Liberal Democrat pre-manifesto.

The 80-page document will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election campaign.