Liberal Democrat news

Cameron wrong on support for wind farms

Wed, 17/12/2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that people are fed up with onshore wind farms being built, despite the Government’s own research showing that a large majority of the public back them. 

Unemployment falls again

Wed, 17/12/2014

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that unemployment has fallen again.

Lib Dems to introduce discount bus passes for young people

Tue, 16/12/2014

Nick Clegg has said that all 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel.

Nick Clegg holds first meeting of mental health taskforce

Tue, 16/12/2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg chaired his first Mental Health Taskforce meeting this afternoon with Ministers from across the coalition.

Post office service for pensioners and benefit claimants to be safeguarded

Tue, 16/12/2014

Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced a signing of a new deal with Post Office Limited to ensure the Post Office Account, previously due to be withdrawn next year, remains available until at least 2022.

Fair English votes for English laws

Tue, 16/12/2014

In the wake of the Scottish Referendum result and the Smith Commission process it is right that Government and all political parties should consider the implications for England, and indeed the rest of the United Kingdom. 

Danny Alexander's letter to LGA heads

Tue, 16/12/2014

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has written to the Conservative and Labour LGA heads - Cllr Gary Porter and Cllr Jim McMahon on the issue of council tax.

Baroness Suttie writes: All governments must act on tuberculosis threat

Mon, 15/12/2014

Like all 13 or 14 year olds of my generation in the UK I had my BCG vaccination while I was at High School. I remember that we all compared our scars for months afterwards. We believed at that time that TB - like smallpox - could be eradicated from our society.

TB, or consumption, was supposed to be an illness of poverty of times gone by. In Victorian Britain it was known as ‘the silent killer’ and as many as one in four deaths was attributable to TB. So high was the TB death rate, in fact, that TB has been estimated to have killed more people than any other infectious disease in human history.

Tories would slash schools funding by a quarter

Mon, 15/12/2014

A Conservative majority Government would cut the education budget by more than a quarter – or £13.3bn a year – by 2020, Liberal Democrat analysis has found.

The analysis is based on the spending, tax and borrowing commitments made by David Cameron and George Osborne.

5 million workers now automatically enrolled into a workplace pension

Fri, 12/12/2014

The number of workers automatically enrolled into a workplace pension across the UK has now reached five million. This marks a milestone halfway point of policy roll-out which will see around 10 million automatically enrolled by 2018.

Triple by-election victory

Fri, 12/12/2014

Two local Lib Dem teams have stormed to victory in three by elections held yesterday.

Firstly, Peter Agoro took a seat from Labour in Gatehouse ward, Aylesbury, while the Anders Christensen also held onto one other seat in Southcourt ward.

Eastbourne Council Leader wins Euro award

Fri, 12/12/2014

Leader of Eastbourne Council, David Tutt, has won a prestigious award for transforming the town.

The award is to recognise the contribution local leaders make in advancing the liberal cause and was introduced by the Liberal Democrats’ party grouping, ALDE in the Committee of the Regions.

Primary school children improving in all subjects

Thu, 11/12/2014

Attainment in primary schools has risen in every subject and disadvantaged pupils continue to close the gap on their peers, according to figures published today by the Department for Education.

Nick Clegg's Letter to Andy Burnham on Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Wed, 10/12/2014

Nick Clegg has written to Andy Burham MP in response to his claims that Nick misled the House of Commons over the issue of Hichingbrooke Hospital today during PMQs. 

Nick did no such thing, as this letter send to Andy Burham reveals:

Civil partnerships conversions into marriage begin today

Wed, 10/12/2014

As of today, couples in England and Wales have the choice to convert their civil partnership into marriage, concluding a historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to get married.

Civil partners finally allowed to marry

Wed, 10/12/2014

From today, couples in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert them into a marriage, concluding an historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to be married.

Vince Cable MP writes: Celebrating our 2 millionth apprentice

Tue, 09/12/2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable introduces our two millionth apprentice and explains why her story is now far from unusual:

Teachers to become high-status professionals

Tue, 09/12/2014

Today Liberal Democrat Education Secretary David Laws has announced plans to support the set-up of a new, independent, professional body - a College of Teaching - to represent and champion high standards in the teaching profession.

Celebrating two million apprenticeships

Tue, 09/12/2014

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today announced that the Liberal Democrats have fulfilled our commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament.

Michael Gove shows his true colours and they’re not green

Mon, 08/12/2014

The Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove has barred Tory Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd from attending critical climate change talks in Lima this week, calling into question Gove's stance on climate change.