Liberal Democrat news

The FTSE100 makes history

Thu, 26/06/2014

The FTSE100 makes history today with the news that there are no remaining all-male boards in the UK's top companies, which is a considerable turnaround from where 1 in 5 were all male in 2011.

Liberal Democrats deliver 1.8m apprenticeships

Thu, 26/06/2014

Figures released today show 314,000 people started apprenticeships in 2013/14.

Good news for same-sex couples and humanists

Thu, 26/06/2014

Government has announced today that couples already in civil partnerships can convert to marriage from the 10 December 2014.

Energy market investigation presses ahead

Thu, 26/06/2014

In a major step towards ensuring that the energy market works for customers, Ed Davey has asked Ofgem and CMA to undertake an investigation in the energy market. 

Nick Clegg answers questions about education

Thu, 26/06/2014

Today, Nick Clegg answered some of your questions about education on Twitter. 

Call Clegg

Thu, 26/06/2014

Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

Watch the latest episode here. 

Pension reforms go ahead

Thu, 26/06/2014

After a large amount of public backing, Pensions Minister Steve Webb is to press ahead to overhaul the private pensions market. 

£20m support for welfare reform claimants unspent

Wed, 25/06/2014

New figures show that more than £20 million specifically set aside to help people adapt to welfare reforms was not spent by local authorities last year. This shows that Labour stories about councils running out of running were exaggerated.

Cracking down on zero hours contract abuse

Wed, 25/06/2014

Vince Cable has today introduced a bill to ban exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts in order to give workers more choice.

Ed Balls agrees with Lib Dems' mansion tax

Tue, 24/06/2014

Ed Balls has announced he agrees with the Liberal Democrats' mansion tax. Lib Dems are pleased that Labour have finally come around after years of not supporting these proposals.

HS3 could drive economic growth in the North

Mon, 23/06/2014

The Liberal Democrats welcome George Osborne's new commitment to a 'HS3' high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds, which could strengthen the North.

Encouraging investment in our low-carbon electricity system

Mon, 23/06/2014

Today, the Government's electricity market reform pushes forward, as secondary legislation for the Electricity Market Reform programme is laid in Parliament. These reforms will ensure we keep the lights on, bills down and the air clean.

Nick Clegg: The link between British values and the Muslim faith

Sat, 21/06/2014

Following recent stories questioning the link between British values and the Muslim faith, Nick Clegg has written to the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council for Britain about the role of British Muslims in public life.

The biggest investment in roads since the 1970s

Fri, 20/06/2014

The government has today outlined plans to help fill more than 3 million potholes as part of a massive investment in the country's local and major roads.

Nick Clegg: It’s really important to help children get the best out of their school years

Fri, 20/06/2014

In an interview with First News, Nick Clegg discusses the importance of free school meals for school pupils.

From September all schoolchildren in England aged between 5 and 7 will receive a free school lunch.

In the interview Nick, also discusses the coalition and why Scotland should remain part of the UK.

An extract from Nick's interview is below. 

Labour's hypocrisy on benefits

Thu, 19/06/2014

Ed Miliband has said that, under a Labour government, he would end entitlement to out-of-work benefits for 18 to 21 year olds refusing to take training courses.

Call Clegg 19th June

Thu, 19/06/2014

Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

Watch the latest episode here. 

Sally Hamwee writes: Proud of Lib Dem ideas in the Serious Crime Bill

Thu, 19/06/2014

This week the Serious Crime Bill started in the Lords. It is primarily aimed at cracking down, in various ways, on organised criminal gangs.  Organised crime remains a significant problem in the UK. There are perhaps as many as 5,500 organised groups operating in the UK, causing huge suffering through activities such as drug and people trafficking, and making an enormous financial impact: they cost the UK an estimated £24 billion a year.

Faith and community leaders unite to condemn FGM

Thu, 19/06/2014

Today, Norman Baker and Lynne Featherstone hosted faith and community leaders at the Home Office to discuss the unacceptable practice of female genital mutilation.

Analysis about Scottish referendum enters final phase

Thu, 19/06/2014

Today, the government publishes the most comprehensive analysis of Scotland's place in the UK ever undertaken, in order to inform voters as they make the most important decision they will ever make.