Liberal Democrat news

Businesses backing Britain to stay IN Europe

Wed, 26/03/2014

When it comes to the debate about whether Britain should be IN or OUT of Europe, it's clear what British businesses want.

According to a report by the CBI, 8 out of 10 businesses would vote to stay IN Europe. Here are just a few of them:

Richard Branson: don't let Great Britain become Little Britain

Wed, 26/03/2014

Just hours before the first debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage about Britain's membership of Europe, Richard Branson has called on people to back the case for staying IN Europe.

Writing in his blog, Branson said that although Europe has it's faults, "the last thing the UK should do is leave it, as it would then have no say on how to improve it and make it more productive for all countries involved."

First winner of NickvNigel competition announced

Wed, 26/03/2014

Today we can announce the first winner of our competition to get tickets to watch the Nick v Nigel debate live in the studio.

Gillian Reeves and a friend will be going to watch the first debate tonight, hosted by LBC radio. Speaking about the debate, Gillian said:

Julian Huppert writes: We’re continuing Britain’s long and proud tradition of protecting the most vulnerable

Tue, 25/03/2014

Today the first group of vulnerable Syrian refugees arrived in Britain, 8 weeks after we finally got the Conservatives to agree to contribute to the international effort to resettle refugees who have fled the protracted conflict in Syria.

Those who arrived today and who will continue to arrive over the coming weeks, months and perhaps even years represent the most vulnerable and we’ve worked closely with UNHCR to identify them and get them out as quickly as possible. 

The big question and the great debate - IN or OUT? Nick v Nigel

Tue, 25/03/2014

With just one day to go until the first Nick v Nigel debate, the question of IN v OUT moves into sharp focus.

This morning, independent financial services body TheCityUK announced its latest forecast trading figures which show the importance of Britain remaining in the EU.

Figures published by TheCityUK reveal that the UK’s trade surplus in financial services now stands at a record £61bn an increase of 10% since. The forecast also shows that £20bn of this trade is with other European member states making the EU the UK’s largest single trading partner.

TheCityUK back the case for Britain staying in the EU

Tue, 25/03/2014

Independent financial services membership body, TheCityUK has today announced its latest forecast trade figures showing the importance of Britain’s membership in the EU. 

The report reveals that the UK’s trade surplus in financial services now stands at a record £61bn, up 10% on 2012.  More than £20bn of this trade is with other European member states making the EU Britain’s largest single trading partner.

Inflation falls to 1.7%

Tue, 25/03/2014

Good news for consumers as figures released today show that inflation has fallen to 1.7%, the lowest rate in four years and helping families with the cost of living.

The fall was largely driven by lower petrol and transport costs, as well as the cost of consumer goods such as clothing and footwear.

1,000 new green jobs in Hull

Tue, 25/03/2014

The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement by international engineering business, Siemens, that it will open two new factories in Hull, investing at total of £290 million.

This is a bigger investment than previously announced - and will cement the UK’s position as No.1 in the world for offshore wind investment and create 1,000 direct green jobs in Hull, along with hundreds more construction jobs. 

Number of workless households falling

Mon, 24/03/2014

New figures released today show that the number of households where nobody works has fallen by 137,000 in just one a year.

The figures also show that there are now 450,000 fewer workless households than there were in 2010 when Liberal Democrats entered Government. There are also 290,000 fewer children living in households where no one has a job.

Call Clegg, 20th March

Wed, 19/03/2014

Watch the latest episode of Call Clegg.

Nick Clegg: I'm proud of Lib Dem Tax Cuts

Wed, 19/03/2014

Today Nick Clegg has said he is extremely pleased with the Budget as a whole, and in particular that the Liberal Democrats have over-delivered on our promise of a £700 tax cut, which will now rise to £800.

For more information on the 2014 Budget, click here.

Save the Pub Group welcomes second successive cut in beer duty

Wed, 19/03/2014

The Save the Pub Group are delighted that the Chancellor has announced a second successive cut in UK beer duty, something that will help brewing, especially brewers who are just above the level of progressive beer duty. It is also great news for publicans of freehouses and their customers and will allow them to reduce the price of a pint.

The Save the Pub group also welcomes the abolition of the above-inflation duty escalators for other alcoholic drinks.

Lib Dems to create 100,000 apprentices

Wed, 19/03/2014

The Liberal Democrats have delivered a huge boost to apprenticeships, with at least 100,000 new apprentices being created over the next two years.

As the party of opportunity for young people, the Lib Dems have fought in Government to give more young people the chance to get on in life. Thanks to this, today's budget includes two schemes to support apprentices.

£700 tax cut promised, £800 tax cut delivered

Wed, 19/03/2014

The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.

Cutting income tax by £700 – by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 – was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect next month and the Budget today has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25m working people since 2010. 

Tax-free childcare increased to £2000 per child

Tue, 18/03/2014

A major new childcare package to help millions of parents with the cost of living and give children the best possible start in life was unveiled by Nick Clegg today.

The new tax-free childcare scheme, announced by the Liberal Democrats last year, will be increased from £1,200 to £2,000 per child and the scheme will be brought forward to Autumn 2015.

Lib Dems have won the battle over tax cuts

Mon, 17/03/2014

After a turbulent weekend for George Osborne, with Tory backbenchers lining up to demand he increase the 40p tax rate to help better-off earners, today Danny Alexander has set out the score when it comes to the Lib Dems’ tax cutting priorities.

Writing in the Evening Standard, he said that Liberal Democrats in Government are working to cut taxes for low and middle earners, not the highest paid. That’s why we have delivered a £700 tax cut for 25 million people – and are pushing to go even further in this week’s Budget.

Catherine Bearder MEP writes: Universal phone chargers - a victory for common sense

Mon, 17/03/2014

Don’t you just get fed up with carrying around endless cables? Packing to go away, which I have to do often (it goes with the MEP territory) I know I do. And then when they’re at home they just get knotted in the drawers like spaghetti.

For years now I have joined other MEPs in the campaign to realise a universal charger for all mobile phones, no matter the manufacturer or model.

Last week MEPs voted in favour of a draft law which now brings this a step closer.

Tories lose out on tax and by elections

Fri, 14/03/2014

Liberal Democrats made two gains in the council by elections from Tories who saw a huge fall in their vote share.

Just a day after a poll by the Evening Standard showed that people know it's Liberal Democrats who are driving tax cuts in Government, not the Conservatives, this disastrous result will set Tory alarm bells ringing even louder.

The truth about tax cuts

Thu, 13/03/2014

Watch Tim Farron MP explain how exactly the Lib Dems' tax cuts work. Like what you see? Sign our petition for a £100 tax cut in the Budget next week. 

Lynne Featherstone: Wedded to same-sex marriage

Thu, 13/03/2014

Lynne Featherstone MP vowed to introduce it early on in her office, but the path to same-sex marriage has not been smooth, writes Charlotte Kelloway.

March 29 marks an important day in British history: it is the first day that same-sex marriages can take place. After years of campaigning and consulting, of speeches and hard work, the day will finally arrive when two people of the same sex can get married and enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples.