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Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


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  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

    Speaking in an interview for the Sunday Times, Nick Clegg said: "If Russia doesn't change tack on Ukraine, I'm not sure why the World Cup in Russia should go ahead in a rogue state".

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

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    The division which had not seen such a competitive election in a long time. The Conservatives came second with 23.5%, an Independent came third (13.9%), UKIP were fourth with 9.8% and Labour trailed in last with 3.2%.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    I write this while on a visit to India. A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I've just left China. Why? These three countries are the world's biggest emitters and the series of meetings I'm having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year. In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. But, the EU acting alone will not be enough - we need to take the rest of the world with us.

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    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

    At some point over the last month or so, we passed, without fanfare, one of the most important economic milestones of the last six years - the UK economy is now bigger than it was before the recession began in 2008. Today's GDP figures are the official confirmation that we have now returned to pre-recession levels.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Commenting on the latest UK GDP figures, which have revealed that theWillie RennieWillie Rennie UK economy is now at pre-crisis levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This must be a difficult day for the doom-mongers. The steady economic recovery continues thanks to a combination of the hard work and ingenuity of the country and the economic plan delivered by this government.

    "When the Liberal Democrats formed the government four years ago we did so to provide a stable government and to deliver the economic recovery Britain required. There's more work to be done but without the Liberal Democrats in government the progress made would not have been possible."

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour's economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

    The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

    It comes as the IMF predicted Britain will be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats in the North East have this week selected Mike RumblesMike Rumbleslocal resident Mike Rumbles to be their candidate for the Aberdeenshire West constituency at the next Scottish Parliamentary elections to be held in 2016.

    Mr Rumbles was elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served the people of West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine for 12 years before boundary changes abolished his constituency.

    Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:

    "I have been delighted by the very many local people who have asked me to stand again for the Scottish Parliament here in Aberdeenshire. It was heartening to receive over 80 percent of the votes of local Liberal Democrat members during the selection process.

    "I am determined to ensure that once again the people of Aberdeenshire West have a local resident able to represent them in the Scottish Parliament who is willing to fight against the SNP government's closure of local facilities such as the Aboyne Maternity Unit, their centralisation of local police services and their abject failure after 7 years in Government to get on with transport projects around the North East."

    Local MP Sir Robert Smith said in congratulating Mike on his selection:

    "I am delighted Mike has decided to stand again for the Scottish Parliament. Having worked with him since he was first elected in 1999 I know he will speak up strongly for his constituents. Together with our local councillors we will make up a strong Liberal Democrat team serving the people of West Aberdeenshire."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

    The IMF project that the UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, expecting the UK to grow by 3.2% this year and 2.7% in 2015.

    The new figures predicted by IMF for 2014 are double the amount predicted last year, confirming that Britain is powering ahead faster than expected.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports.

    Almost 80% of Commonwealth countries (42 out of 53 countries) represented in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way. Pride House is an LGBT space set up to promote diversity at the Games and within the Commonwealth.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

    The Regional Growth Fund, introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government, is strengthening Britain's economy and making a big difference to local communities. Through supporting business of all sizes and sectors, new job and apprenticeship opportunities are opening up across Britain.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have announced that future Governments will be required by law to help fight fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes more energy efficient.

    Households on low incomes and high energy costs, often caused by poorly insulated homes, will face lower bills as they are raised to a Band C energy efficiency rating by 2030.

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    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM.

    At the summit, which saw 500 delegates from 50 countries, the government announced a range of measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation in Britain and abroad.

    New laws were announced that would see parents prosecuted if they failed to prevent their daughter undergoing FGM. Programmes were also introduced in order to prevent FGM in 12 developing countries.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Government have confirmed the Government's commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.

    Tories had attempted to weaken measures to tackle global warming with plans to change the fourth carbon budget, which sets a greenhouse gas emissions limit through the 2020s. However, thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the fourth carbon budget will be retained.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie the opening of the Commonwealth Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours as the city commences two weeks of sporting events, with more than 4,500 athletes from across the Commonwealth expected to take part.

    Mr Rennie, who will be attending the opening and closing ceremonies as well as badminton and athletics has said that the city had built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    Speaking ahead of the opening ceremony this evening, Mr Rennie said:

    "The opening of the eagerly awaited Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours. Having lived in the city for many years as a student I know that the people of Glasgow will warmly welcome the many people who have arrived in the city from across the world.

    "I'm looking forward to taking part in the celebrations and to watching the world's finest athletes compete in the friendly city. The organisers, volunteers and indeed everyone who have been involved in one way or another can be proud of their work in making the Games happen. Glasgow has built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    "I wish everyone in Team Scotland, and all of the Commonwealth teams the best of luck for these events which many have spent years practising for."

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    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Over the weekend, Labour agreed to back the Lib Dem proposals for free school meals.

    After pressure from the party's grass roots at the National Policy Forum, Labour agreed to endorse the policy which was announced by Nick Clegg last year.

    Free school meals are expected to benefit 1.5 million children between the ages of five and seven, greatly improving their health, behaviour and results.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will speak at the Girl Summit on Tuesday, a summit with the aim of ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

    At the Summit, Nick will announce a package of measures to help end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    New rules which would provide greater choice and more innovative pensions products, are expected to be announced this week.

    The coalition wants to encourage pension providers to develop new retirement income products that are tailored to the needs of the individual consumer and which offer more choice, freedom and flexibility.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new programme designed to crack down on online piracy.

    The new scheme called Creative Content UK, will promote legal entertainment online and warn Internet users whose connections are being used to illegally share films and music.

    The scheme has been agreed by the UK's creative industries and internet service providers (ISPs) and will aim to raise awareness of copyright by informing those whose internet connections have been used to illegally share copyright material and help them find compelling, legal alternatives.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    After the elections in May, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

    On Monday, the Review Group presented our findings to the Leader and later to the Federal Executive. I am pleased to say that they endorsed both the report and its recommendations, and we will now set about putting them into practice well in advance of next year's elections.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Following the May elections, the Leader tasked a group with reviewing the elections, assessing what worked and what didn't, and produce recommendations to improve our campaigning for the future.

    Our recommendations are available to party members and can be read below.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP today said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie people in the north of England will not be taken in by warm words from the First Minister over his independence plans.

    Speaking after First Minister's speech at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Mr Rennie argued that the SNP's independence tax plans were based on undercutting the north of England and amounted to little more than a 'cross-border economic raid'.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "People in Liverpool will not be taken in by the First Minister's warm words. They understand full well that his entire economic plan is based on undercutting the north of England on corporation tax in a policy gamble that would cut tax revenues and public sector jobs.

    "The SNP's corporation tax policy is nothing more than a cross-border economic raid. It is designed to strip investment out of England."

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are breaking the taboo on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our goal is to end FGM within a generation.

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone is working to end FGM in the UK and in other parts of the world, and to increase awareness of the issue.

    Looking ahead to next week's Girl Summit, Lynne discusses progress in eliminating FGM.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Large companies will be legally required to publish the difference between what they pay men and women, under manifesto plans set out by Liberal Democrats today.

    Liberal Democrats would make it a legal requirement for companies employing more than 250 people to publish the average pay of their male and female workers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Today I published the Government's first ever Energy Investment Report. It shows how Liberal Democrats in Government have delivered on jobs and investment in energy - particularly green energy - and shows the plan we now have for this to continue for decades to come.

    Let me be clear - investment in the energy sector has not been a 'nice to have'. We inherited a legacy of energy underinvestment from Labour and we've spent the last four years turning this around. The sheer scale of the investment has already been huge: between 2010 and 2013 we've secured £45 billion of investment in electricity generation and networks alone. The UK's future energy infrastructure investment is larger than transport, communications and water spending combined.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Nick Clegg takes your questions every Thursday from 9am on live LBC.

    Watch the latest episode here.

    Transcript

    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock, on Thursday, 17 July. That means it's time for Call Clegg with me Nick Clegg here on LBC with Nick Ferrari. I'll be taking your questions as ever for next half an hour or so. So get in touch on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk or you can watch of course you on the website, lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to the first caller who is Alex. Alex in Edgware. Hello Alex.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander is seeking a meeting withDanny AlexanderDanny Alexander Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House to discuss local concerns over the routine deployment of armed police in the Highlands.

    Speaking after reports that armed police had been called to a disturbance in a fast food restaurant in Inverness, Mr Alexander said that Police Scotland must prove they have the flexibility to provide the sort of service that the Highlands deserves.

    Last month, Highland Council backed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on Police Scotland to review their policy on the use of armed officers.

    Mr Alexander has asked people in the Highlands who have concerns over the routine deployment of armed officers to contact him with their experiences.

    Commenting, Danny Alexander MP said:

    "It is perfectly understandable that shoppers and revellers would be surprised to see officers with fire-arms on the beat.

    "Clearly people's concerns are about far more than poor communication from the SNP and Police Scotland. It's about meeting the needs and expectations of community policing in the Highlands.

    "Those of us that opposed the centralisation Scotland's police force feared the impact a one-size-fits-all approach would have. Now Police Scotland must prove that they have the flexibility needed to provide the sort of service that the Highlands needs and deserves.

    "I am seeking a meeting with Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable, and over the coming weeks I will be asking people and businesses in the Highlands to contact me with their experiences."

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    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources has doubled since 2010.

    A report released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) assesses the investment in UK energy and the progress being made.

    The report which finds that renewable sources now supply 15% of the UK's electricity was unveiled at the CBI Energy Conference by Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has announced a £154 million investment in research projects to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation.

    The investment will be used in four areas - which the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications.

    This funding is part of a £2 billion government and industry investment in researching and development for the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have said they plan to significantly reform spare room subsidy rules.

    The plans will see those already in the social rented sector only lose their benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and turn it down.

    It would also permanently exempt disabled adults.

    It comes after a government report published this week showed changes to how housing benefit is paid are not delivering the outcomes we had hoped despite Discretionary Housing Payments.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that employment is at a record high.

    More people up and down the country are finding work as we build a stronger economy.

    In the last three months the number of people in work rose by 254,000.

    More than 30.64m people are now in work and over the quarter unemployment fell by 121,000.