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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 1, 2014

    Speaking at the conservative Conference, David Cameron announced plans to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500, something which the Liberal Democrats have long been campaigning on.

    Responding to this announcement and attempts to pass off this and other tax plans as Conservative ideas, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Equalities Policy Working Group, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, looks forward to discussing their work at Conference:

    'In the present state of society it appears necessary to go back to first principles in search of the most simple truths, and to dispute with some prevailing prejudice every inch of ground.' So wrote Mary Wollstencraft in 1792. More recently, party members in the Twitterverse have become accustomed to the phrase 'check your privilege'. For Liberal Democrats our constitution is clear enough about the simple truths upon which we agree: "The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community". As a result we challenge prejudice and entrenched privilege every step of the way and promote equality in a free society.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable is preparing to launch a review into the lack of ethnic minority directors in British boardrooms.

    Through Lord Davies' report which Vince commissioned, Liberal Democrats in government have made progress in extending the diversity of our boardrooms, bringing us to a stage where there are now no all-male boardrooms left in the FTSE100.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Following a speech by the Home Secretary Theresa May referencing the Communications Data Bill, Liberal Democrat spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities Julian Huppert has sent the letter below to Theresa May.

    Dear Theresa,

    We disagree on the Communications Data Bill.

    The Liberal Democrat position is clear: we do not think that the proposal to store a record of every citizen's internet browsing for 12 months is compatible with our basic civil liberties. We also do not think it is right to force UK companies to keep track of everything people do on Google, Facebook or other websites. You appear determined to push ahead with the scheme at all costs, regardless of widespread public concern. I'm more than happy to continue to have that debate as we approach the general election.

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    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Theresa May announced today that the Conservative government would introduce a 'Snooper's Charter', something that the Liberal Democrats will not support.

    A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

    "We utterly reject the allegation that the blocking of the Communications Data Bill has put lives at risk.

    "Police already have the ability to obtain data in urgent cases where lives are in danger.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg has requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Tens of thousands joined the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on Sunday as they want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to the Liberal Democrat team and newly elected councillor Kim Adams who took the Epping Hemnall seat from the Conservatives in yesterday's by-election.

    Liberal Democrats now hold every seat in the ward on Epping Forest District Council. It was a great win for Kim who took 43.3% of the vote.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Guildford Liberal Democrats who stormed to victory in last night's by-election.

    New Councillor Colin Cross gained the seat on Guildford Borough Council and overturned the Conservatives 55 per cent majority.

    Guildford Liberal Democrats now have a 330 vote majority. This is fantastic result for Colin and the team.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Nick Clegg has emailed Liberal Democrat members about Parliament's recall on Friday 26 September. The full text is below.

    On Friday Parliament is to be recalled to debate Britain joining the coalition of nations who have launched air strikes against the ISIL terrorist organisation in Iraq.

    Liberal Democrat MPs will be supporting Britain joining this coalition for three reasons. Firstly, the threat from ISIL to Britain has already been made clear by the sickening sight of British hostages being executed on television. Secondly, unlike the 2003 war in Iraq this intervention is legal - we are responding to a direct request for help from the legitimate Government of Iraq and Parliament will vote before any action is taken. Thirdly, we're acting as part of a broad coalition of countries, including many Arab countries, to deal with a real and immediate threat.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live 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 25 September and that means it's time for Call Clegg with me, Nick Clegg here on LBC. So get in touch in the next half an hour if you want to get involved. And you can call on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course you can always look on the website on lbc.co.uk. Let's go straight to the first caller Andrew in Twickenham. Hello Andrew

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    On Friday Parliament is to be recalled to debate Britain joining the coalition of nations who have launched air strikes against the ISIL terrorist organisation in Iraq.

    Earlier today Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave an interview to broadcasters to discuss this issue.

    Watch the interview in full below.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has today responded to Andy Burnham's plans for a full integration of health and social care services.

    This government's £3.8bn merger of health and social care services is the integration Labour talked about but never delivered in their 13 years in power.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have today welcomed a petition by the End Violence Against Women Coalition and the Everyday Sexism Project calling for compulsory sex and relationship education in schools.

    In August Liberal Democrats announced manifesto plans to give children in state schools compulsory age-appropriate sex and relationship education.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has recorded the following message for Rosh Hashanah.

    Transcript

    As the High Holidays start this September, I want to wish everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy and healthy New Year.

    I know that it means different things to different people, for many of you its spending time with your family and friends and promising yourself you'll do more of that. It's looking back at the challenges and achievements of the past year and looking forward to the next with enthusiasm and optimism.

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    Article: Sep 23, 2014

    Labour leader Ed Miliband today announced plans to put an extra £2.5bn into the NHS should he get elected next May.

    He said the money would be paid for with a mansion tax.

    But Ed Miliband's mansion tax revenue seems very much a mystery.

    This is the third time in just two years that Labour has spent the mansion tax revenue. Last year Ed Miliband said the revenue would fund a 10p tax rate. Yesterday Rachel Reeves told Labour Conference it would be used to draw down the deficit. And today Ed Miliband said that it will go back into the NHS.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2014

    Friends,

    This was not a speech from a Prime Minister in waiting. Today Ed Miliband said nothing to prove Labour is capable of running the economy again.

    Miliband has meekly repackaged old and borrowed ideas and hoped for the best.

    Liberal Democrats have proven in Government that we can build a stronger economy and fix Labour's mess, as well as build a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    British manufacturers want the UK to remain in the EU and lead in its reform, the EEF manufacturers' organisation stressed today in a new 5-point manifesto.

    Making the economic case for EU membership and extending its free market to drive jobs and growth were identified by the EEF as top priorities for the next government.

  • 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.