Liberal Democrat news

Lib Dems plan to cut your tax bill further

Thu, 14/08/2014

A Liberal Democrat government will make further cuts in Income Tax and reduce National Insurance for millions of workers under manifesto plans announced today.

The party plans to raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500 by the end of next Parliament. 

Lib Dems plan 'stop and search' overhaul

Mon, 11/08/2014

Lib Dems have today announced manifesto proposals to overhaul 'stop and search'. These plans outlined in our pre-manifesto are designed to change community relationships and increase the public's trust in police.

Under the proposals, laws on 'stop and search' would be tightened and some police officers would be required to wear body cameras when stopping someone. 

Nick Clegg meets British Gas apprentices in Cardiff

Mon, 11/08/2014

During a recent visit to Cardiff, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg met apprentices at British Gas, following the company's expansion of apprenticeship opportunities. 

Watch the video below to find out more about how apprenticeships are helping young people enter the world of work.

Introducing our new Lib Dem Peers

Fri, 08/08/2014

Today Nick Clegg announced the appointment of a new group of Lib Dem peers. The six new peers, three men and three women, all have vast experience in the party. All of them have represented the party in local government and all have made a huge contribution over a number of years.

Nick Clegg announces new Liberal Democrat peers

Fri, 08/08/2014

Six new Liberal Democrat peers will enter the House of Lords, it has been announced.

The new peers are:

Ending imprisonment for the possession of drugs for personal use

Fri, 08/08/2014

Nick Clegg has announced that the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to end imprisonment for possessing drugs for personal use, so that no one is sent to prison, where their only offence is one of possession.

Under the proposals, users would instead receive non-custodial sentences and appropriate medical treatment.

Mental health research should be the next big breakthrough

Thu, 07/08/2014

A Liberal Democrat government would establish a mental health research fund to support the development of new cutting-edge mental health treatments, Nick Clegg has announced. 

Nick is calling for Britain to lead the world in understanding and treating mental illness, so that it is put on equal-footing with physical health.

Have you thought of standing for Parliament?

Thu, 07/08/2014

There are still vacancies around the country for the role of Liberal Democrat PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) and you may just be the person to fill one of them.

Call Clegg 7 August

Thu, 07/08/2014

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

Sue Doughty writes: Why we should move to One Member One Vote

Thu, 07/08/2014

At Federal Conference in Glasgow, we will be debating a proposal to move from the current system where local parties elect their conference representatives who then are able to vote at Conference and also vote for members of the key committees that run the party. Why change what seems to be working?

Danny Alexander: We must stay in Europe, lead Europe and reform Europe

Wed, 06/08/2014

Leading Tories are happy to sacrifice British jobs and growth to boost their own anti-Europe credentials, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said.

Energy riggers to face jail

Wed, 06/08/2014

Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey has put forward new proposals to safeguard customers from unfair practices by energy companies. 

Nick Clegg calls for suspension of licences for arms exports to Israel

Tue, 05/08/2014

In response to Baroness Warsi's resignation as foreign office minister, Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for arms exports to Israel to be suspended. 

Paddy Ashdown's letter to Baroness Warsi

Tue, 05/08/2014

Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has written a letter to Baroness Warsi, following her resignation from the Foreign Office.

Below is his letter in full.

Presidential Hustings at Conference

Tue, 05/08/2014

This autumn the party will elect a new president. This is your opportunity to meet the declared candidates and have the opportunity not only to hear what their plans are, but to question them over those plans and other issues.

All members welcome.

10.00-11.30, Saturday 4 October. Argyll Suite, Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

Ming Campbell's statement on Baroness Warsi's resignation

Tue, 05/08/2014

Commenting on the resignation of Baroness Warsi as a foreign office minister, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell MP said:

"Baroness Warsi's resignation reflects the unease and anxiety in parliament and in the country about the UK Government's present position.

Nick Clegg's immigration speech

Tue, 05/08/2014

In a speech in London, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg set out his views on immigration.

A full transcript is below.

It should come as no surprise that I’m a believer in the benefits of well-managed immigration. 

Ban on child detention now enshrined in law

Sun, 03/08/2014

Liberal Democrats have gone further in safeguarding children from being detained for immigration purposes, ensuring that no future government can ever do it again.

Nick Clegg writes: It is time for the Israeli government to talk to Hamas

Sat, 02/08/2014

Today Nick Clegg has written for the Guardian about the situation in Gaza: 

CEO Blog: The party's accounts for 2013

Fri, 01/08/2014

This week The Electoral Commission published the 2013 accounts for all the major political parties. These reveal the party’s finances but also other interesting things like membership and staffing numbers. This is exactly the sort of thing that, frankly, only political geeks get excited about, so obviously the team was downloading them the moment that they were published.