Liberal Democrat news

Danny Alexander comments on tax evasion

Mon, 09/02/2015

Responding to reports that a financial institution helped its clients evade tax, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

Giving parents greater choice in how they share paternity leave

Mon, 09/02/2015

Liberal Democrats in government are proud to have introduced shared parental leave, giving parents greater freedom to decide how to care for their newborn.

Investing an extra £2bn in rebuilding and improving schools in England

Mon, 09/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that an extra £2bn will be invested in schools across England for improvement and renovation works.

Helping one million more women into work by 2020

Sun, 08/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will set a new ambition to help 1m more women into work by 2020.

Protecting women and girls at risk of FGM

Fri, 06/02/2015

Liberal Democrats welcome a package of new measures designed to protect women and girls at risk of FGM. 

EU bans import of hunting trophies from endangered lions

Fri, 06/02/2015

A loophole that has allowed body parts from endangered lions to be imported into the EU as hunting trophies is set to be closed tomorrow in a move that has been welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

Ed Davey writes: Warmer, cheaper, greener homes for people in rented properties

Fri, 06/02/2015

Today marks a landmark achievement for Lib Dems in government.

Up to 1m tenants renting energy inefficient leaky homes will be able to benefit from new regulations and so enjoy warmer homes and cheaper energy bills. 

Clearly this will particularly help the fuel poor: those living in the leakiest privately-rented homes already need to spend an average £1,000 a year more to keep warm compared to the average home.

Labour's cheek at criticising apprenticeships

Fri, 06/02/2015

Labour's stance on apprenticeships once again prove they cannot be trusted to build a stronger economy.

Nick Clegg writes: Light at the end of the tunnel

Thu, 05/02/2015

Today Danny Alexander and I outlined the Liberal Democrats’ plans for taxes, spending and borrowing for the next Parliament.

When the Liberal Democrats joined the Coalition in 2010 we had a clear priority: to rescue, repair and renew the economy. Sometimes this has meant taking difficult and unpalatable decisions. We didn’t relish the prospect of austerity, but we knew it would be a means to an end – and the end is now in sight.

Building a pensions system that workers can save into with confidence

Thu, 05/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced a cap on charges for people automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. 

Danny Alexander: Balancing the books and investing in key public services

Thu, 05/02/2015

Today (Thursday 5 February) Liberal Democrat Leader Treasury Spokesman Danny Alexander set out the Liberal Democrats' vision for delivering a balanced budget in the next Parliament.

Danny outlined how after 2017/18, our new fiscal rules will ensure that debt continues to fall as a share of the economy while allowing us to invest in key infrastructure and vital public services such as schools and hospitals.

Danny said:

Nick Clegg's fiscal speech - Light at the end of the tunnel

Thu, 05/02/2015

Today (Thursday 5 February) Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg set out the Liberal Democrats' vision for delivering a balanced budget in the next Parliament.

Nick said:

"In 2010 the Liberal Democrats joined the coalition with a clear, over-riding priority: to rescue, repair and renew the economy.

Mental health hero award winners

Thu, 05/02/2015

Today (Thursday 5 February) Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the winners of his search for the country's mental health heroes.

Protecting tenants from revenge evictions

Thu, 05/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams has today (Thursday 5 February) announced measures giving tenants greater protection against rogue landlords.

Liberal Democrats will finish the job and finish it fairly

Thu, 05/02/2015

Liberal Democrats have set out their strategy for delivering a balanced budget in the next Parliament.

Recognising the country's mental health heroes

Thu, 05/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has announced the winners of his Mental Health Hero Awards, following a country-wide search.

Brian Paddick writes: Tackling terrorism without compromising the privacy of law-abiding citizens

Tue, 03/02/2015

Having spoken to the police officers who recovered the bodies of those murdered by terrorists on the London Underground on 7 July 2005, I know the devastating consequences of failing to disrupt terrorism. 

The Conservatives would cut funding for nurseries, colleges and the Pupil Premium

Tue, 03/02/2015

A Conservative majority government would slash funding for pre-school and higher education by more than £3.1bn a year, by 2020, Liberal Democrat research reveals.

How Liberal Democrats blocked Conservative plans to cut education budget in 2010

Mon, 02/02/2015

Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has revealed how the Conservatives wanted to slash the schools budget on entering office in 2010.

Liberal Democrats publish The Gove Files

Mon, 02/02/2015

As the Prime Minister launches the Conservatives' education plans, the Liberal Democrats have lifted the lid on a five-year battle to protect and improve education.