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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 24, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

    "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

    It makes sobering reading. Simon Stevens sets out the huge scale of the financial challenge facing us in the years ahead as we continue to adapt to an ageing population, and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple chronic conditions. We also need more investment to ensure that people with mental health problems can get the same standard of care and support as with physical health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

    Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven's five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

    "Liberal Democrats want to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society. That means properly funding our NHS for the future, and providing better care, both for physical and mental health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

    The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

    He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

    The Earl of Oxford said that his focus will be foreign and defence policy, foreign trade and commercial affairs as well as farming and environmental issues.

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    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

    On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

    This produced almost 20 per cent of the UK's electricity.

    The milestone was followed by further news from the National Grid that on Tuesday 21 October, the UK's wind farms generated more power than nuclear power stations.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Shocking NHS waiting times in Wales mean nearly 1,400 patients are waiting more than a year for treatment.

    The figures obtained by Liberal Democrats show that 9 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board area, have been waiting over 2 years and still haven't received their treatment.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Workload Challenge and invite teachers from across the country to have their say on the causes of unnecessary workload.

    Nick recently said that many teachers had been left feeling "browbeaten" and undervalued. He also expressed concern for the rising workloads face by teachers.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    At a UNHCR conference in Sharjah, UAE on October 16, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech entitled Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa.

    In her speech, Lynne focussed on ensuring adequate protection for refugee girls, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

  • 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.