Liberal Democrat news
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.