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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: Sep 21, 2014

    Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring.

    I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform - scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg.

    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 Wednesday 17 September. And obviously because of the Scottish referendum vote tomorrow we're bringing the Nick Clegg on LBC, Call Clegg programme today on Wednesday rather than Thursday. So I'm taking your questions for the next half an hour or so, do get in touch on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course, as ever you can watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. First caller Jo in Cheshunt. Hello Jo.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The latest unemployment figures from the ONS have been released showing a fall by 146,000, lowering the total unemployment count to 2.02 million.

    The figures released today show that unemployment has fallen to 6.2%, the lowest rate in six years.

    Business Secretary Vince Cable called today's positive labour market figures "no accident" and said that the Liberal Democrats in Government were delivering the recovery fairly.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Stockport are investing in their area: building and investing while protecting the environment - and giving residents a say, writes Councillor Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council.

    England, 2014. All of the urban North is under Labour control except for one town of indomitable Lib Dems that still hold out against the socialists. Stockport is now the only Liberal Democrat-led urban council in the North.

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    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are one step closer to enshrining the UK aid target in law after winning a crucial vote in the House of Commons today.

    In government Liberal Democrats made sure the UK met the UN's international aid target of 0.7%.

    As the only country in the G7 to meet the target, Liberal Democrat Michael Moore MP tabled a Private Member's Bill to enshrine in law our commitment to meeting that target year after year.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will today set out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for the North of England.

    Nick will speak at event hosted by IPPR North and follows the launch of the Northern Futures project.

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    The Northern Futures project is a new approach to policy-making which means that rather than decisions being made by politicians and civil servants in Whitehall, the power is given to the people who live and work in the North.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Whenever I think about the United Kingdom splitting up something inside me breaks. I do not live in Scotland and so I have no vote in the referendum. But I am British and so have every right to a say.

    On a national level I can think of nothing worse than for Government to spend the next few years engaged in a messy divorce battle. Leaving aside the economic risks that have been highlighted there is something deeply tragic about throwing away the single most successful political union in world history. Together we built the modern welfare state, liberated Europe and - to some extent - created the modern world. In a world where so many problems are increasingly global I can think of few issues where a smaller Britain makes the world a better place.

    On a Party level I believe that the end of the union would be terrible for liberal politics in the UK. If the next decade is dominated by a nationalistic backlash which may increase the risk of us leaving the European Union then we and our country will be ill-served. And that's before we lose a wing of the Party that has delivered more than its fair share of our political talent and leaders: Grimond, Steel, Maclennan, Kennedy, Campbell and ministers like Alexander, Moore, Carmichael and Swinson. I also believe that a "no" vote will create an urgent need to engage in a serious and much-needed debate about devolution of political power within the rest of the country.

    On a personal level - as my name suggests my family hails from Scotland. In the terrible war whose centenary we are currently marking my grandfather served with the London Scottish. I do not want to be forced to choose to be anything other than British.

    With the polls now neck and neck, the outcome of the Scottish Referendum is very much on a knife edge. This referendum really will be decided over the final week. Our colleagues in Scotland are fighting hard to keep Scotland in the Union, and over the next seven days we want to do all we can to support them - from wherever we are in the United Kingdom.

    Our job is to make helping as easy as possible. Can you please do any of the following (and remember that we want all voices heard, no matter what the accent):

    • Go to Scotland: volunteer here - http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/volunteer_with_us
    • Make phonecalls: our CONNECT virtual phone bank is now easier to use. Get started here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/make_phone_calls
    • Donate money: Use our simple online form - https://libdems.nationbuilder.com/scottish_referendum

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will speak today at an event hosted by IPPR North in Sheffield, where he will set out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for the North of England.

    The speech follows the launch of the Northern Futures project in July - a call for ideas on ways to create an economic hub in the north of England.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg.

    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 11 September that means it's time for Call Clegg with me, Nick Clegg here on LBC. So do get in touch in the next half an hour or so if you want to get involved. Call on 0345 6060973; email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course, as ever you can watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. So the first caller is Anthony in Kennington. Hello Anthony.

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    Article: Sep 11, 2014

    Changes to child maintenance rules are set to benefit up to 50,000 children.

    Under changes to the system, single and separated parents who have previously received no maintenance from their former partner could start receiving payments.

    As a 3-year process of closing all existing Child Support Agency (CSA) cases begins, as many as 50,000 children will be newly eligible for maintenance.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    On Thursday 18 September, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become an independent country.

    Liberal Democrats across the UK are campaigning to keep Scotland part of our family of nations because together we are stronger, safer and more prosperous.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2014

    There are just days until voters in Scotland go to the polls to decide if Scotland remains part of the UK or to go it alone.

    Your support will help us to spread the message further that we are better together as a family of nations.

    Whether you are in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can still get involved and help get the message out there that we are better together as a family of nations.

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    Article: Sep 10, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws has today launched a new scheme to recruit 100 top school leaders to turn around struggling schools.

    The Talented Leaders scheme aims to recruit the best headteachers in the country and place them in schools facing the toughest challenges.

    The programme aims to put these exceptional teachers in schools predominantly based in rural, coastal or deprived areas where it is difficult to attract strong school leaders.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg unveiled a "manifesto for the next generation" launching the party's pre-manifesto, an 80-page document that will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election platform.

    The document includes a host of policies aimed unapologetically at realising the potential of children and young people.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have today unveiled the party's pre-manifesto, which sets out out vision for Britain in the next Parliament

    The policies in the pre-manifesto, which has spreading opportunity for the next generation at its heart, will be debated and voted on by our members at the upcoming Party Conference in Glasgow.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    All 16-21 year olds in England will get a 66% discount on bus travel under plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today.

    The proposal, which forms part of the pre-manifesto launched today, would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person's Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2014

    A Digital Bill of Rights to protect people's privacy and give them more control over their data online would be introduced as part of a Liberal Democrat manifesto for the next election.

    The plans also include outlawing 'revenge porn' and the posting of intimate or pornographic photographs of a person without their consent.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.

    Under the proposals, which were passed today in the House of Commons, existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg.

    Transcript

    NC: It's 9 o'clock on Thursday 4 September and that means it is time again for Call Clegg with me Nick Clegg here on LBC. So do get in touch. I'll be taking your questions for the next half an hour or so. And call on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and as ever you can of course watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to the first caller, Chris, Chris in Hemel Hempstead. Hello Chris.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has today refused to rule out the idea of allowing schools to make a profit should the Conservatives win next year's election. A policy that Liberal Democrats in Government are prepared to oppose every step of the way.

    If you believe that schools should not be run for profit, sign our petition today.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Nick Clegg has announced that the Government is going to more than double the speed of building the Coastal Path, bringing completion of the project forward by ten years from 2030 to 2020.

    Additional funding will be put in place to accelerate the delivery of the path, which will allow walkers and nature lovers to traverse the entire coastline of England.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on Call Clegg.

    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 9.30 on 28of August and that means it's time for a new season. A new season how about that of Call Clegg with me Nick Clegg here on LBC with of course Nick Ferrari, taking your questions for the next half an hour so if you want to get in touch call on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and as ever you can watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to the first caller, Andrea in Marylebone. Hello Andrea.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014

    The last Autumn Conference before next year's General Election is fast approaching and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage members to get in touch with us and join the debate the party is currently having about our Manifesto for May 2015.

    Thousands of members have already submitted some of their thoughts and ideas for what the next Liberal Democrat Manifesto should contain, and as Chair of the Manifesto Working Group, I know how important these contributions have been for the process so far. One of our great strengths as a party is that our policy is developed democratically by our members. That means we need your involvement and your ideas.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014

    Nick Clegg has announced today that the Government will continue current levels of funding for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew until at least April 2015.

    The £1.5 million funding will help the world renowned scientific research institute to continue its work. It will help to secure a number of jobs and enable Kew to undertake vital research.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will provide 15 hours free childcare every week for all two year olds, under plans announced today.

    This pre-manifesto commitment builds on the expansion of childcare as delivered by Liberal Democrats in government. In

    Currently all three and four year olds and two year olds from the most hard pressed homes are eligible for 15 hours free childcare each week. Liberal Democrats want to go further so that all children have the opportunity to get the best start in life.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is to reveal a significant blow to the Scottish nationalists' currency assertion from a leading figure in EU monetary policy.

    In a speech to Chatham House this evening on Scotland's place in the world, Danny will highlight his correspondence with European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Olli Rehn.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone has announced that Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

    Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese people have become internally displaced, with more than 400,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries. There is also a food crisis affecting almost one in three South Sudanese people.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

    Following evaluation of this policy, the free school meals scheme would be extended, as resources allow, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools, including free schools and academies.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, it has been announced today.

    The manifesto plans include include legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.