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  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said that aWillie RennieWillie Rennie new report on strengthening local democracy adds to the growing consensus for more powers.

    The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy published its interim report today, which finds that Scotland is now one of the most centralised countries in the western world.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "This interim report adds to the growing consensus for more powers. It chimes with Sir Menzies Campbell's home rule report which called for financial power for local authorities and more clout for smaller communities to decide the future of their neighbourhood.

    "The home rule journey does not end at Holyrood and as a Liberal Democrat I look forward to seeing further debate over how we make local communities stronger and fairer."

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    New figures out today reveal that the number of crimes committed in England and Wales has fallen sharply since the Lib Dems entered the Coalition Government.

    Overall crime is down by more than 10%, showing that Government efforts on police reform, pushed for by the Lib Dems, are working.

    Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales report that there were around 7.5 million crimes against households and adults in 2013, down by 15% compared to the previous 12 months, and the lowest estimate since these records began in 1981.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    You can back our campaign here.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    The Conservatives have today promised that they will NOT support onshore wind farms after the next election in a bid to shore up support from their right wing and UKIP defectors.

    Having tried to cap onshore wind generation earlier this month (a plan which the Lib Dems blocked outright), this latest move shows that it is only the Liberal Democrats who are working in Government to tackle climate change.

  • Nick Clegg I will fight
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    
Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign at a rally in Colchester.

    The Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain IN Europe and protect 3 million British jobs. With UKIP trying to pull us out of Europe, and David Cameron and Ed Miliband too scared to mention Europe, it is Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats who are standing up for British interests and British jobs.

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    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Today, Vince Cable gave the Cambridge Public Policy Lecture, exploring how further and higher education can be brought closer together to create a "parity of esteem" between the sectors.

    Vince Cable called for a new generation of National Colleges to fill the high-level vocational skills gap.

    "I want to set out a vision for a new generation of National Colleges: specialised institutions, acting as national centres of expertise in key areas of the economy. They will be employer-focused, and combine academic knowledge with practical application."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has saidWillie RennieWillie Rennie that it is puzzling that the SNP could not support plans to cut tax for people on low and middle incomes. This comes after the SNP voted against a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment supporting moves by the Liberal Democrat in the UK Government.

    The increasing of the income tax threshold has already seen 224,000 of the lowest earners lifted out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut.

    Speaking after the parliamentary debate on the living wag0065, Mr Rennie said:

    "Despite previous proclamations of support for cutting tax for people on low and middle incomes, this reveals how hollow those words were. This vote confirms that the SNP do not favour helping those who would benefit from a tax cut most.

    "It is puzzling why a party that claims to be on the side of workers is against our proposals which have already been delivered. We want to go further by raising the threshold to £12,500 so that people in the minimum wage would no longer pay any income tax. This is real action by government which delivers a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling more people to get on in life.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have lifted 224,000 of the lowest earners out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut. It is puzzling that the SNP could not support this."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP hasLiam McArthurLiam McArthur said the SNP Government should set the record straight after making misleading claims that key schemes aimed at helping those living in fuel poverty were being cut by the UK Government.

    Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

    "Nobody should have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their families. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats remain committed to ending fuel poverty by 2016.

    "In my own constituency of Orkney, levels of fuel poverty are higher than almost anywhere else in the country. I need no persuading, therefore, of the importance of redoubling our efforts to combat this scourge as a matter of urgency.

    "Making progress, however, will require both of Scotland's governments to work hand in hand. What it does not need is SNP Ministers yet again blaming everything on Westminster while claiming everything would be solved with independence.

    "Margaret Burgess' claims about UK cuts for energy efficiency measures are simply not true. Indeed, it shows either a determination to scaremonger or a lack of understanding about how these programmes work. Neither does those living in fuel poverty any favours at all.

    "The fight against fuel poverty has enjoyed cross-party support to date, and those in fuel poor households deserve better than SNP scapegoating."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the news that the Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPScottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

    The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

    Commenting on today's concession, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "Once Kenny MacAskill actually conceded that other safeguards would be required then the only sensible way forward was to await the outcome of Lord Bonomy's work. Kenny Macaskill's obstinacy on this has risked bringing parliament into disrepute, so I welcome his change of heart. This is a victory for common sense. People will breathe a sigh of relief today having watched the justice secretary step back from the brink. Parliament should never be asked to pass legislation before it has considered all the implications.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party to have consistently opposed the Scottish Government's ill-thought-through plans to scrap corroboration. Kenny MacAskill's attempts to push this onto the statute book only compounded those concerns.

    "Lord Bonomy's group must now be allowed to conduct its review completely unfettered, after which we can return to this debate far better informed."