Liberal Democrat news

Ben Stoneham writes: Scrutinising the Consumer Rights Bill

Tue, 01/07/2014

Today the Lords starts its scrutiny of the Consumer Rights Bill which has its second reading before going onto to clause by clause attention in the autumn. This is a Lib Dem Bill put together by Ministers Jo Swinson, Jenny Willott and Vince Cable.

Securing Britain's commitment to international development

Tue, 01/07/2014

Lib Dem MP Michael Moore is to use his Private Member's Bill to make it a legal requirement for the UK government to meet the UN's target for development assistance every year.

Vince Cable launches enhanced code for executive recruiters

Tue, 01/07/2014

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today welcomed the launch of an Enhanced Code of Conduct for executive search firms to support more women appointments to FTSE 350 boards. 

More than 70 firms signed up to the original voluntary code of conduct launched in 2011. Responding to the independent Sweeny review in February 2014, the search industry has developed a new enhanced code to recognise those firms driving progress.

Cheaper mobile phone calls and text messages in the EU

Tue, 01/07/2014

From today, it will be cheaper to use your mobile phone in other EU countries. 

The cost of data roaming in other countries within the EU has been cut by more than 50% from 36p to 16p, under new caps introduced by the EU.

20 million to benefit from flexible working

Mon, 30/06/2014

From today, every employee will gain the right to request flexible working, which is expected to benefit more than 20 million employees.

Your pension to be protected by law

Sun, 29/06/2014

Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today.

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy

Fri, 27/06/2014

Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make Britain greener, despite Tory opposition. New figures today show that the production of renewables has soared to record levels, showing that Britain is now greener than it has been in many years.  

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy

Fri, 27/06/2014

Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make Britain greener, despite Tory opposition. New figures today show that the production of renewables has soared to record levels, showing that Britain is now greener than it has been in many years.  

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy

Fri, 27/06/2014

Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make Britain greener, despite Tory opposition. New figures today show that the production of renewables has soared to record levels, showing that Britain is now greener than it has been in many years.  

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy

Fri, 27/06/2014

Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make Britain greener, despite Tory opposition. New figures today show that the production of renewables has soared to record levels, showing that Britain is now greener than it has been in many years.  

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy

Fri, 27/06/2014

Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make Britain greener, despite Tory opposition. New figures today show that the production of renewables has soared to record levels, showing that Britain is now greener than it has been in many years.  

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.