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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.


Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MP and European Business Adviser Michael Moore has published a report calling for 'a new engagement' with the EU to give British businesses a stronger influence in Europe.

    'Doing Business Across Europe: A New Engagement', makes a number of recommendations to support British businesses, improve the UK's relationship with the largest trading partner and lead the way in reforming the EU to increase trade and competitiveness.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money.

    In Channel 4's Political Slot, Vikki Slade, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole visited Canford Heath Infant School to discuss how the new scheme is working.

    You can watch the broadcast here.

  • Paramedics
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week, setting out new ways that the Government will help public sector workers to do their jobs, including support for blue light workers.

    During his speech, Nick will praise workers "at the sharp end" - those who are on the frontline, the first on the scene, picking up the pieces, and helping people to rebuild their lives and recover from life-changing traumas.

  • Father and Baby
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week thanking public sector workers for all their hard work during tough economic times.

    During his speech, Nick will set out Government measures which will provide modern and engaging work places, and make it easier for public sector workers to balance their home and work lives.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    The official nominations for Party President have now closed and the party can confirm that there are 3 candidates:

    You can find out about the Party Elections and how to vote here.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced the winners of the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards, bestowed by the British Government for services to UK-India relations.

    The Awards were judged by ministers following nominations from the public and attended by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    In an interview with the Guardian in Stockport on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg explained why Greater Manchester and other strong city regions should not be forced to have their own Boris Johnson-style mayor in return for more powers.

    After the Scottish referendum, Nick explained the urgency needed to free Greater Manchester and other Northern cities from the 'stifling grip of Whitehall and Westminster', saying that introducing Boris Johnsons was not the answer.

  • Crime
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    The latest independent crime survey of England and Wales shows crime continuing to fall. It has fallen by 16% over the year June 2013 to June 2014 and 25% under this government.

    Liberal Democrats have been working in government to make our communities safer. We have freed front-line police officers from unnecessary bureaucracy and given communities more powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Conservative MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave a speech yesterday calling on the Government to scrap environmental commitments.

    Responding to Owen Paterson's speech, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

    "Climate change is one of the biggest threats the world faces and Liberal Democrats are determined our children and grandchildren don't pay the price for the mistakes of the generations before them.

  • Building
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has slammed Labour's plans for housebuilding, pointing to their terrible record when in government.

    By the time they left office the number of new homes being built had fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s.

    Under Labour repossessions reached a 14 year high and the number of families waiting for a social home nearly doubled from 1 million to 1.8 million.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live in 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: Good morning this is Nick Clegg just after 9 o'clock with Call Clegg here on LBC and you can call now if you want to and ask any question. So the number is as ever, 0345 6060973 or can email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course you can watch as ever by going to the website at on lbc.co.uk. So let's go straight to our first caller, Matthew in Romford. Hello Matthew?

  • Football
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat plans to introduce safe standing areas at football grounds would help to cut ticket prices, as new research shows ticket prices have grown by 4.4% in the past year.

    The BBC 'Price of Football' study has revealed that the average ticket to a game in the football league is now £21.49, up 13% since 2011.

  • Unemployment Reducing
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    Employment figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show further encouraging signs that our economy is recovering.

    In the quarter to August, unemployment fell by 154,000 to 1.97m. This is largest fall in unemployment since records began.

    And the rate of unemployment fell from 6.2 per cent to 6 per cent - its lowest level since 2008.

  • Pensions Changes
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

    Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year.

    The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

  • Body Confidence
    Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Liberal Democrats Women and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson has today launched of a package of guidance and activities promoting positive body image and challenging negative attitudes and actions that lead to low self-esteem.

    Taking Action on Body Image offers a workshop plan, teachers' notes and advice to help young people tackle low confidence and boost their self-esteem.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    As set out in my Report into 'Processes and Culture' within the Party, I would now like to assess progress made against my recommendations.

    Taken together, the recommendations formed a suggested - but by no means exhaustive - blueprint for change over both the medium and long term.

    Less than 18 months has passed since my initial review, so it was never my expectation that all would be resolved by now, rather that the direction of travel be firmly established.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Commenting on the announcement by broadcasters about negotiations for TV leader debates in the run up to the 2015 election, a Liberal Democrat spokesman said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have long argued that the debates last time round were of huge benefit to our democratic process and engaged millions of voters.

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    Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have today branded new schools policy proposed by the Conservatives as half-baked.

    The Conservatives revealed their plans to give school commissioners the power to fire headteachers and introduce new discipline standards in schools ranked inadequate by Ofsted.

    There are currently eight school commissioners in England who have the power to intervene in failing free schools and academies. The Conservatives want to extend commissioners' powers to include state schools, stretching their resources over thousands of square miles up and down the country.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Responding to the Conservatives manifesto plans to give school commissioners the power to fire headteachers on the spot and impose new discipline codes, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "This new Conservative policy on schools seems to have been cobbled together on the back of a fag packet.

    "The idea that you can support and challenge 24,000 schools on the basis of eight Commissioners responsible for covering thousands of square miles of territory in vast regional bureaucracies is a nonsense.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Responding to former environment secretary Owen Paterson's calls to suspend and then scrap the Climate Change Act, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey said:

    "The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that climate change exists while most leading British businesses and City investment funds agree with the Coalition that taking out an 'insurance policy' now will protect the UK against astronomical future costs caused by a changing climate.

    "Indeed, the majority of European countries have now come around to the UK's way of thinking and are ready to implement proposals that would see other European countries adopt targets similar to our Climate Change Act in a deal the Prime Minister should seal later this month.

    "With the USA, China and India also now taking the climate change threat seriously and investing in low carbon energy, the global marketplace for green technology Britain is increasingly strong in, should balloon over the next decade so ripping up the Climate Change Act would be one of the most stupid economic decisions imaginable."

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Today, October 10 marks World Mental Health Day 2014, a global celebration of mental health education and awareness - tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

    Research shows that one in four people will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.

    Back our campaign to help us stamp out stigma attached to mental health.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    Lib Dems in the House of Lords have moved one step closer to criminalising the sharing of revenge porn following the tabling of a new amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

    The revision, which makes it an offense to publish a private sexual image of another identifiable person without their consent, focuses specifically on the distress caused to the victims.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a major review aimed at shoring up workers' rights.

    The aim is to make sure people understand their employment rights, as well as ensuring bosses know what their staff are entitled to.

    The review could help strengthen the employment status of up to one million British workers.

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    Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Plans to boost pay for thousands of apprentices have been unveiled by Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable.

    A proposal to create a single national minimum wage for 16 to 17-year-olds in work and first year of apprentices will be presented to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

    It would mean around 31,000 apprentices in the first year of their programme will benefit from a pay rise of more than £1 an hour.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrat members today overwhelmingly backed plans to commit a £1 billion real term investment in NHS.

    The manifesto commitment will see the health service receive the extra £1 billion of real term funding in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

    It will be funded by scrapping the Tory "shares for rights" scheme, increasing the dividend tax on additional rate taxpayers and tightening the cap on pension tax relief.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government will transform The North of England into an economic powerhouse, Nick Clegg has announced.

    The Deputy Prime Minister said the party will boost transport infrastructure in the region by developing and implementing the "One North" proposals.

    One North - a transport plan developed by key northern cities - will maximise economic growth across the region and will be feature prominently in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    In his speech to Autumn Conference, Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb issued a warning to the financial services industry to make sure they put customers at the centre of their approach and stress that we cannot balance the books on the backs of the poor.

    He said:

    "I am quite attracted to the idea that when you start a job the norm is that each time you get a pay rise a part of the extra cash goes into your pension… You could opt out of this 'automatic escalation' but unless you actively chose to opt out, you would gradually contribute more."

  • Article: Oct 3, 2014

    This is a crucial time for the party. There is so much to do in order to rebuild, not only the party, but trust with the public.

    To reaffirm who we are and crucially, what we are for, to once again be that strong liberal voice which is essential in British politics.

    The Party President must represent the members to the leadership and the party to the wider public. I have a track record of doing both. I understand the party from the grass roots as an activist, former councillor and parliamentary candidate and nationally through sitting on a number of party committees.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2014

    I have huge ambitions for our party. I'm 32 and prepared to fight for our values for the next 50 years. We must re-build our local government base following the damage of recent years, and the fight starts now.

    As we're in government now and could be again after May, we need a President who is independent of the parliamentary party and leadership, as I would be.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2014

    We've had a tough four years since 2010. Hard-working councillors have lost their seats and next year's General Election will be the toughest ever. As your President, I will help our party recover and win again.

    Over 40 years with the party I have been a deliverer, councillor, PPC, on Federal Policy and Conference Committees. I am now in the Lib Dem team in the Lords.