Liberal Democrat news

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.

Call Clegg, 13th March

Thu, 13/03/2014

Check out this week's Call Clegg.

Lord Brian Paddick writes: Legally married at last

Thu, 13/03/2014

In 1983 I married my wonderful wife Mary, who has supported me to this day. We divorced by mutual consent after five years, soon after I told her I was gay. As far as I was concerned, that was it.

Labour calls half a million apprentices 'Deadweight'

Wed, 12/03/2014

Today Nick Clegg has revealed Labour's secret plans to scrap half a million apprentices because they think they are 'deadweight'.

In the strongest signal yet that Labour can't be trusted to build a stronger economy, the plans would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs, and would damage the skills base in the British economy.

3 millionth worker gets a Workplace Pension

Wed, 12/03/2014

Over 3 million workers have for the first time been given a workplace pension, according to figures from the Pensions Regulator. The 3 millionth worker is employed by West Ham United. 

The new scheme, which Liberal Democrats in Government began rolling out in 2012, provides workers with a safe, private pension that their boss and the Government contribute to.

Local people get more say on hospitals thanks to Lib Dems

Tue, 11/03/2014

Lib Dem MPs have secured a number of important concessions in the Care Bill today to give people more say on hospital changes. A raft of checks and balances will be introduced to make sure that changes to local hospital services are not made without local people being able to have their say. These include:

Nick Clegg: My response to the Daily Mail on Free School Meals

Tue, 11/03/2014

The Liberal Democrats are never going to be loved in the pages of the Daily Mail: our open, liberal and progressive brand of politics tends to be at odds with their editorial worldview (to put it mildly). However, even I have been surprised at the level of criticism – much of it misleading – aimed at Liberal Democrat plans to provide free school meals to children in infants school.

Baroness Alison Suttie writes: International aid success in Cambodia

Tue, 11/03/2014

I have very vivid memories of hearing about the atrocities in Cambodia as a schoolchild.  I remember being shocked by the pictures of human bones and skulls scattered in the fields and hearing of an appalling dictator called Pol Pot.  Like many others of my generation, I took part in a “bring and buy” sale for the Blue Peter Cambodia Appeal. By the time Pol Pot was defeated around a quarter of the population had died, there were only around 50 doctors left alive and the health care system was effectively destroyed.

In Europe, In Work - Tim Farron and Martin Horwood

Sun, 09/03/2014

Liberal Democrats today passed the policy motion, In Europe, In Work, a policy motion outlining why Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the European Union.

Food Poverty

Sat, 08/03/2014

Liberal Democrats today passed the policy motion, Food Poverty, a motion calling for additional funding for food banks to help provide to those in need.

Power to the People

Sat, 08/03/2014

Liberal Democrats today endorsed a package of political and constitutional reforms designed to engage people with the political system, in their policy paper Power to the People.

Jenny Willott's speech to Spring Conference

Sat, 08/03/2014

Conference,

Before I was elected, I worked at Unicef and I saw there the ability of organisations, businesses and governments to do good in the world. 

Danny Alexander's speech to Spring Conference

Sat, 08/03/2014

Holding the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury through the difficulties of the last 3 and a half years has been a great privilege and an enormous challenge.After the huge task of tackling the deficit, after all the criticism from our opponents, after the headwinds from the Eurozone and the United States.

Employment is rising.

Danny Alexander: "we want to give you a £100 tax cut"

Sat, 08/03/2014

Today Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem Treasury Secretary, will deliver his speech today at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in York.

In it, he will call on the Tories to agree to Lib Dem plans for a £100 tax cut at the next budget on 19th March.

Making migration work for Britain – Sir Andrew Stunell

Sat, 08/03/2014

Liberal Democrats today passed the policy motion, Making Migration Work for Britain.

This motion replaces previous policy on migration and is based on the following key principles:

Call Clegg, 6th March

Thu, 06/03/2014

Check out this week's Call Clegg.

Lib Dem Pastoral Care Officer: the first 50 days

Wed, 05/03/2014

Jeanne Tarrant, new Pastoral Care Officer at the Liberal Democrats, gives an update on her first weeks in the role.

I have now been in post for two months and it has been both busy and exciting. In the initial 2-3 weeks, I undertook an analysis of the Party’s processes for receiving and managing complaints. Analysing, how the constituent parties manage complaints and how the different procedures, rules and constitutions relate to each other. I met with many people as I could, to gain an understanding of the processes, the responsibility for implementing them and when and how the rules are used. I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people to obtain their views on how the Party works.